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    Hey guys, in my searches of stuff down here in FL, I am also looking into some Federal jobs. One I am particularily looking into is the Secret Service Uniform Division. I am curious to know if anyone out there has any internal info on S.S.U.D. I have been hearing that alot of people start there and transition over to Special Agent. Curious to know the role these officers played during the previous election.

    Just curious to hear the pro's and cons etc. Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!

    Avrat

  • #2
    The only thing I've heard is that they are pretty much glamorous security guards. They watch the embassies and hang around some checkpoints. While I was in DC last year I saw a lot of them but they just stood around making a presence. I
    Disclaimer: The writer does not represent any organization, employer, entity or other individual. The views expressed are those only of the writer. In the case of a sarcastic, facetious, nonsensical, stirring-the-pot, controversial or devil's advocate-type post, the views expressed may not even reflect those of the writer [This sig stolen from Brickcop who stole it from Frank Booth].

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    • #3
      Uniformed Division Officers support the protection responsiblities of the Secret Service, serving as the uniformed police presence around the White House, VP residence, the Secret Service Training Center and other executive level offices. Anytime you visit one of these sites, you will interact with UD Officers. A new UD Officer can expect to be assigned to one of these areas on different shifts.

      In addition to protection in DC, UD Officers also travel in support of Presidential and Vice Presidential visits world wide, conducting security advances and running Magnotometers (metal detectors) at check points etc.

      After about 18 to 24 months, like a regular metropolitian police department, UD Officers are eligible to tryout for specialty assignments like the elite Counter Sniper (CS) Team, the Emergency Response Team (ERT), K-9, Bike Patrol, Motorcycles, Magnotometers, etc. There is also a number of possiblities for promotion to Technician, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain etc. The pay is quite competitive, with all the overtime you can work availible. I am told that with the standard overtime an new UD Officer can expect on average to make between $55,000 to $65,000. Since all UD positions are based in Washington DC, the government will also pay to move new UD hirees to the area.

      As mentioned, there is also an internal roster, for otherwise qualified Officers to transition to the Special Agent side of the house. Special Agents both support the Service's Protective mission and conduct Criminal Investigations. The types of investigations are largely federal financial crimes such as Counterfeiting, Bank Fraud, identity Theft etc. Most Special Agents are assigned to Field Offices, located throughout the United States and the world. These agents occasionaly travel in support of Presidential and VP visits as well.

      After 4 to 6 years in the field, a Special Agent can expect to be assigned to a protective detail, such as the President's, VP, Former presidents etc. These details can last anywhere from 4 to 5 years in duration. Secret Service Special Agents are hired on at either the GS-5, GS-7 or GS-09 pay levels, depending on education, qualifications and previous experience. SA's progress each year (GS-5, GS-7, GS-9, GS-11, GS-12) to the GS-13 level, which is the Jorneyman grade of Special Agents in the Service. Additionally agents are paid Law Enforcement Availibilty Pay (LEAP), which is an additional 25% over base salary and Scheduled Over Time (SOT), when such time has been earned. The average new agent can expect to earn about $55,000 to $65,000, and at the GS-13 over $100,000 per year. Agents in the field are also assigned take-home government vehicles (G-rides), that agent can use while on offical business and home to work.

      I hope this helps,
      Last edited by Puffy6460; 03-08-2005, 07:01 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by That Guy
        The only thing I've heard is that they are pretty much glamorous security guards.

        TGY

        If thats what everyone wants to think we are...... dosen't bother me... I'll take my 44,000 a year plus ungodly amount of overtime. Yes we have to hang out around the White House and Embassys and not everyone gets a car but its divided up, not to mention having to re-qual every month with that SWEET SIG 229 / .357

        I made 4 lockups last month and we dont respond to 911 calls... same authority as DC Metro with out the hassel. Its a great RESPECTFUL job

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        • #5
          I am told that with the standard overtime an new UD Officer can expect on average to make between $55,000 to $65,000. Since all UD positions are based in Washington DC, the government will also pay to move new UD hirees to the area. -PUFFY


          Puffy has it all right. In addition, VA the cost of living is very high. I looked into it and I was told you could be standing on one point at 0400 for hours and the only thing keeping you awake is counting how many times the Washington Monument light flashes.

          $55,000 is equal to $25,000 where I live.

          Very honorable job though.
          "The angle of the dangle is proportional to the heat of the meat." - Beavis

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          • #6
            Thank you All

            I
            Erncava

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            • #7
              Most guys assigned to the Washington DC area buy (or rent) either in Virginia or Maryland. A few (mainly single with no kids), buy in DC. I think that you will find, like in most cities that you will have to do one of two things. Either buy a decent place you can afford and have a commute or buy in an area that is less desirable to live.

              DC life is no different. The average modest home price is between $500,000 and $600,000. Most guys like myself, had to take out two mortgages to afford a house, even after having a good down payment.

              I have met newer UD guys that have pooled there money together to buy a 4 or 5 bedroom house. They love it, but they are all young and single, I'm long passed living in a Frat house.

              Believe it or not, west coast guys relocate here from cities like San Francisco and LA think they have died and gone to heaven when they see the low DC area housing prices.

              Best of luck.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by plnkownr87349
                If thats what everyone wants to think we are...... dosen't bother me... I'll take my 44,000 a year plus ungodly amount of overtime. Yes we have to hang out around the White House and Embassys and not everyone gets a car but its divided up, not to mention having to re-qual every month with that SWEET SIG 229 / .357

                I made 4 lockups last month and we dont respond to 911 calls... same authority as DC Metro with out the hassel. Its a great RESPECTFUL job

                I don't think its not respectful. And tooting the horn about $44K isn't much fr a sound considering the cost of living in a 100 mile radius around DC.
                Everyone has a job to do regardless the galmour.

                TGY
                Disclaimer: The writer does not represent any organization, employer, entity or other individual. The views expressed are those only of the writer. In the case of a sarcastic, facetious, nonsensical, stirring-the-pot, controversial or devil's advocate-type post, the views expressed may not even reflect those of the writer [This sig stolen from Brickcop who stole it from Frank Booth].

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                • #9
                  Great

                  That is great suggestion..
                  I
                  Erncava

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Puffy

                    This is a big step for are us. I went last month to a Job fair. in Miami. SS had a stand, and I spoke with an agent he was really helpful.
                    He spoke like for 25 min. And he listen to all me questions, an mostly answer all of them. But always comes a new one for me.
                    I
                    Erncava

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                    • #11
                      [QUOTE=ernestocaballer]This is a big step for are us. I went last month to a Job fair. in Miami. SS had a stand, and I spoke with an agent he was really helpful.
                      He spoke like for 25 min. And he listen to all me questions, an mostly answer all of them. But always comes a new one for me.
                      I
                      God created some police officers perfect, the rest he put in cars.

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                      • #12
                        PLN,

                        What is the cost of living up there? Also, do they offer tuition rembursemant (spel)?

                        Thanks for the information

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                        • #13
                          FPS,
                          I checked USA jobs and couln't find any FPS positions for special agent or police officer. Do you know if they plan on hiring in the near future? Thanks

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JohnnyV
                            FPS,
                            I checked USA jobs and couln't find any FPS positions for special agent or police officer. Do you know if they plan on hiring in the near future? Thanks
                            JohnnyV,

                            Try this link:
                            http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/job...9&SUBMIT1.y=12

                            It tells you how to apply, quals, and etc. Hope this helps.

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                            • #15
                              Federal Protective Service Never heard of this before

                              Can you give me a link.So I get more info.So i can leran a little more of there duties.

                              Thank you for your response
                              Erncava

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