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  • Can anyone tell me about how long it took for you to hear that you passed the panel interview?

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    • Originally posted by ontheway View Post
      Can anyone tell me about how long it took for you to hear that you passed the panel interview?
      It took me a little over 2 months if I remember correctly.

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      • Took the poly yesterday...now just a waiting game. Does anyone know how long the wait is from here to the next step??

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        • S/A Applicant Status Update 11/10/2009

          This week’s movement:
          AgentHopeful03 had Panel.
          williamske took the TEA.
          Indy44 has Poly scheduled.
          w8ing2hear had Initial.
          Emerson1811 has Panel scheduled.
          MAD_DOG completed process, waiting on The Call.
          Indy44 and bulmer1 completed polygraph.
          student_to_1811 new to the list. Welcome!

          AT FLETC/JJRTC
          FPO in Philly: Applied 09/07, INITIAL 01/08, TEA 01/08, PANEL 01/08, POLY 02/08, MED 02/08, BI 10/08, THE CALL 04/09 (June 09)
          hawkeye81: Applied 12/07, INITIAL 01/08, TEA 03/08, PANEL 04/08, POLY 08/08, BI 09/08, MED 10/08, THE CALL 04/09 (June 09)
          Wilson: Applied 08/08, INITIAL 09/08, TEA 10/08, PANEL 12/08, POLY 02/09, MED 04/09, BI 04/09, Drug Screen 04/09, THE CALL 06/09 (Aug 09)
          Good_to_Go!: Applied 12/07, TEA 02/08, INITIAL 02/08, PANEL 03/09, POLY 05/09, MED 06/09, BI 07/09, Drug Screen 07/09, THE CALL 07/09 (Sep 09)
          18Dto1811: Applied 11/08, TEA 01/09, INITIAL 02/09, PANEL 02/09, POLY 03/09, MED 04/09, BI 05/09, Drug Screen 06/09, THE CALL 08/09 (Sep 09)
          MR_BOND: Applied 02/08, INITIAL 12/08, TEA 01/09, PANEL 02/09, MED 02/09, POLY 03/09, BI 04/09, Drug Screening 05/09, THE CALL 08/09 (Sep 09)
          CJSSA2B: Applied 08/07, TEA 10/07, INITIAL 11/07, PANEL 01/08, POLY 04/08, MED 04/08, BI 05/08, HI 05/08, THE CALL 09/09 (Oct 09)

          RECEIVED “THE CALL!” FLETC BOUND
          1811BigFella: Applied 10/08, INITIAL 02/09, TEA 03/09, PANEL 04/09, POLY 05/09, MED 06/09, BI 06/09, HI 06/09, Drug Screen 06/09, THE CALL 09/09
          Steven147 Applied 08/08, INITIAL 10/08, TEA 11/08, PANEL 03/09, POLY 05/09, MED 08/09, BI 09/09, HI 09/09, Drug Screen 08/00, THE CALL 10/09 (Nov 09 FLETC)

          APPLICATION COMPLETE - WAITING ON “THE CALL”
          toda81: Applied: 08/08, INITIAL 01/09, TEA 03/09, PANEL 05/09, POLY 07/09, MED 08/09, BI 09/09. HI 09/09
          MAD_DOG: Applied 02/09, INITIAL 03/09, TEA 03/09, PANEL 05/09, POLY 09/09, MED 10/09, BI 11/09, HI 11/09

          POLYGRAPH/MEDICAL/BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
          calavera: INITIAL 11/08, TEA 02/09, PANEL 04/09, POLY 06/09, MED 09/09, BI 09/09
          Bham SA Hopeful: Applied 11/08, TEA 05/09, INITIAL 05/09, PANEL 07/09, POLY 10/09
          bulmer1: Applied 07/09, TEA 07/09, INITIAL 08/09, PANEL 09/09, POLY 11/09
          Indy44: Applied 04/09, TEA 06/09, INITIAL 07/09, PANEL 08/09, POLY 11/09
          * student_to_1811: Applied 06/09, TEA 07/09, INITIAL 08/09, PANEL 08/09, POLY 10/09, MED 11/09

          COMPLETED PANEL INTERVIEW
          Kappa Cop: Applied 01/09, INITIAL 01/09, TEA 02/09, PANEL 04/09
          BLaw81: TEA 2006, Applied 02/09, INITIAL 03/09, PANEL 03/09 (now 10/09)
          brickster720: Applied 04/09, TEA 06/09, INITIAL 06/09, PANEL 08/09
          legalchic: Applied 06/09, TEA 08/09, INITIAL 08/09, PANEL 09/09
          LP5: Applied: 09/08, TEA 01/09, INITIAL 03/09, PANEL 04/09
          Cdog81: Applied 05/09, TEA 07/1/09, INITIAL 07/09, PANEL 10/09
          AgentHopeful03: Applied 02/08, INITIAL 07/08, TEA 05/09, PANEL 11/09

          COMPLETED INITIAL INTERVIEW
          ViIIager: Applied 05/09, TEA 08/09, INITIAL 09/09
          G46: Applied 07/09, TEA 09/09, INITIAL 10/09
          Stokes_N: Applied 07/09, TEA 08/09, INITIAL 09/09
          Emerson1811: Applied 07/09, TEA 09/09, INITIAL 10/09, PANEL 11/09
          w8ing2hear: Applied 08/09, TEA 10/09, INITIAL 11/09

          COMPLETED TEA EXAM
          Future1811: Applied 03/09, TEA 09/09
          joe58: Applied 07/09, TEA 08/09
          williamske: Applied 07/09, TEA 11/09

          APPLIED
          Shadowdrop: Applied 05/09
          siggyfreud: Applied 10/10

          If you would like to be added to the list, PM me with your full timeline to date. If your timeline needs to be updated PM me with your updates.

          *= New to the list.
          (Date) = Class Date
          Last edited by w8ing2hear; 11-10-2009, 04:27 PM.
          Applied USSS 1811 0809, TEA 1009, Initial 1109, BQA'd 1209

          Applied Federal Agency 0083 0310, Phone 1010

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            • cmon new announcement...

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              • Hi Folks-

                I'm in the USSS Spec Agnt process, and am awaiting invite to the panel interview. I currently am in the corporate world, have about 7 years experience. I have recently received a final offer for the ATL PD, as a police officer.

                Anyone have any opinions whether it would be a good move to leave current job and take the ATL position? Would it be seen as negative in any way by USSS?

                Thanks for any feedback!

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                • Originally posted by flyer2007 View Post
                  Hi Folks-

                  I'm in the USSS Spec Agnt process, and am awaiting invite to the panel interview. I currently am in the corporate world, have about 7 years experience. I have recently received a final offer for the ATL PD, as a police officer.

                  Anyone have any opinions whether it would be a good move to leave current job and take the ATL position? Would it be seen as negative in any way by USSS?

                  Thanks for any feedback!
                  Depends on what your long term goals are I suppose. I don't think the USSS is going to care...but you have to do what is right for you.

                  I would assume that you are going to take a pay cut to be an ATL cop coming from the corporate world, and your future pay potential is going to be very limited as a metro police officer in Atlanta. If the USSS doesn't work out, are you going to be at a financial disadvantage leaving your current job for a lower paying job?
                  Big Brother is watching

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                  • Originally posted by Jarhead_FBI_SA View Post
                    Depends on what your long term goals are I suppose. I don't think the USSS is going to care...but you have to do what is right for you.

                    I would assume that you are going to take a pay cut to be an ATL cop coming from the corporate world, and your future pay potential is going to be very limited as a metro police officer in Atlanta. If the USSS doesn't work out, are you going to be at a financial disadvantage leaving your current job for a lower paying job?
                    You hit the nail on the head with that question. I've struggled with the financial decision. I currently make $80K, and will go to $42K, but I have a very modest lifestyle. However, I have no debt and very few bills. I just won't be able to save nearly as much money as I am use to in my 401K (currently max out to the fed limit, and receive some matching contributions from employer). In addition, I have saved up about $80K, knowing that I might make the jump someday.

                    I am now trying to isolate the financial aspect of it and leave that out of my decision. That is very tough to do, but if USSS did not work out, I would eventually want to become a detective, preferrably homicide. I am hoping the cut in pay will be balanced by the (hopeful) long-term job satisfaction.

                    So, I won't necessarily be at a financial disadvantage, just won't be as padded as usual....very tough to swallow, but I think I am coming to terms with it.
                    Last edited by flyer2007; 11-09-2009, 04:20 PM.

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                    • Based on your above response, my advice would be to do what will make you happy long-term. Take USSS out of the equation, because it's a crap-shoot with the poly and everything else in the hiring process.

                      Would you be happy being a cop for life? If the answer is yes, then go for it.

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                      • Originally posted by flyer2007 View Post
                        You hit the nail on the head with that question. I've struggled with the financial decision. I currently make $80K, and will go to $42K, but I have a very modest lifestyle. However, I have no debt and very few bills. I just won't be able to save nearly as much money as I am use to in my 401K (currently max out to the fed limit, and receive some matching contributions from employer). In addition, I have saved up about $80K, knowing that I might make the jump someday.

                        I am now trying to isolate the financial aspect of it and leave that out of my decision. That is very tough to do, but if USSS did not work out, I would eventually want to become a detective, preferrably homicide. I am hoping the cut in pay will be balanced by the (hopeful) long-term job satisfaction.

                        So, I won't necessarily be at a financial disadvantage, just won't be as padded as usual....very tough to swallow, but I think I am coming to terms with it.
                        Don't think I don't understand. I'll be taking a ~$20k pay cut myself for a GS-7 slot in the USSS. I'm just not happy in my current civlian job, and I'd leave in a hot minute for any of the numerous GS-7 positions I've applied for.

                        That being said, I wont ever be a local cop...mainly because the income POTENTIAL just isn't there to support my wife and three kids. Good luck, and just make sure you think it all through.
                        Big Brother is watching

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                        • Originally posted by Jarhead_FBI_SA View Post
                          Don't think I don't understand. I'll be taking a ~$20k pay cut myself for a GS-7 slot in the USSS. I'm just not happy in my current civlian job, and I'd leave in a hot minute for any of the numerous GS-7 positions I've applied for.

                          That being said, I wont ever be a local cop...mainly because the income POTENTIAL just isn't there to support my wife and three kids. Good luck, and just make sure you think it all through.
                          The same income potential definitely isn't there, very correct. I'm unmarried with no kids though. Might have a fiance eventually (ha), but she is a FSA (actuary) and makes a great living. She is very supportive of the decision if I choose to do it, which is good.

                          I don't necessarily want to be a beat cop for my entire career, hopefully get into a specialty unit after a couple of years (very possible with ATL based on current turnover rate). I'm 31 now, so I already feel older than the average whippersnapper in the PD, hehe.

                          I've been very hesitant thus far because of specific morale and pay issues within the ATL PD, but hopefully a new mayor will cure some of that. I'm trying to also look at it as a way to get some great training.

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                          • Originally posted by flyer2007 View Post
                            The same income potential definitely isn't there, very correct. I'm unmarried with no kids though. Might have a fiance eventually (ha), but she is a FSA (actuary) and makes a great living. She is very supportive of the decision if I choose to do it, which is good.

                            I don't necessarily want to be a beat cop for my entire career, hopefully get into a specialty unit after a couple of years (very possible with ATL based on current turnover rate). I'm 31 now, so I already feel older than the average whippersnapper in the PD, hehe.

                            I've been very hesitant thus far because of specific morale and pay issues within the ATL PD, but hopefully a new mayor will cure some of that. I'm trying to also look at it as a way to get some great training.
                            Despite the training, another thing to look at is your age. You only have 5 more years to get picked up in a FLE position. If I was you, I would apply to the BOP because they are currently hiring at USP Atlanta, and you would make more there as a correctional officer than you would as a local cop in ATL. At the same time, you can apply to the other FLE agencies, and despite how long it takes, or even if it takes more than 5 years, you could still apply because you would already be covered under a FLE position under the BOP.
                            God Bless America

                            101st Airborne Division, Rakassans Air Assaultttttttt
                            3rd Infantry Division, 2BCT

                            ICE 1811
                            Applied: 6/22/09
                            Exam: 7/24/2009
                            SI/WA: 3/2/2010
                            The Call: October 26, 2010
                            PRESIDIO BOUND!!!!!!!!!!

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                            • Originally posted by 1811orBust View Post
                              Based on your above response, my advice would be to do what will make you happy long-term. Take USSS out of the equation, because it's a crap-shoot with the poly and everything else in the hiring process.

                              Would you be happy being a cop for life? If the answer is yes, then go for it.
                              Flyer,

                              It's not a "crap-shoot" if you're qualified and tell the truth.

                              I think taking a paycut to get on with ATL PD shows your dedication to law enforcement, and there is no way it could be viewed as negative. Worst case scenario, you reapply in a few years and you'll be a shoe-in with some PD experience. Roughly 75% of my class is former state/local LE. The service likes LE experience. It is an LE job, so regardless of what the feel-gooders with no LE experience other than failed applications will tell you, LE experience is the most desireable trait you can have when applying to the USSS.

                              And "being a cop" is what the USSS SA job is. Anyone looking to use LE as a stepping stone to something else would be well advised to save their blood, sweat, and tears for something "more important".

                              Get on with a local PD and learn the street. Regardless of what you do in life, it will make you a better candidate. The average fed makes 5 or 6 arrests a year. Get the doorkicking out of your system now, if that's what floats your boat.
                              Last edited by Wilson; 11-09-2009, 09:10 PM.

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                              • Wilson - You can pop "inconclusive" on the poly as many others have. The truth isn't always enough.

                                If you want to bow down to the poly, that's all you, but there is a reason it's not admitted into the majority of courtrooms as evidence.

                                Regardless, what I was really getting at was you never know what the status of hiring, or other factors will be years down the road. You should take the route you see fit. Listening to people say what route is "best" on here is just silly. It's your own life, follow YOUR route.
                                Last edited by 1811orBust; 11-09-2009, 10:01 PM.

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