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  • #16
    I know this is an older thread, but does anyone have any new information on this. I am in the process and was hoping for any extra insight on what the job entails, if people who do it like it, and how well it is looked on by agents and outside agencies.

    Thanks for any help.

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    • #17
      Hello, some information on the job is here http://www.fbijobs.gov/127.asp#1 , you also should buy this book http://www.amazon.com/FBI-Careers-Ul...1820320&sr=8-2 , it has information on the job there. God Bless

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      • #18
        Originally posted by HeavenSoldier View Post
        Hello, some information on the job is here http://www.fbijobs.gov/127.asp#1 , you also should buy this book http://www.amazon.com/FBI-Careers-Ul...1820320&sr=8-2 , it has information on the job there. God Bless
        Thanks for the info. I know what was on the site and in the job description, but I will def. give that book a try. I guess I was just looking for some info from anyone who knows first hand of the job or position. Also what agents think of people who do this work.

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        • #19
          A friend of mine just got his offer to start the first week of next month (march) it took him 2 years.
          He reports to Baltimore then to Quantico for 7 weeks training then reports to DC after training.

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          • #20
            Surveillance specialists are called G's (not sure why) and they conduct surveillance on non-criminal investigations. G's are not allowed to be armed and work in conjunction with agents but not necessarily with agents. Sort of like outsourcing... as support staff, G's are secondary to agents and alot of them make that distinction very clear.
            As for the position being a stepping stone to an agent gig, the Bu has recently changed regulations to make it easier for G's to transition to agent applicants. Before, the surveillance positions did not count toward LE experience or intelligence or any of the other hiring specialties-- now, the announcement seems to indicate that they do, which is great. That being said, the people I've met that were hired as G's were either retired LE or very young PI's or dispatchers.
            I don't know how many applied.
            Hope this helps.

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            • #21
              How are you all doing with the process?

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              • #22
                Anybody have any new information regarding this position?

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                • #23
                  A lot of what's been said is on point. The mission is oriented on CT and CI, with the off chance you get pulled to do surveillance on an agent's case. Rarely will you work or even interact with agents. Because it's an unarmed position you won't be surveiling violent offenders. The office you work at won't be an FBI office, will be off site. Job is mostly observe and report and your write up is forwarded on to an analyst.

                  6 weeks or so of training at an off site facility in NOVA, with a short amount of time at Quantico early on, then you're off to your duty location. Depending on how your office is run, you may work a rotating shift. Job has a moment or two here and there but the majority of it is mind numbing. You'll quickly find out what businesses have the nicest or cleanest restrooms. A nice perk of the job is the TDY. Can't gurantee you'll always be sent to Hawaii for two weeks but it's happened.

                  Is it a stepping stone to an 1811 gig? For the FBI, they list it as applicable work experience under the Intel critical skill. However based on everything that I heard about what was done (or not done), I just don't know what experience you gain from it that is going to make you competitive. You work with a team but you'll spend a fair amount of time solo,usually trying to find ways to make the time go by. Granted, what I know is just one person's experience, just in one medium sized city on the East coast. All my info is relatively recent, and it's all in regard to mobile surveillance.

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