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  • Local Vs. U.S. Marshal

    So I have been lucky enough to receive an interview invite for the U.S. Marshals. I am caught between the dilemma of being a cop for eight years in a job I love, and leaving it for Federal LE. I always had an interest in the U.S. Marshal's, and think I would love the job.

    The factors I am considering, the Marshals will be a pay cut for about 3 years, and about 25,000 initially. I will have to move obviously for the Marshals, but I am blessed with a wife that will move with no problems. I will have to move away from other family members for the job. Though it would be nice not to rotate shifts every 28 days.

    At my current PD I will most likely obtain the next K-9 spot which I have worked my hump off for the past 4 years (take home car).

    Additional factor is eventually the BI will visit my job for the Marshals, and will possibly put the K-9 position in jeopardy due to seeking employment elsewhere. I could go through the entire process with the Marshals and not get the job, and commit career suicide as well.

    All of my family members think I am crazy for even thinking about not going in for the interview. I know only I can make this decision, but was just wondering if anyone has gone though the career dilemma and can over some insight. Since I don't want to ask anyone at work for advice I figured u guys were the next best thing!
    "In valor there is hope"

  • #2
    just giving back the first thing that comes to mind after reading your post is I'd say stay where you are. It sounds like you really love where your at and you have opportunities there, but are kind of facinated with being a federal. One thing is your happy where you are, and have opportunity. Some fantasies are best left fantasies. Sometimes once the fantasy is reality it's not as appealing anymore

    PS: in the end follow your heart brother, only you know which side your heart is truely at.
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    • #3
      No easy answer here. You said it best, in the end it's your decision to make. Ask yourself a few questions. Do you know what you would be doing for the Marshall's? (Fugitive recovery, escorts, security, etc.)? Is that something you would choose over being a street cop? Would you hate your job if you didn't get the K-9 spot? After you answer those questions, you might have a better idea what you want to do. Keep in mind that since you have an interview already, whose to say they haven't already contact your agency to get the grimey on ya before you go in there? If you decide not to go forward with the feds, it'd probably be a good idea to call and let them know rather than just blow off the interview. No sense in burning bridges. Just my 2 cents. Stay safe brother. Good luck

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      • #4
        Don't forget you will be doing a heck of a lot of court security w
        for like the first 4-5 years.
        Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.

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        • #5
          Thanks for all the input guys, I guess what peaks my interest is the stable work schedule and the possibility of getting on a fugitive task force eventually. Making more coin in the long run is also a factor.

          I am aware that I will probably be stuck in a cell block or court work for the first 3-5 years. I can deal with that working 9-5.

          My job is not bad now, and as there is this K-9 spot coming. Our city is in a financial crisis which is what really got my looking at the Marshals. I am worried that the city will axe the next dog due to the budget. In addition to this I have no idea where the city will be in 10 years as things progressively get worse (manpower, equipment, pay). I just don't want to look back and say, man I wish I would have pursued the Marshals. As far as hating my job if I don't get the K-9 spot, I wouldn't hate it. It is getting hard to the point where the morale is down and lots of guys on my shift hate the job and wish they could leave. This has been effecting me some in the past couple years, as I am not as motivated as I used to be. I don't want to end up like them. I have been trying to focus on the K-9 training to combat this.

          Too bad I don't have a crystal ball, not an easy decision either way.
          For some reason my wife and other family members are pushing me to go to the interview. As for them contacting my job, from what I have heard they will not do so until you meet with a BI.

          Thanks for listening and taking the time to reply.
          Last edited by borninblue; 09-28-2009, 09:19 AM.
          "In valor there is hope"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by creolecop View Post
            Some fantasies are best left fantasies. Sometimes once the fantasy is reality it's not as appealing anymore

            PS: in the end follow your heart brother, only you know which side your heart is truely at.
            True.
            Most people fail because they trade what they want MOST, for what they want at the MOMENT.

            The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, WHO can know it?
            -Jeremiah 17:9

            Is it any surprise that cops don't trust anyone?

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            • #7
              What's your local pension compared with the USMS?. I would really factor in my future as opposed to anything else.
              Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NYCTNT View Post
                What's your local pension compared with the USMS?. I would really factor in my future as opposed to anything else.
                I have taken this in to account. The Ohio Police & Fire Pension is really screwed up right now. We get around 62% I believe of our highest 3 years. You can retire at 48 with 25 years, but now they are trying to change health care where they will not cover you until u reach 53. They are also trying to raise the age of retirement to 52 I believe.

                I have heard FERS is not the best, at least I would be able to count on it, unlike my current pension system.
                "In valor there is hope"

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                • #9
                  USMS is under Thirft savings, the retirement is NO BARGAIN. after 25 years you get 39%, plus whatever you have in your thrift @ age 59..

                  I do not want to slam the Marshalls Service, but as someone else pointed out it will be mon-Fri. Court Security and prisoner detail for the first 3-5 years. Then if you are LUCKY some fugitive taskforce.... In my mind they do it backwards, hire at 21, young, dumb ,,, eager, fast in best shape of their lives, single, put those guys on the taskforce, then in 5-10 years, married, stable, wanting a 9-5 gig, then go work court security. But heah, I'm just a lowly street person. I see the USMS in court in DC, MD, and VA, and from what i see, all they do is sit around and do prisoner intake, If i were you, stay where you are. IMHO.

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                  • #10
                    At the end of the day, it's got to be your call. No offense to the Marshal's Service, but essentially, you're looking at two totally different aspects of Law Enforcement. Your post indicates that you really like what you're doing, so that has to be a major consideration. You seem to have your Wife's support in whatever decision you make, which is priceless!! . All I can say is, the very best of luck in whatever you decide.

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                    • #11
                      The good news is even if you decide the Marshals isn't for you right now because of the job, if your qualifications are good enough for other federal jobs too.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by borninblue View Post
                        I have taken this in to account. The Ohio Police & Fire Pension is really screwed up right now. We get around 62% I believe of our highest 3 years. You can retire at 48 with 25 years, but now they are trying to change health care where they will not cover you until u reach 53. They are also trying to raise the age of retirement to 52 I believe.

                        I have heard FERS is not the best, at least I would be able to count on it, unlike my current pension system.
                        Do you really want to go back to being the new guy and be treated like sh**
                        It sounds like you have a pretty good gig going there. I see a lot of people in this forum saying they want to get on with the USMS. I know and have worked with quite a few of them and the job is not what most people think it is. Your retirement is better with your current job. You are close to getting a K9 and you probably have a bit of seniority on your current gig. For some people the USMS is a great job and I have good friends who went with them and they are happy but they were coming from the BOP. They made a big step up but I say the grass is not greener on the other side, in your case. 2 cents from a fed.

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                        • #13
                          Hey borninblue!

                          I'm in a similar position to you. I'm a local L.E., several years on the job, swee gig, great money, house, blah, blah and blah. I applied for the USMS also but I am weighing the pros and cons. The main reason I am applying there is because I'd like to move to FL or NYC. I heard and read that their retirement is not good. Working in a courthouse for up to 5 years doesn't sound like much fun either. So, if hired I'll have a tough decision to make.

                          Good luck in whatever you decide.

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                          • #14
                            Doesn't the Marshall's Service have two different job classifications now? 1811 criminal investigator and some other classification, which is on a lower pay scale. I would consider leaving for an 1811 position but would not leave for something less. I agree with what someone else posted if you're a viable candidate for the Marshall's Service you should do well in alot of Fed hiring processes so I would see what is out there. It doesn't hurt to interview though that's a long way from getting hired so in my mind you have nothing to lose.

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                            • #15
                              thanks again for the input guys. I think at this point I mine as well go for the interview, and just see what happens. If I dont make it past the interview its an easy decision.

                              This will also give me more time to think about it. I
                              "In valor there is hope"

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