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    I cant seem to find an official website or anything for the DOD Police. Im not exactly looking to apply, im just trying to keep all my options open( DOD Police, Civilian Police, Military Police, Federal Agent, ect.)

    Does anyone know what the basic requirements for the job? Are they sworn Police officers or are they what people call " Rent-A-Cops "? And what is the starting pay like?

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    I don't know much about DOD officers but they have a yahoo groups full of them at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dodpoliceofficers/
    "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

    For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SR-25
      I cant seem to find an official website or anything for the DOD Police. Im not exactly looking to apply, im just trying to keep all my options open( DOD Police, Civilian Police, Military Police, Federal Agent, ect.)

      Does anyone know what the basic requirements for the job? Are they sworn Police officers or are they what people call " Rent-A-Cops "? And what is the starting pay like?
      I went through the academy with a guy from DOD Police. They were being required not only to have federal training, but a CA Post cert, too. They are fully sworn, and he was a great guy, finishing at near the top of the class in every category. I don't know what the requirements are, but I'm sure they're very similar to local police.

      After graduation, he went to work for a local PD, because the DOD pay sucked.
      *Not a cop*

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      • #4
        We have some DoD Officers on my base. From my interaction with them, they seem to be clowns. About a step up from the private security company that guard our gates...

        The DoD officer who wrote me for Neg. II, ended up looking like an *** when we met with the Assistant US Attorney. He wrote blatantly false information in his report, which was easily contradicted a proven false. He's lucky he still has a job.

        **Sorry not a cop and not a cop basher!!! Just a soldier who's worked counter-narcotics and knows the difference between a bull**** report and a accurate and truthful report. It is my impression along with some JAG Prosecutor and CID friends of mine, that some of these guy's get a little too 'happy' and forget those things...**

        Also the hiring standards are not the same as civilian law enforcement. They are only required to maintain a secret clearance, where as your typical leo has had an investigation equivalent to a Single Scope Investigation (Top Secret Clearance).
        Last edited by TrollEater; 07-27-2005, 02:25 PM.

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        • #5
          DOD POlice have authority on the property they protect, thus they are really more security personnel then police like we have on the streets. We have had several go through our academy but it is a limited field and not a true police department as in city police or county sheriff.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bodie
            DOD POlice have authority on the property they protect, thus they are really more security personnel then police like we have on the streets. We have had several go through our academy but it is a limited field and not a true police department as in city police or county sheriff.
            How's it not a true PD when they have all the assets and sometimes more than a lot of regular PDs?

            It all depends on the base that you are looking at. Some do a local academy that they run. Others send them through a State Ran academy. While others will send them through FLETC. Check with the instillation you are looking at and ask.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TrollEater
              We have some DoD Officers on my base. From my interaction with them, they seem to be clowns. About a step up from the private security company that guard our gates...
              The DoD officer who wrote me for Neg. II, ended up looking like an *** when we met with the Assistant US Attorney. He wrote blatantly false information in his report, which was easily contradicted a proven false. He's lucky he still has a job.
              As I stated in my above post, it depends on the instillation. Some give a **** about the LE they have on base....while others don't care. Plus, some areas have crappy hiring pools.....


              Originally posted by TrollEater
              Just a soldier who's worked counter-narcotics and knows the difference between a bull**** report and a accurate and truthful report.
              A Chaplin's Assistant doing counter-narcotics work?? I was active for 10 years and anyone that did anything like that had a PMOS of 95B (now 31B) or 95D (now 31D). The ones that didn't were the ones that got into trouble for doing drugs....and got out of it by buying drugs for the GOV.

              Originally posted by TrollEater
              Also the hiring standards are not the same as civilian law enforcement.
              Depends on the base......
              Last edited by Bearcatz06; 07-27-2005, 04:16 PM.

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              • #8
                You'll have to use the CPOL employment database....
                http://acpol.army.mil/employment/


                As far as their duties go, it seems to depend on the base or their location. When the MP unit here at FT. Benning recently deployed, the DOD Police picked up almost all of the Policing duties on post. I've seen them do everything from glorified gate guards, to traffic stops and writing citations.

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                • #9
                  The ones I talked to at Ft. Sill didn't get paid very well. You can get paid better turning wrenches on lawnmowers.

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                  • #10
                    I was a DoD cop from 2000 to this past March. I will try to answer your questions.

                    First and foremost there is no such beast known as DoD police. You work for whatever branch you are hired and your authority is limited to the instillation while you are on duty. Very few have "sworn" police officers as you take the same oath as every other employee in the government. You do have some who are sworn as deputies or police officers within the state they work. DoD (DA/ DoN, etc) police officers DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ARREST.

                    Training standards depend upon the base your assigned to. When I first came over from the VA hospital police, I was sent to Glynco (I worked at Walter Reed) however I moved to another base and branch (navy) where we ran our own in house training program which ran anywhere from 6-10 weeks. My last assignment was a joint research facility in Florida where we did nothing but a security mission.

                    Within DoD we also have the Pentagon police. One of the worst agencies in the DC metro area (IMO)although they make some good money (its not impossible to make over 100k per yr with them). They send all their officers to Glynco.

                    Pay. In the Navy and some army bases, they start there officers at GS-03 which is about 15k. Most bases start anywhere between GS-04 and 05 with a top out of GS-06.

                    Working for a base police agency depends upon the assignment. Ive never heard bad things about Ft. Benning but then again Ive never met any officers from their department either.
                    I don't answer recruitment messages....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by orlandofed5-0
                      Within DoD we also have the Pentagon police. One of the worst agencies in the DC metro area (IMO)although they make some good money (its not impossible to make over 100k per yr with them). They send all their officers to Glynco.
                      Not to aruge but I toured the Pentagon during Police Week of this year and am friends with one of the SGT's there (from another unmentioned LE board) and they all seem to like it there now. They got a new Chief and he's trying to make them real Cops. Some of the old-timers don't want that.....and are being pain's in the *** about it.....but he's changing things for the better.
                      Yes, they have static posts. Yes, they have lots of foot patrols. But for the money they make, the training they are getting, they would be a very, very good place to get on with to get your foot in the door......

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                      • #12
                        Unfortunatly the Pentagon is about to hit a RIF (Reduction In Force) and they recently changed the tour from I think 8's to an 11.5 hr day. Iam still a member of FOP DC lodge 1 and they had an article about them having the highest turnover of any agency.
                        I don't answer recruitment messages....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bearcatz06
                          A Chaplin's Assistant doing counter-narcotics work?? I was active for 10 years and anyone that did anything like that had a PMOS of 95B (now 31B) or 95D (now 31D). The ones that didn't were the ones that got into trouble for doing drugs....and got out of it by buying drugs for the GOV.
                          Apparently you've been out of the loop for awhile...I'm not going to go into intimate details about how I got involved due to ongoing investigations, but I can say that I have never used, distributed, or manufactured illegal narcotics, and to come out and say such shows what actual little knowledge you have...So with that mind, why don't you go play with yourself and buy a clue.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TrollEater
                            Apparently you've been out of the loop for awhile...I'm not going to go into intimate details about how I got involved due to ongoing investigations, but I can say that I have never used, distributed, or manufactured illegal narcotics, and to come out and say such shows what actual little knowledge you have...So with that mind, why don't you go play with yourself and buy a clue.
                            Whatever Chaplain Boy. I would have taken this to a PM but you won't let me send you any....shows what a real man you are.

                            Needless to say, anyone that was in the Military and starts pulling the Secret Squirrel crap when it comes to stuff they have done is full of it for the most part.....
                            I have worked for DST when I was in Germany before I became a civilian LEO. So, I know the deal.......CID does not just randomly go out and find GI Joes off the street to buy and sell stuff for them......they use MPs.
                            The only time we used someone other than an MP is if they were using and got caught....or if they got into the mix of things at unit. We never used the actual person to buy/sell. Never happened.
                            Last edited by Bearcatz06; 07-28-2005, 01:56 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by orlandofed5-0
                              Unfortunatly the Pentagon is about to hit a RIF (Reduction In Force) and they recently changed the tour from I think 8's to an 11.5 hr day. Iam still a member of FOP DC lodge 1 and they had an article about them having the highest turnover of any agency.
                              Yeah....they have a huge turnover rate. My buddies told me that. They all seem to like it there, but they are in sections so I am sure that makes their lifes a little nicer than the average person standing a foot post.


                              Not sure who told you about the RIF but they are wrong......This just came out today on usajobs.....Not sure how many they are going to hire off of the newest list but apparently they are going to hire.

                              http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/get...=0&SUBMIT1.y=0
                              Last edited by Bearcatz06; 07-28-2005, 01:58 PM.

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