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  • CA specialized investigators course and CITP

    Greetings all,

    I am currently a Special Agent with AFOSI who is thinking of transferring to state or local law enforcement in California. I was wondering if anyone knew if attending FLETC's Criminal Investigator Training Program would meet the waver requirements for the California specialized investigators course? I am looking to apply for DCA and the DMV, I assume having that would make me more marketable.

  • #2
    Are you a Fed covered under 6C? If so, leaving a covered position for a local or state agency in California is a terrible idea. Theres a thread in the law enforcement job section for a Special agent position at a California state agency, read through that thread and you'll understand why its a bad career move.

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    • #3
      You can email the CA POST board and ask.

      There’s a contact email I used there once for something else.

      To be honest not a lot of states accept federal training, and military even less... I knew a CG civilian investigator that attended some federal 1811 producing course at FLETC that normally would have been accepted, but because he was “military” it wasn’t.

      Also, if you’re in AFOSI, stay with it. I know a bit about what it’s like to be military law enforcement, but earn your retirement before you move on. It will increase your flexibility exponentially.

      ...and if you do leave, stay federal.
      Last edited by tanksoldier; 02-21-2021, 07:04 PM.
      "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

      "With a brother on my left and a sister on my right, we face…. We face what no one should face. We face, so no one else would face. We are in the face of Death." -- Holli Peet

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      • #4
        Appreciate the advice all. I emailed the state post people and ran into "military" issue. I sent several emails explaining that CITP is the same academy as ATF and USSS. They replied again with they don't accept military experience. Trust me, I would love to stay in OSI however, I married a CHP officer. OSI likes to move you every 3 years or so and I like my wife so off to other endeavors.

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        • #5
          Look into stepping into another fed gig then. I know a guy with the VA Police who is a detective/Sgt, and surprisingly he's an 1811, just started with the VA. Patrol are 0083 and now investigators 1811, go figure
          I'd rather be judged by 12 rather carried by 6.

          It should be noted that any and all post that are made are based on my own thought and opinions. And are not related or implied to represent the department I work for.

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          • CoastalCop1811
            CoastalCop1811 commented
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            Unless something has changed, I'm pretty sure the VA "detectives" are still 083. VA does have 1811s with their OIG.

          • CoastalCop1811
            CoastalCop1811 commented
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            I stand correct..just saw a posting for VA 1811 criminal investigator at the GS 9 level with no promotion potential. They also don't compete CITP like the VA OIG 1811s.

        • #6
          The pay for those state investigator positions is pretty awful. In general 1811 positions in the state don't pay as well as the locals when located where most of the positions are which is in the metro areas but still pay better than the state jobs. Where is your wife located with CHP? When can she move?

          It's very difficult to recruit for Feds in most of CA and 1811 gigs are no different, so that you want to stay and you already have CITP done should be a big plus for you to find another gig in CA. I assume by your running into "military" issues with your training being accepted you are an AD agent and not a civilian agent but even if a civilian it wouldn't surprise me that they would look at it as military experience.

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          • #7
            9L81 you're right I am an AD agent. It makes me wonder who came up with the policy for not accepting military experience as we do the exact same job as our civlian 1811 counterparts (even in non MCIO organizations). The civlians even have a military det co or sac most of the time in a regular detachment. As for the CHP wife and movong, we own a home and don't really have any plans on moving.

            I don't really mind attending an academy again, I was just probing to see if i could obtain some POST credits through a waver to make me more attractive for a state or local agency.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by jdean3006 View Post
              9L81 you're right I am an AD agent. It makes me wonder who came up with the policy for not accepting military experience as we do the exact same job as our civlian 1811 counterparts (even in non MCIO organizations). The civlians even have a military det co or sac most of the time in a regular detachment. As for the CHP wife and movong, we own a home and don't really have any plans on moving.

              I don't really mind attending an academy again, I was just probing to see if i could obtain some POST credits through a waver to make me more attractive for a state or local agency.
              Stay on top of USAJOBS for fed gigs in California.

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              • #9
                Better idea: How about you and the wife apply for federal jobs? I can't imagine CHP pay being worth staying in California. Serious, California has a high cost of living and the pay for LE positions especially investigative positions is dreadful (going by the announcements that were posted in the other thread).

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                • 9L81
                  9L81 commented
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                  The pay for the state investigator positions is awful. Fish and Game, Parks etc you do because that's what you want to do money be damned. CHP and the majority of other city and county gigs pay well enough for the area they are in. As noted CHP is tight to start but eventually officers move to lower cost areas in the state where they will make much more than most locals.

                  Retiring with a big pension compared to a tiny one is the trade off. I had instructors for an advanced class at FLETC that were retired from well paid, for the state and local area, jobs in middle of the country. They started a second career out of necessity. Most officers from CA can retire when they retire if they put in enough time and especially if they don't plan to stay in the state.

              • #10
                CHP pays very well, and when you transfer to an affordable area, you have buying power. Lots of guys do it that way.
                Now go home and get your shine box!

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                • #11
                  CHP pays very well.

                  Most states even with civilian federal experience you’d have to attend a state academy anyway.

                  Tgey just don’t want the responsibility of sorting out what is what.... and explaining to THIS military guy why his experience doesn’t count but this other guy does.

                  You really need to stay federal. In less than five years state and local law enforcement is going to disappear in many states for liability reasons.

                  In Colorado avoidance of personal lawsuits is now part of case planning.

                  ...and California hadn’t been a good place to be a cop for a while.
                  Last edited by tanksoldier; 02-22-2021, 11:24 PM.
                  "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

                  "With a brother on my left and a sister on my right, we face…. We face what no one should face. We face, so no one else would face. We are in the face of Death." -- Holli Peet

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                  • scotty_appleton814
                    scotty_appleton814 commented
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                    Don't forget Illinois. Even though they took out a lot of bad things before it became law. Our new "reform" bill makes us just about the worst state to work in.

                  • tanksoldier
                    tanksoldier commented
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                    Thanks to Illinois I now feel better about Colorado.

                • #12
                  ++++this++++!
                  Now go home and get your shine box!

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                  • #13
                    Got the official word from the California POST commission today. Hit me with the, well your training qualifies but because you're military we don't count your experience. Almost felt compelled to ask how investigating a felony committed by a military member is less significant than investigating a felony committed by a civilian.

                    Oh well, hope my experience helps any future OSI, NCIS, or CID agents glean an answer fast. Thanks for the help everyone.
                    Last edited by jdean3006; 02-25-2021, 12:45 AM.

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                    • #14
                      Are you charging under UCMJ or under local and state statutes?
                      Now go home and get your shine box!

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                      • jdean3006
                        jdean3006 commented
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                        Depends on the crime. Most of the time it's UCMJ for sex stuff. I have used AUSA's for drug distro cases, fraud, ect. I've used penal codes for underage sex cases. I've even asked local DAs to prosecute a case because JAG wouldn't sniff at it.
                        Last edited by jdean3006; 02-25-2021, 12:44 AM.

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