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what are careers in non sworn personnel?

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i am a 34 year old female student in san gabriel valley/los angeles.  i have currently completed about 3 courses in administration of justice and  criminal justice.  i have an interest in going somewhere toward the non sworn field but i am unable to find anywhere that lists what types of non sworn personnel postions are out there or what their descriptions are.  due to my age i am not interested in going through any physical agility testing.


other background info regarding my education includes the completion of the following:



  • AA at coummunity college

  • completed upper GE at cal state fullerton

  • completed the following computer courses:

                          3 comp security; intro to comp applications (word, access, excel); using the macintosh comp; completed A+ certif 


                         hrs (retaking the course this summer with hopes to recieve certif.)



  • office management

  • almost BA in comparative literature

  • several sign lang. interpreting/deaf studies courses

  • several upper ge english courses

  • some nursing assistant courses

i was originally interested in working toward computer forensics, but i have been told that you have to work in the FBI for that... and again, they require to pass a physical agility test, plus, i believe the academy is outside of california.  i have no interest in going toward regular computer security/software developement/or computer repair fields.  i have no idea where to begin looking for a career that i may be interested in that is non sworn, although there are a ton of places that talk about becoming a cop/ 


anyone who could provide any references or info would be greatly appreciated!


if you need to ask any questions, feel free to ask!


 

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Silk,


Check government job listings for agencies in your area. Examples of some non-sworn positions include:


Dispatch/Communications


Various office jobs, ie clerical, HR, etc....


Community Service Officer / Police Assistant


Parking Enforcement


Corrections


Animal Control


Zoning / Code Enforcement.....


I'm sure there are others as well....


Good luck


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Many agencies have non sworn personnel in their forensic sciences department.  Such as the crime lab doing drug analysis and DNA.  If doing chemist work isn't what you are looking for then try looking into a crime scene investigator.  They have investigators that work in the field collecting evidence from various crime scenes. 


 


Hope this gives you a few things to think about.  Good luck.

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Dispatchers


Clerks


Maintenance


Human resources


lab technician


Sex offender registries


etc...etc...


www.kentuckystatepolice.org


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In this area, non sworn are mainly secretaries, 911, some technicians, 311 call  and report takers, Crisis Team workers, and Victim Assistance workers. All are civil service positions. I'm not aware of any age requirements or physical agility requirements for those positions. College helps with some positions, some require college, some do not, you don't get called for an interview if you don't score high enough on the civil service test.

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Wow, you are 34, that's soooooooooooo old.  I can see why you don't want any agility testing.  You might break a hip.


All kidding aside, a good way to find out which LE jobs are available is go to the human resources link of every city in your area and bookmark it.  Check weekly for LE jobs that open up.  They always list full descriptions of what the job entails.   


 

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Civil employees are hired through the Civil Servece process for the City of Los Angeles. All positions require that applicants file for, take and pass an examination for a specific classification. More info: Civilian Empl. Section of the LAPD: (213)629-1797. For list of open positions, contact City of Los Angeles Personnel Dept. (213)847-9240 or call 24 h Job Hotline: (213)847-9424. Good luck!


 

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Some state investigator jobs do not require agility testing.  You would probably have to check your state's website to read job requirements, etc.

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There are computer forensic opportunities out there, but if becoming a fully sworn LEO is not an option, you will probably fare best by looking at the private industry or with investigative arms of attorney general's offices.  Private Comp Forensic jobs are hot, make big $$ and are in demand.  Also, there are many "analysts" positions with federal LE agencies such as NSA, CIA and FBI that get into computer forensic related areas (cryptography too), but are not sworn LE positions.  Good luck in your endeavors.


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If you want to get in to law enforcement in a non leo capacity then the best way is to get into a jail somewhere(to work not stay). Jails are pipe lines to Deputy Jobs. It will also let you get to know leo's all over the county which is always a good way to get a foot into the door somewhere.

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You can take a Blet ( Basic law enforcement training) course at most community colleges and then apply to the government to receive the necessary credentials to become  a Bail enforcement agent or a Fugitive Recovery agent such as I am...a Bail enforcement agent has to work for a bail bondsman, a fugitive recovery agent is a  free agent  with full arrest powers for anyone who is already wanted by the law. you can't arrest anyone but if there is a warrant for their arrest, federal state of local you can do whatever is necessary to bring them in and it is authorized by the US Congress,,,and the credentials allow you to purchase practically any equipment that a sworn officer can....hope this helps...You might have to start out working for someone else to establish experience before you can go it alone...I have my own Business and have contracted with the military and U.S. Government  as well,  good luck....other than that about all that is left in the non sworn area is  a security guard position or working for a private detective agency....


Marvin Lewey jr, RMC USCG
(service connected vietnam vet)
(former Military intel)
(semi-retired Federal Fugitive Recovery Agent)

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Some other non-sworn officer possibilities include exec. protection, all the various security fields including both private sector & govt security positions, loss prevention, risk mgmt, emergency preparedness/response planning/mgmt.


There are lots of opportunites in both private industry & the various levels of gov't for service.  You can adjust your education to cover any of these areas, or the other options already mentioned.  There are Certification, AS, BS, and Masters degrees in various security, emergency mgmt, homeland security, loss prevention, safety, foreinsics, & investigation fields. 


You might also look at or talk w/ reps from various professional organizations to get a feel for their field.  I belong to the Nat'l Assoc of Safety Professionals, the Internat'l Foundation for Proctection Officers, and the Nat'l Assoc of Private Officers.  Another major, international professional organization is the Am Soc for Industrial Security.  Expensive to belong to, but the ASIS is the security-related professional organization, and an excellent source of resource information.


The fields comprising non sworn officers are far larger than those of law enforcement, and they are growing rapidly.  Sad but true.  But that does give you lots of career options!...  So good luck!

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Some places still have Posses or Auxillary.  In Flathead County Montana, we are lucky to have a Sheriff's department that still operates a Posse.  Under state law, we are qualified to carry a firearm and work at the same level as a Reserve Officer or Full Time officer. 


We act as Transport officers on busy nights, provide Crime Scene security, play active roles in the Disaster plans, provide LE presence at community events, assist in Detention when they are short handed, provide road blocks for forest fires, assist Fire Departments as structure fires if requested, provide armed personal on SAR missions, assist on fugitive hunts, and assist other law enforcement agencies with in Flathead County.


We have to meet the same requirements as a Reserve Officer, but are not sworn.  We can make the same arrest any citizen can make.


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In California Dept Corrections:


Records dept  : Staff manage inmate records, update information from Correctional Councelors, (no inmate supervision involved)


Personnel Dept : All staff personnel issues (no inmate supervision involved)


Warehouse : Recieve all different types of products for food, medical, maintenance, office supplies, and distribute to every department at an instution.


Canteen : sell products to inmates and keep records of transactions


Laundry : distribute  and coolect laundry from inmates


Office assistant:  type, file, track inventories, supervise inmate clerks, keep the boss organized.......


Maintenance: electricians, plummers, carpenters, landscapers, masonry,


Auto mechanics


Truck drivers


The more exact discriptions can usually be found online.  http://www.spb.ca.gov/index.htm?e=1   Its like a city and you can pretty much find every type of job that is offerred in any city at a correctional facility.  And yes there is a civil service hiring process that may include a written test, oral test and or a hiring interview. 

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Federal Bureau of Prisons has many jobs in our Regional Offices and Institutions in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, North Central, South Central and Western regions.          www. bop.gov     You will go through intense training at Glynco, GA - we have our own training  center there.  My initial training was at USP Atlanta. 


Non-sworn LEO in a correctional institution would be: anything in the medical field; records office, teacher, dietician, librarian, chef. You are sworn if you are a case manager, correctional officer, anything dealing with inmates one-on-one, or working in a cellblock.  


I was non-sworn LEO but our Director at the time wanted me in the position, which was in Inmate Monitoring - Fed BOP's Witness Security (WitSec). I became the Liaison Officer between FBOP and WitSec HQ at main DOJ.  It was my job to teach them how We operated. When we realized it was a lost cause, I was called back to Inmate Monitoring and became DC, State, US Territories, and US Court Martials Designations Administrator. Again... non-sworn. I was then promoted to WitSec Designations Administrator, which meant I was in charge of all inmates in/our of BOP custody for whom an application for Witness Protection had been received. I got their threat assessment from their sponsoring AUSA and sponsoring LEA; arranged for their polygraphs; talked with them and their families endlessly on the phone - WitSec's and Pending WitSec's were the only inmates allowed to use the Gov't phones to call their HQ Case Manager or IMS Case Manager. If they weren't in our custody when I received their application, had to arrange the approprite Interstate Compact Coordinator and the USMS to get them out of their danger area.  I assigned them new names until they were authorized. I did a lot of heavy LE work, and was non-sworn.  Even our secretaries (one was male, ex-marine and now a USM), were allowed to talk to them in the only language they understood.  I was on call 24/7 and frequently went into work in the middle of the night to enter a designation & authorization for immeidate housing; enter the guy's classification as WitSec, which meant he only showed up on our computers, the Regional Director's computer; the Warden's computer; and the Case Management Coordinator's computer.  Sometimes, I had to go in to authorize an emergency writ.  I was also BOP HQ Duty Officer and took calls from every institution, Warden, etc., about anything that happened off-duty hours. I would call the Director at home and let him know if it was serious enough to hit the morning papers or TV news. He had to know first.


A Warden and I were selected by the Director to travel to Turkey to bring back a US Citizen doing time in Turkey, as part of our Treaty Transfer Program. They come back to the US and finish their term in a Federal Prison. I left the US a week early to visit family  and friends in Greece; he left about 4 days early to visit Paris.  


It was  the job of a lifetime. The only reason I retired when I was eligible was because my mom was showing the too-well-known signs of Alzheimer's and I had to make arrangements to sell her place and move her into a place at my condo.


It was hard work, long hours, everything had to be done NOW, and I'd go back to that non-sworn job in a heartbeat.


 


 


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Target (yes the store) also has a forensics lab (I think 2 locations). They work with police as well as private entities. You had mentioned computer forensics. This is something they do.


www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/28/AR2006012801268.html


privateofficernews.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/target-has-their-own-crime-lab-wwwprivateofficercom/


I do not know how to get more info on it, but you may want to contact Target Corp HQ.

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You can also look into Crime and Intelligence Analysis.  It's exciting, thought provoking, you work hand in hand with investigations and patrol and small agencies often offer some cross training (I also work CSI for major crimes).

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I have been involved in the law enforcement field both civilian and military over the last 31+ years both as sworn officer and non-sworn civilan. I must say each has had it's benefits.


Recently, the last 2 years I have had the opportunity to attend several computer forensics classes (Mississppi State Univesity and the FBI). These calsses vae earned me certification from AccessData and other areas to perform detail harddrive forenics on suspect computers and assist other agencies in investigations when needed.


I recommend that you seek information from law enforcement agencies in your area, community or 4 year colleges that might offer this type of training.


Good luck.


 

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You can go to work as a Correctional Officer at any FBOP facility, as long as you are no older than your 37th birthday when you begin, because 57 is the max age for working as a sworn officer at Federal BOP. 


Every state has it's own rules. Our's was originally age 30/max out at age 50.


Go to www.usajobs.com  US Marshals Service is always advertising for Admin jobs virtually everywhere - I get email from them every week.  I can't afford to work full-time, and they don't want part-time.... they're HQ is 3 minutes from me. Also see what DEA has - they're HQ is 1 minute from my home. Also do a search of "Federal Prison System"


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I'm not sure what is required in CA but you might even be able to get a magistrate job. Other than that I would say, dispatcher, clerk, resourse officer, etc.