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New to the site, so far think it's great and hopefully it will pan out as a great resource for me. Just a general question for anyone with any info on the topic, I'm about to start my last year of school, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Criminal Justice. I've worked the last three summers in security at an amusement park, as dumb as it might sound, the security job is what got me thinking about a career in LE. Long story short, I got the LE bug and, after changing my major, have decided that I've got to be doing some type of LE work.

My goal is Federal, I have made a few contacts in ATF and with the Fed Air Marshals and have thought about both of those as an option after school, and I plan on doing a lot more research into all branches of Federal and deciding soon what direction I want to go in. My question is this, anyone in Federal know exactly how hard it is to get hired? And how do the various branches of Federal look at local LE work as experience. I've heard different things, some prefer it, some don't necessarily like it.
My dilemma is really with whether or not to go into local LE right out of school or not, I'd really like to and I think it'd be something I would enjoy, but anyone that has been there before me or can offer any advice I would GREATLY appreciate it. Thanks a lot.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

You need to figure out what type of law enforcement you want to get involved in before I could give you an opinion. I can tell you that I started off at a small local PD and then went to the Sheriff's Dept, after a few years I left to take a job with the Border Patrol. I was definitly able to use a lot of the experience I gained with the PD and SD during the academy and field training. I was able to hit the ground running and try to be an asset right off the bat, instead of being overwhelmed like some of my classmates.

As far as qualifications most FEd agencies go off a GS scale, most entry level positions are at a 5 or 7 and you can qualify with experience or a college degree or a combination of both. In my experience it seems to be easier to get hired by a fed agency if you are already in the fed system. You can try to find openings on USAJOBS.OPM.GOV. Good Luck

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

If I do decide to go to local right out of school it will be with the Sheriff's Dept...that's what I originally wanted to do anyhow until I started thinking about Federal.