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    Quote Originally Posted by FederalCO View Post
    Keep in mind that this is LE work and it is much more dangerous than the average office job. While being a CBPO might not be as dangerous as being a BPA, keep in mind that you will come across dangerous situations and people and you will have to respond. If you don't think you will be able to handle that, I suggest you look into different work.
    That's not the point. It's in my nature to respond quick and calmly to emergency situations. I'll just need to be trained of course. I just don't want an enormous chance of a job-related death. I plan to come home after the shift is over and be able see my future wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralSnus View Post
    In the recent past, traffic-related fatalities have been the top cause of line-of-duty deaths among LEOs.
    Thanks for the info

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    Wolf,

    I would say that BPA is a more dangerous job than CBPO, but the risk of serious bodily injury or worse is always there in LE work.

    At a Port of Entry you WILL deal with the following situations: Armed and Dangerous lookouts, drug smugglers, human smugglers, port runners (in cars and on foot), people with warrants for violent crimes, drunk and belligerent college kids coming back from a good time in Mexico, drunk drivers, etc.

    The good news is that backup is usually seconds away. At San Ysidro there were dozens of officers working on each shift. Whether you are working the line (pushing cars through), the secondary lot or the pedestrian area, you will always have other officers with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubbish View Post
    Wolf,

    I would say that BPA is a more dangerous job than CBPO, but the risk of serious bodily injury or worse is always there in LE work.

    At a Port of Entry you WILL deal with the following situations: Armed and Dangerous lookouts, drug smugglers, human smugglers, port runners (in cars and on foot), people with warrants for violent crimes, drunk and belligerent college kids coming back from a good time in Mexico, drunk drivers, etc.

    The good news is that backup is usually seconds away. At San Ysidro there were dozens of officers working on each shift. Whether you are working the line (pushing cars through), the secondary lot or the pedestrian area, you will always have other officers with you.
    Sounds like my kind of job.

    Oh, and I finally changed my Geo Preference from SE to SWB yesterday on Christmas day. I'm praying that I'll be receiving a TO pretty soon.

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    Anybody recently decide to change their location preference to the southwest border?

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    If you want the job now, then pick the SWB. Do your homework on the Port of Entry Locations. The SWB is not a horrible place to be. You work hard, you learn the job and when the time is right, you put in for a place that you want work. Will you work hard? yes. Will you work long hours? yes. Are you compensated well? Yes. CBP is a great career move that can take you all over the world, but you won't get the opportunity if you only want to work where you want to when you start out. Lots of agencies don't give you a choice so get your foot in the door, gain the experience and transfer later on down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasputin View Post
    If you want the job now, then pick the SWB. Do your homework on the Port of Entry Locations. The SWB is not a horrible place to be. You work hard, you learn the job and when the time is right, you put in for a place that you want work. Will you work hard? yes. Will you work long hours? yes. Are you compensated well? Yes. CBP is a great career move that can take you all over the world, but you won't get the opportunity if you only want to work where you want to when you start out. Lots of agencies don't give you a choice so get your foot in the door, gain the experience and transfer later on down the road.
    Totally agree. Already changed to SWB. Now just waiting for the TO.

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    Hey man, so I just did a google search for CBPO positions on the SWB. I found a link to this thread and realized something crazy.... You and I were at the same testing location! lol I know it's not that big but it's really comforting to know that some one else has received that email and changed there position and hasn't gotten a TO yet. I was getting a little worried I had been missed or something.

    I too sent an email on Christmas day asking to transfer my geographic region to the SWB. Maybe if both of us get a TO then we'll be at the same academy. I had mine originally set for the SE b/c I live in coastal MS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grubermeister View Post
    Hey man, so I just did a google search for CBPO positions on the SWB. I found a link to this thread and realized something crazy.... You and I were at the same testing location! lol I know it's not that big but it's really comforting to know that some one else has received that email and changed there position and hasn't gotten a TO yet. I was getting a little worried I had been missed or something.

    I too sent an email on Christmas day asking to transfer my geographic region to the SWB. Maybe if both of us get a TO then we'll be at the same academy. I had mine originally set for the SE b/c I live in coastal MS.
    You tested in Atlanta? Wow, that's awesome! I actually made some friends over there but, sad to say, neither of them could continue the process. One had made his 38th birthday a little too early and the other had diabetes. It's unfortunate for CBP, they were very intelligent individuals! But who am I to question the hiring process. I know everything happens for a reason. Hopefully, if all goes well with the rest of the process we will see each other at FLETC! I'm still praying for that TO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf View Post
    You tested in Atlanta? Wow, that's awesome! I actually made some friends over there but, sad to say, neither of them could continue the process. One had made his 38th birthday a little too early and the other had diabetes. It's unfortunate for CBP, they were very intelligent individuals! But who am I to question the hiring process. I know everything happens for a reason. Hopefully, if all goes well with the rest of the process we will see each other at FLETC! I'm still praying for that TO!
    Me too. Have you heard anything else from the hiring center other than changing your geographic location. I'm still a little confused on the hiring process, maybe you have figured it out better: so you get the TO, do the screenings and background check, then go to training. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grubermeister View Post
    Me too. Have you heard anything else from the hiring center other than changing your geographic location. I'm still a little confused on the hiring process, maybe you have figured it out better: so you get the TO, do the screenings and background check, then go to training. Right?
    From what I know it's: TO, VBT/SI, Medical exam, Drug exam, Fitness exam I, Polygraph, Background investigation, Fitness exam II, Training for about a month or two at your POE, FLETC, Spanish training, Post-academy training, and that's it. I think... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf View Post
    From what I know it's: TO, VBT/SI, Medical exam, Drug exam, Fitness exam I, Polygraph, Background investigation, Fitness exam II, Training for about a month or two at your POE, FLETC, Spanish training, Post-academy training, and that's it. I think... lol
    If I'm wrong, someone please correct me!

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    Does anyone know what the current hiring need is in geographic location Georgia? I received a TO in June 2011 and was wondering how many people they plan on hiring in Atlanta, since they're opening a new international terminal this year? I received that SWB email three times. The third time they included Georgia. I applied, took PF1/medical/poly/drug test/structured interview, and I'm currently waiting for my background to clear. Got an email from PF2 team on Dec 23rd advising me to stay in shape for a potential upcoming academy start date.

    My friend, who is ICE SA, said not to hold my breath waiting for an offer. Took him two years to get hired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoryCC View Post
    Does anyone know what the current hiring need is in geographic location Georgia? I received a TO in June 2011 and was wondering how many people they plan on hiring in Atlanta, since they're opening a new international terminal this year? I received that SWB email three times. The third time they included Georgia. I applied, took PF1/medical/poly/drug test/structured interview, and I'm currently waiting for my background to clear. Got an email from PF2 team on Dec 23rd advising me to stay in shape for a potential upcoming academy start date.

    Yeah but looks like you are almost done! Congratulations!! Maybe I should've waited for that kind of offer...

    My friend, who is ICE SA, said not to hold my breath waiting for an offer. Took him two years to get hired.

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    I was just looking online at things and came across this list at US CBP Website

    We are unable to provide personalized status updates at this time. However, here is a description of the steps, with approximate time frames from application to a final job offer. Please visit CBP.gov Careers for information on the application process.

    Apply online.

    If applying for a job that requires testing, such as CBP Officer, Agriculture Specialist, Border Patrol Agent, Pilot, etc. once you have submitted your application, you will receive a notice of the time and place for the test, as well as an admission slip. It can take up to 12 weeks for your test results to be provided to you. If it has been 12 weeks and you have not received your test results, please call.

    If you passed the test, you will be contacted for a structured interview. 2-3 months after receiving test results.

    If you pass the interview, you will be required to pass a physical exam that entails some strenuous exercise. 2-4 months after passing structured interview.

    If you pass the physical exam and drug test, you will be given a tentative offer of employment. This is the time frame that many people find frustrating. The length of time between passing these tests, and receiving a tentative employment offer depends on a number of factors including the frequency with which openings occur in the locations you indicated in your preferences, the number of applicants ahead of you in the list (either because they applied earlier or received higher test scores) and the over-all ability of CBP to hire because of budget constraints. Unfortunately, we do not have a crystal ball that will allow us to forecast when your name may come up. Unlike restaurants, where you can see where your name is on a waiting list, our list of eligible applicants is a matrix that requires a number of elements to line up to identify the next applicant to receive an offer. You may want to consider accepting other employment offers pending receipt of such an offer.

    For ALL Applicants, including those for positions that do not require testing, once you receive a tentative offer, you will undergo a background investigation. This investigation usually takes 3-6 months to complete, if there are complicating factors, it could take longer. You will be notified of the results when the investigation is complete. Assuming your background investigation is satisfactory, you will receive a final offer.
    I found it pretty informative. Here is the link for the quote:
    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...ZWaVdOaw%3D%3D

    and the home website:
    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/lis...tative%20offer


 

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