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While the present association was established in 1955, the value of such an organization was expressed as early as April 21, 1936 in a letter to all officers from Richard E. McSweeney, Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the District of Massachusetts. The real effort to organize, however, came in 1948 when a committee was formed to study the establishment of a national association. Later, at a regional training institute in 1951 in Madison, Wisconsin, the officers in attendance accepted the earlier committee report and constituted themselves as a Federal Probation Officers Association.

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Alabama: U.S. Probation Officer Job

Announcement Number: 2018-01
City, State: Birmingham, AL and Huntsville, AL
Permanent Position: Permanent
Number of Positions 2
Salary: $40,464 - $95,388 (Birmingham)
: $41,558 - $97,968 (Huntsville)
Closing Date: 3/16/2018

Position Summary:

The U.S. Probation Office in the Northern District of Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for the position of probation officer. Probation officers serve in a judiciary law enforcement position and assist in the administration of justice and the promotion of community safety through their assigned duties. The positions to be filled from this announcement are in the court services unit. The primary duties of officers in this unit are to conduct pretrial and presentence investigations as outlined in the Representative Duties section of this announcement. Expenses associated with travel for interviews and or relocation are non-reimbursable. Existing U.S. Probation Officers in other districts are encouraged to apply. Lateral transfers will be considered at current CL (up to CL 28) and step (without matching locality pay of originating district).

Download Job Details PDF: Alabama-USPO.Position.Announcement.2018-01.pdf

FEDS: Ignorance is Expensive News

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Bad things happen to good, conscientious, hardworking federal employees.  Far too many of you still think you are immune to allegations of wrongdoing, regardless of how many times we reinforce the need to have professional liability insurance. Unfortunately, ignorance is expensive.

As probation and pretrial officers, you are vulnerable to investigations and/or civil law suits as a result of actions and decisions made in the course and scope of your employment.  If an allegation is made against you, the challenge is having knowledgeable and effective counsel advocating on your behalf.  Your agency attorney is not your attorney.  It is the job of the agency attorney to defend the agency – not you.  You need to have counsel that has specific experience representing federal law enforcement officers.

Coverage is available for $290 annually.  Probation officers are eligible for agency reimbursement up to half the cost for a premium of $145 annually.  All employees are eligible for agency reimbursement regardless of reimbursement eligibility.  All policies are not the same – FPPOA recommends FEDS due to coverage, cost and customer service.  Don’t forget your $10 FPPOA discount.  Tell the FEDS representative or enter the discount code FPPOA when prompted. The discount code is case sensitive.

Enrollment takes less than 5 minutesCall 866.955.FEDS Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm ET or enroll on-line anytime at www.fedsprotection.com.  

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FCCA Leadership Lessons of Antietam News

The Federal Court Clerks Association is pleased to announce that we have opened registration for our 3rd annual Antietam Training opportunity for all Court Unit Executives and Chief Deputies entitled “Leadership Lessons of Antietam, A Leadership Workshop for Court Teams.”  The FCCA is sponsoring a two-and-a-half-day leadership workshop that will be held June 4th through June 7th in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Please open the attachments for more information, including information on how to register.

(See attached file: Antietam 2018.pdf)
(See attached file: Antietam Letter 2018.pdf)

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Investigators cope with viewing child pornography for work News

CLEVELAND (AP) — Canton police detective Bryan Allen watched a video on his computer that disturbed him so much that he left work and went home to process what he saw.

Allen is 22-year veteran of law enforcement and a member of the Cleveland FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force and the video was of a man raping a boy, no older than two years old. Allen is required to look at these sorts of videos as part of his job, and his job takes its toll.

"Some of them just take it out of you," the 48-year-old detective said.

Allen and the hundreds of other investigators who work child pornography and exploitation cases nationwide must reckon with the short- and long-term psychological impact of repeatedly being exposed to images of helpless children being violated.

Three investigators interviewed by cleveland.com spoke of the taxing nature of the work. All three have to undergo a yearly psychological evaluation to ensure they are still mentally capable of working cases involving child pornography.

click to read the full article at CTPost.com

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Assistance to Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands News

Since the hurricanes swept through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, FPPOA has received several emails and calls asking if we would be collecting funds to support our offices on those islands. Historically, the Association has voted to not collect funds for such events, and the board has recently decided the same again.

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Thomas Gahl Video

On September 22nd, 1986 Tom Gahl became the first United States Probation Officer to be killed in the line of duty. This video commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death.