This is a discussion on From COto DEO within the Ask a CO forums, part of the Public Discussions category; Ok first question as a member. Dont know who else to ask but i worked in corrections for OPSO and ...
Ok first question as a member. Dont know who else to ask but i worked in corrections for OPSO and JPSO in Louisiana and i was thinking about going federal with my experience. I need to know if DEOs (Detention Enforcement Officer)still exist within the US Marshals....if so, i would lime to know exactly what are the requirements to join and what it is they do as far as their job description. Are they sworn law enforcement officers or just correcrional officers? Do they have arrest powers and carry firearms?
All answers appreciated
I dunno where you're at in louisiana but we have two federal prisons here pollock and oakdale in the cenla area both have the same retirement as the marshals and if you wanna go that route in the future then all your time will count towards it
I worked for the US Marshal Service as a contract guard. I was with a DUSM transporting inmates to and from and some court duty.
The Dention Officers are basically CO's. The USMS only uses them in larger urban areas or where USMS has a large enough presence that they have their own jail/holding facility. Detroit, Wash DC, NY etc.
Some say it could help one get in the door as a DUSM however there are only approximately 3,000 DUSM and hiring can be very time consuming. A couple worker tested in 2001 and didn't get picked up til 2007. So to say competition to get on the USMS is fierce is an understatement.
They other thing is there is some resistance from USMS administration that Dentention Officers are not covered by LEOSA.
So as others have said you might want to consider BOP. Same pay and retirement as every other FED LE and you can always get in then transfer around to other places or a different agency.