IamA United States (aka federal) Probation Officer. AMAA
Hello everyone. I did one of these as a state officer a year or so ago and had received some comments requesting I do one as a federal officer. I've now completed my first year as a federal probation officer in a southeastern US state. I'm under 30, male, with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology and an M.S. in Criminal Justice & Criminology. I've worked as a a research assistant on several temporary contracts and I've also been a security officer, loss prevention officer, juvenile detention officer, state probation officer, and now federal officer.
Tomorrow is a federal holiday, so obviously I have a scotch in hand and have some free time.
Proof via imgur of my badges and as soon as a mod can confirm, I'll send an email from my official .gov email to verify my identity.
As a quick edit: This job requires that your personal philosophy come out to a certain extent. Officers fall on a spectrum between law enforcement and social work and I believe I fall firmly smack dab in the middle. That may give you an idea as to how some of my answers will come up.
Edit: Gotta get some sleep. I'll answer any other questions that pop up by tomorrow. It's either answer reddit questions or clean the house on my day off...sooooo....
Edit: Going on two days of this stuff. Still welcome to answer any other questions that pop up.