U.S. Pretrial Services Officer
Company: United States Courts
Location: Las Vegas
Posted on: November 22, 2021
Court Name/Organization: US Pretrial Services Location: Las
Vegas, NV Opening and Closing Dates: 11/08/2021 - Open Until Filled
Appointment Type: N/A Classification Level/Grade: CL 25-28 Salary:
$45,193 - $102,242 Announcement Number: 21---AD---01
U.S. Pretrial Services Officers collect, verify, and report
background information concerning persons charged with federal
criminal offenses. Investigations are conducted and information is
gathered through interviews with defendants, arresting authorities,
U.S. Attorney's Office, defendant family members and/or friends,
other criminal justice agencies, automated databases, and community
Officers evaluate information and prepare written reports for
judges prior to the initial hearing with an assessment of the
defendant's risk of nonappearance and danger to the community. A
recommendation regarding the release or detention of a defendant is
included in the report. In formulating a recommendation, officers
consider all risks, prior convictions, ability of a defendant to
post bond, community ties, the possibility of substance abuse, and
the risk of nonappearance, as well as the degree of danger to the
Officers supervise those defendants that are released with
supervision conditions. Officers must develop viable supervision
plans and maintain a detailed record of all case activities.
Officers make regular telephonic, home, and other community
contacts with defendants as required by the conditions of release
and the supervision plan. Officers monitor all conditions of
release such as, drug testing, location monitoring, inpatient and
outpatient treatment. Supervision intervention is conducted with
defendants to modify behavior to reduce potential for revocation.
Officers may also assist those defendants needing medical help,
food, shelter, and other assistance by referring them to the
appropriate community or governmental agencies. Officers coordinate
and monitor defendant's contact with community resources.
Officers notify the court and the U.S. Attorney's Office of any
violations of release conditions. They also prepare petitions
and/or reports to the court, recommending revocation or
modification of conditions of release. Officers attend court
hearings (initial, detention, violation, or status hearings) to
provide additional information and to keep the court informed
regarding the defendant's status. Officers may also be required to
testify in court.
* Conducts record checks using various automated systems.* Collects
and conducts urine screens on defendants of the same gender and
maintains appropriate related records.* Participates in and
contributes to ongoing functional training programs.* As
appropriate, reports all hazardous incidents encountered in the
course of duty to his/her supervisor, the Chief Pretrial Services
Officer, the court, and the Office of Probation and Pretrial
Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or
university in a field of academic study, such as, criminal justice,
criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or
public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to
understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations
skills in the position.
Court Preferred Skills:
Written and verbal proficiency in the Spanish language is highly
An advance degree from an accredited college or university in a
field of academic study, such as, criminal justice, criminology,
psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or public
administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to
understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations
skills in the position is desirable.
Prior experience as a Pretrial Services or Probation Officer on the
Federal, State, or County level is desirable.
As substantial personal contact with Judicial Officers, staff, the
public, and other agencies is required, successful candidates must
be able to maintain a professional demeanor, work harmoniously with
others, and be responsive, courteous, and polite on a regular
basis. Successful candidates must be flexible and conscientious
about detail and accuracy and must be able to balance the demands
of varying or multiple workload responsibilities and deadlines.
Completion of a master's degree or two years of graduate study (60
semester or 90 quarter hours) in an accredited university in
business or public administration, political science, criminal
justice, law, or other field closely related to the subject matter
of the position may be considered qualifying.
Maximum Entry Age:
First time appointees covered under law enforcement officer
retirement provisions must have not reached their 37th birthday at
the time of their appointment to the hazardous duty position.
Applicants age 37 or over, with previous federal hazardous duty
experience under CSRS or FERS, may be eligible for appointment and
must provide acceptable documentation for consideration.
The duties of pretrial services officers and pretrial services
officer assistants require the investigation and management of
defendants charged with criminal offenses. In the supervision of
these defendants, these duties require moderate to arduous physical
exertion, including prolonged periods of walking and standing,
physical dexterity and coordination necessary for officer safety,
and use of self-defense tactics. Applicants must be physically
capable of efficiently performing these duties and are subject to
fitness-for-duty evaluations. Vision and hearing must also be
adequate to perform the duties listed safely and effectively.
Pre-Employment Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
As part of the recruitment process, final candidates for the
position will undergo a background investigation completed by the
U.S. Pretrial Services office. Fingerprints will be taken; a
criminal record check with law enforcement agencies will be
conducted, contact with previous employers and references will be
made, and a credit check will be conducted.
Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position
will undergo a comprehensive medical examination and drug
screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination
and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed
provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the
court. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent will be
subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background
investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by
management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent
A security/sensitive background investigation will be conducted by
the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The selectee must undergo
and successfully complete a full field ten-year background
investigation. The selected candidate may be appointed
provisionally pending the successful outcome of the OPM
By statute, employees must be citizens of the U.S. or of countries
with which the U.S. has a mutual defense treaty.
If you are a male applicant born after Dec. 31, 1959, you must
certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System,
or that you are exempt from having to do so under the Selective
Service Law. See .
Due to the considerable amount of time and agency funds devoted
toward the overall training for this type of position, a minimum
four-year commitment is preferred and expected of the incumbent.
Recruitment incentives may be applicable.
* General knowledge of the criminal justice system and knowledge of
the Pretrial Services investigation, report, and supervision
processes.* Ability to identify unusual problems for resolution.*
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Strong
writing skills are key.* Ability to conduct thorough investigations
and make sound evaluations and recommendations.* Knowledge of the
local community and its resources.* Ability to meet recurring
deadlines in a short time frame.* Ability to use various law
enforcement automated systems.* Strong computer and typing skills,
and working knowledge of computer software, such as,* WordPerfect
and Microsoft Office, or other approved office applications is
desirable.* Unquestioned integrity, mature judgment, and tact.*
Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for
judicial employees.* Court preferred skill in the Spanish language
is desirable.* The incumbent must be willing to travel between the
Reno Office and Las Vegas office for casework. Other
training-related travel is also required.* If appointed at the CL
25, or CL 27 levels, when eligible, and based upon performance and
funding, the employee may be later promoted to CL 27 or CL 28
Demonstrated experience with investigation, report-writing, and
supervision of defendants or offenders.
Benefits include participation in the Federal Employees' Retirement
System, Social Security, Federal Employee Health Benefits, Federal
Employees' Life Insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan with an employer
match, long-term disability insurance, medical and dependent care
reimbursement plans, paid holidays, and accrued annual and sick
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