Hi all, first post here.
I’m career local law enforcement and I’ve been seriously looking at a job in this field. I hit the magic day in June and can retire whenever I want to, I just want to have something lined up before I do. I thought I would throw out my qualifications and get an opinion from those already in the field to see if it’s something I have a shot at.
I have 25 years in local law enforcement, 22 of them as a detective. The last five years I’ve supervised a 6 man investigative unit. My agency isn’t big enough, and doesn’t turn over enough, to have a dedicated background investigator for hiring. I’ve done background investigations as needed for about 20 years and still do them, as well as supervise and sign off on other detectives when they’re assigned one. I also do occasional backgrounds for executive positions at other departments.
A few years ago I went through a background investigation sponsored by the FBI for a secret clearance for JTTF information. It involved the NBIB and E-Qip sites and I met with a background investigator at the end. I recently called the security rep I dealt with back then and she told me my clearance is still active as I’m currently serving in the same capacity I was then.
So my main question revolves around something I’ve seen pretty consistently on job announcements in this field, requiring a recent SSIB clearance? Does the process I went through (described above) sound like the same thing they’re asking for? The announcements seem pretty firm on this and so far none of the companies have much guidance or good contact information beyond the job listing.
Also, I’m curious about how the pay typically works with these companies. Is it pure contract work? In other words if you go a month with no new assignments you make nothing, or is there a minimum salary you receive? I appreciate any input. Thanks!