Is a security clearance required?

In all cases, you must have a Public Trust Certification; some positions also require a security clearance (up to Top Secret).


What are the requirements for a Public Trust Certification?

Please review this site for more information (but please do not fill out until instructed):


How long does it take to obtain a passport and how much does it cost?

It usually takes four to six weeks to obtain a passport, but the process may be expedited and can take as little as seven to 14 days. If you travel to one of the regional passport offices, you can obtain one within 24 hours (a raised-seal copy of your birth certificate will be required). The cost of a passport is approx. $135-$165, and the cost of renewal is approx. $110-$140. You may renew your passport at the United States Embassy office while overseas. Visit for more information.


Does experience as a reserve police officer count towards the five-year sworn, civilian law enforcement experience?

No. Only full-time, paid, civilian law enforcement service qualifies.


What is the mission of the International Police Advisor (IPA)?

The mission of the IPA is to 1) advise, assist, monitor, and mentor foreign national police officers in overall institutional development; 2) provide technical assistance in policing skills and techniques to foreign national police at all levels; 3) identify and interdict non-conforming practices (i.e., corruption, violation of human rights, etc.); and 4) maintain international observation and presence over foreign national police officers.


Will I be paid during the time I am attending the Police Assessment Selection and Training process (P.A.S.T.)?

Yes, you will receive compensation for your time in P.A.S.T.


Can I return home following the completion of the Police Assessment Selection and Training process (P.A.S.T.), prior to going overseas, in order to finalize some personal matters?

No. You will be required to be ready for travel immediately upon completing the P.A.S.T. process.


What is pre-deployment training?

The pre-deployment training has been designed to ensure that an advisor is prepared, trained and meets professional industry standards to deploy to civilian and criminal justice assistance missions throughout the world. Housing, food and transportation will be provided, and the training will be conducted in the Washington D.C. area. The duration of the training will be approximately 10 days and will include but will not be limited to the following selection phases and orientation courses: Management Oral Boards (MOBs), In-person Psychological Review, Firearms Training /Qualifications, Fitness Evaluation (obstacle course, etc.), Cultural Sensitivity Course, Self-defense Course, History of the Region Course


Can I travel to and from my local, hometown airport, or will I be required to fly from a major or regional airport?

Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) will make travel arrangements to and from a nearby airport that has the most cost-effective ticket.


Am I required to have any specific shots or immunizations before I leave the United States?

Yes; for more information on vaccinations and diseases, contact the Centers for Disease Control, Travelers’ Health at or 1-800-311-3435.


Does Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) cover the cost of housing, meals and travel during the Police Assessment Selection and Training process (P.A.S.T.)?



Does being selected to attend the Police Assessment Selection and Training process (P.A.S.T.) necessarily mean that I have been chosen to be an International Police Advisor?

No. Candidates must successfully complete all phases of the P.A.S.T. process before final acceptance into the program.


Is the physical agility course that must be completed during the Police Assessment Selection and Training process (P.A.S.T.) adjusted for age or gender?



If I have previously completed a mission, do I have to pass the Physical Agility course again?



If I do not successfully complete any part of the Police Assessment Selection and Training process (P.A.S.T.) and am sent back home, can I return and try again at a later date?

Yes. If you do not pass the medical, physical agility, or firearms portion of the P.A.S.T. process, you may be allowed to return at a later time to try again. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the issues have been resolved and that there is a reasonable expectation for successful completion during the second attempt. You may have to pay for your own travel arrangements.


Are extensions possible at the end of my first mission?

Yes, if Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) and the State Department are satisfied with your performance and recommend the extension. In all cases, extensions are granted primarily on the needs of the mission.


Is medical insurance available and provided for me and for my dependents?

Yes, medical, dental and vision insurance will be offered to the forward-deployed U.S. employees (NOTE: there will be a contribution to the employee portion, while dependent coverage will be paid for by the employee).


Can I bring my personal firearm to the armed missions?

No. Personal weapons of any type are not permitted.


How will I communicate with the locals while in country?

Interpreters will be provided for communication purposes regarding official job duties.


Will I receive assistance in finding suitable housing when I arrive overseas?

Depending on the country, you will either be provided housing in-country upon arrival or assistance in finding suitable accommodations.


By whom and by what method will my salary be received? How soon will I receive my first check?

You will determine where you would like your salary to be direct-deposited. There will be some local arrangements for cashing checks into the local currency if you wish (there could be fees associated with converting checks into U.S. dollars). Your first paycheck should be received two to three weeks after you begin employment.


What kind of work schedule should I anticipate?

Work schedules vary depending on location and assignment. Most officers work eight- to 12-hour shifts, five to six days per week, subject to the needs of the customer and the terms of the contract.


Can I take along my laptop or notebook computer?

Yes, but bear in mind that some locations may not have compatible electric or telephone service and all personal electronic equipment must be claimed in the International Travel Request System.


What happens if a family emergency requires that I leave the mission area to return to the U.S.?

Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) understands that officers may encounter family and other emergencies while participating in these missions. In such events, your travel would count towards one of your authorized round-trip airfare entitlements. If you have used all your authorized round-trip airfare entitlements, you would be responsible for all travel expenses. Please check with your recruiter for current travel entitlements


How will I be expected to pay for my initial expenses once I arrive in the mission area?

It is recommended that you bring US$800 to US$1,000 with you for personal discretionary expenses incurred prior to receiving your first check.


Are protective vests issued to officers participating in these missions?

This will depend on the requirements of the country where you are assigned. For example, Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) would issue Level-4 body armor, complete with shock plates, for service in Iraq.


When deployed, how will I be able to communicate with family?

Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) will provide communication devices to help ensure you can stay in contact with your family members at home. You will have access to Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) facilities, where you will gain access to Voice over Internet Protocol telephone services, email service, and regular mail. In our experience, the best way to stay in contact is through services such as Yahoo® chat (Yahoo! Inc.) and Skype® (Skype Limited). Both offer webcam options. These and other communication details will be discussed as part of your pre-deployment briefings.


How do I stay in shape? What about food?

Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) provides MWR facilities that offer a full set of workout equipment in each location where you will be deployed. Our food service providers also must provide nutritious menus that are designed to offer you meals that are well balanced, healthy, and safe. While deployed, your life support (food, hotel, work-related travel) is provided to you. (NOTE – small facilities with few employees may not have all equipment and/or services).


Will I have to furnish my own equipment or will it be provided for me?

You will be provided with a standard pack of gear to include uniform items and immediate-need items as they pertain to the mission. Weapons and additional equipment will, in most cases, be issued upon arrival in-country.


How much do positions pay?

Salary will be dependent on the employee's level of expertise and experience and the location of the deployment. In general, compensation will be comprised of salary, per diem in some locations, and potentially even hazard pay and post-differential.


If I am contacted for a job, and I am not available for the assignment, am I taken out of the running for future opportunities?

Current inability to deploy does not bar applicants from applying for future missions. Integrated Justice Systems International (IJSI) cannot, however, solicit applications from candidates currently employed on another Criminal Justice Program Support (CJPS) mission if it would result in a violation of the candidate's current mission obligations.


I have a Green Card or permanent residency in the United States. May I apply?

This will be task order-dependent; some positions will require U.S. citizenship, others will not (usually the Life and Mission Support roles and the Border Advisor positions do not).


How soon will I be contacted?

Upon completing an online application, you may be contacted by phone or e-mail if something is unclear. After that, you will be contacted when a job opportunity becomes available for which you are qualified and have indicated availability. This might be a matter of weeks, months, or longer, depending on the State Department's staffing requirements and your personal circumstances.


What are the steps that would need to be taken to obtain an International Driver’s License (IDL)?

Steps are the following:

  1. Possess a valid motor vehicle drivers license
  2. Obtain two original passport photos (costs can vary depending on where they are obtained, but generally between $10 and $20)
  3. With the above items, an individual can apply for an IDL through a variety of ways (such as going to a local AAA office (AAA has an online IDL application that a person can complete at or via other online sources.

Prices range from approximately $15 to $35.

Once a person has obtained their IDL, they will also need to always carry their original drivers license and produce both licenses together when asked (such as for renting a car, in the event of a motor vehicle violation or accident, etc.)


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