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Pros & Cons of a Fed, local, county, state PD.

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Just thought I'd start a new topic that might be interesting for all to enjoy.....so have add it.

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Always been County.....PRO's: Wide open spaces, CON's: Too friggin far to the jail !!!!!!!!

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Fed's moneys nice

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So who has the best benefits or all the same?

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coolbummin said:

So who has the best benefits or all the same?

it depends, because some fed dept dont have leo retirement and some do......20/50 or 30/55

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ddsppd11 said:

Fed's moneys nice

oh yes

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I am trying to break into fed, Thats my direction anyway. I think local will be a crap shoot on any level I try to get into. If I don't get a fed offer by the end of sept, I am going back to Iraq. screw it.

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JayKiss said:

I am trying to break into fed, Thats my direction anyway. I think local will be a crap shoot on any level I try to get into. If I don't get a fed offer by the end of sept, I am going back to Iraq. screw it.

have faith brother, its a hard road to go down, but once your in, your in for life and the benefits are the best. I have no regrets of ever becoming a fed and i promise you its well worth the long hard wait.

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I have to go with local. As a county deputy if you advance about the rank of Sgt you might get fired or demoted when the new Sheriff is elected. Politics suck. City is a career, county is a job. State or Fed is good but you can be assigned or re-assigned anywhere in the State or Country so you need to be flexible and unable to really put down roots.

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COMBAT_VET said:


JayKiss said:


I am trying to break into fed, Thats my direction anyway. I think local will be a crap shoot on any level I try to get into. If I don't get a fed offer by the end of sept, I am going back to Iraq. screw it.


have faith brother, its a hard road to go down, but once your in, your in for life and the benefits are the best. I have no regrets of ever becoming a fed and i promise you its well worth the long hard wait.


Did you get a DOD position offer when you left the army or did you apply?

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The thing I like is to be out and moving. I dont mind the reports, but I like to be on the streets and active. I am thinking about getting into something federal, but I worry that I will end up stuck in an office while the locals do the leg work. I like the leg work...any feds have advice on what departments to focus on and what divisions within them?

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DEA Has Three positions open in S. Florida Their requesting previous Law enforcement Or Military experience. I found this through a Marine Placement Guide. Once I find out the contacts I will let you guys No.

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oh yeah forgot, Pros for fed is......if you have military time, just as long as your not retired, you get to transfer your time over to you retirement as a federal employee. thats one good thing.

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you have to apply @ on usajobs.opm.gov . when your ACAPing you will start making your resume and start applying for fed jobs. you just don't get offered a position, damn i wish it was that easy. USAJOBS is the main place to look for FED jobs because it only FED. its real easy to use.

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US Department of Homeland Security is one of the major Dept that has the most FED law enforcement jobs.

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retired military means you start from scratch on seniority just like a new guy its a weird system, I was disappointed with the medical but you cant have everything

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the only Con about DOD ran depts are pay and you have the 30/55 retirement instead of 20/50 retirement. none the less it what you want.

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yah...we have a retire 30yr ARMY RANGER MSG and i have seniority over him, funny, but thats how the cookie crumbles in the fed gov't

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I like the county where I work. Where I work it is city and busy as hell but if I want a change I can go out to the country or even slower still an island. We have take home cars and a great schedule 5 on 2 off 5 on 3 off. Gotta love those 3 day weekends. Wouldn't go fed or state because you are subject to move around. Municiapality wouldn't be bad but with gas prices the way they are my wallet would miss the take home cars. I'd stick with the county.

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the only other alternative for me is California Highway Patrol

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I have to say fed. Right now I made it to the second level of a fed job and then they told me it would 6-8 weeks for an interview, which the 8 weeks is coming up for at the end of august. I had to do an online quetion form close to 100 questions and score 70 or above. I don't mind the moving around, as it would give me a chance to see the country. The position is located in Boston. In the description it did say there would a lot of travel.

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COMBAT_VET said:

the only other alternative for me is California Highway Patrol

I am most likely going to go work for Blackwater. My wife dosen't want me to but what are you going todo. I have allot of applications out but it's hard to get a response. And the responses I get are for bullshit intern to perm positions. Florida Hwy patrol will take me but it dosen't seem that interesting. Local level LE seems kind of dull, no offence. I had an Interview with an LE agency in L.A but my wife has now changed her mind on movin to California and won't budge.

Sounds Like you have a sweet deal @ DOD good luck with that.

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I have to say fed. Right now I made it to the second level of a fed job and then they told me it would 6-8 weeks for an interview, which the 8 weeks is coming up for at the end of august. I had to do an online quetion form close to 100 questions and score 70 or above. I don't mind the moving around, as it would give me a chance to see the country. The position is located in Boston. In the description it did say there would a lot of travel.

yes the fed gov't is just like the military........they need bodies, but it takes along time to man up personel..............hurry up and wait.

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COMBAT_VET said:


bsears said:


I have to say fed. Right now I made it to the second level of a fed job and then they told me it would 6-8 weeks for an interview, which the 8 weeks is coming up for at the end of august. I had to do an online quetion form close to 100 questions and score 70 or above. I don't mind the moving around, as it would give me a chance to see the country. The position is located in Boston. In the description it did say there would a lot of travel.


yes the fed gov't is just like the military........they need bodies, but it takes along time to man up personel..............hurry up and wait.


Thanks

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I know what that's like I put several fed applications in and have been all over usajobs.

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if you think about it, the wait and process time is the same with fed and outer agencies, just seems difficult and longer.