General Forums >> Law Enforcement Careers >> sheriff or city cop?

Rate

sheriff or city cop?

437 Views
15 Replies Flag as inappropriate
Dsc00862_max50

172 posts

back to top

Posted about 7 years ago

 

i recently found out the teacher my wife is an aid for's father is the re-elected sheriff... the problem: town is 20 miles away. should i persue that department or wait until next hiring cycle in the city i live in? my wife said the sheriff pays less, no take home vehicle, and of course a much farther distance. i already live 20 miles from my current job and money is tight, financially, not the best decision, but this is a profession i want to be in.

Photo_user_banned_big

1386 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

good luck chicken.....

Eagle_edited_max50

77 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

If your in it for the money, then this profession is not for you, look elsewheres.

-428 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Edrick said:

If your in it for the money, then this profession is not for you, look elsewheres.

You are absolutly right, I could have been making more money. But I chose this way of life. It's not just a job, it's my life.

Dsc00862_max50

172 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

i have never been in a job for the money, i have never had a job that i wouldn't mind working 50 hours and be willing to get paid 40... i love my jobs. ... well, i take that back, i did work at a factory, hated it because i was stuck in a warehouse by myself for 9 hours a day. even lunch was lonely. but if i cannot pay the bills because i took a lower paying job, that would be too much stress added on to the job's stresses

the job as a city cop pays 5000 more then i currently make (sheriff will pay 3000 less then current), more vacation time, more pay with tenure (yeah, my current job only offers "cost of living" raises (max of 3%... doesn't even cover gas to get to work)), take home vehicle, dept. building is 4 miles from home, and i already know the area.

Police-19_max50

1827 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

We dont do what we do for the MONEY we do it becasue we love it.


Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Fluffy_max50

163 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Back to your original question: if you've got an "in" so to speak, and you have the possibility to get hired, and this is really what you want to be doing...then what's the problem? Why not apply to that department as well as your local department when their next hiring phase comes up, and whoever takes you first *bam* you have a job in law enforcement.

Vt_max50

136 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I completely agree with Recruit... Apply to both. Talk to deputies, talk to the sheriff, and talk to the city officers. Maybe see if you can do some patrols with each. Applying to just one department may turn out to be a waste of time, where as if you have two processes going at the same time, you have a better chance at getting hired.

Dscn1770__-__2_max50

763 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

My advice would be to ride out with both and see which one you would prefer. Yes, the city may have all perks, but may also be hard to work with officers and the county may not have much, but be great to work with deputies. You've got to do what is right for you.

Mirror_in_unifrm_max50

407 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Being a cop is not about getting rich. Check out both departments and see what they have to offer. Do some ride alongs if they allow it. Or just go and apply at both departments and take the first one that calls.

Docolduniform_max50

480 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Tx_LawMan said:

We dont do what we do for the MONEY we do it becasue we love it.

AMEN, Tx_LawMan!

Its not about the pay at all. Its about serving your community no matter what field of LE your in. When I was very young (I'm 21yrs old now) it was my dream to serve my community & love what I do. Pay, to me, didn't matter as much as the benefits. When I looked into LE, I did not have the POST certification to be a police officer BUT, I did qualify & pass every test / interview to become a corrections officer. I look to attend the local sheriffs academy in the spring to be POST certified though.

Personally, if you are certified... I would check out the sheriff even though you live 20 miles away. More experience & training will always allow you go farther in this profession.


Don't forget... the toes you step on today might be attached to the ass you'll be kissing tomorrow!

Dsc00862_max50

172 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

my wife talked to her teacher. the teacher said that i had to live in the county first year... i am roughly 10 miles away and cannot afford to move. so that is no longer an option
but thanks for all the input. the local sheriff (for the county i live in) just had thier application deadline. so i guess it will be a couple months before i can reapply for city and county departments. no word back from the city department about becoming a reservist

-428 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

chicken89 said:

i recently found out the teacher my wife is an aid for's father is the re-elected sheriff... the problem: town is 20 miles away. should i persue that department or wait until next hiring cycle in the city i live in? my wife said the sheriff pays less, no take home vehicle, and of course a much farther distance. i already live 20 miles from my current job and money is tight, financially, not the best decision, but this is a profession i want to be in.

I used to drive 75 miles one way in order to go 10-8. Yes, I was tired, yes the drive sucked, but I love this way of life. I did that for about 6 months, thank God that I only live 15 minutes from work. The pay is not so grate, but you know what I LOVE this job. Do what your heart tells you, it's not just a job "Is a way of life" That's all I can tell you.

Blank2_max50

83 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Chicken, pretty much like Recruit said. Take what ever "in" you can get. I understand that the County is now out because of the move, I've been there. I've always thought it was stupid especially since there is no car involved. LIke you said become a reserve, work at a local agency that don't have quite the benifits and put in a little time there and then go else where. Departments that don't take care of their officers should expect this. There is alway away to get something going, it just might take a little time and bugging the Shit out of some of the departments. Good luck.

-27 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I suggest doing a couple of ride-alongs if they allow them. We are having trouble finding people to fill our vacancies, but it impresses me when someone wants to do a ride-along---it shows that they want to know more about the dept before they commit. Sheriff's departments are generally more politically motivated that city departments.