General Forums >> Law Enforcement Careers >> Vet LEO's: Still happy with your career after 10,15,20, years?

Rate

Vet LEO's: Still happy with your career after 10,15,20, years?

359 Views
4 Replies Flag as inappropriate
Adam12_max50

119 posts

back to top

Posted over 7 years ago

 

I'm aspiring to become a part of some LE agency whether it's police, sheriff, correctional. What i'd like to know from veteran law enforcement officer's is are you still content with your career after a length of time....5, 10, 20 years? Or does the passion for the job burn out after a while and if or when it did how long did it take to realize that LE isn't what you thought it would be?

-12 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

I've been doing this for a little over 13 years and I love it more now than when I started. I love going to work and I love and respect the one's I work with. I've been patrol, narcotics and back to patrol again. Most fun I ever had other than my time in the Marines. The pay is fair, I get a car to bring home, get to help people out, etc. It's amazing they pay me to do this!! You have to have the drive and the heart to do this. It isn't for everyone. Look deep inside and follow your heart. Good luck.
SEMPER FI...

-28 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

The thing about it is, at least in California, after 10 - if you're not happy, you can pretty much have a good shot at going to another division, agency, or even another section of the criminal justice system. It's not like you're stuck once you go into Law Enforcement. I've worked both front end and back end - outside and inside. I'll more than likely retire in 10 with about 24 years (buy that PERS mil or air time guys and gals), and I'll only be about 45-46. I think I'll work probation for 4-5 following retirement with a non-PERS agency, and then go about the rest of my life...

Passion is what you make it. I've been extremely fortunate throughout my career, and taken every opportunity that has come my way. It's helped me advance my career to the point I'm looking at a "Chief" position in about 6 years- and that ain't bad.

The fact of the matter is, if it's not what you want, there is a lot of lateral movement withing the criminal justice system, and you can find your niche. You will know during the academy if LE is something you want to do with your life.

It used to take 7-10 years for an officer to start feeling "burned-out", but recent studies show that it's down to about 3-5 years. The officers today have to deal with more than there counterparts of the past, and other variables which contribute to the burn. It's really up to the indiviual, just like in life, to make what you can of it.

Photo_user_banned_big

283 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

I NEVER lost the fire; I want to and had full intentions of continuing schooling and staying in until 55, then retiring out, but I got hurt before being able to do so. Everything happens for a reason; I guess God's got something else in mind for me and a reason why I'm going through what I am and for the condition that I'm in... ours is not to question "why".