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Thanks for the invite to the group, Clay. This ought to be interesting. Kind of along the same line as "Which is the better Branch of Service" (lol)


I work for a City Police Department (a little more than 100 sworn Officers), but work closely with my Fellow LEO's in the Sheriff's Office. It's been my experience that if you want to stay busy (abnormally busy at times), then a PD is the place to be. If you want to cover more Geographic territory, the County is the place to be. I tease the Deputies all the time about not being "Real Cops". That's called Pride in Service. Make no mistake, I would back them in a heartbeat (and often do) and have them back me in a heartbeat (and they often do). Both entities are great places to work for. (Would that be a disclaimer??: lmao)


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My name is Chad Pusey and I work for the Oblong Police Department in Illinois. I am the Chief of Police. I have been a police officer for 15 years and love every minute of it. Law Enforcment is the best family ot be involved with in the world. Stay safe everyone....

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Both are law enforcement with their repected specialities, I may have chosen police work but that's just a personal preference. Which is better that can only be determind by the one who will dons the uniform.


Hey, lets have fun, police work isn't brain surgery but don't clue in the public. It's on the need to know bases.

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I am currently employed with a PD, but have worked with a Sheriff's Office. they both are highley respected by me. the only difference in my opinion is the politics! I perfer working at a PD though, I back up the county anytime they need me, or call for me, and treat them just like my brothr in blue, which they are.


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My Father was a Police Officer, Syracuse NY. One of my dear friends is a Sheriff. I'm interested in Corrections(Go figure), and I love you all and to each his or her own.


I will run against the wind,
I will fight my up hill battle,
I will take criticism with dignity,
I will do it all with a smile.
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Both departments have advancement opportunities and comradare. I think for the area I live in, I woud prefer the Sherriff's Dept. just because it covers a wider area and has the opportunities that I am looking for, however if I can work within the PD and still gain the experience I am seeking I will defiantely go for the opportunity.


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 I work for a municipal police department, but we have two other police departments that operate in sections of our precinct.  Both are policital subdvisions. They have jurisdiction in their areas,  one is less than a square mile, and the other is about 2 square miles,  but they do not have jurisdicaiton  outside it.   We have jurisdiction everywhere.  


This is not like an incorporated or unincorporated.   The majority of the businesses and residents live in the town.    


CT did away with the Sheriff system because of continued curroption in their operations.   The did not patrol nor have law enforcement powers.   They had court security and prisoner transport.     Now there is a state marshal system.  It is very good. 


We do not have any form of County Government.  Which has it's drawbacks.      

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OK, so I work for one of each. 


I prefer the Sheriff's Office, but that is because of the difference in responsibilities.  I don't like working traffic that much and i LOVE warrant service, so the Sheriff's Office is a better fit.  Here in NC, Higyway Patrol is responsible for traffic enforcement in the unincorporated areas of the state and the Sheriff is responsible for warrant service (unless the warrant was taken out by the local PD).  So I don't have to work wrecks and if i am not on a specific radio call, i can go round up some of the warrants we have.


The flip side is that working for the PD, I am an employee, not a political apointee, so i don't have to worry about my job every 4 years when elections roll around.  But when I put on the blues, I have to deal with wrecks and there aren't many if any warrants siting around to serve.


As a personal preference, I prefer the SO for one more reason, traffic!  I SOOOOOO much prefer being out in the county where you can move and don't have to fight traffic  the entire time when running emergency traffic.

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Thank you for the invite here, Stacy. Sheriff's or Police Department? Toughie. Police Departments, depending on the size of the city or town they're located in, might have the advantage of being more personalized ... knowing some of the faces and situations of the citizens served. Sheriffs have the advantage of a wider reaching area and being able to link the going's on from one town to another within their county ... a valuable asset in drug trafficking and the like. If PD's and sheriffs in any given locale work well together, the advantages of each can compliment both branches in their jobs.


To all of you, no matter what branch of LE you work for, be safe and God Bless.


car   


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Thanks for the invite Stacy.


Okay, so I worked for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office in Washington State, a small border county in a border state comprised entirely of islands between Haro and Rosario Straits north of Puget Sound. We are kind of unique in that we are virtually the only Law Enforcement Agency in the county (aside from a couple of U.S. Customs Agents and one National Park L.E. Ranger all on San Juan Island). No State Patrol and no Town or City Police Departments.


There used to be a Town Marshal Department for the county seat, Friday Harbor, however the city fathers decided it was more financially sound to just basically turn the law and order thing over to the Sheriff's Office and pay the county the money they had been budgeting for the Marshals Dept.


So how does this arrangement work. Actually, fairly well. Deputies and Detectives in the S.O. have a wide range of duties that run from the typical Sheriff's Office work of county patrol, Criminal Investigation, service of papers, prisoner transports, etc.  to  marine patrol, Traffic Accident Investigation, drug interdiction, and search & rescue. The big plus here is that we got a lot of training and some pretty diversified skill sets. Jurisdictional conflicts are fairly non-existent and, at least during my time there, we worked well with Federal Agencies like the Coast Guard, DEA, Customs, etc.  Let me amend that last statement though... We always had a heck of a time getting any kind of response from Border Patrol or INS (now ICE).


So my experience and perspective is really from both sets of duties, mingled together and performed during the same period. If we're talking about working under an S.O. or P.D. administration... oh I'd probably say the P.D. has it over the S.O.s in that typcially a lot of the politics are taken out. I could be wrong though.

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Well thanks for the invite.  My name is Chad and I currently work the the State of Texas for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a Game Warden.  I have never worked for a municipality or a county.  I will give my .02 cents.  I love working for my department and wouldn't want to work for anyother.  The sup's are great and the dept takes care of its employees.  Though I am the only warden stationed in my county, the county officer's and city officer's always lend a hand when they can.


 

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Thanks for the invite AZDPS.


John Ret SO from Fort Stinking Desert AZ.


Now in Corrections (Yeah, I know I got the transition backwards!)

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Thank you for the invite to the group cpropst.


I worked for the city police department, over thirty thousand people. I loved it. I don't know much about how Sheriff's Department works, except that they cover areas outside the city. Maybe its a time for a ride along with a Sheriff?


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Thanx for the invite, i have worked for a city police but now work for a County SO. I like the SO better but the City paid better.

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Thanks for the invite.


Should be really interesting conversation.


I am a Corrections Officer.


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Thank you for the invite. I currently work for a local PD but started my career in the Corrections division of our county Sheriff's Dept. I have always wanted to be a Police Officer. We work closely with the Sheriff's Dept but I prefer to work in my hometown. I guess if you like to stay busy and deal with a lot of the same people the PD is right for you. If you prefer to travel around the county, go for the Sheriff's Dept.  Stay safe all and God Bless.

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Hi, I'm Pama,


A former 911 Police, Fire, EMT, and Civil Defense Dispatcher for the Charleston Police Dept., Charleston, WVa.  My father was a Sgt on my old department before me.  While we did not serve together, I grew up with all those that were there after my father died, so they were all family to me for the many years along the way.  I loved the police department but the politics were so funny.  Each year that a new political party in the city Gov or state gov got in office, everyone would rush out and change thier voters cards so they wouldn't be first to be laid off.  Other than that, I found all the LEs and LEOs Fed, State, County, and City to be kind members of the same broader family.  EXCEPT when you played against them in football, then the differences came out LOL.


Stay Safe and Always "Blue"


Pama


Many generations of LEOs have served and gone before us. Always Honor them by doing a "Job Well Done" today.

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Thanks for the invite, my name is Jeff.  I'm a reserve with the sheriff's office, their uniforms are way cooler than the local PD!

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Hi I'm Denise.  I'm a former Animal Control Officer for a local PD.  I loved it there.  I did some training with an area Sheriff Dept and it was a great experience.  I currently work for the Fed so if that opportunity makes itself known I'm there! (Everyone thinks we're the Dept of Natural Resources Conservation Officers anyway...although we're not armed with utility belts or badges)  Hmm.

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thanks for invite

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Hello, and Thanks for the invite!


My name is Gloria, I am a 911 Dispatcher/Trainer for Police/Fire and EMS. I work for a small town(pd) of approx  13,000. Our agency has 22 Officers and 6 Dispatchers.  I havent worked for the SO... but I really enjoy the people I work with here!


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I guess the answer to this depends on where you live. There are some states where the Sheriff takes care of ALL criminal investigation and the PD's just work traffic. There are others where the Sheriff mans the jail and serves papers. Then there are states where this can work both ways depending on the size and population of the county.


I work for the Oklahoma County Sheriff in Oklahoma City and we do it all. Yes, we man the jail, do court security, serve papers and work warrants and extradition. However, we also have a patrol unit and while the unincorporated is our primary coverage area we are not restricted in our patrols. So we work the entire county. We also have a traffic unit, complete with a motor squad (H-D's), a K-9 unit with both bomb and drug multi purpose dogs. We have a bomb squad and a SWAT team, both highly regarded in this state. We work traffic, including wrecks, and we have a 30 unit (fatality crashes) and we have people working the metro interdiction unit. Our investigators work every type of crime and we have some working under cover. We also have a fugitive team that works with the US Marshall's fugitive task force. This team was actually started by people with our SO.


Granted, being the city/county where the state capital is and where I-35 & I-40 cross, makes us unique. Tulsa County, though, works very much the same as we due. A lot of our counties work the way of the Sheriff being the chief LE agency in the county while not having the structure, manpower, or call volume we do. But then again there is still a large portion of OK that is agricultural in nature and in these areas the Sheriff is often the only LE for the county.


But our job, at least in the field, being such a mirror to our municiple counter parts I can't imagine stepping down to the city. They may make more money but we have a bigger playground...and better equipment.


 


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Hello I work for a County Sheriffs Office. We have County Wide jurisdiction. We work Patrol, Corrections, Court Security, Criminal Investigations and Transport. We have special units in the area of Contract Patrol, Civil Division, Warrants Division, D.A.R.E./Crime Prevention, Sex Offender Registration, S.W.A.T., Highway Interdiction Unit, Drug and Vice Unit, School Resource Officers, Aviation Unit, Marine Patrol, Bomb Unit, K-9 Unit, Bike Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Traffic Enforcement/Investigations Unit, CCW Office, Basic Training Unit, Mounted Unit and Cold Case. As a Senior Deputy I have the option of working in Urban areas that generate high volumes of calls or I can work in a more rural area that has very little call volume. I can also choose to work traffic enforcement or County Wide(Not assigned to a particular patrol area) Patrol. We often back up the different city and or township police departments that are all inside our county. While the City guy's do make more money then we do on paper (not much). We have take home vehicles and a higher clothing allowence. The take home car alone is about a $10,000 benefit. There are also more opportunities for promotion with the county versus the City agencies in our County. All told I prefer the County over the City.

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Hello all, my name is Travell and i'm a military police K-9 officer. I've been in the airforce for just under 7 years and I have about a year and some change left. My father is a police officer up in rochester, ny and has been for 32 years. I'm definetely going to follow his foot steps but as my time comes to an end in the military, I find myself wondering whether I want to go back to RPD where my dad is serving or if the sheriff is where I want to go. I've done a "million" ride alongs with my dad in my time so I know exactly how it is for him but I don't know too much about the sheriff's office. Does anyone have any insight on their preference and why?

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Semper Fi,


I'm a USMC Veteran(Infantry Rifleman/0311), currently I'm a Patrol Field Deputy assigned to Field Operations/Patrol and a Field Training Officer(FTO), holding the rank of Deputy First Class(DFC) for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in Loudoun County Virginia(Northern Virginia).  I've been w/this agency for (9)nine years to present.  I'm a firm believer that Patrol Deputies/Police Officers are the backbone of law enforcement, all else is support!!!  Politics and all else should be issues w/the higher ups, they forgot what it was like to be cops?  Just stay motivated and keep taking those criminals to jail.


Improvise, Adapt, & Overcome...

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  Hi my nane is Patty Lanier .And I'm new for this group and I thank you for letting me into this group. And I hope I get to know all of you as friends, and I always wanted to be a part of a group.And do this discussion well. And I going back to school soon , so this well help me do well for class discussion . And I want to help in law enforcement as a psychology for officers who need help. And I found this website as help me in of making a dission on my career. I got to work in a Police Department and I made a lot of friends . And I hope to do the same here.

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36TR says ...



Thanks for the invite to the group, Clay. This ought to be interesting. Kind of along the same line as "Which is the better Branch of Service" (lol)


I work for a City Police Department (a little more than 100 sworn Officers), but work closely with my Fellow LEO's in the Sheriff's Office. It's been my experience that if you want to stay busy (abnormally busy at times), then a PD is the place to be. If you want to cover more Geographic territory, the County is the place to be. I tease the Deputies all the time about not being "Real Cops". That's called Pride in Service. Make no mistake, I would back them in a heartbeat (and often do) and have them back me in a heartbeat (and they often do). Both entities are great places to work for. (Would that be a disclaimer??: lmao)


Tim


Welcome to the group Tim I hope you enjoy this group, I'm new to you ,I live in florida a little while , but now I live in Wheaton Il. It's okay I guess I'm studying to a psychologist for the officers who need to talk about there problems . And my namis Patty Lanier.


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I really like working at the sheriff's office.  One reason is that cases can spread over large geographic areas.  It is frustrating when I want to follow up a lead, but the issue is complicated when the trail runs into another jurisdiction.  The nice thing about working in the county is that our jurisdiction is 500 square miles.  In a bigger area, there is a better chance that I will be able to pursue leads without crossing jurisdictional lines.


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I really like working at the sheriff's office.  One reason is that cases can spread over large geographic areas.  It is frustrating when I want to follow up a lead, but the issue is complicated when the trail runs into another jurisdiction.  The nice thing about working in the county is that our jurisdiction is 500 square miles.  In a bigger area, there is a better chance that I will be able to pursue leads without crossing jurisdictional lines.


Phillip


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I work full time at a Sheriff's Office and have experience as a military Police Officer and for my part-time job I work for a University Police Department. All entities of law enforcement are great and very necessary. Some have specific specialties and others are more general LE oriented.

I like a diverse set of duties so the only thing I can say is most municipal Police agencies pay better and many county agencies cover municipal jurisdictions as well but there are some pay differences. It's all about opportunity to specialize, move up within an organization or make a few more dollars. The important thing to remember is that LE does not make you rich and if you are in it for money then you are in it for the wrong reason. We do this job because we care and want to try and make the world a safe and positive place. Which ever you end up doing it's a brotherhood and be safe doing it...

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