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As a Police officer how much free time would you have available?

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I would like having free time to spend with friends, family, and continue my hobbies. The types of jobs I'm looking into are in the field of state and local. I have goals to travel around to europe and the world but I wasn't sure on how much vacation time is offered when your a few years in and if any of those goals would be able to be reached with the type of seriousness of the job always being on call. What I want to get an idea is the types of scheduling that some officers work is it 4 days on and 3 days off? I worked security and thats how my company functions since its a 24 hour facility. Another question is how often does shift wok cycle? I had problems in the past wth securty where I had work 6am-6pm and a break than 6pm-6am which puts your body and mind all over when trying to get normal sleep. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Schedules and days off depends entirely on the department you hire in with. Since the only ones that can answer that are the departments you are interested in, call them and axe. Vacations are typically based on seniority. Being the new guy on the list, your vacations would probably be limited in selection and time.

As far as travelling the world? Do that before you get hired to make sure you have the time needed to see everything you want to see. You could also consider joining the Military and get paid to see the world. As far as seeing Europe, get a passport and a rental car. Don't do the travel agency "go here, stay here with us" things. See the sights you want to see, but eat, shop and stay in motels in the smaller cities or villages. Just my opinion.


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Relax and take a deep breath. You are way overthinking this. New hires generally get Mon & Tues off. Maybe working last out. You will have plenty of time for trips and vacations and days off. Keep in mind you will pay your dues for several years. Relax. Like 36TR stated AXE.

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uncledennis1 says ...



New hires generally get Mon & Tues off.



Not always, UncaD. In my Department (for example) new hires fall into their PTO/FTO's rotation. We work a 7 day stretch with varying days off.


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I just knew you would catch it Timmy. What about after FTO training?

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I think the best deal is the twelve hour shifts.  Work-Monday Tuesday Off-Wednesday Thursday Work Friday Saturday Sunday. Next week: Off Monday Tuesday Work Wednesday Thursday Off Friday Saturday Sunday. The department I did the explorer program with does that and all the officers seemed to like it.  If you worked up vacation days you take a vacation day on the off week and you have 7 days of vacation

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 12 hour shifts can be long, but you actual work only about half the year total days combined. You want time, make time. L.E can take up a lot of time (and energy) if you don't manage your time accordingly.. Being new, at first you probably won't be able to take vacation days off for a while