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I've applied for a position as a DO with Maricopa County. Just wondering if anyone thought that being a Detention Officer or Corrections Officer was better or worse than being a Police Officer. I know that I want to be a Police Officer and am still in the hiring process for that, but this seems like a great "foot-in-the-door" to me. It does pay a little less, but still quite a bit more than I'm making in security. Anyway... thoughts?


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It is a good step forward my friend and will look good on any future applications to leo positions.I understand that some Sheriffs Depts. start a new person in that position.Good fortune to you.

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 MrDew7,


I was in your position before, was a p/t security officer and working in a f/t office position. They got old real quick and the County I live in was doing a mass hiring for a newly built jail. Applied with the same mindset of gaining the experience as a D.O. and then work my way up to being a LEO. While I'm not an LEO yet, I never regret leaving what I had behind and I'd do it again. This was 5 years ago. 


SE851 is correct in saying that many Sheriff's Office do prefer their Deputies to start out as D.O. and work their way up and Maricopa County is no different. 


PS: I would leave for Maricopa County and work for Sheriff Joe if they'd ever come calling.


 


 


 


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Definitely a good way to get a "foot in the door" so to speak. As for whether or not it's a "better" job, both have their positives and negatives, and both have their difficulties.


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SE851 says ...



It is a good step forward my friend and will look good on any future applications to leo positions.I understand that some Sheriffs Depts. start a new person in that position.Good fortune to you.



Thanks for the encouragement Dave!


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 MrDew7,


I was in your position before, was a p/t security officer and working in a f/t office position. They got old real quick and the County I live in was doing a mass hiring for a newly built jail. Applied with the same mindset of gaining the experience as a D.O. and then work my way up to being a LEO. While I'm not an LEO yet, I never regret leaving what I had behind and I'd do it again. This was 5 years ago. 


SE851 is correct in saying that many Sheriff's Office do prefer their Deputies to start out as D.O. and work their way up and Maricopa County is no different. 


PS: I would leave for Maricopa County and work for Sheriff Joe if they'd ever come calling.



I'm with you on that! It's not a bad job, but like you said, it has gotten old and it got that way pretty quickly! I'm glad I'm not the only one who is thinking this way, it sounds like this might be the right way to go. Thanks for the encouragement and for sharing. The first step of the process is scheduled for Wed. the 13th.  


And I agree with you in that I like the idea of working for Sheriff Joe. It seems that for most people they either love him or hate him with no in between. I guess that comes with calling yourself America's toughest Sheriff!!


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Definitely a good way to get a "foot in the door" so to speak. As for whether or not it's a "better" job, both have their positives and negatives, and both have their difficulties.



I think so too. Hopefully it'll all work! :-) Thanks for responding!


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I have two views.


One, yes, it is a good way to cut your teeth into a law enforcement career. It provides you nonstop exposure to the criminal element so you can better identify and handle the criminal element outside the jail among plain old citizens. Plus, the people in a detention facility will be the same people you bump into on the street.


The second, I say no, I wouldn't want to do jail or detention work. I cannot wrap my head around going to work and going to jail in the same breath. I was offered a job with a county that required 7 years in jail, 7 years on the street and 7 years in with detectives. I was not interested in the jail aspect so I kept persisting until I got a PD position. I personally just did not want to work in jail or prison. There was nothing about it that appealed to me.This is a personal position only. 


 


 


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Get in where you fit in.  My wife is a CO and I could not do her job and she could not do mine.  Personality has quite a bit to do with it in our situation! !.


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I have two views.


One, yes, it is a good way to cut your teeth into a law enforcement career. It provides you nonstop exposure to the criminal element so you can better identify and handle the criminal element outside the jail among plain old citizens. Plus, the people in a detention facility will be the same people you bump into on the street.


The second, I say no, I wouldn't want to do jail or detention work. I cannot wrap my head around going to work and going to jail in the same breath. I was offered a job with a county that required 7 years in jail, 7 years on the street and 7 years in with detectives. I was not interested in the jail aspect so I kept persisting until I got a PD position. I personally just did not want to work in jail or prison. There was nothing about it that appealed to me.This is a personal position only.  


 



Thanks for responding Sarge! And thanks for giving some pros and cons. I see what you are saying on all points here. The pros above are some of the reasons why I thought it would be a good idea too, but like you, spending a lot time in jail doesn't sound all that wonderful to me and I would definitely rather get on at a PD. But I think that for me the pros outweigh the cons although I wouldn't want to be there for my entire career or even more than a year or two. If it does work out I'm hoping that it will sooner rather than later turn into a position as a Deputy and then up and up! :-) But of course I'm also still holding out for Mesa PD and would choose that position over the MCSO. Still waiting to hear back to schedule a Psych Eval.


Side question: At the conclusion of my polygraph, the examiner informed me that I had passed the polygraph. I asked when I might hear back to schedule the psych eval and he said that he didn't really know. He did say that if I heard back quickly that it was probably bad news, and that if I didn't hear back for awhile then it was most likely good news. Is that true in your experience?


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Get in where you fit in.  My wife is a CO and I could not do her job and she could not do mine.  Personality has quite a bit to do with it in our situation! !.



Thanks for responding snhadley! I appreciate your opinion.


My wife is also an aspiring LEO, so I'm wondering: do you enjoy the fact that both you and your wife are both in law enforcement?


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Side question: At the conclusion of my polygraph, the examiner informed me that I had passed the polygraph. I asked when I might hear back to schedule the psych eval and he said that he didn't really know. He did say that if I heard back quickly that it was probably bad news, and that if I didn't hear back for awhile then it was most likely good news. Is that true in your experience?



I doubt how quick you hear about getting the next step scheduled has anything to do with whether it's good or bad. Sometimes investigators who do more than just hiring get bogged down with cases, and sometimes they have nothing pressing and can get a next phase scheduled. Who knows..the agency you're applying with may have a precedent that matches what you're saying.


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I have a couple of good friends who work at the Super-Max Federal Prison in Florence, Colorado.  After hearing some of their stories, I could never work there, nor would I want to.  That has to be the most dangerous prison on earth.  All they house are the worst of the worst. They are so dangerous, they are locked up 23 hours a day, and only one prisoner is out at a time, under heavy and direct supervision. Those prisoners would just as soon kill you as look at you.


I know not all prisons are this bad, but I also know they house people that want to kill you.  I will take my chances on the street.  I have a lot of respect for correction officers.


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