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LEO advice please?

After a fairly lengthy career as in technology, I am finally realizing life is about being happy. I have always wanted to enter law enforcement. Whether it's making a difference or carrying all the neat toys I'm not sure (kidding, most of my family is in law enforcement) I want to give it a try. The issue, of course, is who little the guys who keep us safe actually make (financially). How do you advance through the ranks quickly? How do you make a difference, career-wise, quickly? Thoughts from the guys who do it everyday?

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I thought you were starting your own business
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Re: LEO advice please?

I am sure you will get advice from site members but here is a thought: if you change careers and start over (regardless of career) you will take a big pay cut, the size of the cut will only increase with time as you will advance in your current career yet still return to entry level in your new choice. That said the only other item you might look into is schooling prior to the switch

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After a fairly lengthy career as in technology, I am finally realizing life is about being happy. I have always wanted to enter law enforcement. Whether it's making a difference or carrying all the neat toys I'm not sure (kidding, most of my family is in law enforcement) I want to give it a try. The issue, of course, is who little the guys who keep us safe actually make (financially). How do you advance through the ranks quickly? How do you make a difference, career-wise, quickly? Thoughts from the guys who do it everyday?
Are you married? If you do, do you have kids? If you are married talk to your SO, because it will be tough on them.

During Academy you will be stressed out and work long hours. After academy you will be even more stressed out, in FTO and work weird hours and switching hours every month or so.

After you get on the street, depending on the city, county or state that employees you, you will most likely end up with some shitty shift.

Here's an example for you. My city hires new officers at 41,250 a year to start. The cost of living in Arizona is pretty good and you can survive on it. Officers, Detectives and Sgt.s get paid hourly. LTs and above are on salary. I'm make alot more then that, heck I make more then some of our LTs, but you'll have to PM me to find out how much.

Raising through the ranks quickly depends on the individual and department. I personally like being an K-9 Officer and will never promote out of it. I like being in the trenches and fighting crime! Once you get in you'll find that the higher in rank you get, the more political it is.

I feel I have made a difference to a few peoples lives. Every once and a while you get to do something very special for someone and it feels like all the **** you have to put up with on this job is worth it.

Feel free to PM with any questions you have.

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Respectable starting salary! Our Deputies would

Surely it's all relative to the cost of living in your area.
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Re: LEO advice please?

You're 27? The world is your oyster...

Since you're in California, it may not necessarily be a pay-cut, depends on Department, and what you're making now. pm for details-

K9 is right in what he wrote. Sometimes you have to sacrifice home life due to shift/ hours/ duties.

Advancing? Education, Experience, and taking every Opportunity (advancement/ specialization) available to you within the department.

You'll make a difference just by serving the public, and take pride in that, versus just serving your wallet. Making a difference in the dept.? Well, unless you win the lotto, and decide to retire all your fellow Officers...

No seriously, unlike the private sector, you don't produce "widgets". After about 2 years of OJT, you might be able to get someones attention with a proposal, or Grant program that hasn't been established at your dept. yet. Those opportunities are few - and far - between, though. Feel free to pm me, and Good Luck!
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