Big pay cut there... But you get to carry a gun all the time.
Why are you looking to get out of law?
Do you just want to help people? If so go down to the local volunteer fire department and sign up.
We have no volunteer fd in the city...I am looking to get out because I don't really like the law...I don't mind things at trial, because that is kind of like chess; but the rest of it is pretty crappy...I went into the field in some misguided attempt to find intellectual-professionalism...I found the same idiots I always saw, but these "legal" ones had a big chip on their shoulder because they had a law degree...So, if I am going to work with average people, I would rather work with folks who did not have an erroneous and inflated sense of their intellectual superiority...I am not stupid myself, but I am something of a slave to rational-process and limited by the information I have been able to internalize...I just find the law less than I expected. I guess getting the "bad man" off has taken something of a toll...And, I will not take too much of a pay-hit, depending on where I go.
Waste of talent. If you really want to get into law enforcement, why not become a prosecuting attorney (if that isn't already what you do). The grass is always greener on the other side.
I agree, the grass is...But, as for talent, thanks; however, I think that as a detective, or a lawyer in the police law division, I could bring something the typical academy grad can't...I could never prosecute, as I am just too abrasive to really seek to "prove" something to a jury...I can, through reason, poke holes in the credibiblity of the evidence/witnesses, but unless I am putting forward an affirmative defense (one WE must prove), the burden really lies with the Prosecution, and I have no real aptitude...Also, I think there are lots of resources to assist prosecuting attorneys, and many folks from top schools who have political aspirations or didn't get into the big-name firms will go into prosecution to gain litigation experience and credibility to further their political or economic desires...
What area of the Police force? Highway patrol on a bike maybe....
I was thinking, after the probationary period of course, trying out for supervisory positions (tests until Captain, and I have all the education ever needed), detective, mounted (horse-I can ride, drive, and jump), or even the law division...