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  • Fresno/Clovis PD???

    Can anyone here be nice enough to provide insight?

    Morale, equipment, yes or no to take homes, retirement, staffing, outer vests, etc

    I said I would never move back to Cali due to taxes/regulations and whatnot... but I may do it to be closer to family if my current plan falls through

    Thank you


  • #2
    Clovis PD: One of the higher paid agencies in the CV. Great morale, good equipment, including outer vests, good facilities, and marked ride takehomes. The PD takes a no-nonsense/full-service approach and generally speaking seemed to take care of business. Not the busiest place in terms of crime, but plenty of bleed over from Fresno and other homegrown clients to keep yourself busy. Clovis is a very clean, and safe environment to raise a family. Homes are dirt cheap, good infrastructure, etc.

    Fresno PD: Well paid considering cost of living. Average morale, average equipment, old facilities (minus training center and three of the five divisions) excellent training personnel who pride themselves on making sure every boot on the ground is up on training and tactics. Every patrolman has a rifle, Outer vests if you want and take home cars for specialties including some of those based in patrol. Fresno is a very violent, busy city with lots of guns and gangs which will have you going call to call, especially in the summertime. Fresno seems to get forgotten when major metro areas in California are discussed due to it being isolated in the Central Valley. In my opinion, Fresno is very similar to Oakland in terms of crime and the type of place you will get experience quickly. Probably one of the only cities in California over 500K population you can work and still afford to live in a safe community (Clovis) within 20 minutes of whatever division you are assigned.

    Central Valley: It is what it is...smog sucks, lots of drugs, gangs, and hot as hell in the summer. Geographically you are contained to the Fresno Metro area because outside of the 50-minute drive to Yosemite ain't nothing else going on until you get to the coast. The metro area of Fresno offers everything most need/want in terms of malls, restaurants, gyms, breweries, concerts...but it's tough to acclimate if you aren't Fresno born and bred. Good freeways and short commutes if any. Community is pretty conservative but that it shifting much like other areas in the state have.
    point am i clear?

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    • richardg111
      richardg111 commented
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      Very clear Sir

  • #3
    Originally posted by 8100 View Post
    Clovis PD: One of the higher paid agencies in the CV. Great morale, good equipment, including outer vests, good facilities, and marked ride takehomes. The PD takes a no-nonsense/full-service approach and generally speaking seemed to take care of business. Not the busiest place in terms of crime, but plenty of bleed over from Fresno and other homegrown clients to keep yourself busy. Clovis is a very clean, and safe environment to raise a family. Homes are dirt cheap, good infrastructure, etc.

    Fresno PD: Well paid considering cost of living. Average morale, average equipment, old facilities (minus training center and three of the five divisions) excellent training personnel who pride themselves on making sure every boot on the ground is up on training and tactics. Every patrolman has a rifle, Outer vests if you want and take home cars for specialties including some of those based in patrol. Fresno is a very violent, busy city with lots of guns and gangs which will have you going call to call, especially in the summertime. Fresno seems to get forgotten when major metro areas in California are discussed due to it being isolated in the Central Valley. In my opinion, Fresno is very similar to Oakland in terms of crime and the type of place you will get experience quickly. Probably one of the only cities in California over 500K population you can work and still afford to live in a safe community (Clovis) within 20 minutes of whatever division you are assigned.

    Central Valley: It is what it is...smog sucks, lots of drugs, gangs, and hot as hell in the summer. Geographically you are contained to the Fresno Metro area because outside of the 50-minute drive to Yosemite ain't nothing else going on until you get to the coast. The metro area of Fresno offers everything most need/want in terms of malls, restaurants, gyms, breweries, concerts...but it's tough to acclimate if you aren't Fresno born and bred. Good freeways and short commutes if any. Community is pretty conservative but that it shifting much like other areas in the state have.
    Thank you very much, your post has been very useful

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    • #4
      Hello. I was also interested in applying to either Clovis PD or Fresno PD as a lateral. Rather than starting a new thread I thought I could just add onto this one. I know Clovis is a smaller agency. Do they have specialized units such as narcotics or gangs? What type of schedule does each agency work at a patrol level? What is the difference in pay? Fresno PD makes more than I thought they would with all the incentives added in. However it was mentioned above that Clovis PD makes more. Are you allowed to be proactive at Fresno PD? It was mentioned you are basically going call to call during the summer. Is making proactive stops frowned upon during these times?

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      • SunDevil
        SunDevil commented
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        How much of a lateral are you? If it was me Clovis hands down but if you are a ghetto pounder then Fresno is all you

      • Energystar
        Energystar commented
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        "ghetto pounder" haha. I'll have 5-6 years on. I am from Fresno so I am familiar with the city.

      • SunDevil
        SunDevil commented
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        Fresno is a great PD and if you are from there all the better you can battle the bull dawgs lol. I’m old and on my way out so Clovis would be me but if I was younger Fresno

    • #5
      Both Clovis and Fresno have positions at MAGEC and ACT which are regional gang/parole-probation type teams. Fresno being the big dog in the county has more positions, however, Clovis is represented on both MAGEC and ACT. Whereas Clovis PD has an in house crime suppression type unit which handles the quality of life issues which would include narcotics, gangs, etc...Fresno PD has a large narcotic investigations specific unit which deals solely focusing on mid-major level dope distribution in the CV and other crime specific type units, which investigate specific crimes, i.e. robbery, homicide, ICAC, Financial Crimes, etc.... Dunno about Clovis, but Fresno PD has a good amount of federal and state-level narcotic type related task force type assignments if wiretaps and 90-hour workweeks rolling around in a Datsun are your ideas of good times.

      Fresno is far busier, yes you can still be proactive, even in the summer, however, for every one good stop you are able to make, be prepared to watch another three g rides loaded down with flamed up gangsters roll by you as you are on your way to a robbery, stabbing or shooting.

      If you are looking for top-notch facilities to work out of, the better pay, new equipment, steady call volume and policing a mostly bedroom type community then Clovis is the spot for you. Clovis is not sleepy, just compared to Fresno it is not as grimy.

      If you are wanting to be outnumbered by gangsters, shredding down alleyways at 3 AM chasing 246 rides, frequently being on stops and hearing shots fired in the area, and have the options of doing things ranging from flying a helicopter to working strictly homicides and you are cool with working harder for less, then Fresno is the spot. Fresno is Fresno...if you like it, you will love it. Good luck!

      point am i clear?

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      • #6
        ^^^^This is a great post. Thank you!!

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