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    I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on Vernon PD. Do recruits have to committ to a certain amount of years when hired?

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    Here's the link to the city website. I think there is only like 7 homes within the entire city according to either the LA Times or the LA Daily News. It's mostly industrial.

    http://www.cityofvernon.org/
    Saving the world,one funeral escort at a time....

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    • #3
      Vernon is a Charter city. They have no civil service protection. You are an "at will" employee.
      God made perfect cops.......The rest he put in cars.

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      • #4
        Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon%2C_California

        Granted, its Wikipedia. But, it reflects many of the rumors that have been going around about the city of Vernon for years.
        Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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        • #5
          So then one could lateral as soon as they felt necessary?

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          • #6
            You could lateral, IF you made probation. Even if you make probation, they can get rid of anyone for any reason. No job protection at all.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JSL0506 View Post
              So then one could lateral as soon as they felt necessary?
              I'm sure you could but FWIW, Vernon PD has never been on the honor roll of most desirable agencies to work for. The fact that they require a contract for new hires (even laterals) should tell you something about people not wanting to stick around.

              A friend of mine want to work for them a few years back. On his first day there they swore him in as a PO, but told him his fingerprints hadn't come back from the FBI, so he would have to work in records doing a clerk's job until they came in. After about a week her asked the Records Supervisor to keep an eye out for his prints and to let him know when they arrived. She laughed and told him they came in three weeks ago. It seemed they always had trouble filling record clerk positions, so whenever a new officer was hired they pulled the missing prints line as an excuse to keep him in records until the next new hire came along. Then the first new hire's prints "mysteriously" arrived, while the latest new hire's prints hadn't got there yet. My friend grabbed his prints, marched up to the Captains office and announced that his prints "just came in." Caught in his own lie, the Captain almost spit his coffee across the room, but wound up sending my friend out in the field. After spending a while with them and seeing how the department was run, my friend noticed that they forgot to have him sign his contract, so he quit and went to another agency.
              Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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              • #8
                To answer your question, we had an officer who came to us from Vernon PD. He had had to sign a contract to pay them something like $24,000 if he left before two years (maybe three). He wound up having to pay.
                Last edited by DAL; 01-13-2008, 01:59 PM. Reason: typo
                Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                • #9
                  A LOT of ex-Vernon officers wind up having to pay....

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                  • #10
                    It seems like an unusual situation over there. Do they require an early lateral on a contract to pay that amount all at once? i do know that quite a few Downey PD guys have lateraled from Vernon.

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                    • #11
                      What I think what everyone is trying to politely dance around is that in the past, Vernon PD has had serious problems plus, it has had the reputation of being the last resort of scoundrels. i.e., If no one else will take you, go to Vernon. I don't know if that is the case now (nor do I know how many agencies may have turned you down so far). <G>

                      In any case, if you insist on carrying the cat home by its tail, give them a call. Better to get the official pitch from them first hand than from any of us.
                      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by L-1 View Post
                        In any case, if you insist on carrying the cat home by its tail, give them a call.
                        Now I'm from the South, and I THOUGHT I'd heard them all. But this one takes the cake!! Nice phrase Lt! Can I "borrow" it?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IMachU View Post
                          Now I'm from the South, and I THOUGHT I'd heard them all. But this one takes the cake!! Nice phrase Lt! Can I "borrow" it?
                          Sadly, I can't claim the credit.

                          A man who sets out to carry a cat home by its tail learns something that will always be useful. He will never will grow dim or doubtful on the subject. However, if after going through all that he still wants to carry the cat home by its tail then I say let him! It isn't easy to be eccentric nowadays.

                          -- Mark Twain
                          Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                          • #14
                            Aaaaah! I shoulda know that....I did all my research papers on Mark Twain in college (Literary major)

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                            • #15
                              Ok I Am Going To Put This In Caps So You Can Get What My Pals Imachu And L-1 Are Telling You....if You Work For Vernon You Have To Sign A Contract Commiting To Work For Them, But They Never Have An Obligation To To Keep You Employed. You Commit To Them, They Dont Make Any Commitment To You. If That Sounds Like A Good Place To Work Then There Is Nothing That Anyone Can Tell You...
                              Originally posted by FJDave
                              GM, you have just set the bar that much higher for the rest of us in our witty, sarcastic responses. I yield to you! Good job, kind Sir!

                              District B13
                              "We are not cops nor Feds." yet he still poses as an officer Hmmmm


                              Grant us grace, fearlessly, to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression.--WWII memorial

                              "I have loved justice and hated iniquity, therefore I die in exile."

                              Pope Gregory V II

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