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    Anyone know there situation as far as hiring goes right now? I completed my process already and i am now sitting in the ( not yet received a) conditional offer limbo. I know they hired two of there own who were Communty service officers right out of the academy, and was under the impression there were a few more slots open. I saw on there site last month they stopped accepting apps. Anyone have any insight. Are they waiting until the new fiscal year (October). I'm sure I sound awfully stupid, just worked so hard for this and want it more then anything. Comments would help. Lol. Thanks guys in advance.
    "If I won the lottery, I'd buy myself a police department. I'd hire all my buddies and we'd all drive Corvette patrol cars and sit around the doughnut shop I would own. Whenever someone would come in and say "I guess this my tax dollars at work", I would tell him to get the hell out my doughnut shop, then we'd all laugh and try to figure out what to do next."

    --Quote taken from User "kcso"....hope you don't mind buddy, but this was just too funny not to steal from you....I'm still laughing.--

  • #2
    All I know is that my zone partner's friend (we don't work for Altamonte) is also in limbo with them.

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    • #3
      Strange...At least I know I'm not the only one then. Appreciate it StudChris. Looking forward to seeing you out there...If I ever get out of limbo..lol.
      "If I won the lottery, I'd buy myself a police department. I'd hire all my buddies and we'd all drive Corvette patrol cars and sit around the doughnut shop I would own. Whenever someone would come in and say "I guess this my tax dollars at work", I would tell him to get the hell out my doughnut shop, then we'd all laugh and try to figure out what to do next."

      --Quote taken from User "kcso"....hope you don't mind buddy, but this was just too funny not to steal from you....I'm still laughing.--

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      • #4
        ...same with me...i did application, physical, and cvsa...and that was it...no more communication...yea or nea...anybody know anything...

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        • #5
          yeah, I'm wondering the same. I'm honestly thinking either they are waiting for positions to open up, or for the new fiscal year. Generally October is a big month for hiring from my experience. That's when the counties/cities get all of there money.
          "If I won the lottery, I'd buy myself a police department. I'd hire all my buddies and we'd all drive Corvette patrol cars and sit around the doughnut shop I would own. Whenever someone would come in and say "I guess this my tax dollars at work", I would tell him to get the hell out my doughnut shop, then we'd all laugh and try to figure out what to do next."

          --Quote taken from User "kcso"....hope you don't mind buddy, but this was just too funny not to steal from you....I'm still laughing.--

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          • #6
            Originally posted by donjuan856570 View Post
            yeah, I'm wondering the same. I'm honestly thinking either they are waiting for positions to open up, or for the new fiscal year. Generally October is a big month for hiring from my experience. That's when the counties/cities get all of there money.
            They have had several openings over the past several months through retirements, firings, or whatever (no more than usual), so it's probably not an issue of waiting for spots to open.

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            • #7
              Hmm...in your honest opinion then StudChris, what do you think is going on?
              "If I won the lottery, I'd buy myself a police department. I'd hire all my buddies and we'd all drive Corvette patrol cars and sit around the doughnut shop I would own. Whenever someone would come in and say "I guess this my tax dollars at work", I would tell him to get the hell out my doughnut shop, then we'd all laugh and try to figure out what to do next."

              --Quote taken from User "kcso"....hope you don't mind buddy, but this was just too funny not to steal from you....I'm still laughing.--

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              • #8
                Originally posted by donjuan856570 View Post
                Hmm...in your honest opinion then StudChris, what do you think is going on?
                I can 100% tell you that, although I know SEVERAL people there, I know nothing of the inner workings. They had two retirees that I know of in the past several months, and the only reason I know that is because I talked to one of them the night before he retired, and the other one was quite public.

                Not to dash your hopes, but I had a similar experience when I was first applying to departments. I applied to a department in Brevard County, did all the testing, then received a letter saying that they were just looking for applicants to put on a list for when there are openings.

                However, like you did say, October is 2 weeks around the corner and it's very possible that they're waiting until FY10 money comes out.

                I just checked the COPS grant website hoping that I could give you good news that they got grant money for however many positions, but they're not on the list.

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                • #9
                  Ive been hoping that the CSO position opens soon since they took some to hire full time officers...

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                  • #10
                    I appreciate the leg work on your part StudChris. Yea, its is true though...FY10 is right around the corner so that could be the day of the magic phone call. Either way I'm not stressing it too much. I have the jail still, and this job isn't going anywhere. Being Dual-Certified does have its benefits . Although I would love to/would run to the road in a heart beat. Handing out toilet paper and trays gets old after a while...lol. Last time I spoke with the BI all he said was I am squared away and to drop off my State Exam results/Certificate, which I did.
                    "If I won the lottery, I'd buy myself a police department. I'd hire all my buddies and we'd all drive Corvette patrol cars and sit around the doughnut shop I would own. Whenever someone would come in and say "I guess this my tax dollars at work", I would tell him to get the hell out my doughnut shop, then we'd all laugh and try to figure out what to do next."

                    --Quote taken from User "kcso"....hope you don't mind buddy, but this was just too funny not to steal from you....I'm still laughing.--

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                    • #11
                      Like most local agencies, ASPD recieved quite a bit of grant money in the last year. However, ASPD opted not to accept grant money to fund new positions; these grant monies only provided salary for the first one or two years. After that, the City had to pickup the tab. Since ASPD was one of the few that didnt cut positions in the last year, there really isnt a need to add more cops or take the gambe as no one knows were our economy will be in two years. Instead the department used the money to buy toys for the troops. New Glocks w/ lights, rifles in all cars, ticket writers, new radars, etc. Here is a good video and article on this:

                      http://www.cfnews13.com/Business/Loc...lus_funds.html


                      Law Enforcement Agencies Differ On How To Spend Stimulus Funds

                      Reported By Jacqueline Fell

                      WINTER GARDEN -- In tough economic times, police agencies around Central Florida need federal money to get by.

                      Dozens of kids in Winter Garden are keeping busy this summer and staying out of trouble.

                      That's the idea behind a program run by the city's community oriented police officers.

                      The program was in jeopardy until the city received nearly $500,000 in stimulus funds.

                      "We were in danger of having to give up our community oriented police officers and put them back on the streets because of budget constraints," said Winter Garden City Manager Michael Bollhoefer.

                      The city is hiring three patrol officers. Their salaries and benefits for three years will be paid for by the federal grant.

                      It's a stimulus package that thousands of departments across the United States applied for to stop officer layoffs.

                      There is a catch though. In the fourth year, the city must foot the bill, and there are no exceptions.

                      While Winter Garden is confident they can afford it, that string is exactly why Altamonte Springs is saying no thanks.

                      “There’s no guarantees that down the road that you're going to be able to support those additional officers,” said Altamonte Springs Police Chief Robert Merchant.

                      However, that doesn't mean the department is struggling financially.

                      Altamonte Springs police has received nearly $220,000 in federal monies from three separate grants, but they're not adding to their workforce.

                      They're supplying those officers with guns, Tasers and thousands of dollars worth of high-tech equipment for their patrol cars.

                      “It enables us to replace equipment out here on the street that would otherwise go non replaced and would cost us more to replace in the long run,” Merchant said.

                      Whether it's helping officers keep their jobs or do their jobs better, stimulus dollars are working to keep police departments across Central Florida on the beat when budget constraints are holding everyone down.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sureshot015 View Post
                        Like most local agencies, ASPD recieved quite a bit of grant money in the last year. However, ASPD opted not to accept grant money to fund new positions; these grant monies only provided salary for the first one or two years. After that, the City had to pickup the tab. Since ASPD was one of the few that didnt cut positions in the last year, there really isnt a need to add more cops or take the gambe as no one knows were our economy will be in two years. Instead the department used the money to buy toys for the troops. New Glocks w/ lights, rifles in all cars, ticket writers, new radars, etc. Here is a good video and article on this:

                        http://www.cfnews13.com/Business/Loc...lus_funds.html


                        Law Enforcement Agencies Differ On How To Spend Stimulus Funds

                        Reported By Jacqueline Fell

                        WINTER GARDEN -- In tough economic times, police agencies around Central Florida need federal money to get by.

                        Dozens of kids in Winter Garden are keeping busy this summer and staying out of trouble.

                        That's the idea behind a program run by the city's community oriented police officers.

                        The program was in jeopardy until the city received nearly $500,000 in stimulus funds.

                        "We were in danger of having to give up our community oriented police officers and put them back on the streets because of budget constraints," said Winter Garden City Manager Michael Bollhoefer.

                        The city is hiring three patrol officers. Their salaries and benefits for three years will be paid for by the federal grant.

                        It's a stimulus package that thousands of departments across the United States applied for to stop officer layoffs.

                        There is a catch though. In the fourth year, the city must foot the bill, and there are no exceptions.

                        While Winter Garden is confident they can afford it, that string is exactly why Altamonte Springs is saying no thanks.

                        “There’s no guarantees that down the road that you're going to be able to support those additional officers,” said Altamonte Springs Police Chief Robert Merchant.

                        However, that doesn't mean the department is struggling financially.

                        Altamonte Springs police has received nearly $220,000 in federal monies from three separate grants, but they're not adding to their workforce.

                        They're supplying those officers with guns, Tasers and thousands of dollars worth of high-tech equipment for their patrol cars.

                        “It enables us to replace equipment out here on the street that would otherwise go non replaced and would cost us more to replace in the long run,” Merchant said.

                        Whether it's helping officers keep their jobs or do their jobs better, stimulus dollars are working to keep police departments across Central Florida on the beat when budget constraints are holding everyone down.

                        My department didn't apply for basically the same reason. Last thing we want to do is bring on 3 new positions, keep them 3 years, then run out of money and either have to take another $120K a year out of our budget to keep them on, or get rid of those 3 positions.

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                        • #13
                          Well looks like OCSO, here I come. I'm disappointed, because I really would have liked to work for Altamonte. This is the exact reason though why I didn't put all of my eggs in to one basket. I'm at the exact same stage in the process for OCSO. Waiting on a conditonal from either at this point.
                          "If I won the lottery, I'd buy myself a police department. I'd hire all my buddies and we'd all drive Corvette patrol cars and sit around the doughnut shop I would own. Whenever someone would come in and say "I guess this my tax dollars at work", I would tell him to get the hell out my doughnut shop, then we'd all laugh and try to figure out what to do next."

                          --Quote taken from User "kcso"....hope you don't mind buddy, but this was just too funny not to steal from you....I'm still laughing.--

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                          • #14
                            I know moral is not the greatest at Orange County right now, and I think that Altamonte is a great department, however were I you I would prefer to go to OCSO anyway. If nothing else, at least you know how the jail runs. I think, for you with the experience, you will be hired somewhere, it's just unfortunate that it's not the greatest economy for hiring right now. Another good thing is at least you have a job and you're continuing to make a livable paycheck while you wait.

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                            • #15
                              I appreciate the positive outlook on things and support. I agree though, I know I'm very lucky to have a job and very much do appreciate having it. It's just hard when your not getting to do what your truly passionate for (law enforcement) when your fully qualified and ready to do so. The economy is definitely in a rut and we all know that though, including myself. I will stay positive and just keep trucking. I got my swim test out of the way today for OCSO (maxed out the amount of points you could receive for each task), so all that's left now is hopefully getting signed off on in the next few weeks and getting my conditional. I agree though about Altamonte. I have heard so many great things about them, and that was the real reason I put that application in. Things moved really quick and then hit a complete standstill. The hardest thing about it is the lack of communication regarding the process. I'd rather hear we won't be able to give an offer for 6 months, then be completely in the dark. At least I would know where I stand. It is what it is though, and I'll get on eventually like you said.
                              "If I won the lottery, I'd buy myself a police department. I'd hire all my buddies and we'd all drive Corvette patrol cars and sit around the doughnut shop I would own. Whenever someone would come in and say "I guess this my tax dollars at work", I would tell him to get the hell out my doughnut shop, then we'd all laugh and try to figure out what to do next."

                              --Quote taken from User "kcso"....hope you don't mind buddy, but this was just too funny not to steal from you....I'm still laughing.--

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