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    Anybody have information regarding the suburban metro area counties (Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson?

    Working conditions? Size of the department? Equipment? Call load? etc? I am currently an officer in northwest Indiana and thinking about relocating in the future to the Indy area and would like to work for a suburb county. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Adam

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    Shelby county is hiring pretty good department i hear

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      Originally posted by bullet126 View Post
      Anybody have information regarding the suburban metro area counties (Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson?

      Working conditions? Size of the department? Equipment? Call load? etc? I am currently an officer in northwest Indiana and thinking about relocating in the future to the Indy area and would like to work for a suburb county. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
      Hancock Co: Mostly still a "rural" suburban county. Greenfield PD and the sheriff's department are the two largest departments. I think the pay is like in the $40Ks w/take home car (last I heard, though restrictions on use are in play). They don't hire as much as the other counties.

      Shelby Co: Shelbyville is hiring. It is a neat little city, and they have a casino which likely helps with some budget issues. Check out the thread here on the Indiana forum for pay, benefits, etc..

      Johnson Co: Greenwood PD is a good department, I know a few guys that work there. They got a good pay increase a while back and are up there in pay (around $50Kish). My guess is that any hiring is being put off. There will be an election this year to see if Greenwood city combines governments with NW Johnson Co. (White River township). If that goes through, I have heard they will need to hire a good number of officers.

      Hendricks Co: Last info I heard the Sheriff's department and Brownsburg pay the most. Avon and Plainfield follow. Danville stuck it to their folks in healthcare costs from what I hear.

      Boone Co: I don't know much about this area. Might look into Zionsville, they merged their town with the unincorporated township not to long ago. I am not sure if the town is taking over police service for that area or not.

      Hamilton Co.: Carmel is taking apps. They just recently annexed SW Hamilton Co., but news reports said they hired for that annexation last year. That being said, people always get fired, can't do the job, etc., so if they hired six or seven, maybe one or two might quit/be fired, so they could have some openings. Great pay at Carmel.

      Fishers is currently in the background investigation stage of their department. They last told us they were only looking for one officer, but on another forum, a poster said they might be hiring a few more than just one. Something about the annexation court fight they had with the Geist area and maybe they stated things in court documents and they might have to live up to that???? All speculation and rumors I know. The department itself is very nice. Pay might not be as high as Carmel, but it is higher than Noblesville. Nice equipment, work area, etc..

      Noblesville pays about $50K after three years. They would likely be one of the busiest departments as they actually have their fair number of section 8 lower income drama. They are also a growing city, and have expanded. While Fishers and Carmel will be land locked, Noblesville can go north, unless Cicero starts annexing east, they could try to block Noblesville from going north. Speaking of Cicero, they aren't too bad for a small town/city. They pay around $43K, not sure if they offer take-homes, but I want to say they were in the police/fire PERF????

      Westfield is a growing area as well. They annexed a large area a few years back. Last officer I talked to said you do make over $50K/year, but as of then, they offered no lateral pay and it took "years" to finally hit the $50K mark. They had take-homes back then. They also have some section 8 drama properties.

      The Hamilton Co. sheriff supposedly reworked their pay scale. I guess you can eventually make $60K/year, though I don't know how many years it takes to hit that. They also have a lateral pay benefit. Last time I saw them hiring, they would only take ILEA certified applicants. Downside of the sheriff's department is that all the above municipalities continue to annex more of the unincorporated land. I would be worried about my job getting axed in the future, or being told I could work the jail or not have a job???

      Madison Co: Don't know much about this county. Anderson is considered a dying city, as they lost a lot of union jobs over the decades. I also don't know much about the CO Sheriff's department either. Pendleton has annexed land, but I am not sure how big their department is.

      These are just things I have heard, but some of it is dated, and a little is your general word of mouth stuff. Your best bet is to call the above places or e-mail someone from the department with questions.

      Oh, if you do move, you could always checkout some of the specialty departments in Indy: IUPUI, Marian University, Butler University, Univ. of Indianapolis, CSX Police, Amtrak Police, State Capital building police, and Airport Police. Most of those agencies will let you live outside the county and commute in. Might be a way to get a job for a couple of years until something else opens up. Also, if I lived in Boone Co., I would be applying for Purdue. They are up in the $50Ks and I hear nothing but good things about their department.

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        Wow, thanks for the detailed reply. Your help is much appreciated.

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          Noblesville pays about $50K after three years. They would likely be one of the busiest departments as they actually have their fair number of section 8 lower income drama. They are also a growing city, and have expanded. While Fishers and Carmel will be land locked, Noblesville can go north, unless Cicero starts annexing east, they could try to block Noblesville from going north. Speaking of Cicero, they aren't too bad for a small town/city. They pay around $43K, not sure if they offer take-homes, but I want to say they were in the police/fire PERF????

          A little more info on Cicero....they are in 77 PERF and have ajoining county take home cars. Pay is great for what they do, all the best equipment they get new cars every 3-4 years not seeing more than 65-70K on the clock.

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            Originally posted by SoxFan29 View Post
            A little more info on Cicero....they are in 77 PERF and have ajoining county take home cars. Pay is great for what they do, all the best equipment they get new cars every 3-4 years not seeing more than 65-70K on the clock.
            Thanks for the info on Cicero. That is a nice little town and I wouldn't mind looking into getting a job there. They had a process starting in early 2009. Thing was, the very first day of their process was the exact same day as Fishers PD. My guess is that those who applied to both agencies likely choose Fishers over Cicero. I also read on here that Cicero is being on hiring their reserves??? Not sure if that is true or a rumor.

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            • #7
              Speaking of Hancock County they are taking apps and you have a whole two days to get them in (saw it posted on the ILEA board today)...

              The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Merit Police Officer. This position requires the person to be able to fulfill all the normal duties of a law enforcement officer. Applicants should have a desire to work with the public to solve problems, demonstrate self-initiative and work as a member of a team. This teamwork extends to working with other county agencies, other jurisdictions and other law enforcement agencies on the state and federal level.

              Felony and illegal drug use histories are disqualifiers. Prior law enforcement experience is preferred but not necessary. Looking for people who can think and operate independently and be able to make mature, professional and respected decisions.

              Applicants must be 21 years of age; possess a high school diploma or GED; must be able to pass written, fitness, oral, psychological and physical examinations; and must pass a background investigation in order to be considered. Applicant must also be able to meet Indiana Law Enforcement Academy standards and be able to obtain an Indiana driver’s license.

              Currently there are no open positions and this testing process will be used to establish an approved hiring list for future positions. The approved hiring list will be retained for possible future growth of the Sheriff’s Office.

              Applications may be picked up (M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, 123 East Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.
              All applications must be received before February 10, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by VillageIdiot View Post
                Speaking of Hancock County they are taking apps and you have a whole two days to get them in (saw it posted on the ILEA board today)...

                All applications must be received before February 10, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.
                Surely this isn't a "full" application, but I guess it could be. I am tempted to go out and get one, but I don't know what they pay. I know it used to be in the $40K range years ago. They have also been in the news a few times:
                Deputies were put on 12 hour shifts.
                Deputies taken off 12 hours shifts. (Would really like to know what prompted this, as they were only on 12s for a month or so?)
                Sheriff quoted in the paper telling the county council he may have to layoff/furlough deputies for a couple of months due to poor money management by prior administration.

                EDIT: I decided to call. The person I spoke with said pay is still in the lower $40s, it was a little over $41K/year and there is no scale where you automatically move up in pay. They have $200/year longevity pay. You get an extra $500/year working seconds, $1,000/year working night shift. I know that they used to have take home vehicles, though I didn't ask about that.
                Last edited by Dwntwn317; 02-09-2010, 07:38 AM.

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