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  • Prince Georges County Police/Sheriff Lateral Officer Hiring Question

    Anyone know anything about the certified officer hiring for either agency? Do they send you back through academy if you're already an officer in MD?

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    Last edited by triniboy05; 11-29-2019, 11:49 PM.
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    • #3
      Laterals complete a 6 week compliance course then your on the road. Thats for the police anyway, probably the same for the Sheriff. Where are you coming from if you dont mind me asking

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      • #4
        Thanks for the info. Looking to make a lateral transfer within maryland.. anyone know if you can trasnfer time to or buy into their pension system?

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          • #6
            Sounds like a good deal.. Is there a cap to the number of years you can buy? Not so much worried about the starting salary since I know I'll be taking a huge pay cut, just concerned about the pension transfer... Thanks for the info.

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              • #8
                Laterals usually apply, then at the end of the application process they will give you a conditional offer. Whatever they told you at the beginning, may be BS, so for example they might tell you "We'll credit you 10 years of service!" My suggestion is not to quit your current position until you have been given a conditional offer of employment and you know exactly how many years they are going to credit you for, and so forth. Its like signing up for the military, if its not in writing, then its not valid. Whatever some "recruiter" or "employee" tells you is just words, and may not hold up in court if you plan to sue. Also, its better to make your demands off the bat, then when they go back on their word, your in a better position in the process because they've spent money to look into your background and so forth, so they will possibly buckle, and credit you your years and you can negotiate your salary. The penny pinchers at the top would have a hard time explaining why they are spending so much on BI's etc, only for a person to drop the process at the end because they were lied to in the beginning.

                I know quite a few people who've come over from other agencies (municipal departments, BPD, MTPD) and gotten shafted on salary, years credited, etc. There are people who come over thinking the recruiter told them they would get credited 5 years, and they only get 2 towards retirement, or they said I would get paid this, and that. Once again, unless its apart of a contract you sign, your not going to get it, I don't care what who promised you. Thats why im telling you don't quit your job your on now, because you might get a nastier deal coming to PG County. They even told people who've come from other county agencies this and that, and they get through the process only to find some of their leave transfers, but not their years of service credited. Depending on where you worked, they might demand you have to do a full academy again, regardless if your MPCTC certified. They might tell you this at the end of the process, after you have quit your current job, so don't quit until you know what your getting.

                If you think your going to get a take home car, try again. There isn't enough cars for everyone, and certainly you can bet that being the new jake on the job, your not going to get anything. If your a lateral, I think one lateral class was promised cars, and still didn't get them. They are approximately 3 academy classes in the hole without cruisers right now (county police side). For the sheriffs, they get cars if they are available, its not as bad as county PD with the car situation.

                Alot of people think they are going to apply to the sheriffs department and get themselves a retired on duty gig. Well, thats slowly getting whittled down year by year. Heres why. Sheriffs in PG are already short staffed. They are constantly limiting their authority through directives, policies, and budgets. The sheriffs are downsizing in a way, because if you remember when they were in charge of schools, they had deputies assigned to middle and high schools throughout the county. Now those positions are gone. As it stands, theres a good number of deputy positions that are funded through domestic violence grant. If that goes away, or that grant gets kicked back to the county police, you can kiss those positions goodbye. Theres one attorney trying to sue in the courts saying that the Sheriffs don't have jurisdiction to make a domestic violence arrest per the county code. Not saying it will get through, but you see where this is headed. If the trend continues, PGPD District III will end up with domestics again, and those sheriff positions will be liquidated, or... they won't be hiring for quite sometime.

                Sheriffs rarely hire, and if they do, its like 6 spots or less every 2 years or so. Alot of people apply there who want a "retired on duty" gig, because thats what they do, they guard courthouses, parking lots at the court house, serve papers, tack up eviction notices, and hang out at polling places during election time. When the county looks to cut a budget, nobody cares about sheriff budgets because sheriffs aren't responsible for calls for police calls for service. Sure they have a squad or 2 (about 5-10 people) in a squad assigned to warrants, fugitive task forces, US Marshals, assigned to do Emergency Petition orders, etc.

                Any other questions?

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