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  • irishlad2nv
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    Originally posted by army_running
    Any details about the Gaithersburg PD? Pay, OT, training, etc? Their site seems to be very limited.
    One thing that will get you nowhere, usually is looking at an Agencies Website. Best thing to do, is either go in person to talk to someone or to call and ask to speak to a Recruiter, etc. Too many applicants focus on the internet as their tool for info on jobs, etc. My suggestion is to either call or go in person to the department.

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  • DOEProForce
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    Originally posted by army_running
    Any details about the Gaithersburg PD? Pay, OT, training, etc? Their site seems to be very limited.
    John from MD just said in the post above you about GCP..."Gaithersburg PD is an excellent department with a large and active jurisdiction. Specialized units include detectives, narcotics canine, street crime, and traffic. At least one officer is a member of the decentralized element of MCPD SWAT. They do have a takehome car program. I believe there has been some movement on improving pay and benefits, but I'd check with them to be certain. Issue weapon is the SIG 229. Patrol rifle is the HK G36 (if I recall my designations correctly). Tasers are widely deployed. I believe GPD works ten-hour fixed shifts"

    To add to that, yes they work 4, 10 hour shifts, usually the same schedules as the county police, and are on the county police radio. They have excellent and top notch equipment in the cars and on their persons. I have dealt with a lot of their officers in the past (working security) and enjoyed dealing with all of them. They all seem to love the department, with the only downfall being there is no retirement pension, only 401K and so forth. Their training is usually at Montgomery County Police Academy, but they also go to Univ. of Maryland's academy or Howard County's. They usually hire certified officers but have recently opened up for entry-level.

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  • army_running
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    Gaithersburg PD

    Any details about the Gaithersburg PD? Pay, OT, training, etc? Their site seems to be very limited.

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  • John from Maryland
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    Gaithersburg PD is an excellent department with a large and active jurisdiction. Specialized units include detectives, narcotics canine, street crime, and traffic. At least one officer is a member of the decentralized element of MCPD SWAT. They do have a takehome car program. I believe there has been some movement on improving pay and benefits, but I'd check with them to be certain. Issue weapon is the SIG 229. Patrol rifle is the HK G36 (if I recall my designations correctly). Tasers are widely deployed. I believe GPD works ten-hour fixed shifts.

    One jump ball is the impending retirement of GPD's chief (the immediate past president of IACP). I believe a replacement will come on board in the summer.

    Takoma Park PD somewhat goes its own way. For many years, the city limits included parts of both Montgomery and PG Counties. It is now entirely in MontCo (which makes court assignments easier). TPPD is the only jurisdiction that MCPD does not concurrently patrol.

    Takoma Park is something of an unusual city, nuclear-free zone that they are. It is exceptionally politically correct, though I suppose you cannot beat granola for a healthy midshift snack. TPPD just hired a new chief, a retired MCPD official. As with GPD, time will tell how that will work out.

    Chevy Chase is an extremely rich community. The chief has made many improvements, but CCVPD handles many home security and feel-good duties that you won't find other departments handling. Connecticut Avenue runs through the Village allowing officers to do some traffic work.

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  • flash40
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    Anyone have any information about Gaithersburg City, and while I'm thinking about it, Chevy Chase Village and Takoma Park? Haven't heard much, nor do they seem to have very detailed websites.

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  • BadBoynMD
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    Originally posted by Up_On_Base
    A major downside of MCPD lateral program is you need to do their full academy even if you are certified in MD.
    Actually, that's a catch 22. You actually don't have to do a full academy, if enough certified officers are hired on. So, if you're lucky enough to have a few other certified officers being hired, then you would just be in the first 2 months at the academy with the rookies. After that it's off to FTO. If there aren't enough certified officers, then most likely you'll have to do a full academy. That's the way I, understood it.

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  • chaser266
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    I don't have any real inside information on any of these departments, but having checked out the websites recently, my first choice would be Howard County. They seem to be really competitive regarding salary/benefits, and housing is more affordable out that way.

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  • JJS
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    I would go with MCPD. If you compare them with everyone else they seem to be a step ahead. If I had to do it all over again I would have went with them. In fact im looking into doing a lateral. The only down side is that it is expensive to live there.

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  • John from Maryland
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    Certified officers usually have a step up with Rockville City, but do not let lack of certification keep you from applying. RCPD sends a fair amount of people through entry level training. Most new hires go to MCPD or PG Municipal academies.

    Overtime in RCPD is an annual crisis that seems to start sooner and sooner each year. Special Operations (everyone but patrol) are much more affected by this that Field Services. A new hire will get overtime from court and from the movie theatre detail. Overtime staffing patrol or communications may be somewhat hit or miss.

    Overtime is much more of a sure thing with MCPD. With the county's new contract, MCPD offers significant financial advantages over the city police.

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  • mcpe03
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    Refer to the Baltimore County, Howard, Montgomery County Info thread. I put some MoCo info in there.

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  • DOEProForce
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    Not to sure about HC, but MC and Rockville both have night dif. pay and there is OT. I'm not sure how much you could get, but once off FTO you could always work a part-time OD job for extra money. All three are excellent departments with HC and MC hiring more often then Rockville. Rockville usually hires certified officers but on occasion hires entry-level.

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  • JT in MD
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    army running,

    You sound like you're in the same boat that I am (though I think you are a few years my senior)... I have an Engineering degree from Maryland and have been doing Engineering and similar work for the last few years and while the pay is nice, the work is dreadfully boring. For me, it's definitely time to make the switch, and while my wife and I are used to a certain lifestyle, we ultimately decided that if this will make me happier, we will make whatever adjustments are necessary! Anyway, I wish you luck, and perhaps I'll run into you if you choose Howard County, as that is where I am focusing my efforts..

    JT

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  • savvy317
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    No problem...it is a considerable pay cut and a big lifestyle change. I wish you the best of luck. If I can be of further assistance please let me know.

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  • army_running
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    Savvy thanks for the reply. I agree its not about pay for me personally its my family (wife and kids) that are accustom to a certain way of life and our means of living. By no means do I make millions but $40,832 is a very considerable cut in pay from my current GS-12 pay. But with the $40,832 + the 4 hours per pay of OT by default + night differential + 10 -15 a week in extra OT I would be back to where I am currently. The issue is 40 weeks until I could get back on track. But thanks for the info..

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  • savvy317
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    Howard county doesn't give any additional pay incentive to military, you start out like everybody else. There is a ton of OT and you're eligible to work as much of it as you'd like once you're off field training. That being said, if you work more than 15-20hrs during a pay period you start losing more and more to Uncle Sam so it doesn't make sense to work more than that. The 8.3 differential is only for officers working nightshift ( 12 hr shifts, 3 days on/ 3 days off).

    Just be careful not to get sucked into a dept simply based on starting pay. Retirement and fringe benefits such as take home car, equipment, training, working conditions, etc. should be a big part of your choice. Especially if you plan on doing this for the long haul.

    Training in HCPD is mostly a typical 8 hr day Monday-Friday...however some days you might have to work a little longer or come in at night or on a weekend, but thats very rare and specific to the training topic. It is quasi military, but nothing like a military basic training. There is PT and discipline, but proably wont compare at all to military. The only academy that even comes close to that is state police.

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