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    Hello, I currently live in Central Florida, and am on the last phase of the hiring process for the Supreme Court PD. After FLETC, pay is $64k a year, then after 2.5 years it jumps to 75k. I am 23. Is it plausible to live comfortable, safe, and not broke with this salary(64k)? I do not want roommate. My monthly debts are around $750 a month. I am looking at living in Virginia because I have some "tools" that are not legal in Maryland or the District. For the first year, I will be alone, then my Girlfriend says she will move up. She just wants to make sure that I truly want to work and live up there. But who knows if she will really come.

    I just don't want to uproot my life and move, and be miserable and broke. The selling point of the job is the 6C retirement. I could make around the same starting pay here in FL. But it would be as a deputy or local cop and the risks are leaps and bounds higher than Supreme Court PD. Thoughts?

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    Of course you can. People do it everyday here.
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    • #3
      I have a family member who pays $2500 a month for his 1 bed/1 bath apartment, 2 parking spots, and included in the cost are small things like trash service, maybe cable, and includes the $50/month for cat pet fee.

      This is in Alexandria, but it is close to DC proper and where he works (not SCPD). Could certainly pay less but you would live further away, and is spending 45+ minutes in traffic a day worth a few hundred bucks? You tell me.

      That should give you an idea of rental costs.
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      • #4
        Anyone have the SC pay scale by chance. Legit spent an hour looking out of sheer curiosity, reading OPM reports about SC police hiring and retention, etc. No dice.
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        • #5
          I do believe I just threw out the paperwork from SC lol. If I recall correctly it was 70 something after like 3 years.

          And you'll do fine. I moved here for a LEO job at 47K and made do without a roommate.

          If you want to life close to the city .... expect to live in a somewhat ****ty apartment ( I would say Alexandria VA and stay out of Maryland ... personal opinion).

          OR live further out from the city and get something more decent.

          Feel free to PM if I can help!

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          • #6
            Is it worth going from pentagon police to SC? Is it difficult to move into a the dignitary protection unit or something similar? Investigations etc? Or is it mainly foot posts like I’ve seen when I was in the district.

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            • #7
              Man the hell with Pentagon you get an 20 year retirement with Supreme Court Police and can always transfer to an 6C retirement. Leave the Rock aka the Pentagon asap.

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              • #8
                fredricksburg is a 1 hr train ride to DC. 2 or more hrs if you are crazy enough to drive. for 350k, you can get a really nice home with a decent sized yard.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by battlewagon View Post
                  ...and is spending 45+ minutes in traffic a day worth a few hundred bucks?
                  Well, i would say, if i could save a few hundred bucks, take a train for 1 hr, and have a 3 or 4 bedroom home w/ yard and finished basement..all without bars on the window, then id say yeah its worth it.

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                  • #10
                    Northern Virginia is nice but a cluster f when it comes to traffic.....Maryland is pure crap, well at least anywhere that is close to DC. Trust me, I was born in DC and grew up in Maryland lol. I had a buddy who lived in Gainesville, Virginia and he liked it. Prince William County is a little cheaper than Fairfax County. I also enjoy Leesburg but it can be pricey. Fredericksburg is one of my favorite places, but that is a solid commute and might be a little far, but go there and visit, it's a blast. I used to make 48k and lived in Arlington with a buddy. It was doable, but I drank Natty Lights and ate Cheetos for snacks, instead of Sam Adams and buffalo wings (like I prefer). Just live within your means and you'll be fine. Don't be buying a truck with a $500.00 payment your first year.

                    Supreme Court PD pays well, but it is more of a static, tactical security type of job. If you're into that, then you'll be good to go. Don't be expecting Tommy Lee Jones from the movie US Marshals lol. Good luck and congrats. You'll be used to the humidity in the DC area coming from Florida lol.

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