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  • Would you get out of LE if?

    How many if given the chance would get out of LE if you could get normal hours, weekends off etc??? Hoping for some pros/cons and to get some opinions. Thanks in advance...

  • #2
    Let's see...
    I left a career with normal hours, weekends off and more money to get into LE. So I guess, no I would not leave LE for that.

    I can't speak for anyone but myself, but LE get's in your blood and nothing else could compare. You're either a cop or you're not. If you are, you know it and if you're not you wouldn't understand.

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    • #3
      I also left a job that I had normal hours, a normal workweek and took a paycut to enter L.E. so I wouldn't leave for that.

      L.E. is a calling. You really have to want to do this in order to make it work. It places stress on your body, your personality and your family life.

      All that said, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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      • #4
        i left law enforcement 4 yrs ago. during the time off i tried manufacturing, sales, food industry (managed restaurants prior to law enforcement) and surveillance for a casino. neither one of those jobs filled the love of being a cop and now i'm back on patrol. loving it everyday. doesn't matter if its day/night, weekdays/weekends or holidays i love my job and enjoy doing it.

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        • #5
          LE is either a job or a career. If one can be persuaded to leave for weekends off and days then IMO this is a job for them as any other and a decision to leave should be based on the one with the biggest Pro list (pros & cons). A careerist would ONLY except those circumstances if their Dept were offering them. With many corporate folks turning to LE in the current economic situation I have a feeling when the economy recovers, many will leave their current LE "job" to return to their career. A real cop is here for the love of his job, he cannot think of any job that brings this level of satisfaction, and no perks can replace his satisfaction for his job.
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          • #6
            I left LE for 2 years and everytime I heard sirens I felt the tug. It's all a matter of whats important to you.

            Some times you get burnt out and other jobs start looking pretty good. If you try something else don't burn bridges because you'll be back.
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            • #7
              If.... I knew anything else.

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              • #8
                I've been at it for 15+ years (all on the street), and I'd leave it in a heartbeat if something came along that paid as well and was more stable. That is not a condemnation of being a cop; that is wanting to watch my kids grow up and for my wife to have a husband that's married to her, not her AND the public. That is not thinking about myself so much anymore, but thinking about others. My family has sacrified for me for years. I would be happy to sacrifice for them if I had the chance.

                That being said, I am not looking for another job. Just stating if something presented itself, paid well, and was seemingly stable, I'd probably jump on it.

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                • #9
                  I haven't been doing it for too long. I'd leave it if I was required to work the night shift at my current dept for the rest of my career.

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                  • #10
                    Monday through Friday dayshift? Are you crazy? I will stick with Sunday through Tuesday off so I can go places on Mondays and Tuesdays when hardly anyone is there (motorcycle rides, RVing, flying) and there is peace and quiet. I will stick with swing shift so I can sleep in and get up after the sun is warm and stay up late - those have been my natural waking hours since early childhood (and my parents were not ones to stay up late, either). I would also hate being stuck behind a desk, or any indoors job - give me fresh air, mobility and independence.

                    Hmm, maybe I should have been a cowboy.
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                    • #11
                      I also left LE for a short period of time to work as a fraud investigator for a major insurance company. It was ok, but I missed being a cop so I went back after only a couple of months. That was almost ten years ago. At this point I would consider leaving my position as a patrol sergeant to go work for a state agency or the feds in an investigative capacity, but there are only two or three specific jobs that I would leave for. I make good money and get three days off a week in my current job. With the economy the way it is I would have to seriously consider losing my seniority also.
                      Last edited by GVBD59; 10-08-2009, 11:12 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ateamer View Post
                        Monday through Friday dayshift? Are you crazy? I will stick with Sunday through Tuesday off so I can go places on Mondays and Tuesdays when hardly anyone is there (motorcycle rides, RVing, flying) and there is peace and quiet. I will stick with swing shift so I can sleep in and get up after the sun is warm and stay up late
                        What he said. Why in the world would anyone want to wake up early in the morning to go to work Monday though Friday??? Do they just like bad traffic and being tired all day? I don't get it...

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                        • #13
                          If I knew right now that I had to work nights for my whole career then I would be looking to move to a different agency. Night shift screws up everything. I've lost muscle weight because of poor nutrition and being run down tired all the time. Being tired or having to stay up at night on days off causes problems with the wife. Getting screwed over by the day working leadership - who seam to not give a rats *** about your sleep schedule. Plus we don't get paid any incentive pay to work the 12hr night shift. 3 days on 2 days off 2 days on then three days off - rotation.

                          Now I might enjoy nights if they were scheduled better and my body could get used to it. Perhaps a 12 days straight then the rest of the month off - paid for 160hrs. Many in the medical field work 3 12hrs shifts and get paid for 40.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 913 View Post
                            I've been at it for 15+ years (all on the street), and I'd leave it in a heartbeat if something came along that paid as well and was more stable. That is not a condemnation of being a cop; that is wanting to watch my kids grow up and for my wife to have a husband that's married to her, not her AND the public. That is not thinking about myself so much anymore, but thinking about others. My family has sacrified for me for years. I would be happy to sacrifice for them if I had the chance.

                            That being said, I am not looking for another job. Just stating if something presented itself, paid well, and was seemingly stable, I'd probably jump on it.
                            Thanks for typing that for me.....That is 100% the way I feel.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 913 View Post
                              I've been at it for 15+ years (all on the street), and I'd leave it in a heartbeat if something came along that paid as well and was more stable. That is not a condemnation of being a cop; that is wanting to watch my kids grow up and for my wife to have a husband that's married to her, not her AND the public. That is not thinking about myself so much anymore, but thinking about others. My family has sacrified for me for years. I would be happy to sacrifice for them if I had the chance.

                              That being said, I am not looking for another job. Just stating if something presented itself, paid well, and was seemingly stable, I'd probably jump on it.
                              Ditto.
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