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    I have a concern that maybe you all can help me out with. I'm currently living in the state of Utah. I have finished with school and am in the process of applying for different PD's. I want to end up in Texas and have so far applied to 3 or 4 different departments. My issue that I'm running into, is that each department requires me to come down at least twice to test. With plane tickets/hotels/rental cars, etc., its up in the thousands of dollars per department just for the interviewing process. I want to become a PO more than anything, but my bank account only goes so far. I have considered moving down there prior to finding a job, but I have a really good job here in Utah with good benefits, and wouldn't want to move without knowing for sure I have a job lined up down there. Any suggestions? Thank you all for your comments.

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    Originally posted by natejack12 View Post
    I have a concern that maybe you all can help me out with. I'm currently living in the state of Utah. I have finished with school and am in the process of applying for different PD's. I want to end up in Texas and have so far applied to 3 or 4 different departments. My issue that I'm running into, is that each department requires me to come down at least twice to test. With plane tickets/hotels/rental cars, etc., its up in the thousands of dollars per department just for the interviewing process. I want to become a PO more than anything, but my bank account only goes so far. I have considered moving down there prior to finding a job, but I have a really good job here in Utah with good benefits, and wouldn't want to move without knowing for sure I have a job lined up down there. Any suggestions? Thank you all for your comments.
    Only you know what you can or can not afford. You are most likely going to have to make a minimum of 2 or 3 personal appearances at almost any department no matter where you apply.

    I personally wouldn't give up a good paying job without a firm job offer in hand..................but that is me.

    The job market is tight everywhere.
    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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      I wouldn't give up a good job with good benefits for a crap shoot, especially in this economy I'd look at trying to get hired in Utah, save up some money and then try to lateral to Texas in three to five years.

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        Agree totally with the replies of my colleagues. Look: we can't make these decisions for you. If you currently have a decent job with good benefits, you're miles ahead of the hundreds of thousands who are simply hoping for a job. Why not take a crack at some police jobs in Utah.? Even departments which attempt to accommodate out of state applicants, are often going to require more than one visit by the applicant.

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          What kind of work do you do presently? (dont have to respond if you dont want to)

          Would it be possible to find that same type of work in TX just to get you in TX to start off with?

          I don't know what the cost of living is in UT, but in TX its very affordable throughout the state.
          Also, most agencies in TX do not accept laterals, you would most likely have to:
          1. Get hired with a large agency (dallas, houston, austin, san antonio, alrlington, etc....) and go through their academy and get TCLEOSE certified (State regulating agency)

          2. Already be a LEO with a min. of 2 yrs full-time service to take the Peace Officer supplemental course AND pass the state cert. test

          There are alot of smaller agencies that pay very very well, but with most, you have to already be TCLEOSE certified to even apply.

          With this economy, its a big gamble to hire someone new, put them through a 4-6 month academy, and have the quit as soon as they graduate to go to a bigger agency.

          It's a big step in which you have to decide where you want to go. Keep in mind, you're not gonna get rich in LE, so get ready to make certain sacrifices if this is truly what you want to do.

          Best of luck.
          "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God - Matthew 5:9

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