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    Have any of you LE Professionals ever heard of an active duty commissioned officer leaving the active service to join a PD? If so, have they stayed in the department long or do they tend to leave often?

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    We have several deputies who were active duty officers. At least one has stayed in the Marines reserve but all of them are firmly set in their law enforcement careers.
    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

    I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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    • #3
      Obviously there's a pay cut, and that was the only thing that really concerned me with transitioning into a LE career.. but I'm not really concerned with that since I don't have a family currently... good to see that they have stuck it out!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sethd27 View Post
        If so, have they stayed in the department long or do they tend to leave often?
        The answer would be-------------------no less nor more so than any other demographic.

        In reality, the average academy class will loose close to 50% of their members to "other jobs" in the first 5 yrs of service.
        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

        My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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        • #5
          Over the years I worked with quite few commissioned officers from the Armed Forces. Quite a few remained in Active Reserve Status. They all remained in LE, and were dedicated professionals.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
            The answer would be-------------------no less nor more so than any other demographic.

            In reality, the average academy class will loose close to 50% of their members to "other jobs" in the first 5 yrs of service.
            What do you mean "other jobs?".. different career field in general?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sethd27 View Post
              What do you mean "other jobs?".. different career field in general?
              Yep..........................I think out of my academy class of 35 ----------------maybe 10 0f us actually retired from the profession.
              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

              My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sethd27 View Post
                Have any of you LE Professionals ever heard of an active duty commissioned officer leaving the active service to join a PD? If so, have they stayed in the department long or do they tend to leave often?
                Ummm...yeah...I was a Captain on active duty when I left and became a cop. I'm still serving in the Reserves and have since been promoted to Major. LTC is due soon.
                MAC

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                • #9
                  Pay cut? From Commissioned Officer to LE? I would check that, some places: SF Bay Area, parts of NJ, Outer areas around NYC pay VERY well.
                  semper destravit

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RGDS View Post
                    Pay cut? From Commissioned Officer to LE? I would check that, some places: SF Bay Area, parts of NJ, Outer areas around NYC pay VERY well.
                    Yeah.... if I were a 2nd LT in the Marines with as much experience as I have in LE, I'd be making about 55k a year, even starting pay for an officer would be about 46k, that's way more than I started at and my agency still starts at. Also, with regular, expected promotions and my time in LE I'd be somewhere around 80k. That's what our LT's make in my agency. I'm pretty sure the average pay for Law Enforcement across the country is less than 50k a year. And the parts of the country that pay "VERY well" also cost a fortune to live around.

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                    • #11
                      You would have to be a full bird with 26 years on to make more than me.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sethd27 View Post
                        What do you mean "other jobs?".. different career field in general?
                        Yep. Only a handful of people out of my academy stayed for the full ride and/or are still serving.

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                        • #13
                          I know of at least one city where the Chief of Police is also a brigadier general in the National Guard. And it's not a small city by any means.

                          Not really the question that was asked, but I always found that to be impressive.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RGDS View Post
                            Pay cut? From Commissioned Officer to LE? I would check that, some places: SF Bay Area, parts of NJ, Outer areas around NYC pay VERY well.
                            Well, you have to factor in tax benefits of allowances as well... while my Salary is ~ 68,000 a year, I BRING HOME much more than a civilian salaried 68,000.. but that really doesn't matter to me..

                            MAC226, did you have any regrets separating from active service as a Captain at all? I am currently an Active Duty Captain myself.. and am looking to transition to LE.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Shush View Post
                              I know of at least one city where the Chief of Police is also a brigadier general in the National Guard. And it's not a small city by any means.
                              When we qualified last month a retired Lieutenant from a neighboring city PD used our range/instructors rather than qualify with his old department ----------He lives in our county, brought his own ammo and was good to go with our boss. His brother is also a retired officer and brought him along with him to our quals..............(Their younger cousin is a deputy on our SO)


                              Anyhow............I worked with the LT back in the days when we were both Sheriff's Deputies.........Steve moved to the PD and rose to be a Lieutenant while raising in rank to Brigadier General in the Army Reserves...............he was a Major General designate when he chose to retire from the Reserves rather than deploy again.
                              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

                              My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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