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Is becoming a police officer still worth it in the current political climate?

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  • darkhorse6
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    Your plan worked very well. I’m not hating on you one bit.

  • Aidokea
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    Our plan was always to earn our living in a place that paid well, to earn a larger pension, and then retire to a place where the cost of living was lower, so that our pension dollars would go further.

    It seems to have worked out- I was able to commute to work in a Porsche convertible that I custom-ordered new, and then when I retired, I purchased a ranch in Texas to retire to.

  • scotty_appleton814
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    It's hard to advise someone to start this career at this point in time. The job is filled with tons of bs and it's got a lot of things that has to change. Mainly because the population that we come from is changing. And like it or not we are going to have to make some changes. With that being said I do believe that my career is a time honored institution with good people working. We have our bad apples, but there are almost a million LEOs in the USA. A million anything and there will be a few idiots but they make us look bad.
    If I had a son starting his career out and he was over age 25. I'd tell him to learn welding, another trade, or real estate. Depending on if you are a person with a great amount of emotional intelligence would lead me to telling someone to come on the team or stay on the sidelines.

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  • darkhorse6
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    Cali for salary? 100k+ isn’t realistic anywhere else unless you are talking about federal agencies and special agents. Factor in that STUPID high cost of living and your 100k vaporizes. I’m talking net income in most if the US.
    Last edited by darkhorse6; 11-24-2020, 05:11 PM.

  • Aidokea
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    I don't know, man- I didn't get out of bed for less than $100K.

    How the heck would I have been able to afford a new custom-ordered Porsche convertible as a work commuter on less..

  • Keyturner
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    You might be better off looking at federal law enforcement. For now anyway, we seem to be under less scrutiny. We also have a lot less contact with the random public. Obviously its different than being a local cop but you can still do some good work and have better job security.

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  • darkhorse6
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    Cops in the SE states and rural areas would disagree.

  • Aidokea
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    The pay is not subpar...

  • darkhorse6
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    Times like these reinforce that this profession is a calling and not just a job. I agree the pay is subpar and the political climate is very hostile. It is incumbent on all of us in law enforcement to lead by good example. During my FTO, it was reinforced that a lifetime of good can be overshadowed by one bad incident, so always choose the right path.

    History tends to repeat itself in many ways. Some say this is similar to what happened years ago, with a long term “war” the country didn’t want followed by growing civil unrest towards authorities. There is uncertainty regardless of what the media says regarding the election. Too many Americans are attempting to count chickens before they hatch in my opinion.

    Popular Opinion is that policing is no longer the noble profession it once was. I say it is up to us to stay the course and hold the line. In certain states, officers are losing protections they once had and that is definitely a scary thing. You have to weigh the risk versus reward in anything you do in life.

    Many officers are leaving the profession entirely because they don’t wanna risk the livelihood of their family for some individual to make a false claim and get sued. Hell, officers are leaving for a bunch of different reasons but others are staying. I don’t judge any officer that decides that the job is no longer for them because they’re making an adult, rational decision based off of their circumstances.

    @kingcapoor - do some soul-searching and find out if this career is right for you. Now more than ever we need guys and gals that have integrity and are willing to do the job right. You’re going to get ridiculed and you’re going to get accused of stuff. You’re going to get treated like crap or treated well depending on your department in your area. Keep family first and make the right decision for you.

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  • BNWS
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    Big city urban policing, No way. Specialized security oriented agencies, maybe.

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  • Bing_Oh
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    You'd have to do your research. The information is out there, but we're talking about an entire era with so many different factors and influences (if I came across as implying that the "police reforms" of the 60's/70's were the sole factor in the decline of large cities like Detroit, I apologize...they were only one factor in a huge tapestry of issues that made up the entire era) that it's unlikely that you'll easily find it all in one article.

  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by BrianT View Post
    Police are not facing massive rage everywhere. Don't believe everything you see on TV.

    I don't live in Portland or Seattle, but I probably get "Thank you for your service" at least twice a day by people from all races.
    Most definitely true. Usually get thanked several times a day (Currently working as a Court House Security Officer in a Sheriff's Office uniform)

    LE / Corrections was a good career & is now providing me with a nice pension that meets my needs in retirement. ( I still work part time because I WANT TO not because I need to)

    That being said,after 43 yrs of service I am not recommending anyone STARTING a LE career at this time. My old co-workers in Corrections tell me that I would probably get fired if I was still working because the place has changed so much and I was an OLD SCHOOL officer/supervisor. I work closely with the sworn Deputies in my agency & attend departmental meetings & see what is happening on the streets.

    Nope, wouldn't want to be starting the profession now..........................

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  • BrianT
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    Police are not facing massive rage everywhere. Don't believe everything you see on TV.

    I don't live in Portland or Seattle, but I probably get "Thank you for your service" at least twice a day by people from all races.

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  • darkhorse6
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    That’s what Jeremy Dewitte did in Florida

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  • CCCSD
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    Originally posted by kingkapoor View Post
    Ive always wanted to become a police officer. But given the current likelyhood of the elections and seeing the resistance to police officers in the past few months I thought I would ask...

    Even while president trump supported LEO, they faced massive rage everywhere. Now that we have a couple of liberals in office, is a career in police still valid or are we/you/they about to become a joke?
    I've moved from California (Blue) to Florida (Red) to at least retain some decency towards law enforcement. What are your thoughts?
    Just use your millions and form a security company. You can play Chief cop and not risk a thing...

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