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  • #31
    My first 18 months after the LASD academy I was working at one of the Northern LA County custody facilities..I lived 80 miles from work so I had a 160 mile round trip drive every day..I drove a 1971 Mach One Mustang so mileage wasn't great but gas was only about 35 cents a gallon back then..Was no fun working graveyard shift and then having a 90 minute or more drive after getting off work.
    Retired LASD

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    • #32
      I commute an hour. It’s against the commute so I’m okay with it.

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      • #33
        My commutes have run the gamut- for three years, my commute to work was about 60 seconds. And when I had to cross a major metropolitan area to get back and forth to work, it was about two hours each way. My commute now is about 20 minutes.

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        • #34
          I prefer short commutes, because it means less factors in getting to work on time. It's especially important for me because I live in an area with a lot of potential for bad winter weather. I'm willing to do up to a 45 minute commute, provided that the drive: 1) isn't almost entirely interstate highway, 2) doesn't go through too many major urban areas. If I'm going to have a long commute, I want to unwind. Highway driving and heavy traffic is going to stress me out more if it's a long way.
          "If the police have to come get you, they're bringing an @$$ kicking with them!"
          -Chris Rock

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          • #35
            My career choice resulted in me living at least 1500 miles from my parents, only sibling, and extended relatives since late 1975.
            My first 2 postings after basic training had me living in barracks above, and then in the back of, the Detachment for the first 15 months (plus being "voluntarily" on-call during non-scheduled hours). The first post was at a VERY popular National Park from May to October, so the majority of "clients" did not know each of the 4 of us, but there was no doubt where we all lived.
            My 3rd geographical posting resulted in my being able to rent a 1-bedroom apartment for 2 years, then own a 900 sq ft 3-bedroom home for 2 years, with a 15 to 20 minute walk, or few minutes Bison-Cab ride with the past or next shift during shift changes (2 different Units, located several blocks apart), but no on-call for the first 3+ years, and very rare the last 9 months.
            My 5th transfer resulted in my wife and 1st 2 kids renting a 3-bedroom home about 4 blocks from the Detachment, with a marked patrol car parked almost constantly in my driveway whenever not on-shift. Given it was a town of about 600 population, EVERYBODY knew the 3 of us posted there, and when we were on, or off, duty.
            My 6th transfer took my wife and eventually our 5 kids to a city (our threshold is 5000 pop.) of 6500 where we owned a multiple-bedroom home about a 10 minute walk from the Detachment, but I often had a marked unit in my driveway. Again, EVERYBODY knew ALL 17 of us.
            My 7th, and last transfer, was to a city of 11000, with a City PS. My family and I owned a multiple-bedroom home. Pretty much EVERYONE knew all 4 to 8 of us, plus the City members, and where we lived. I either had a marked unit in my garage, or had a 10 minute walk.
            After pulling the pin, I was a casual dispatcher for the City PS for 6 months, with either a 20 minute walk, or a shift-change ride.
            I became a Site Supervisor for G4S (unarmed) Security on a contract at a steel plant for 7 months. It was about 65 miles from my home, so I had a 1:21 hr commute in the AM (M to F - I was delicate!), with a bit longer going home. I arranged to home-sit for a former partner who had also retired; he and his wife snow-birded in Texas, so I stayed there during the week, or over the weekend, during the winter, just in case - it was a mild winter, so I COULD have daily-driven. That commute, plus living apart from my wife (despite, I am sure, delighting her!), was a pain.
            In April 2012, I quit and moved back, due to commute, living-apart, staff-supervising, plant-staff-related issue, and Mom's health issues. I began working at alocal franchise of a large Canadian-based retailer in the warehouse. I COULD have walked there in 45 minutes, but most often took 14 minutes to bike, or 8 minutes to drive. From Sept 2014 until Christmas 2017, I have held several other local jobs, but have been back at the warehouse continuously since.

            I do NOT recommend commuting more than a 20 minute drive, but you have to do whatever you can to live, obviously.
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            • #36
              I feel like that depends. If you are thinking short term etc. let me give you an example. I personally am going to be making Sgt. My commute right now is 20 mins. And it might temporarily be 2-5 hours. Now would I do that forever? No. But I might have to do it for a year or two until I can get approved for a transfer back to my facility. Granted I can swap or what others call mutuals to travel less however I am fully willing to do that kind of traveling because of the future promotions and growth that is possible from it.

              That all being said. I would probably not travel hours if I had no intention or possibility of eventually getting closer to home.

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