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09-23-07, 10:23 AM #1
Why did you make the choice????
After reading the thread in the news section about the mother that got caught abusing the welfare system and the low pay of the NYPD I started thinking, WHY IN THE HELL AM I DOING WHAT I'AM DOING FOR SO LITTLE????
I'll preface a little bit here.... I'm not a LEO yet, but have started the process and will not even be in the academy until Fall of next year, (had to put it off till the next class rotation). I know way ahead of time how much the dept that I want to work for starts paying at $32,000, 12 hour shifts, working 15 days a month...6 deputy's on duty with 904 sq. miles to patrol.
I know ahead of time that I cannot make it on that alone, just to pay my basic bills each month I have 3271.00 going out.... So my friends are going, hey WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING ???
I just smile at them and say, Its what I really want to do, sometimes its not about the money, and to be truthful, I cannot put it into words why I want to do it, it kinda seems weird to say it, but its almost a sense of belonging.
MY master plan of how I will make it work.....
Last year I made $98,000 at my current workplace and have worked out a deal with them to keep my current job with all of my benefits and work for the SO at the same time, I know ahead of time the transition will be very hard and yes I will lose some money, but I believe in the end it will be worth it...
So in closing all of my friends think I have lost it.....
So what made you make the choice to move into law enforcement knowing that you were going to be underpaid and unappreciated......
09-23-07, 10:31 AM #2
I grew up around it and I loved it. Dad tried his best to talk me out of it, then when I got hired, he supported me 100%.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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09-23-07, 10:43 AM #4
09-23-07, 10:47 AM #5
09-23-07, 10:49 AM #6
I went from a six figure salary to 80k... it took some adjustment but i also refused to work for anyone in LE who wouldn't pay. I did a lot of research and found MDPD and with some adjustments I am still able to save money etc...
I know I have always wanted to do this job. Always. But I was not going to sacrifice my living standards from even middle income to fucking poor. I really don't know how my friend does it who lives in a small town near Boone NC. He barely gets by and its like he is still in college. There is NO way he could support a child and to me that is nucking futs to do that to anyone in LEO. I almost wish people would say 'fuck you' to the hiring process, but that wont happen. My friend would make more money at friggin mcd's full time.
I shake my head so much at this... they might as well make us like a partial fire dept where we are 'volunteers' lol... (go get a job that pays and in your spare time.. here is a gun and a badge.. fight crime on your way home)
the cost of living is higher here... sure.. but not so much so... if someone had a roomate you can rent a pretty nice apt for 1k a month. That is even over here on the beach side if you look. Now if you want to BUY something... you really have to hunt, but there are some good fixer upers that are within range... or now we can live outside the county and out west are some nice homes.
I think many states have not taken into consideration that the cost of living HAS gone up EVEN in their area... they still have the pay at the rate from 5 years ago or plus. It is ver disturbing and I cannot even think of where to start in fixing it. I know our PBA really fights for us and they did a good job in something -- from what i heard in the station regarding benifits and pay... dont these other places have this to look out for them?
I refused to be so underpaid that i am struggling... underappreciated i can handle, that is pretty much in every work place environment to some degree.http://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
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09-23-07, 01:42 PM #7
does any place in nc pay well. like goz said there is departments that pay better than others. some are just insulting with what they pay. most officers don't do it for the money. if you ever figure out what you are thinking you will realize that you are out of your mind.
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09-23-07, 01:47 PM #8
Cops get paid very well in the northwest. I've never met a cop who had to work a second job, or even considered it."I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass"
~Mighty Mighty Bosstones~
09-25-07, 04:39 PM #9
09-25-07, 06:43 PM #10
I saw the $$ some of the LEO's were getting in the US, it's pretty low for putting your life on the line.
I guess because you've got so many agencies with such small numbers, it's hard to strike good pay deals.
I think we're closer to the UK when it comes to industrial relations and with 11,000 plus members in our union, it's beneficial for our pay negotiations.
When I joined I was on $7000 pa, I think, but a house cost $48,000. . . . . but that's a year or two ago!!!
It's good that you can follow your dream with a compromise so you don't have to starve.
09-25-07, 07:27 PM #11
Without going overboard, I was brought up in an abusive household. Wanted to do what I could to help others in that type situation. After getting into the job, which took a long time to land, I found there was plenty of job security, and not just in domestic violence.
Was also taught by a Grandmother and Step-Grandfather that self sacrafice and service to others was what life was about.
Sometimes it has nothing to do with money. I never knew what cops made prior to being one. It's just something I had to do.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
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09-26-07, 04:25 PM #12
Thanks for the answers......
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