Mid-South/TN Officers: Advice?
I'm going full time!!! I just need to decide where.
I don't have all my options laid out before me yet, but i'm looking at anywhere in the Shelby County area, preferably not any farther north than Bartlett, and the Fayette County area, no further east than Somerville.
Currently I reside in Memphis, but we're looking at housing in the collierville/piperton area. I've got three years in with Memphis as a POST certifiable reserve Officer, and if Memphis will honor the three years i've served towards my retirement, I may go with Memphis. At the moment I'm weighing my options and looking for advice.
I'm only considering lateral transfer accepting departments, i've already completed POST training in TN and and would rather try and avoid going in to the academy at the starting point again.
I have 54 credits by semester in college, have completed the needed number of hours and requirements to become POST certified, needing only to be full time to become certified.
Top considerations right now are Memphis, Bartlett, and Germantown. Piperton said they hire from their reserves, so i'd have to be a reserve for them first, and oakland said they have a stack of qualified applicants they are pulling from and are not taking apps.
Would love to work for University of Memphis, but it's very competitive trying to get on there. Christian Brothers is hiring, but is a very new department, and i'm unsure of going with them. Would even consider airport police, but someone has to die or retire to have a position open, and then there are 500 qualified candidates applying.
Would love a take home car, MDT, camera, tuition reimbursement, etc. But i'm not holding my breath.
Memphis is the choice i'm looking closest at, but the city isn't treating us very well right now, denying a 1% pay raise and taking away our tuition support.
Any advice out there from those nearby or who know the area?
I'm a young, about to be married guy, who would love to still have some family time. I'd rather not work midnights forever, would love it if I could have some say in what shift and precinct I go to, but I know that's pushing my luck.
I would love to stay with memphis one way of the other perhaps, enjoy working with some of these guys, would hate to lose them.
I'm an avid follower of Law Enforcement Technology, love being in the know and working with the latest and greatest equipment out there.
Fact is, i'm not sure which direction to turn. I'm calling up to the academy, and my supervisor today, to see what issues I may face going full time, and what Memphis can offer me. It would be nice if I could stay a reserve until I get through lateral training, and graduate, so If I flunked out for whatever reason, I wouldn't be dead in the water.
My long term goals would be to be a bike patrol qualified officer, perhaps even bike patrol instructor, i'm interested in being a dare/great school officer, and would love to spend some time on a tact/swat unit, although not make my bed there. I'd eventually like to move to east tn, maybe knoxville area, but i'm not going for at least 4-5 years, and even then, may never move from the mid-south area, only time will tell.