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Posted: 9/28/2011 7:24:25 PM EST
Well, my run in my "specialized' division is over. Is it because my job was finished? nope. Lack of funding? nuh uh. Dicipline Problems? no sir. Politics have killed my unit. Though I only got to be a part of said unit for a couple of years, I look at the experience of wearing a "detective" badge as a positive / learning one. Most important lesson learned? City politics and police work dont mix, and no allegiance will save your plain clothes job and days off. Just needed to vent a little guys, stay safe, and keep standing for whats right. Im patrol bound. Wish me luck
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 7:29:11 PM EST
Good luck. Patrol is the heart and soul of policing. Be careful out there!
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 7:29:17 PM EST
Sorry to hear that.

Waiting on a detective to get promoted, so that I can be assigned to the Detective Bureau.

14 years on patrol (3 Departments; 2 years on Bicycle Patrol) is enough for me.

I can't wait to get banker hours.
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 10:59:35 PM EST
I spent 5 years on patrol, then 8 as a detective, then came back to patrol. I gotta say, the time as a detective really improved my abilities as a patrol officer. I think all officers should spend time in CID or some type of specialized division. Good learning experience.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 4:50:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By DasBoot305:
I spent 5 years on patrol, then 8 as a detective, then came back to patrol. I gotta say, the time as a detective really improved my abilities as a patrol officer. I think all officers should spend time in CID or some type of specialized division. Good learning experience.


This.

I spent 4 years in Street Crimes/narcotics and then 4 years as a Major Case Detective (our units are only 4 year assigments) and have been back on the road for 4 months. Going back to the road was like riding a bike, took me about 3 days to totally get back in the swing of being a street cop again (even though there has been a shit ton of tech changes since I was last on the road,new mdt/programs,in car cameras etc).

Working the road is about the easiest job you can have in a Police Dept. Be safe, follow policy and law and the rest is common sense. I have 17 years total with my Dept and wish I could have finished out in the DB but Oh well, its nice not being tied to the cell phone, not being on call, not having to wake up at 0300 cuz tyrone shot jamal etc.

J-



Link Posted: 9/29/2011 5:05:29 AM EST
Patrol isn't a bad thing.

If I didn't work a dog I would want to be in patrol.

Every old cops "stories" come from their patrol days.

Embrace it, it's the essence of police work.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 6:15:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By BiteDog:
Patrol isn't a bad thing.

If I didn't work a dog I would want to be in patrol.

Every old cops "stories" come from their patrol days.

Embrace it, it's the essence of police work.


Amen........
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 10:11:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By BiteDog:
Patrol isn't a bad thing.

If I didn't work a dog I would want to be in patrol.

Every old cops "stories" come from their patrol days.

Embrace it, it's the essence of police work.


This.

While I love working specialty units, patrol kicks ass.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:12:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By Narc1911:
Originally Posted By BiteDog:
Patrol isn't a bad thing.

If I didn't work a dog I would want to be in patrol.

Every old cops "stories" come from their patrol days.

Embrace it, it's the essence of police work.


This.

While I love working specialty units, patrol kicks ass.


I'll give a "HELL YEA" to that.

Other than being a Crime Scene Tech for a year, which was while on patrol, I have not done anthing OTHER than patrol.

Yea, I know... being a detective would no doubt teach me a few things... but at present, I'm not missing a thing by not having been a detective. I have NO interest nor desire to be anywhere other than patrol.

Has not hurt my advancement potential at all thus far.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:51:17 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 2:20:26 PM EST
You won't be wet, cold or hungry even when you're wet, cold and hungry.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 6:23:25 PM EST
OP-just remember the contacts youve made on the streets in plain clothes.

I love working patrol. I also dont have a desire to be a detective. I have common sense. I wouldnt want to lose it in the bureau.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 6:28:13 PM EST
Finishing 5 years as a detective, back to patrol in January. Good to work only (mostly) felony cases, not sure I can muster up enough care to handle the minor dumbass things that comes patrols way.......... Kinda looking forward to it though, lost 20lbs recently to get back into my uniforms!
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:37:37 PM EST
After years of riding a desk, I have 13 years of traffic now. For change of pace, I pulled some SWAT, and still instruct several things including firearms, PIT, and other MUCH less exciting venues.

Nothing would create a desire to work inside again. I enjoy getting out and about. Even when it's hot, cold, or wet...

Best thing for me as I am one that enjoys an edge to my day. Stunt driving, assisting folks in crisis, and NOT taking home my job each night makes me happy.

As long as the sheriff feels I make a difference on the road, I am blessed he allows an 53 guy to have fun and get paid to do so!
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 6:49:30 PM EST
i know you will miss it but you and I both know that there were days where you thought gd if I could only be back on the road. Yeah the hours aren't as good and you have to deal with unruly juveniles. BUT you can also hide and do NOTHING whenever you want and no one walks buy your office door and asks you a stupid question.

good luck to you and be careful.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:14:09 AM EST
OP - let me guess, Gang Unit? They seem to be among the first to go with budget cuts...

I worked Gang/Street Crimes for 4 years until my unit got "restructured". Best four years of my career. Then I switched over to Vice/Narcotics for the last 3. I loved the fast pace of working the street, I am bored out of my mind and miserable working the "bigger" cases. Only gets worse when a "insert letters here" Task Force gets involved, moves about as fast as pond water then, and only if the US Attorney approves it.

I'm about to give up a take home car, cell phone (), and on call to put in for a lateral "promotion" to Corporal and a move back to patrol. I am looking forward to the simplicity and fast pace. And most importantly being able to leave work at work and knowing my schedule well in advance for the next 12 years......

Stay Safe,
Rob
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:39:39 PM EST
Oh ya, Traffic Unit here in a unmarked Dodge Charger the last 3 years. Traffic Homicide Reconstructionist / 3D Animation Specialist (www.signal4.org) DRE, DUI Expert.
Passed up Sgt position when the Chief told me he wasn't going to touch the Traffic Unit unless of a catastrophe. Gave me his WORD.......
I was told no raise for me to take the Sgt position I make to much money.....
Evidently a catastrophe occurred because the Chief took the Charger, gave it to the Captain after a few months.
I was supposed to get a Victory Motorcycle..... that was killed......
I was put on a squad working a zone again humping calls in Tahoe with a 116000 miles on it.

So much bullshit anymore, retirement is around the corner......




Link Posted: 10/3/2011 2:19:41 AM EST
Passed up Sgt position when the Chief told me he wasn't going to touch the Traffic Unit unless of a catastrophe. Gave me his WORD.

You should have seen that one coming.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 2:45:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By bigern:
Passed up Sgt position when the Chief told me he wasn't going to touch the Traffic Unit unless of a catastrophe. Gave me his WORD.

You should have seen that one coming.


You got that one right, I should have.
You know the old adage, never pass up a promotion, it's on me.




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