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Posted: 6/13/2018 8:19:11 PM EDT
I’ve been trying to get into law enforcement for the last 12-18 months and have had a touch time of it up in CT. We always planned on moving before my oldest entered middle school, but figured I’d get a couple years under my belt up here first. Fast forward to present and it seems like hiring is at a standstill up here.

I’m planning on taking some trips down to the Dallas area for some upcoming tests. Figure if I can get hired, we’ll pack up and move down.

I’m 36, married with 3 young girls. My written scores are always in the 90+ range and don’t have any issue with the physical tests or personal history/interviews. I earned 60+ credits for the purpose of fulfilling the education requirement that some departments have.

Talk me in or out of this.

Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 6/13/2018 9:15:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/13/2018 9:16:17 PM EDT by Bigger_Hammer]
Law Enforcement has always been a tough career, but never more so than now in the age of "Social Media" & "Everybody Gots a Camera"...

Way too much back talk from A-Holes who know you can't "tune them up" in the spotlight.

And if you do get in a jam, the Politicials in the Department(captains & Chief), D.A.'s office and the rest of Government will throw you to the wolves to make themselves look better. Loyalty is for suckers...

Don't believe it.... Two Words for you. "Darren Wilson" ...

It is very tough on marriage(s). Takes a special woman and most modern women these days are poorly suited to it. It can be very tough to see and spend time with the children, especially while they are young(ish).

If it really IS you dream to do it, then jump in
Link Posted: 6/13/2018 9:30:25 PM EDT
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With the risk of sounding corny, I feel like this has been my calling my whole life. It just took me a while to figure that out.

Any Dallas area Leo’s here with recommendations or tips, I’m all ears.
Link Posted: 6/13/2018 9:31:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/13/2018 9:32:14 PM EDT by 44-40pro]
I have lived in DFW now for 24 years. Like everywhere, there are good areas and bad areas. From what I hear on the news, a lot of folks do 5 years with DPD, and then get a pay raise out in one or another of the burbs. Feel free to im me if you want more info. I can point you in the direction of a lot of cool places to go, things to do etc.

ETA: Not LEO.
Link Posted: 6/15/2018 12:30:46 AM EDT
I am new to law enforcement myself and still in training currently. I myself, too, felt that this is something that I have wanted to do forever and did not want to miss the opportunity to try it. Im working for a metro area department thats pretty decent size and guys are bailing left and right. It really dosent seem like a career most want to stay in long term now. Constant political issues affecting the departments, the public has the majority say so and so on.
Its been eye opening to me. So far though, I am ignoring all of the BS I keep hearing and am working to do my best to learn. The job has its slow times and its great times but it is to the point now, that you literally have to question every single thing you do.

All in all, if you get into a department, welcome and you can join me in screwing everything up while learning!
Link Posted: 6/15/2018 2:26:53 PM EDT
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36 with three kids, a wife and want to move across country to be a cop in Dallas?
Link Posted: 6/15/2018 5:41:37 PM EDT
not LEO, but know a few. Dallas pd and Austin run from. If you want DFW they all say FTW pd is better start salary etc.
Link Posted: 6/16/2018 6:32:27 AM EDT
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Talk me in or out of this.
36 with three kids, a wife and want to move across country to be a cop in Dallas?
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In addition to their low pay and morale isn't Dallas' pension system in the shitter?
Link Posted: 6/16/2018 8:54:36 AM EDT
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In addition to their low pay and morale isn't Dallas' pension system in the shitter?
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Talk me in or out of this.
36 with three kids, a wife and want to move across country to be a cop in Dallas?
@SCIF
In addition to their low pay and morale isn't Dallas' pension system in the shitter?
That it is.

Chief of DPD. Plenty of articles about her and the pension in the news @beardman

Link Posted: 6/16/2018 10:48:20 AM EDT
I am not planning on looking in Dallas itself, more the surrounding area.
Link Posted: 6/16/2018 10:58:44 AM EDT
Personally I would look at Dallas Area Rapid Tranist police or DFW international PD.

I don’t have much experience with either one but I know they pay pretty decent and have good benefits.
Link Posted: 6/16/2018 8:41:18 PM EDT
Plenty of departments hiring all around the DFW area.
Real estate is pretty expensive (relatively speaking) unless you move out a little ways.
Link Posted: 6/18/2018 7:00:40 PM EDT
Border Patrol and OFO (Customs) are always hiring, you might even be able to transfer up to the Northern Border after 10 or so years
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