Dave, I am very sorry this is the case. Whether you were loving the job or not, it sounded as if you were very good at it. Given your progress primally, I imagine you were quite the ass kicker, not to mention you are a decent guy, which is often more important in a police officer.
It sounds like the deal with your in-laws is a good one. Not perfect perhaps but country living has its charms and kids-grandparent time is great. I'm with you on S. FL. The people blow. It's why I prefer the panhandle/N. Central - more country, less crap. Perhaps W. Virginia is the change you need to recharge.
No, you are completely correct. I do have rank, but the writing on the wall is that we as a whole, all the Dept of the Army Guards, may be out come next fiscal year. The wars are shutting down, soldiers are coming home, so why pay civilians to do what soldiers can do? No one has said so officially, but the rumors are there. Staffing cut by 30%, now we are at 40% below maximum manning and they haven't hired anyone since last June. We are told everything from "Oh, we are looking to fill the spots" to "There is a hiring freeze" to "Oh, they are up at higher command" but the bottom line is we are getting little information and no new hires. So in about 6 months I may be in the same boat, only headed to the FL Panhandle instead of W. Virginia.
Originally Posted by skink531
If you are looking for work, you may want to look into customs or airport police. Customs is federal and they are beefing up right now. It takes a year or so to get on (time you can spend in W. Virginia) and the pay may be less than what you get now but with your experience you could probably get on at the GS/L 7 or 9 Level ($40-50k). It is not thrilling work but 8 hours at a check point and home is not bad. Border Patrol is another option but that is much more long hours, out in the field, getting rocks thrown at you bs. I saw an airport job recently which paid about $17 an hour. Probably less than you make now, but how hard do airport police work? (No disrespect to them but I do not imagine it is as difficult as working the street.)
Check out Indeed.com and usajobs (federal job site). Customs and border patrol are from their own sites if I remember correctly.
Bottom line, good luck bro. Anything I can do to help let me know.
Last edited by canio6; 05-19-2012 at 08:20 PM.
somehow I manage to leave my intelligence and decorum at the door wherever I go. I doubt your journal will be an exception to that - not on the rug
What the F&#* is a decorum? - Mr. Anthony