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Old 01-18-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I plan on becoming a Police officer after i get out of the military. I haven't really traveled around the US so i am unsure of a place that offers what i prefer.

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC and would like a change of scenery. Somewhere with less population and widespread (Property/house wise, with a decent amount of land). Diversity is also a factor.
Weather wise, i would like a decent amount of snow in the winter since i have a 4x4 rig so i could put it to use.

with that in mind what city is a good place to become a police officer? a place that has respectable officers and whom respect the local citizens.

or, would the criteria be too much to ask for?
If so, regardless of my criteria, which place is ideal to be a officer?

thanks for any information. Much appreciated!
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Be a cop in Suffolk county on Long Island. Starting salary is 100,000. Highest paid cops in the country.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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Mayberry. Plenty of time to head down to the fishin' hole or chew the rag at the barbershop. Plus, the town drunk will lock himself into the drunk tank saving you the hassle. Only downside, your deputy is so nervous, your greatest danger is friendly fire. Be sure keeps his bullet in his pocket.

Oh and be sure you learn how to whistle.

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Old 01-18-2009, 07:19 PM
 
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How about something in upstate NY? That way you're still close to home, but it's more scenic.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:52 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Chicago - with all that crime up there, they need extra hand.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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You might want to look at counties at the same time you're looking at cities.

Orange County Florida's Sheriff's Office ranks close to the top if not the top in training. A lot get there training them move on to other pastures.

Also with a county sheriff's office you'll have a better chance for the 4x4 you want.

Good luck in your search and thanks for your service.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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Be a cop in Suffolk county on Long Island. Starting salary is 100,000. Highest paid cops in the country.
That’s fine and all, but a cop has to live within his/her jurisdiction. 100K on Long Island is different from 100K in Dallas.

Look for a city with ridiculously stupid pension plans. Omaha, for example, just had an officer retire with an annual salary of 66K. The city takes a given time prior to retirement to base the pension off of. That officer worked so much overtime his pension outgained his salary by 20K.

"Baggett was able to spike his income to $134,000 during 2007-2008. Take 63 percent of that figure to arrive at his annual pension of $84,000."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28534499/

So, the city of Omaha is now paying that officer 84K for absolutely nothing.

In conclusion, find a somewhat safe city which allows "Pension Spiking" to that degree.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Florida
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You want snow..... so I'll rule out Florida, though FL has one of the absolute best retirement systems for police officers in the country.

I would recommend Texas or Oklahoma.... they usually have very good pay and benefits for officers, and police officers are highly respected by the community, unlike in a lot of the rest of the country.
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