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Old 08-13-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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My fiance and I will be moving to the Houston area within the next few years. She is working on her Master's in Special Ed and i am working on my Master's in PA. I am interested in a law enforcement career in the Houston area. How is the pay and benefits offered by the Houston PD as compared to other adjacent areas? I'm planning on living in The Woodlands. Does their take-home car program have limitations in terms of living distance? I'd appreciate any advice.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:40 AM
 
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I have been looking into PDs in the area also. All I know is Houston PD pay is very poor in comparison to the requirements of similar departments around the country. They require a BA and pay around 3k per month for new recruits. Similar PDs that pay that low in CA are in small 500 pop towns with 1-2 cops and don't require any degree.

I don't know the conditions but frankly for that pay I would not consider Houston PD - I'd go for a suburb.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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My fiance and I will be moving to the Houston area within the next few years. She is working on her Master's in Special Ed and i am working on my Master's in PA. I am interested in a law enforcement career in the Houston area. How is the pay and benefits offered by the Houston PD as compared to other adjacent areas? I'm planning on living in The Woodlands. Does their take-home car program have limitations in terms of living distance? I'd appreciate any advice.
I'm just wondering why you think they would give you a city car to drive home? We have Houston police officers in the family, retired and active. Only one had a take home police car and that was because he was a training officer at the time.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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I'm just wondering why you think they would give you a city car to drive home? We have Houston police officers in the family, retired and active. Only one had a take home police car and that was because he was a training officer at the time.
I guess its my South Florida mentality. Most if not all municipalities in South Florida offer a take home car program.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:25 PM
 
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I have been looking into PDs in the area also. All I know is Houston PD pay is very poor in comparison to the requirements of similar departments around the country. They require a BA and pay around 3k per month for new recruits. Similar PDs that pay that low in CA are in small 500 pop towns with 1-2 cops and don't require any degree.

I don't know the conditions but frankly for that pay I would not consider Houston PD - I'd go for a suburb.
Definitely food for thought, but I'm sure your research will prove that most adjacent jurisdictions pay around the same thing. For example, Harris County pays a little more but you have to accrue over 200 hours of comp time before they start to pay you over time.
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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good pay and the best bargaining agreement in the state in san antonio, both FD and PD
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