i think it depends on a lot of variables. I have an M.S. in criminal justice and have never once thought of becoming a police officer. My reasoning was due to a few things - 1. money. Here in Richmond, Va. a rookie 1st year gets about 36k per year. I make that working my helpdesk job I am currently contracted at.
2. Homicide rates. - Richmond is declining on the list of top murder cities but its still there. Shootings...I am not a fan of getting shot.
3. Family time - If I were to take the job I may be working nights while SWMBO works days...so when do I get to spend time with her? An hour here or there?
The other reasons were mainly financially related. I really think officers are ridiculously underpaid for what kind of crap they have to deal with daily.
If I were you - I would look into a fed job instead. Pay, benefits, various locations. Lots of pros over cons.
Going federal is actually in my plans once I have some money for the certifications I need...hence why I work this crappy helpdesk job. They are willing to pay for certs once/if I get hired on come september. Then I take a few certs and apply for much better and higher paying jobs.
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