I’m a recently retired cop from NJ State Gov’t. & I would love to get a second career going in the IC, but, I don’t want to do patrol/shift work, if I can avoid it, since I did a lot of that in my 1st career. I don’t have my BA/BS degree either so it’s more difficult for me to get a Fed job let alone one in the IC as a polygraph specialist or an investigator Etc. The Feds see me as just another applicant & may want to make the easy fit of putting me into one of their law enforcement patrol jobs. They don’t seem to want to get involved w/ my change of careers idea yet, so, instead of seeing me as a responsible, mature minded, experienced policeman who they could cross train, they see me as something less than the highly educated, well rounded, adaptable, honest, dedicated, educable, hard working, well behaved, darling, college graduates who are flooding the market like guppies now. My younger daughter is one of them & just graduated from UConn. I fully understand that the Feds, like any employer, want to get the best employees they can for their money & it’s sometimes difficult to tell exactly who that might be. Let’s see, I think Aldrich Ames & Robert Hansen both had their BA/BS degrees, but, apparently they didn’t have their loyalty sorted out!! Hmmm….., anyway, lest I digress further, a lot of the people w/ degrees have realized that private industry pays better than Gov’t. They get into Gov’t. for training & then switch to the private sector to get the bigger bucks. My buddy Pete has A LOT of training from the US Army, other Gov’t. schools & his BS degree & he is pulling down much better pay as a consultant than he would as a GS-13/14 so he is not very interested in getting back into Gov’t. service. He has a better work environment, no shifts, & none of the political crap. The difference with Pete & a lot of the military/IC/LE people is that they have already made sacrifices for years, risked their lives for us & EARNED their share. I know some cops in my previous PD who are looking for jobs elsewhere, but, they would have to give up their time toward a pension, their seniority pay, their benefits Etc. and start at the beginning if they go elsewhere & if it’s not an approved lateral transfer. The idea to make lateral transfers possible between different levels of Gov’t. is a great one, but, in NJ even if you want to transfer from one PD to another, your current employer PD Chief has to approve it & if he/she doesn’t want to let you go then you have to do it like everyone else. Apply, take the tests, get put on the lists, jump through the interview hoops & then, if you are hired by the other PD, you can quit the first one. Some PD’s even want the transfers to go through the academy again. Hey, here’s another crazy idea, let’s try to standardize police academy training nationally so police certifications are valid nationwide & at all levels (local, county, state, federal). O.K., I better get out of here before my cynical cop attitude get’s me in trouble, if it hasn’t already. Thanks for letting me vent folks. Please stay alert, be safe & have fun.
Best regards, Don
John 8:32, De Oppresso Liber