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I worked at Charleston Police Department (South Carolina) full-time
Street level supervisors are experienced and generally helpful and caring. 4 day on 3 day off schedule. Good technology. Freedom while on patrol due to low call volume. Alot of cops on regular patrol. Emphasis on backing each other up, safety.
Behind the times as far as street crime and narcotics units (micromanaged). Generally micromanaged from the top. Over zealous cops care more about locking someone up for a roach than they do about patrolling their neighborhoods for serious crimes. Almost always working weekends. A lack of street smart cops. Lack of outside the box patrol tactics. FEAR of getting in trouble for something petty. Field training officers only have 18 months to 4 or 5 years of experience. Excessive response to minor crimes. Over pursuit.
Advice to Management
Take the training wheels off. Let your team commanders run their teams. Stop entertaining the petty problems. Hire some people with some street sense, sheltered suburban college kids need to learn the streets from someone that's been on them.
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