I have been working at Sarasota Police Department
Pros – The pay is better than average and above most of the surrounding agencies. You get a take home vehicle right out of field training. The gym facility inside the department is very nice and just about health club quality. All equipment is provided so you pay for nothing.
Twelve hour patrol shift are great for the time off. You work 14 days a month. Hard to beat.
Detectives and some inside jobs have the option of working either 8 or 10 hour days.
Cons – The senior staff is extremely lacking. Promotions to the captain level are by Chief's appointment only. As a result most are promoted based on their time in grade as a lieutenant...not on their ability. Needless to say this is a very bad way to select senior management and it has shown in declining morale and command structure.
At this time, the city goverment is completely and obviously anti-police. All they do is condemn and belittle the agency. Absolutely no support.
Health benefits and pension are slowly being changed for the worse.
On patrol, you will be on midnight shift for upwards of 10 years before you are able to get enough senority to get off unless you get assigned to a specialty unit.
Advice to Senior Management – Start fighting for the men and women you command. Let the city government know their treatment of the police department is unfair and wrong. Use some common sense once in a while and start running the place like an actual police department.
2010-06-02 16:53 PDT
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