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MartinY
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PostSubject: Small Department or Large Department?   Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:18 pm

I live in Ohio. I put myself through the police academy. I might be able to get hired on with a small department in my area. Aside from any differences in pay and maybe more opportunity for promotions, are there any major differences or benefits to working in a large department? Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Small Department or Large Department?   Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:01 pm

Like you wrote, pay is probably different. Although many small police departments pay more than larger police departments. Promotion potential is a big difference. There will naturally always be more promotion potential in larger police departments. Other issues such as better or newer equipment, training opportunities, etc. also depend on the department. Some smaller departments have better or newer equipment than some larger departments. Some smaller departments pay their officers to go to more training than some larger departments and vice-versa. Depending, your duties could be more vaired in a smaller department. For example, in a larger department, the first responding officer might just take a preliminary report on an incident, and if the incident is somewhat serious, detectives might handle any follow-up investigation. In a smaller department, the first responding officer might also be responsible for follow-up investigations, etc. The same might hold true for collecting and processing evidence, etc. Whether it is better to work for a smaller police department or a larger police department depends on the individual department, but also on your personal preferences.
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PostSubject: Re: Small Department or Large Department?   Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:01 pm

Get the job with the small department. Do well, and later if you decide you want to try to move to a larger department, do so. My advice is if you can get a job, get it Exclamation
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PostSubject: Re: Small Department or Large Department?   Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:48 am

I've worked for a small department my entire career. Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way! Good luck!
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