Pros: steady paycheck / job security / good retirement through vrs
Cons: read below.
JOB WORK/LIFE BALANCE: You work 12 hour days (very long). At the jail & on patrol you report to work at 0545 leave at 1800 OR 1800 to 0545. Always tired. Two shifts of 25 deputies each (patrol a lot less deputies). You will work 5 days one week and 2 days the next. Everybody lives for the 2 day week. Some like it, some don't. Understaffed at all times. – more... Plenty of overtime available because of the staffing problems. You work 14 days a month.
COMPENSATION/BENEFITS: Usual government bennies. Great. You will NOT get holidays off. If you are scheduled to work you will work. If you are scheduled off you will be off. They will pay you for your holidays though. When you are hired you are led to believe you will receive 11.5 holidays per year. NOT TRUE. The only deputies that actually get the holidays off are command staff, court deputies & civil process deputies, all others have to request off with the use of annual leave (good luck).
JOB SECURITY/ADVANCEMENT: Job security, yes. This agency constantly hires people. They are always short staffed and can never seem to retain deputies (????) why. Advancement, maybe. Politics as usual.
MANAGEMENT: Terrible. The supervisors that are assigned at the jail do not want to be there. They are placed there by the Sheriff. They are patrol deputies at the end of their careers and not jail deputies. There is a difference and it shows. Most have an extremely hard time making decisions on their own & do not understand jail ops. There are a few good supervisors but they face difficulty in changing policy that needs changed. Patrol deputies express frustration with the field supervisors as well. Line staff are not trusted to make sound decisions.
JOB CULTURE: We are law enforcement officers. Enough said.
Line staff are pretty tight knit group, however, deputies are retained (because of staffing problems) that have no business being in a uniform. Few deputies are dismissed from employment for incompetence. I personally like being a LEO, however, this particular agency is not very well managed. In the beginning it will seem that it is great, however, with tenure, as you discover the real inner workings of this agency it will leave a little to be desired. Your mileage may vary. If you work at the courts or civil process your life is much more normal and the management appears to be better in those areas. Deputies constantly leave this agency for the 3 agencies to the east of Loudoun. More money, better supervision and more opportunities seem to be the motivation. Good agency to "get your foot in the door" but there are better, more trusting agencies that would relish your service to the public. Very nice people work here. Very friendly. They simply will not trust you to make sound decisions as a certified LEO. Moral in this agency is not very good.
Most other sheriff's offices main duties are Jail/Court security, civil process & inmate transport with patrol being in support of the local police departments. This agency seems to have things turned around backwards with patrol being the main focus and the other divisions being secondary to that. – less