Eh? Maybe not the best place to work.
Police Officer (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO 63115 – June 2, 2016
A typical work day for this department is a heavy workload. A lot of radio assignments, dealing with minor to violent offenses. Homicides, shootings, burglaries, and car break ins are at the top of the list.
I learned this department is not the place to retire anymore. It seems quite evident if/when I retire from this department, if I do 20 years, I will have to find another job. If I do 30 years, I will have to start looking at which casket I would like to be buried inside (figuratively speaking).
The management for the department is politically driven like police departments, in general. It is about who you know and not what you know. The hardest part of the job is not getting off on time or making plans to do something. We are short of manpower, officers are burnt out; and we are underpaid and overworked.
As far as co-workers, we are like a big family. For the most part, officers do get along and respect each other. We have this "We are in this together" mentality.
On a good notice, the department does give you job security and overtime is readily available. If you do not have a family or many obligations, then this department is right for you! Overtime, overtime, do you want to work overtime?? They are looking for applicants right now; Apply!
Job security, gain experience, recruits are paid through the academy, three weeks of vacations (starting off)
Retirement, benefits, and salaries are disappointing, heavy workload, a lot of forced overtime