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Promotions

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by volsbear, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. volsbear

    volsbear IWannaBeSedated Lifetime Member

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  2. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    The alternative is to be in my boat and be supervised by guys you trained 5 years ago. I passed on several promotional exams and stand by that decision still, but I am working for guys with less experience than myself. If you're not careful you'll be working for a zit faced 23 year old with big ol butt kissing lips.

    The problem with some depts is if you pass on a promotion it can get locked in for several years before anything opens up.

    We had a mass exodus 8 years ago of people retiring all at once, guys who passed on the promotion exam were stuck for a long time.

    I am not a fan of my current administration and getting promoted puts me one rung closer to the fire. Besides I enjoy patrol.
     
  3. blueiron

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    If you are reluctant, do it. PDs everywhere need reluctant leaders, not raging self-loving egos that believe they deserve it.

    If you get promoted, then throw all doubt to the wind and lead from the front. Even if you make the wrong decision, remember this: there is nothing worse than paralysis by analysis.
     
  4. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    I like that.:thumbsup:
     
  5. GRIMLET

    GRIMLET Deceased

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  6. It's one thing to make the wrong decision. We can clean up the mess later.

    But at least MAKE a decision. Some "leaders" can't do it.
     
  7. volsbear

    volsbear IWannaBeSedated Lifetime Member

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    It's not a financial windfall, that's for sure. I'd lose a lot of what I like about life. I'd essentially ride a desk at 38 years of age.


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  8. 3Speedyfish3

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    I was promoted 3 months before I was eligible for retirement (23 and out). I lost my considerable seniority as a patrolman and my weekends off. I am very happy with my decision. I'm able to supervise and teach the new guys and make the first-line decisions I know need to be made. It is not for everyone, but it fit for me. Of course, sergeant is my ceiling. I'm still a cop after all!

    Randall
     
  9. Ducowti

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    I've got that Sgt. I often have to make up his mind. Sometimes for fun I get in his wheelhouse just to see him squirm a bit.


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  10. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    I have gone through that a few times and while I was pretty reluctant, I shuddered at the thought that some other guy who is going to be worse will get the job and I will suffer for it and kick myself every day when I go to work.
     
  11. Wil Ufgood

    Wil Ufgood GTDS #88 CLM

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    Didn't want to, but with 22 in, had to think about my pension. Regret it everyday.
     
  12. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    I reluctantly put in for a first line supervisor position here. They came to their senses and promoted three others instead. lol
     
  13. There must be a reason they are offering it to you? You are probably well thought of by your superiors. You may be able to make things better for your underlings, if you think of it this way. I am not trying to talk you into it though, especially if the money isn't there.
     
  14. We have these types also. They shouldn't even be cops, let alone supervisors.
     
  15. volsbear

    volsbear IWannaBeSedated Lifetime Member

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    It hasn't been offered. I'd have to apply but as I understand it I'd have a good chance.

    I calculated that including increased child care costs and deducting taxes, I'm looking at a stunning $2800 raise if I go after it.


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  16. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    I woukd promote when possible. New challenges, more money, and an opportunity to fix things depending on how gangster you are.

    Go for it.

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  17. PBR Sailor

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    I don't play golf with the brass, so I wouldn't be eligible for promotion.
     
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  18. It's better than nothing, especially if your promotion could lead to something else.

    Just food for thought.
     
  19. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    My theory is to always go through the process. The worst thing that can happen is they offer you the position. Nothing says you have to take it. Use the time during the process to decide what you really want.