I will try and make this short and sweet. First off, I started in the reserve program after graduating the academy at the office that I'm currently at. They then approached me about working in the jail. I was told this is the best and quickest way to get a full time road patrol position, even better chance than reserves. So I took it. They were also going to allow me to commission my K9 which is a huge deal to me. A few months after I took the jail job, they tested for patrol. I was in the top three, actually #2. They ended up hiring a reserve. I was told I would have been chosen if he didn't have so much experience. Fast forward a couple of months, that individual did not work out due to medical reasons. They then hired the #3 guy whom was a Cpl at the jail. This infuriated me, but I did not make that known. I will add that he did not make it through FTO at another large city agency close by and tested at our office 7 times for patrol. Currently, my significant other works for said large city agency as a dispatcher. A coworker there, who is the wife of a smaller town chief, told me to apply as they were hiring in this small "suburb". The pay is about $8,000 less per year, no take home car and would be relatively boring (I think). In my area if you want any action and excellent experience you work where i'm at, or for the large city agency that has high turnover and poor leadership. Would you take a pay cut, but be able to work the road? Or, hang out where you were at and keep getting hosed? There are a few other major things going on at our agency but I will not mention those things as that would divulge too much information on a public forum. I will also add that this is an election year i.e. possible commmand staff change.