I was curious if any officers from southern CA could answer a question for me. In looking at LAPD and LASD I noticed a significant difference in salary that struck me as unusual. I assume their benefit package is probably comparable so why would the starting salary and their income level following probation be so different. The Sheriff's deputy's earn considerable more money. If you wished to work in that part of CA I would think that would make the Sheriff's deputy spots much more attractive to bring in new officers. Conversely it would make sense LAPD might have more difficulty filling its ranks while paying less. Any one out there who knows??