Shoot, I want to work in your department... when I started as an LEO, I made $32k/year, which was about $3k more than other local departments were offering. I made another $14k in overtime. While I wasn't killing myself, I was working quite a bit compared to some of my peers. After 15 years on the force, I still never came close to breaking $100k. I'm now in the IT field, which I like very much.No. I knocked down an easy six figures as a cop. My daily commuter was a Porsche convertible that I custom-ordered new. My wife's car is a BMW Track Pack that I let her custom order new. We flew to Munich Germany to pick it up at the factory- we typically vacation in Europe a month a year.
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Heck, I don't remember the last time I had a rookie officer that made less than $100K their first year on the road.
I think your case is more the exception than the rule, at least in a lot of the US. MTVR, please don't think that I'm picking a fight with you, just stating that at least in the area where I live, cops work long hours for small pay.