I’ve been considering joining the police force for a little while now but really wanted to get some opinions from current or ex ACT police officers.
I’m currently working in the I.T. industry and have been doing so for over ten years now.
The job’s not too bad as far as jobs go but it’s not very fulfilling. The money is not too bad ( 90 – 100k) and the hours are alright but it’s just not rewarding. I’ve spoken with someone who was in a similar position, they worked in I.T. and joined the force and they absolutely love it. This person has been in for a few years now so I believe they have a pretty good idea of what the jobs really like.
My main concerns are;
- – Impact on my family life. I have two young children (7 & 10) and am happily married.
– Financial impact. I would expect that as a new officer the money may not be great but after a few years could I expect to earn a similar amount to what I’m currently earning?
– You don’t know what you don’t know. I’m sure there are many other things both good and bad about being a cop that you just can’t know until you’ve experienced it yourself so I’d really appreciate any comments.