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12-16-2007, 21:49 #1
Louisiana P&P vs. South Carolina P&P (adult)
I have received positive recommendations for both states. Any members care to contribute their opinions, positives and negatives? What is caseload like in each state, and are they LE-oriented or social work-oriented? Any salary/promotional issues in these states? How is overtime handled (comp or x1.5)? And, of course, what is retirement like in these states?
Also, what is the cost-of-living like in LA and SC?
Feel free to chime-in with hearsay, though I ask that you also provide info about the quality of the hearsay.
Thanks all, and stay safe.
PS: Also, what is training like (what is required) in these states, as well as length of initial training? Are these two states in rapid hiring status, or does it take a significant amount of time to complete the hiring process?
12-17-2007, 19:54 #2
I will try to answer some of your question since I was once a P&P officer for Louisiana.
I was in the Jefferson Parish district. I think the caseload for me pre-Katrina was about 120 offenders. My district was Law enforcement oriented, however we did have a couple of agents who were very much social work driven, however they usually were frustrated and left quickly. Salary pretty much sucked or I would still be there. I loved the job but just got tired of living on peanuts. Something likes 2000 a month if I can recall. I was there for 3 years and I believe when I left I was earning $27000 a year. I did have a take home car though. One of my friends who is still their told me they recently got a $6000 raise recently. I believe he has about 10 years in and is currently making about 50,000 a year. When I was there all you got was comp time for working over 8 hrs a day, at 1.5 hours per hour worked. No over time at all, however I believe they are currently allowed some overtime per week now. I do not believe it is no more than 5 hours of overtime a week though. Not 100% sure on that. Cost of living in New Orleans has seen a major price hike in housing since Katrina. Most people are moving to the north shore where housing is a little more reasonable but still your homeowners insurance with rape you.
Also all agents must go through an approved Louisiana Post Academy, which will be sponsored by P&P. You will receive the same training as all Law enforcement officers who enforce state and local laws within the state.
Hope this info helps let me know if I can answer any other questions. The state retirement was very good. It was like you 3 1/3% for every year of service. Therefore, if you worked 30 years you got 100% of your salary for life.
12-17-2007, 20:19 #3
Thanks much, uscs344. That's a lot of info I was looking for.
My experience includes local/state LE, along with a "brief" time with USBP (before my academy injury -- nothing serious thankfully). I always thought all P&P agencies were the "hold your hand", social work-types. My family/friends in these two areas are saying it is not -- much more LE-oriented like you've stated.
The POST training is good to hear, since it shows that although the pay isn't the best the agency respects its employees enough to recognize them as law enforcement officers.
I'm fortunately in a position where pay isn't the primary concern (I thought I saw somewhere they start at around 30k now); I've experienced many opportunities and am now looking to work at and retire from a good agency.
Any thoughts on their testing/hiring process?
Take care, and thanks again.
12-18-2007, 08:23 #4Kelly8280 Guest
I'm a North Carolina P&P Officer and end up working with SC on transfer of cases fairly often. I know that SC completely changed their methods and policies a few years ago. They are now a Class B law enforcement officer (with Class A being the traditional sheriff/police departments). SC P&P goes through the police academy training but their standards for passing are different (truthfully, lower) than what a Class A cadet has to do to pass. For example, both types of recruits must run 1.5 miles. Class A recruits have a time they must perform within while P&P pass as long as they complete it (no time set). I have no idea what benefits look like for them.
Call up a SC office and ask if a line officer has a minute to chat with you about their duties. All they can say is no. College students have called my office a few times asking for job info. I've always been happy to chat.
12-18-2007, 10:56 #5
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12-19-2007, 16:38 #6Rookie
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- Jul 2004
Call South Carolina. I called and I was able to speak with HR about the job and I was invited to come down to speak with their agents. They also sent a package to my house with testing info and job info. They give a great presentation but the money is just not enough for me to relocate. I would have been taking a $16,000 pay cut. It always appears to me that the more LE oriented a P/PO agency is, the less money they make .
I was thinking about going to Louisiana for the job but but their pay vs. cost of living did not look like it was worth the risk for me.