So there are many different kinds of law enforcement ranks as you could tell from my previous posts, but I want to go farer into what people can do by finding their career path. When getting a promotion from work aren’t people suppose to be excited? Yes or no? I think yes. But when moving up on the scale, you have to be aware of how much responsibility your going to have and that power over others. Now some people can handle all of it and others can’t. But lets not worry about the negitives let’s focus on the positives. Now lets take a trip to where people can follow the chain of command when it comes to ranks, next how does it work for military and transferring over to law enforcement, and lastly is about how people get demoted in ranks.
First, starting with a police officer career. This is “initially a probationary officer who advances upon success from a probationary period”. For example so of those activities could include train detectives, take on legislative duties, be apart of a specialized team such as SWAT or even become a academy instructor. By having your “criminal justice degree this will help you in the long run with getting promotions”. Now a police detective. They deal with specialized areas. Which they are responsible for any of the following responding to crime scenes, preparing reports or even testifying in court. Some of the specialized areas could include ” narcotics, survelliance, gang related, homicide and more”. A sergeant career may include any of the following duties such as “review and approve reports”, train and supervise officers, handle radio calls and more. Lieutenant careers consist of “supervising a patrol officer”. They also make sure that their captain knows what going on, making sure they are informed of several issues and respond to the most serious crime. Captain careers. They oversee all functions of the patrol or detective officers, inspect facilities and tactics for training and safety, and more officer related work. A police deputy career is filled with learning just as much as the chief of police does. This is the 2nd highest rank you can have in a police department. This department also takes care of other departments as well. Lastly, chief of police. This is the “highest ranking you can get in a department”. As a general manager and CEO of the police department the officer is responsible for administrating, planning, and operations of the department. You will only get this if you have a college degree and have at least twelve years of experience in law enforcement.
Next, how does military service transfer over to law enforcement? When being an active veteran for many years, many people believe that law enforcement would be an easy and natural fit. For example, that could be from training, mental health and discipline. “Law enforcement will make you consider and adjust your practical training and mindset”. “military training does make you a strong candidate from transitioning from military service to law enforcement”. Law enforcement is a broad professional career but, you still have many opportunities for the state, federal and local levels. Leadership is very important in any position you take. You need to make the right decisions that are meant for you. You just be patient and willing to wait. You also have to have a clean background check in order for the process to move on.
Third, how do you think people get demoted from a position? Do you think it has anything to do with a personnel related situation? Do you think that it is something that they did while trying to get what they want? The story is about a two stared general from the army that got demoted because of an affair and a swinger lifestyle. “he was forced out of the military after 30 years of service”. The demotion will cost him more than $40,000 in his retirement pay. This is considered to be a bad thing because, it’s costing him more than what it should be. Basically, for someone that has been in the military for that long that shouldn’t have to pay $ 40,000 it should only be about $20,000. Next, is about a officer that got demoted then was reinstated and then retired. Now let’s find out what this was all about. Sgt, Kenneth Baker pulled over a uber driver for some traffic violations. When he came up to the window the uber driver pulled out his phone and started recording everything that was happening. Sgt, Baker then asked the uber driver to put down his phone but then, the officer started making threats “saying that he will go to jail if he does not follow orders”. Eventually, the video did get posted online and back to the department where the officer was working. They didn’t fire the officer they just demoted him down to corporal. Then not even a few weeks later he resigned. Nobody saw it coming. My own opinion to this story should’ve been that yes the uber driver has rights and it was his choice to pull his phone out and start recording. But, I am not sure why the officer started making threats.
In conclusion, I hope all of you have a better understanding of what happened when you move up in the law enforcement or military ranks. Just make sure that you understand the differences of what could happen and make the best of it. Don’t focus on the negitives but only the positives. I hope you guys have a better understanding of what different chain of commands you could have, how does it work when your in the military and your transferring over to law enforcement and lastly, how you can get demoted. You have to watch what you are doing at all times. I hope you guys enjoyed this reading and answering the questions along the way, just as much as I did.