The Arlington Police Department is one of the few law enforcement agencies in the state to require a bachelor's degree. "The starting salary is pretty good for a student coming right out of college," said Williams, adding that starting pay is $42,600. "There are other jobs that pay better, but with the economy the way it is, a lot of larger companies are laying off. There is always stability in law enforcement."Stability indeed. On the flip side, I remember listening to a judge last year in a bar in Veracruz tell me that cops in Mexico make about $150-175 American per month and were expected to make up the rest through La Mordida. Of course, even on this side of the border, some cops will find ways to make a little extra on the side. ;-) The last educational institution to grace me with a diploma (which I couldn't lay my hands on if you put a gun to my head) was Robert E. Lee High in Tyler, TX, so I definitely wouldn't qualify, but in the scheme of things, a cop's pay sounds pretty good in Arlington.
Friday, December 16, 2005
I wouldn't qualify for this job
Stay in school, kids, and maybe one day you can be an Arlington cop. An item last week from the Fort Worth Star Telegram ("Facing Stiffer Competition, Texas Police Expand Recruiting Efforts," Dec. 4) declared that heightened demand for law enforcement and baby-boomer retirements are making it hard to find cadets, even when departments offer high salaries (I'd guess extended National Guard stays due to the Iraq war also have something to do with it):
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