Our local paper this morning had a big article about our local sheriff's dept. The city we live in has thier local police dept. as well as the sheriff's who deal with stuff outside the city limits and stay in the county. We are in the county jurisdiction. Anyway, in the past six months the sheriffs dept has lost 35 employees. Mostly going to other police dept. for better pay and benefits. The article states that a patrolman starting out gets the base minimum pay of something like $23,000 a year. The Sheriff said that the pay needs to be raised because they are losing staff to other depts. etc. Personally, whatever a police officer is paid is not enough. When you think about the risks they take. I would like to know if there are any police officers here and how they feel about the job, etc. The reason I ask is because for a very long time Ive had a longing to work in law enforcement. Twenty years ago I took the civil service exam twice and passed both with a score of 96 and a 98. I was put on a list, but never called. Eleven years ago I had the chance to get on our local sheriff's dept. (when we lived in MA). I missed getting my application in on time and there was a hiring freeze. So I missed my opportunity there. It was also the same time that I had met my now DH and soon after got married and had a baby. Our situation now is that DH works as a school bus driver, and I am a SAHM of a 8 yr old wonderful daughter who is physically handicapped, developmentally delayed and some medical issues. I can't really work outside the home. At least not right now because of her situation and medical coverage. No private insurance will cover her because the extense of her medical needs. So she is covered under Medicade. One of the things Ive thought about was approaching the Sheriff now, and actually volunteering. I don't know what. Maybe computer work, helping out with different programs that they usually have officers do to lighten things up. I would have the opportunity to learn what they do, and find out if its something I really want to get into or what. Im also 40, and out of shape.