What kind of agency do you want to work for, a big one or a small one? Which one is best, well that depends! Large agencies have the advantage of many different assignments. They typically have their own detectives and they usually can handle even the most complex investigations. Large agencies can afford to have SWAT teams. They take a huge investment in equipment and manpower that small agencies can’t support. Large agencies have multiple precinct houses and so you can work different areas with different people.
Small agencies, less then about fifty officers, typically outsource some of their work. They sometimes have detectives but often they don’t investigate all types of crimes, they major crimes, murder, or rape are often referred out to the county sheriff or other agency. Small agencies sometimes only offer patrol services and not much else, so there is no air unit, no SWAT Team. Small agencies work together more than large agencies, sometimes even the chief will go on patrol and handle calls like everyone else.
In a small agency officers often learn all about their cities, their criminals, their citizens because they serve a small population it makes it easier for officers to know everyone. Large agencies provide a large population and so they are often very busy. Small agencies have limited opportunities for advancement; large agencies can seem like a huge bureaucracy. Both types of agencies have advantages and disadvantages, it’s all up to what works best for you; that’s what the SGT Says.