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    Abandon ship

    What’s going on?

    Miami: 4 anticipated agent positions
    Margate: 1 agent. 2 inspectors
    For the Myers: 3 agents

    Is it me or is the south going to have no staff soon???

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    The South will always have staffing problems until we start receiving competitive salaries. You can't compete with agencies starting people with experience at 60k-70k. Money will always be the number one factor behind working conditions why people leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    The South will always have staffing problems until we start receiving competitive salaries. You can't compete with agencies starting people with experience at 60k-70k. Money will always be the number one factor behind working conditions why people leave.
    Pay will always be an issue. There is no turnover in the north compared to the south and pay is the biggest reason. From the agency's viewpoint as long as the supply of new agents exceeds the number of openings there isn't a problem. Civilian oversight and being an insignificant cog in the DBPR wheel results in no incentive to change. When you add the numbers turnover here is average for state agencies. Pay compression is just as big of an issue as turnover but most don't stay long enough to experience that.

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    The South will always have staffing problems until we start receiving competitive salaries. You can't compete with agencies starting people with experience at 60k-70k. Money will always be the number one factor behind working conditions why people leave.

    Pay isn't the only reason, we get paid well for what we do. Hell most of FM is retired and collecting a pension from somewhere else. It will be a revolving door until the real issues are dealt with and that's not going to happen anytime soon.

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    Third time fort myers extended their add. I find it hard to believe they can’t hire anyone for two years. Sounds like they need to merge the office with Tampa or get new leadership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Pay isn't the only reason, we get paid well for what we do. Hell most of FM is retired and collecting a pension from somewhere else. It will be a revolving door until the real issues are dealt with and that's not going to happen anytime soon.
    Agreed. Another big problem I see is that FM may be hiring the wrong person for the spot. I don't think it is their fault though. With vets points and other points you are sometimes forced to hire people that aren't necessarily the best fit. Ideally you would hire someone who is relatively young yet has some LE experience on patrol and some time working investigations. The journeymen who have 100 years in narcotics and vice crimes never work out because they can't handle the insanity of this place and won't be here long enough to figure out who we are, what we ACTUALLY do, and what our limitations are. It's not an exact science.

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    No need to panic. Help is on the way. ABC Agents from India will be given special visas to assist for a period of two years each. That is longer than most stay in Fort Myers anyway according to Kashadbadiddidda Jones, head of Crisis Recruiting for Florida.
    ABT is an innovation powerhouse and the perfect first stop for people coming to the state. "It just seems like a good fit" said Jones.

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    Young people don’t last either. They realize they have many years til retirement and can make more money anywhere else. Everyone else has step plans and higher starting pay. We have hit the brick wall.

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    F2 and TB have an new spreadsheet to fix the retention problems. Micromanagement is the key to fixing the low morale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    F2 and TB have an new spreadsheet to fix the retention problems. Micromanagement is the key to fixing zthe low morale
    Sometimes the best solution to a morale problem is to fire all the unhappy people.

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