Patrol Officers are the backbone of the Salinas Police Department. However, being a Salinas Police Officer means the chance to do many jobs throughout your career, not just one. A wide variety of special assignments provides for an exciting and well-rounded career in law enforcement. A limit of 3 - 5 years in a special assignment insures that everyone has a chance to get the assignment they really want.
The assignments below are available to every Salinas Police Officer:
- Major Crimes Detective (homicide, assault, robbery etc)
- Crime Scene Investigator
- Traffic Unit (motorcycle and car)
- Violence Suppression Unit (Gang Enforcement/SWAT Team)
- Gang Intelligence
- Personnel And Training
- Crisis Intervention Team
- Firearms Instructor
- First Aid/CPR Instructor
- School Resource Officer
- Field Training Officer
- Defensive Tactics Instructor
- Hostage Negotiator
- Mounted Horse Patrol
- Range Master
- Background Investigator
- Community Services
- Officer Safety Instructor
- Police Activities League (PAL)
- Bike Patrol
- Critical Incident Stress Management Team
Before deciding on an agency to work for, be sure they will be able to provide you with the variety of assignments in which you're interested.
There is a lot of investment going into Brooke and Hancock counties now -- and for the foreseeable future.
Manufacturer Bidell opened in September, and Italy-based manufacturer Pietro Fiorentini is set to open its doors next year.
There are more on the way.
The question is, as jobs are growing, is housing keeping pace?
"No, it would not be ready. For as many people are coming," said Robin Viola, owner/broker/manager, Howard Hanna Mortimer Realty.
Houses are selling at a blistering pace.
“We do hear from people who say houses are not staying on the market long,” said Travis Blosser, Weirton city manager.
"It's supply and demand; it's simple economics,” Viola said. “People want houses. There is a very small supply. They are willing to pay top dollar and do it quickly.”
It's an issue Viola and local leaders are well aware of, and one on which they seem to be in lockstep.
"The land is tied up,” Viola said. “The vacant land around here is owned. Until it's being sold off, or somebody wants to develop, there is a limited amount of land close by.”
"The niche we need to capture, and the market we're losing, is that middle- and upper-middle income housing, and we're losing that places like Wheeling and Pittsburgh,” said Pat Ford, executive director, Business Development Corporation.
Ford says it's a niche that's beginning to get filled -- and not a moment too soon.
"Housing is extremely important,” Ford said. “There are two things they look for and everything else falls into place after that: Real estate for their business, and housing for their workers.”
Real estate in the form of a new subdivision is taking shape at the site of the old Pleasant Valley Country Club in Weirton. It’s something different, Blosser said.
"For the first time in a couple of years, we're seeing another subdivision come online,” Blosser said.
Nearly 40 homes that meet the desired price point -- around $220,000. That's housing that will fit the need of management types moving in.
"The employees, the regular individuals who work every day, we've got that market covered," Blosser said.
"Very few people have the nerve to be the pioneer,” Forde said. “No one wants to be the first.”
With $350 million in investment headed to Brooke and Hancock counties, Blosser says this is just a sign of good things to come.
"We've got properties starting to be freed up. To come online for people starting to build on. That's only going to continue," Blosser said.
"This is great for sellers,” Viola said. “It's definitely a seller’s market.”