Opening for officer at BPD


The City of Bishop is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer (Lateral) Salary: $4944-$6104 per month.

Excellent benefit package. For applications and further information please contact: Pam Galvin, Bishop Police Department, 207 W. Line, Bishop, CA 93514, (760) 873-5823.

Email: Applications must be received in this office by 5pm, 9-10-12.


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41 Responses to Opening for officer at BPD

  1. Trouble August 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    $6104.00 to guard the skateboard park. Where do I apply?

    • steve August 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Crime is quite low in Bishop, do we really need to hire another police officer.

  2. Bob August 24, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    Hey at least they are doing something to earn a pay check and not sitting on their butts in front of their computer waiting for a new post to pop up on sierra wave. Come to think of it Trouble, you should be a wealthy man cause that is all you seem to do on this website.

    • Cheap Therapy August 24, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      That’s tellin’ ’em Bob.
      We don’t want this blog to turn into an extension of The Rush Limbaugh Show or other mean-spirited types of “entertainment” or cheap therapy.

    • Trouble August 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      Bob- fyi I work hard, pay my bills and don’t like how the police and parks and rec. people treat our kids at the stake board park. Sorry you don’t like the way I express my self. But I will continue to do so until Sierrawave cuts me off.

    • taxifornia August 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Be nice to Trouble .. He has nothing else to do. He retired at 50 and is collecting a very sizable Public Pension.

      • Trouble August 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

        Taxifornia- you clearly don’t know anything about me.Keep guessing, i’ll let you know when your getting warm.

        • Taxpayer August 26, 2012 at 6:50 am #

          Why are the elected officials so indolent as to ignore the gigantic drain on the county by having the county seat in such an obscure place as Bridgeport?
          Bridgeport generates next to nothing economically for the county yet accepts all the trappings from the Mono County taxpayer.

        • Ken Warner August 26, 2012 at 7:46 am #

          What prompts the “Beast of Many Names” to make up those derogatory fantasies about people? I wonder if he really believes them?

          • More sour grapes August 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

            I’m livid because Silicon Valley doesn’t set up shop here.
            Because that’s my field of expertise, and I need the work.
            Oh, and by the way, those in the service sector are still stupid to work at such crappy jobs!

            Idea for Ken Warner:
            Why not apply your technical skills and invent a robotic catch-and-release fish for those who adamantlyand ferociously maintain that fishing is the primary reason people come here … not for the food, concerts, entertainment, art …
            : >
            Interesting, but every art and music and wine or beer tasting festival in Mammoth has been jammed with people (from all over the world even) and equally interesting is that everytime I drive by one of our lakes – there are only a handful of people out there fishing.

            Go see for yourself.

        • upthecreek August 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

          trouble,,, it was just a joke

  3. 1234 August 24, 2012 at 8:09 am #


    Somehow I don’t think you could pass the rigorous training and background investigation that a qualified law enforcement officer has been through. Give it a shot!

    • taxifornia August 24, 2012 at 9:19 am #


      “Somehow I don’t think you could pass the rigorous training and background investigation that a qualified law enforcement officer has been through”.

      Why then do I see so many cops in such poor physical shape??

    • Big Rick OB August 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      The ad is for LATERALS ONLY. That means you have to be (already) employed as a police officer elsewhere and be P.O.S.T. certified. That way, Bishop PD doesn’t have to wait 6 months (minimum) for a recruit to graduate from an academy, to put a new officer on the street. Not to mention the thousands of dollars it costs to train a new officer, with no guarantee that he or she will even graduate from the academy. Just sayin’.

      • Big AL August 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

        Yeah Rick .. no guarantee we will get a good officer lateraling in either. Just roll the dice, and hope we get a good officer.

    • JeanGenie August 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Not everybody likes or wants a job where they get to abuse and push people around. (No offense to the 40% or so cops around here that are actually concerned about making the world a better safer place.)

  4. Mark August 24, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    This is a great oppertunity for somone.

    I have had nothing but positive experiences dealing with Bishop P.D.

    Their profesionalism is top notch.

    • toomuch October 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

      have never HAD TROUBLE or a ticket until I came here. They are almost all related and , if you are related to them, you can get out of anything, Gosh then we have the DA. Please, I used to tell my kids that all cops will help you, just wait when you get stopped for no reason. Or just ask my mother who didnt believe me until she was stopped for no reason by two cops. Open your eyes, or just wait, your turn will come, when they want to know something about you. I wish you good luck

  5. Trouble August 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    1234- your likely correct in some sense, but I clearly don’t take blog comments as sensitive as you. Sorry Darling.

  6. Big AL August 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Bob, it doesn’t take all day to sit here and read and post things here, so that seems to be all you know of it, I guess? I post more that Trouble does, and I am only on here in the evening, sometimes late night.

  7. inyoresident August 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Trouble, there are the good kids at the skatepark that deserve to be there and enjoy the ammenities from the park. But unfortunatelly about 90% of the kids that hang out in the park are young adults, who don’t work, don’t go to school and sit at the park all day doing nothing but leave their garbage laying on the ground. If your kids feel they are not being treated well at the park then maybe you should go to the city counsil and let them know how “awesome” the skate park really is. You can blame the cops for harrassing your kids or other kids, but if you had to deal with the same issues over and over at the skatepark you may have a different oppinion.

    • Trouble August 26, 2012 at 4:59 am #

      InyoRes.- This will be my last blog on this article. I didn’t really mean to piss off all of our police officers, just wanted to make a point that I hope the police will take it easy on some of our bored youth running around here. There is so little for many of our kids to do up here. When it comes to the skateboard park, my kids have only been there once and I would be surprised if they would choose to hang out there.
      Anyway, when I grew up the police seemed to laugh off things that they now seem to be very aggressive about. If my remarks help a bored kid get a break someday it ‘s worth getting lectured out a little here.

  8. Trouble August 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Come on 1234- I don’t get to blog about want adds for bored cops very often.

  9. Big AL August 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Inyo resident, I think your percentage is a little high, the percentage of the problem is usually totally the opposite as you claim.

    It is true there is a lot of crap at the skate park as with many other places and things, not only for kids but for adults.

    The point is .. the cops seem to come down heavy on every kid right off the bat, rather than sort it out while giving the kid the benefit of the doubt, they are guilty until proven innocent usually.

    This seems to be the MO for a good percentage of the officers, I will not say all of them, and I will not say it happens 90% to 100% of the time. the percentage however, is high.

    Why can’t the kids be treated like kids and not young criminals. This is not limited to the PD, it crosses all lines of the community. People that complain about kids in the yard next door making too much noise while they play. Store owners that call the police because they see a group of kids hanging out somewhere in the vicinity of their business. “Oh I know they are not up to any good, they can’t be … there is several of them”.

    My son is grown and has moved away .. when he was little, cops that were here didn’t seem to target kids or harass them, if you prefer, for the most part, kids could go and do things and hang out around town.

    In his teen years this all changed, and before anyone spouts off .. “He was doing something to get in trouble for” He was not a bad kid, he was a normal kid, he did get into trouble a few times .. but a lot of us adults here could probably say the same thing.

    Certain officers made a point of stopping him all the time, a lot of his friends as well. I have heard this from several other parents as well. The problem pretty much was with the PD, in town. It has only increased, and in all fairness, I would say that a certain percentage of the town, in general, is responsible for it, as I pointed out earlier, about people who are annoyed or scared of kids, and don’t seem to think they should exist or be around … “Children should be seen and not heard”

    Bored kids and bored cops, is a major part of it, but over all .. it seems kids can not be kids any more and we need to treat them like criminals, either because they deserve what is coming .. or they need to be taught a hard lesson so they will not be criminals again .. hear that word .. again?

    Because they are criminals as so many see them, not kids. Yes there is a lot to put up with .. but a good officer approaches it with an open mind, and has compassion while making sure the law is done right,

    To the officers that have these qualities I say thank you for your service, it is not easy.

  10. JeanGenie August 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Why have cops patrolling the skate park anyway? Why not hire a few monitors (like lifeguards at the pool) much cheaper. It shouldn’t really be a law enforcement issue anyway. Using law enforcement just makes the situation worse by making the “outlaws” feel tough and more at odds with the “establishment”. Also, we have to pay to use the pool, why not a nominal fee for the skate park?

    Also I agree we have way too many cops per capita, so they have to make more “work” for themselves and the court system by harrassing people, and its not just limited to children. The main goal of law enforcement around here is to get people into their “system” and prosecute them for victimless crimes and then have them on probation forever.

    • Benett Kessler August 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      Police also respond to citizen complaints and concerns. They got enough of them re: the skate park that they felt
      some action was required. Just something to consider.
      Benett Kessler

    • Wayne Deja August 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

      JeanGenie…..The two times I left my dog at the Bishop vet and went to the park to kill some time,I was suprised,to say the least,at things I saw going on at the skatepark….the things that stood out the most was the vile language being used,the trash everywhere,and obvious drug use and sales…and I’m sure a reason it was shut down(don’t know if it still is or not).The drug use and dealing alone warrant the Bishop Police being involved in the area.Who would listen to a so-called “monitor” or some security person ?…and what could they do anyway?…if they called the police,the drug dealers and users would be long gone by the time they arrived.We have a skatepark in Lone Pine now,which seems to be doing really well…haven’t heard of any complaints or problems.But from what I’ve seen and heard,it’s use is what it was intended having fun..not a bunch of unemployed,rowdy young adults looking for trouble,or a place to “hang out” all day and night,or a place to smoke and sell pot.

      • Trouble August 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

        Wayne- was the kid doing a 360 off a ramp, smoking a joint and selling it all at once. Give me a break. No, give the innocent skateboarding kid up here the same break you gave your Lone Pine kids a break.

  11. Trouble August 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Jeangenie- I agree with you that we have a huge law enforcement per capita and I believe many of our locals are forced into our legal system at alarming rates . I will never agree with the heavy handed way our public officials have made every kid that hangs out at our skateboard park appear to be our future criminals . The one issue I do not agree with you on is the idea to charge the kids a fee. Most of these kids are poor enough and need a place to get some of that energy out. They are much safer there than on the streets. Some of those kids are very gifted athletes by the way.

    Lastly, I do think our Bishop DA”s office is to blame for a lot of our frustrations with our local law enforcement and court system. I don’t see that changing until Art M. is removed from office.

    • JeanGenie August 29, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      I just brought up a fee if the city complains they can’t afford a full-time monitor. It would have to be cheaper then a full time cop. I agree it should be free.

      Benett and Wayne,
      I am only suggesting that if the skatepark were supervised, they wouldn’t need constant calls to law enforcement, and that it would be up to the monitor to call law enforcement if necessary. Who would listen to a security person? They better listen or get a ticket and be banned from the area, or then call law enforcement.
      Why do you think the cops are more effective? Obviously they aren’t, or you all wouldn’t be complaining.

      • Benett Kessler August 29, 2012 at 11:18 am #

        I’m not complaining. Skateboards are not my thing.

        • JeanGenie August 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

          Sorry Benett,
          didn’t mean to include you as a complainer, Just to address your comment about law enforcement being called out to the Park a lot, all the more reason to have people out there keeping an eye on things and enforcing code.

      • Wayne Deja August 29, 2012 at 11:34 am #

        JeanGenie….The way you describe what you’d like,a “monitor” would be a citizen….not able to enforce laws…..all a monitor could do is call law enforcement when problems came up.And chances are a monitor would be something like a George Zimmerman “wanna-be” cop….which could bring on a whole new set of problems.

        • Wayne Deja August 29, 2012 at 11:55 am #

          JeanGenie…hit the submit too soon…One more example to what I had to say..and why a monitor would not work..If I were in the park and someone came up to me asking if I had a dollar or spare change to give them (which has happened),and I were to reach into my pocket to give them a quarter or two,if a law enforcement officer were to walk up and maybe think it was a drug transaction going on,and asking what I was doing,I’d be glad to explain…but if a citizen(monitor) were to see me,and precieve it to be a drug deal,and confront me about it,there is a real good chance I’d tell him to take a hike…Do you think this monitor would have the right to ban me from the park,or issue me a citation for giving someone a quarter?

          • JeanGenie August 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

            Not talking about a “citizen” (do you mean volunteer?). Talking about a city employee. The city has a right to employ park maintenence people, also park “rangers”.
            If I am cutting firewood, riding a snowmobile, etc. the forest service has a right to approach me and make sure I am not doing anything illegal. I have to show a wood permit, be on an approved trail, etc.They do not call Sheriff or CHP, etc., as first line of defense or enforcement, so I’m not sure what you are talking about.
            If somebody harasses you for giving someone spare change, I don’t know what to say, maybe you should be careful that it doesn’t look like a drug deal.
            And, yes, I absolutely think that the city has a right to control any activity that goes on in the park, that includes pan-handling. If you think that we should employ extra law enforcement to deal with these stupid situations you certainly have a right to your opinion.

          • Benett Kessler August 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

            Just FYI, before the City temporarily shut down the skate park, a parent had called the police to report
            witnessing a drug deal and was very concerned.

          • Mark September 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

            Hey benett I fixed your comment for you;

            a parent had called the police to report
            witnessing a “alleged” drug deal and was very concerned.

  12. Big AL August 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Just an observation Wayne, not a dig … but the LP skate park as i have seen, is in an area that is pretty much in the open, where as the Bishop skate park is in the middle of the city park, and out of site pretty much .. so things can go on on a larger scale there in regard to problems.

    Bishop seems to have a few more people who use things here, than in Lone Pine, so the junk is more intense here.

    Biggest problem I can see in all of this, is some “people’s kids” Kids .. and adults alike, who don’t have any respect for anything or anyone else. As a friend of mine calls them .. “Rat Bastards” In this case mostly teens and younger adults, who need to learn some manners!

    if they had some manners, the whole problem would be solved, then we wouldn’t need an additional officer.

  13. Kate September 3, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    I don’t understand why everyone cant just support our local Law Enforcement, I think they do there job and do it well. There is obviously problems at the skate park. You think they like running around harassing kids, that’s just stupid. To sit there and say they are to many cops in this area is also stupid. There is always someone working all hours so that if any of you need help or there is a problem they can be there. I think the BPD does an amazing job and I appreciate all that they do!!

  14. Trouble September 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    I know I was one of the leaders throwing stones at the local PD here, but I have been upset ever since Mr. Caldwell (now our city administrator) closed the state board park and blamed it on someone seeing a supposed drug deal near the state board park. I have heard all these things many times ,but never seen anything close to it while I was at the park. The kids in this city are a hundred times more polite and lawful than what I grew up with . It is really unfair to label the skateboards thugs ,like they did, for something that no one ever proved happened. I really just want Mr. Caldwell to think twice before he points fingers at someone else’s kids without any real proof they were involved. I have zero respect for Mr. Caldwell’s actions. But, I probally shouldn’t have thrown the PD under the bus as I did.

    • Big AL September 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Well I support the PD where they deserve it, but they are not always the best as you say Kate. I don’t say it is every officer because it is not. but there are some that feel they need to ride herd on the kids in town like a bunch of cattle.
      When I first moved here years ago, there were mostly good officers on the PD, there were a couple who could have been sent down the road packin in my opinion. It has seemed like over the years as these officers all left the PD, replacements who came in .. seem to feel like they have to be heavy handed in regard to the law, and it seems OK to some that they are.
      But the, the law is changing, evolving into more of a totalitarian form of law, I think this is stressed more in the academies maybe?
      There doesn’t seem to be any officer discretion any more .. no room for cutting a break, but then as i said, that is the way of the world as well … Black and white.

      But then also … it is hard to cut a break when so many crap on you when you do. Maybe that is why the law is so hard nosed?

      You’re right though about how certain individuals view things like this Trouble, as i mentioned in a former post .. people tend to view kids now days as thugs .. the old belief that you are innocent until proven guilty has been flipped .. “Guilty until proven innocent”.


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