I came to Irving from Southeast Michigan and have been with IPD since November 2020. I came to Texas seeking better pay with a comparable cost of living and was not disappointed. My starting salary at IPD was over $10,000/year more than my old agency in Michigan and my rent here is only $200/month more than where I lived in Michigan. It was initially concerning to me that Texas doesn’t have police unions, but the recruiters explained Civil Service protections to me, which helped ease my mind. The department provided me with a very smooth transition from Michigan and the recruiting personnel were very helpful and eager to answer questions I had about the area. Overall, my experience as a lateral has been positive and I’m excited to spend the rest of my career at IPD.