I am just looking for some input and opinions on Civil Service Lateral Transfer. I am currently a police officer in a non-civil service Dept and am looking to move on. I have the full time academy and I currently have a offer from a civil service dept. The issue is that this dept is about a 45 minute ride from home. I would love to take the job and lateral to a dept closer to home in about a year or so. My only concern is being denied a transfer. I know the appointing authority has the right to deny the transfer. Do I have any legal course to pursue if denied the transfer? Has anyone heard of any horror stories with regards to the appointing authority (or Chief) denying someone a transfer. The way I look at it is that if I accept the job I am saving the dept money and time because I already am academy trained. Do I bring this up prior to being appointed or will that ruin my chances?