So I was shooting the breeze with a recently retired Sgt. and we got into this discussion. This is what we came up with.

Line officer: A career line officer gets his right to free speech back when he can complete the retirement process faster than his agency can complete the IA.


Retired Sgt: Gets his free speech back about the same time his testicles regrow

Retired Lt. Gets his free speech back about the same time his testicles regrow but won't use it until his spine is replaced too.

Police Executives (Capt. and higher) They get their right to free speech back upon the promotion, however the frontal lobotomy usually prevents them from making any coherent statements.