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    My supervisor is retiring. My squad and I would like to pitch in for something nice. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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    How about a framed / shadow box display of your Department's shoulder badge, cap badge, collar dogs (if any), your Supe's various rank badges, and any other duty / achievement badges (firearm qualification, HP / Traffic Service, etc) he earned, possibly on a background made from a uniform shirt or dress jacket?
    Members of my Force have either made such displays themselves, or go to a supplier that has made such items in the past. I have something like that above the desk I am sitting at while keyboarding this post.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by PeteBroccolo View Post
      How about a framed / shadow box display of your Department's shoulder badge, cap badge, collar dogs (if any), your Supe's various rank badges, and any other duty / achievement badges (firearm qualification, HP / Traffic Service, etc) he earned, possibly on a background made from a uniform shirt or dress jacket?
      Members of my Force have either made such displays themselves, or go to a supplier that has made such items in the past. I have something like that above the desk I am sitting at while keyboarding this post.
      Thanks for the reply. The FOP of my department will do something similar to that for everyone that retires. Good idea though.

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      • #4
        A number of badge companies make flat, pinless badges that are permanenty mounted in leather badge cases. The badge itself is glued to a metal plate, so the badge case doesn't lose shape in your pocket. Having one of these manufactured, duplicating the retiree's badge and giving them something to carry his retired ID card in is always a nice retirement gift. They usually run about $120 plus shipping.

        Its best to use the company that manufactures your agency's badges, so that the gift badge is identical to the one worn while on active duty. Check with whoever makes your agency's badges and see of they do flat badge wallets. I still carry mine from when I was was working, I just replaced by active ID card with my retired OD card. Sometimes the badge company will require an authorization letter from your agency to make the badge, but given the circumstances that should not be too difficult for you to get.

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        • #5
          There are two basic categories:

          1) Something sentimental to remember the job. (meh)
          2) Something to actually enjoy in retirement. (yay)

          We usually do one of each. Option 2 depends on what he likes to do in his free time, hobbies, interests, plans for retirement. Also depends on your budget, of course. We've done season tickets for their favorite sports team, camping gear, skydiving gift certificate, home brewery kit.

          One of our officers keeps talking about how he's always wanted to take an air balloon ride and take a p*ss from the basket. Guess what he's going to get when he retires?

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          • #6
            I recently attended a retirement party for an officer that had worked for a couple of departments before joining the one he retired from. They presented him a shadow box with a copy of every badge he'd ever worn. This also included his badge when he was an MP.

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            • #7
              The group of guys I worked with would always purchase the retiree a nice framed copy of Michael Sowa's pig painting. I'm sure you can appreciate the symbolism... and it's kind of a cool painting.

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              • #8
                There are several nice police statuettes: motor officers, detectives, swat, patrol.

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                • #9
                  Ready for this? A meeting/retirement party at the station, quite a few officers there, everyone frowning. He was handed a plain brown envelope with the words on it > GET LOST!
                  In the envelope were road maps, and various other maps and literature of camping and fishing spots covering the entire 50. He was then escorted out the front door where his wife stood in front of a brand new 36 foot motor home designed for only 2 people. Inside it was loaded to the brim with fishing gear. A fishing boat on a trailer behind.
                  His wife, their kids and grand kids had been socking away money for years.

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