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    retired cops or to be retired cops?

    Okay this is obviously not a question directed to me.

    I am just wondering do you guys ever feel/felt useful after you have retired from law enforcement after so many years ( 30+). My soon to be retired LO is already beginning to feel useful. All his friends will still be working and he will have nothing or little to do. He has another job,but I am hoping he will work more hours.

    I hate seeing him like this.

    Do any of you have another job on the side after retiring? How long did you feel as though you were useful?

    Thanks for any input....

    BBB
    Last edited by BaseballBabe; 03-30-2005, 04:02 PM.
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    I assume you mean useless rather than useful.

    In policework, you are actively providing a much needed service to a large number of people. This boosts your sense of self worth considerably.

    Once retired, all that goes away and all you have left are memories of what used to be. When you buddies (who are still working) come around and start telling you about the fun stuff they are doing, it can be like rubbing salt in an open wound because you can't go out and play with the other kids like you used to.

    I am facing that same problem. I will be retiring later this year or early next year after 33 years of service. In the mean time, I am looking for a new job I can transition to that will give me the same level of personal satisfaction without all the political BS or the physical demands that I can no longer meet.
    Your soon to be retired L/O may want to check out the homeland security job site and the IACP job site. They have a large number of non-sworn jobs, many of which will keep him in the game and make him feel useful.
    Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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    • #3
      Originally posted by L-1
      I assume you mean useless rather than useful.

      In policework, you are actively providing a much needed service to a large number of people. This boosts your sense of self worth considerably.

      Once retired, all that goes away and all you have left are memories of what used to be. When you buddies (who are still working) come around and start telling you about the fun stuff they are doing, it can be like rubbing salt in an open wound because you can't go out and play with the other kids like you used to.

      I am facing that same problem. I will be retiring later this year or early next year after 33 years of service. In the mean time, I am looking for a new job I can transition to that will give me the same level of personal satisfaction without all the political BS or the physical demands that I can no longer meet.
      Your soon to be retired L/O may want to check out the homeland security job site and the IACP job site. They have a large number of non-sworn jobs, many of which will keep him in the game and make him feel useful.

      Ooops...yes that is what I meant. He doesn't want to work in law enforcement anymore. He will find something. I was just curious if this feeling lasted long or short.

      What kind of a job are you looking into?

      What is the IACP?

      Forgot to ask where in California are you,if you do not mind answering. I live in the Bay Area. Trying to decide whether I want to stay here or move to Arizona. Still pondering....


      Thanks,

      BBB
      Last edited by BaseballBabe; 03-30-2005, 07:50 PM.
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      • #4
        After I retired I found I was in high demand as a male model , and a stripper. I usually performed at single female functions. I know, I know, but it's a job.
        Retired

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BaseballBabe
          What kind of a job are you looking into?

          What is the IACP?

          Forgot to ask where in California are you,if you do not mind answering.

          Thanks,

          BBB
          I've been looking at Homeland Security jobs like intelligence operations specialist , transportation security specialist, criminal research specialist, federal security director (airports), physical security specialist, etc.
          Probably the most interesting job they have is one where you monitor screens depicting ships and planes attempting to enter us territory and dispatch units to intercept them if they are not on the approved itinerary.
          Homeland Security vacancies can be found at:

          http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/dhscareers/

          IACP stands for International Association of Chiefs of Police. Their job website can be found at:

          http://www.theiacp.org/jobs/jobsinde...n=show_results

          Also re your inquiry, I'm in Southern California.
          Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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          • #6
            Forgive the stupid question but what is an LO?
            Hail hail the gang's all here, when the going gets tough I know my friends will still be there. - Drop Kick Murphys, "The Gang's all Here"

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            • #7
              Well I have been retired for 11 year's and still have not slowed down since I retired. The wife and I purchased 101 acers of land here in Va. and I have been working on it ever since. I also teach firearms and do gun repairs here at my place ( I built my own ranges 100 yard rifle and 50 & 25 yard pistol ) no I don't feel useless.

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              • #8
                Some folks just can't walk away from the job. Me? I'm proud of what I did, but that was then, and this is now. I work part time as a mortgage loan officer, but as long as my cell phone is on, "I'm at work". I may be on my range shooting, riding my horses, walking my dogs, but ""I'm at work"".

                I now volunteer with our local fire department, so I still get the occasional adrenaline shot, still get to pull people out of wrecked cars, but rarely have to write a report. Plus, everyone is happy to see the fire truck, not everyone was happy to see the police car.

                Your SO (Significant Other) should be thinking now about what he would like to do after. I don't want to be seen as trying to cling to what I was, so no Law Enforcement work for this kid. There is a lot of life after law enforcement.
                "A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself."
                John Stuart Mill

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Welpe
                  Forgive the stupid question but what is an LO?

                  LO is Loved One
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sleuth
                    Some folks just can't walk away from the job. Me? I'm proud of what I did, but that was then, and this is now. I work part time as a mortgage loan officer, but as long as my cell phone is on, "I'm at work". I may be on my range shooting, riding my horses, walking my dogs, but ""I'm at work"".

                    I now volunteer with our local fire department, so I still get the occasional adrenaline shot, still get to pull people out of wrecked cars, but rarely have to write a report. Plus, everyone is happy to see the fire truck, not everyone was happy to see the police car.

                    Your SO (Significant Other) should be thinking now about what he would like to do after. I don't want to be seen as trying to cling to what I was, so no Law Enforcement work for this kid. There is a lot of life after law enforcement.
                    Nope he is also done with LE.

                    Thank you for all the help with my question.

                    Retired .... that is too funny

                    BBB
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                    • #11
                      retirement

                      Never lloked back once I was out the door because I knew a long time ago there was another life out there. I am a licensed family counselor and I got my license back in 1986 knowing some day I would have to retire(had to leave our agency at age 55) and I wanted to be marketable,I enjoyed the ride while it lasted. I have a great time now working 40 hours per week, strictly days, off weekends and holidays. Lots of golfing and traveling. I am single and there is nothing to keep me home

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                      • #12
                        IRS agent.....LOL

                        After giving for so long, why not take a little back..
                        Stay Safe!!

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                        • #13
                          retirement

                          I retired last week. I was off a year due to an on-duty injury and really couldn't do much. The pain occupied me so much I didn't feel lost. I still have the same problems and I know I can't handle the street anymore so I'm putting my 29 years experience into teaching the new guys. There are several community colleges and a couple of universities here that hold basic law enforcement academies in my area and I'm going to teach part-time.

                          I've been teaching part-time about 10 years already so it will be easy to continue as long as I physically can. I recommend it to every retiree,,,,it sure keeps the mind lubricated.
                          If your biggest work-related fear is getting a paper cut, don't try and tell a cop how to do his job.

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                          • #14
                            I've been retired for two years after an on duty injury. I felt useless at first too. The thing I missed most was the camraderie, but there is life after law enforcement. I'm a licensed private investigator and security consultant. I'm in the LA area where there are a lot of security jobs (plain clothes, highly paid) in the Hollywood community where I've made many contacts with other retired and active duty cops. If he can keep contact with his old partners and find something to occupy his time, he'll feel useful. It works for me.
                            "There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter." -Ernest Hemingway

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                            • #15
                              I also have an awesome wife who believes in me too.
                              "There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter." -Ernest Hemingway

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