Wondering what to do when your police career ends? I had the same question and eventually found the answer. Then I went on to a second career. Along the way I learned some things about planning ahead for a second career and making the move into a new work life.
Times have changed. When I started in policing, the officers who retired did just that. They retired and went fishing or golfing. Today retiring police officers usually want to get another job. That’s what this site is about: to help street cops move on to a second career. It’s also for those retired police officers who still want to work.
Police work was great. I was a member of the Vancouver Police Department in British Columbia for 26 years and considered myself lucky to have found such a great place to work. The problem was, I enjoyed myself so much I didn’t think ahead about what to do after my police career. Then it got near retirement time. I started to ask myself a lot of questions about what to do next.
As things turned out, I found a good second career in the Investigations Division of WorkSafeBC, the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia. That lasted 11 years
Now I’m into my third career writing about policing, second careers for police officers, and police retirement. It’s my way of passing on what I’ve learned during my work life. The good, the bad, the mistakes and the successes. What worked and what didn’t work. I hope you find it helpful in your career journey.
Retired Police Officer
Author of Second Careers for Street Cops