This book is for street cops who are looking ahead to a second career. It’s also for retired street cops who may be feeling they want to try one more career before full retirement.
A second career for street cops isn’t that unusual anymore. I know. I’m a former police officer who’s had a second career. Many other have too. For some, a second career has become a necessity.
After serving with the Vancouver Police Department for 26 years, I moved on to a successful second career at WorkSafeBC that lasted 11 years. I started there as the Manager of Field Investigations right after my police career. Our section investigated fraud and misrepresentation. Then I took over as the Manager of Fatal and Serious Injury Investigations. Just as it sounds, we investigated workplace fatalities and serious accidents.
And it was skills that I developed from my police career that got me those jobs. As you’ll see from the stories in Second Careers for Street Cops, those policing skills got a lot of other street cops their second careers too.
That’s where this book comes in. To help you make that transition.
How? By capitalizing on the unique skill set developed in your street policing experience. And not just in the obvious areas of investigations and security. Lots of street cops follow that path for a second career. But as you’ll see from the stories in this book, they do many other things too.
The book will help you move forward to a second career. It will take you through the steps of self-evaluation and look at what the work world outside of policing values in police experience. Second Careers for Street Cops will give you some new ideas about putting together a resumé. Then you’ll design a customized operational plan, just for you.
And it won’t cost you a lot of money.
Second Careers for Street Cops is written in language familiar to police officers. It deals with the particular job experiences unique to policing.
The book follows a pattern you would be familiar with in conducting an investigation. It begins with looking at the value of the investigation. That’s followed by an assessment of your situation, then a gathering of the known facts. The facts are analyzed and a report gets written. An operational plan is designed for your next steps. Then you look ahead to future possibilities. . .