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Retired Life after Law Enforcement

What is life like in retirement. What do you do to replace work. Is it like you thought it would be or different. Good/Bad?

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Comment by Brian Elliott on July 9, 2012 at 1:51pm

I retired two years ago. I had enough time on to retire but had planned on working a couple more years. I developed a heart problem and had to ritire sooner. I have enjoyed my retirement so far after adjusting to life with a pacemaker and changing to a low sodium diet. Can't do everything I want but learned to adjust.

Comment by Brian Engel on September 29, 2012 at 1:51pm

I was forced into retirement due to too many injuries in the line if duty. I was a Deputy with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department for 10 years and it was an honor and privilege to have served. I believe I made a small difference while serving and am very proud of this. Thank you for having me in your group, my best to you all, Brian Engel      P.S. Does anyone still have a copy of the 10 codes that I could get a copy of I have no idea what I did with mine and I sure would appreciate it. You can email me at and thanks again Brothers and Sisters.


Comment by Christian Dobratz on October 24, 2012 at 9:49pm

I was also forced into retirement after a failed back fusion surgery.  I served for 18 years and Like both Brians', I feel I made a difference.  I immediately entered the teaching world at Minnesota State University Mankato in 2008.  I also had to enroll in school for my Ph.D., which I am over half way done.  It was a hard adjustment at first because I had zero support from my agency, and with the exception of about 3 officers, no support from my brothers and sisters in blue.  Nonetheless, I have learned to cope with that and truly enjoy teaching undergraduate Law Enforcement students as they prepare to begin their careers.  Happy to be a part of this group and wish you all the best!

Comment by Brian Engel on October 25, 2012 at 12:15pm

Welcome Christian, glad to have a fellow brother here. You are doing very well it seems with your schooling and such. When I joined my Dept. you didn't have to have any degrees, they just wanted bodies. All the time I was serving I had every intention of getting my degree but timing classes and working different shifts didn't work out. Recently I have been so bored that I finally convinced myself to go for the degree. Many of the colleges I contacted couldn't understand the  concept of living on a limited income and money was a huge factor in going back to school. I called Kaplan University and met an admissions advisor that understood exactly what I was going through, a great guy that kept thanking me for my service in Law Enforcement. He convinced me that my degree was attainable and he would personally be there to help me if I got stuck. I told him about the other colleges I talked with and the money aspect, he explaied to me that at Kaplan you go to classes for 5 weeks to get used to school and then you make up your mind to attend further or not. So needless to say I start classes Nov. 7th and hope everything works out. Again glad to have you here.

Comment by Christian Dobratz on October 25, 2012 at 2:51pm

Thanks wishes, sounds like a great plan for starting back in school.  I have really enjoyed all my schooling and feel it is an important part of this career.  If I can ever be of any help or if you need a sounding board about the extra work, feel free to contact me.  I have had a lot of experience wit academia and perhaps can offer some help if ever needed.


Thanks again for the welcome...hope we can start to see more members join this group in the future.





Comment by Brian Engel on October 25, 2012 at 3:52pm

Thank you so much Christian, I know I'll be needing help because I graduated high school in 76. I haven't cracked many books since the academy and that was 25 years ago. I really appreciate your offer  to help. I'll give you my regular email so it is easier to communicate.

Comment by Christian Dobratz on October 30, 2012 at 11:08pm

Your welcome Brian.  I am not an expert by any means, but have been "stuck" in academia for years.  I do enjoy it though so dont complain much.  My regular email is  You can also reach me on my cell at 320-583-2656.  Again, good luck and take it slow. I am sure you will do just fine!

Comment by Michael Carroll on January 27, 2013 at 10:22am

I retired in July of '12, I was with the Sheriff's Office here in Colorado for almost 19 years and in Texas for 5 years.  For the first couple of months I had more than enough to do, then it started getting boring. I looked around for some type of job, I was not picky I would have taken part time or full time.  With no skills other than Law Enforcement, no one was knocking on my door.

Since I am somewhat of a Harley Davidson enthusiast, I started hanging out at the shop where I have my work done. After a month or so, I told the owner I was going to start working for him.  I now do all the office duties as well as assist the mechanics when they need a hand. This is by no means a dream job and it sure doesn't pay much, but by gosh I'm having a ball doing it and learning a lot. 

It is quite fun to have a customer come with whom I have interacted with in the past. My appearance has changed quite a bit since I retired and I have recognized many who have been in the back seat of my patrol car. Of course we do have large clientele of Law Enforcement who bring their bikes in so I am able to stay in touch with what is going on through them.

So from my prospective, there is life after 25 years as a cop. It isn't a dream job, but it is a fun job.


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