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Old 04-02-2019, 02:23 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I'm currently applying for jobs, and I'm curious what former police officers are doing now. If you aren't an officer but you know someone who used to be one, you can post what they're doing now.

I have a few ideas for jobs I'd like to move into, but I'm having a hard time finding positions that pay $70k+. I have obtained a private sector certification, ongoing volunteer experience for my resume, and a few other things to make me stand out from my peers (hopefully).

Give me some ideas.
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Old 04-02-2019, 02:31 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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Well, one of my uncles was a former police officer and he is now a park ranger in Oregon.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:48 PM
 
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One of my jr high teachers was an ex-cop. Teacher pay scales are much lower than cops.

He may have been doing it for altruistic purposes. Some people enjoy making a difference in kids lives, before they get into trouble.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Workplace security. Investigations of employee embezzlement and theft. Workers Comp abuse. Retail sector - physical security (shoplifting, etc). Bad check/credit card investigations, either in retail or banking. Casino security. Conduct background investigations for Security clearances (I know several retired LEOs who do this on a contract basis).
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:23 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Workplace security. Investigations of employee embezzlement and theft. Workers Comp abuse. Retail sector - physical security (shoplifting, etc). Bad check/credit card investigations, either in retail or banking. Casino security. Conduct background investigations for Security clearances (I know several retired LEOs who do this on a contract basis).
Good advice. I've been looking into security management and investigations positions separately. Background investigations don't interest me because all of those jobs around here seem to be on a contract/as-needed basis, and it seems like researching backgrounds would get mundane after a while.

Anyone else?
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:00 PM
 
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I know one of the environmental inspectors for Maricopa County was a police officer for quite long time. I dont think he was making $70k but it's a good job that doesn't require a degree, just a bunch of certs.

I hate to be a kill joy but $70k is good salary. Jobs at that pay grade usually require a degree or, at a minimum, some kind of specific training or skill. And in todays workforce climate companies arent willing to train people, even if you are competent and have a proven stable work history. The 90's are gone, never to return.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:28 AM
 
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Engineer.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/04...-gerald-ellis/

That makes the 4th dead guy I went through the academy with. I now make almost twice as much money as when I was a cop with little risks. Quitting being a cop and pursuing something else was the beat decision I ever made.
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:02 AM
 
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Hard to give you any advice without knowing anything about your skills, abilities, rank, experience or education. We have to figure out what that stuff translates into in the private sector. What does "private sector certification" mean? The chances of you walking in to a 70K job are about zero.

Off the top of my head, I know retired and/or former officers who became: happily retired, went to another agency for a second pension, engineer, lawyer, bus driver, public transportation authority admin, nurse, scuba instructor, corporate security, private security, consulting, loss prevention, EMT, firefighter, chicken farmer, warehouse manager, military, dispatcher, investigator, real estate agent, atty general employee, court security, business owner, retail store manager, college instructor, etc.

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Old 04-04-2019, 02:08 PM
 
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My ex is a federal LEO. I think if he were to retire early...he would likely do something in the fitness or wellness industry. He's super fit and works out almost daily. He enjoys helping people come up with their own plan.
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Old 04-04-2019, 02:20 PM
 
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My guesses: private security, weapons training for those wanting to stick with the industry.

Otherwise, I'm sure they land in all sorts of different roles. Additional training may be required however. The important question is what do you want to do?
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