Police Retirement Thoughts

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Since: May 12

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#1 Jan 8, 2013
To those not retired, you will get there someday. To the others, I just had to pass this on.

Pass this on to any other retiree you know that I may have skipped over.

I think we can all relate in one way or another to this ... especially the last paragraph!

Thoughts from a Suffolk PD officer who retired in '89.

Just before retiring, some young puppy was busting my chops about how law enforcement has changed, and the system is improving for the best. I just smiled and gave him a little laugh.

He asked what was so funny. I told him that I felt sorry for him. When asked why, I told him, "Because in about 15 years, THIS is going to be your good old days."

We all saw the change in our jobs. I came on in 1970. I used to tell the rookies that our academy lasted 3 months. They gave us a stick, a gun, a dime, and kicked us out into the street. They told us: If you need help, use the dime. If you can't get to a phone, use the stick. If using the stick pisses him off, use the gun.

And the first order we received when we were assigned to a precinct was from our field sergeant. His order was "Don't you EVER bother me, kid."

Law enforcement then, was much different than the current mission. We delivered babies, got rough in the alley when we needed to, made "Solomon-like" decisions at least once a tour, and often wound up being big brother to the kid we roughed up in that alley a year or so ago. And, for some reason, none of that managed to get on a report. And the department didn't really want to know. All they wanted was numbers, and no ripples in the pond.

Because of the changing times, and the evolution of law enforcement, the modern young officers will never see that form of policing, and of course this is best. The current way is the right way... now. But it was different then (ergo, the Dinosaur Syndrome).

When it's time to go, we wonder if we're going to miss the job. After all, other than our kids and a few marriages, it was the most important thing in our lives. Actually, it was the other way around. The job was first, but only another cop could understand how I mean that.

But have faith, brother! After a short time of feeling completely impudent,(after all, you're just John Q. now), reality hits like a lead weight.

It's not the job we miss after all. It's what we, as individuals, had accomplished while in this profession that we miss. The challenge of life and death, good and bad, right and wrong, or even simply easing the pain of some poor bastard for a while, someone we will never see again.






Since: May 12

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#2 Jan 8, 2013
We know the reality of what's happening out there. We are the ones who have spent our entire adult life picking up the pieces of people's broken lives. And the bitch of it all is that no one except us knows what we did out there.

I was once told that being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

What I missed mostly, though, were the people I worked with. Most of us came on the job together at the age of 21 or 22. We grew up together. We were family. We went to each others weddings, shared the joy of our children's births, and we mourned the deaths of family members and marriages. We celebrated the good times, and huddled close in the bad.

We went from rookies who couldn't take our eyes off of the tin number of the old timer we worked with, to dinosaurs.

After all, what they gave us was just a job. What we made of it was a profession. We fulfilled our mission, and did the impossible each and every day, despite the department and its regulations.

I think the thing that nags you the most when you first retire is: After you leave the job and remove your armor, the part of you that you tucked away on that shelf for all those years, comes out. It looks at all the things you've hidden away. All the terrible, and all the wonderful things that happened out there. And it asks you the questions that no one will ever answer.

"Do you think I did OK? Did I make a difference? Was I a good cop?"

You know what? Yeah, you were a good cop! And you know it!

In closing: the best advice I got, by far, was from an old friend who left the job a few years before me. He told me to stay healthy, work out and watch my diet. He said "Cause that way, the first day of every month you can look in the mirror, smile and say.. Screwed them out of another month's pension!!"

You'll Never Walk Alone
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#4 Jan 8, 2013
Do you think back 30+ years when you came on and think about those old, backward dinosaurs you thought needed to retire and get out of the way of progress and now realize you are now older now then they were back then?

Have you watched Barney Miller re-runs lately and Wikipedia'ed Abe Vagota and figured that you are older now than he was back then, and that you take more dumps during a shift than he did?

And 30+ years later do you realize it's the "same circus with different clowns"?

It sounds to me like you need to jump on your BPD issued Segway and ride off into the sunset.

Whatsamatter?

Are you ascared?

Since: May 12

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#5 Jan 8, 2013
Nothing to hide

Nothing to prove

Nothing to fear

Nothing to lose

Word
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#6 Jan 8, 2013
BFLO NEOCON wrote:
Nothing to hide
Nothing to prove
Nothing to fear
Nothing to lose
Word
Your posturing does not fool me

You are ascared to retire

I don't know you, but I know your type

Since: May 12

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#7 Jan 8, 2013
Scared of what?
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#8 Jan 8, 2013
BFLO NEOCON wrote:
Scared of what?
Having less money...being unimportant...paying for coffee...whatever...

Since: May 12

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#9 Jan 8, 2013
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh wrote:
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Having less money...being unimportant...paying for coffee...whatever...
Not worried about money. I don't drink coffee. And I never was important to begin with.

Since: Feb 10

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#10 Jan 8, 2013
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh wrote:
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Your posturing does not fool me
You are ascared to retire
I don't know you, but I know your type
" ASCARED " ????
What is " ASCARED " ??
And all this time you told us you were a " Degreed Sociologist"
with a degree from U.B.
Sure it wasn't BOCES ?
I guess we have a new LIFEISM
He might be afraid to retire but " ASCARED" ?
Have a nice night

“Smell Ya Later!”

Since: Jan 11

HA HA, NY

#11 Jan 8, 2013
tbird19482 wrote:
<quoted text> " ASCARED " ????
What is " ASCARED " ??
And all this time you told us you were a " Degreed Sociologist"
with a degree from U.B.
Sure it wasn't BOCES ?
I guess we have a new LIFEISM
He might be afraid to retire but " ASCARED" ?
Have a nice night
"Ascared" is a term used by Beaver (Theodore) cleaver and Larry Mondello on 'Leave it to Beaver,' you bonehead!

Ha Ha!

Since: Feb 10

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#12 Jan 8, 2013
_Muntz wrote:
<quoted text>"Ascared" is a term used by Beaver (Theodore) cleaver and Larry Mondello on 'Leave it to Beaver,' you bonehead!
Ha Ha!
So it is 100% O.K. for a so called Degreed sociologist from U.B. to use " ascared" because it was used on a T.V. show 50 years ago?
LOL more like a degreed sociologist from BOCES
Have a nice night
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#14 Jan 8, 2013
_Muntz wrote:
<quoted text>"Ascared" is a term used by Beaver (Theodore) cleaver and Larry Mondello on 'Leave it to Beaver,' you bonehead!
Ha Ha!
I have explained this years ago. You have been paying attention.

Tbird is too dumb to get it

That is why he went to BOCES
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#15 Jan 8, 2013
BFLO NEOCON wrote:
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Not worried about money. I don't drink coffee. And I never was important to begin with.
No coffee?

And you said you work quite a bit of OT?

I am not getting an LDS vibe from you, nor are you a 25 year old kid with hair gel who just jumped off his skateboard who drinks "Red Bull", so I am going to have to call you a liar

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#16 Jan 8, 2013
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh wrote:
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No coffee?
And you said you work quite a bit of OT?
I am not getting an LDS vibe from you, nor are you a 25 year old kid with hair gel who just jumped off his skateboard who drinks "Red Bull", so I am going to have to call you a liar
Don't drink coffee. Never did. Timmy Ho's Ice Cap is the closest I get.
I hate idiots

Hamburg, NY

#18 Jan 9, 2013
_Muntz wrote:
<quoted text>"Ascared" is a term used by Beaver (Theodore) cleaver and Larry Mondello on 'Leave it to Beaver,' you bonehead!
Ha Ha!
Sol Rosenberg from Jerky Boys says "Ascared" too

Since: May 12

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#21 Jan 9, 2013
OK. I never drink HOT coffee and Ice Cap on occasion. Satisfied?
stupidpeople

Denver, CO

#22 Jan 9, 2013
police suck they are more corrupt than anybody.
NEOQUEER

Buffalo, NY

#23 Jan 9, 2013
Ice caps are pretty gay

Since: Feb 10

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#25 Jan 9, 2013
I hate idiots wrote:
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Sol Rosenberg from Jerky Boys says "Ascared" too
My point was that It is O.K. for life to say " ascared " But IF I had said it he would have been all over it like stink on s--- and made fun that I used a non word.
I point out the use of a non word by L/C and everybody backs L/C for using it.
I thought your name was I hate idiots?
So why do you condone the use of non words?
Have a nice day
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#28 Jan 9, 2013
BFLO NEOCON wrote:
OK. I never drink HOT coffee and Ice Cap on occasion. Satisfied?
I drink my coffee black with no sugar. I get it at Arab convenience stores or McDonald's (which is running a 69 cent any size special right now)

That makes me a real man and I'll bet I can beat you up...Well, maybe I can't beat you up, but I'll bet my heart rate is fater and I piss more than you do

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