Careers for retired police officers

Written by cindy l. smith
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Careers for retired police officers
Police officers have many options for a new career after retirement. (Police image by Zeno from

After retirement, many police officers choose to embark on a second career. Some choose careers that have no connection to their law enforcement background. Others use their work experience to give them a head start on their new career paths.

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Security Guard

A career as an armed security guard is one option for retired police officers. They already have much of the training that will be required and have proven that they can handle difficult situations.

Security guards can work for a security firm or for a private company, such as a store or apartment complex.

Loss Prevention Specialist

Many retail stores hire former police officers as loss prevention specialists. In this position, the employee works toward reducing the amount of money the store loses through shoplifting, embezzlement, abuse of employee discounts and other means.

He may develop new loss prevention techniques, oversee the security staff and document and track all losses within the store.


Celebrities, politicians and high-level executives often hire former police officers to act as bodyguards. In this position, the former officer may be the employee of the individual or the organisation for which the person works.

Cold Case Review

Some locations hire former police officers, especially detectives, to review cold cases. This position is not usually a sworn position and does not involve any actual police work. Instead, the former police officer will review notes, go over evidence and in some cases reinterview subjects in the hope that stale cases could finally be solved.


Some retired police officers become teachers, using the knowledge that they have gained on the job to teach criminal justice and similar subjects. Some former police officers are able to find work at community colleges, although such jobs typically go to those who hold at least a Master's Degree.

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