Retirement Jobs for Police Officers

October 17, 2017

Retirement Jobs for Police Officers

by Ian D Scofield

Many police officers have a hard time going from working to retirement with nothing in between.  Then, some people still need to work after retirement in order to make extra money every month.  If you are looking at what you can do after you retire, here are some options for you.

Security Officer/Guard

One of the classic positions for former police officers is to work as a security officer, security guard, or loss prevention officer.  Many of these positions mean working closely with their former colleagues while not requiring as much physical work.  Most security jobs have relatively low pay but with law enforcement experience, you can get higher paying jobs.

Alternatively, you can consider opening a private security company or franchise.  This allows you to use all of your knowledge, protect people and property, and employ others.  Depending on how much you want to work, this might not be the right option for you.

Security Consulting

You have learned a lot during your time as a police officer, why not put that knowledge to use?  Another great position for retired police officers is security consulting where you meet with clients and consult on their security preparedness.  These types of jobs require you to stay up to date on current security standards, technologies, and practices.  A great part about being a security consultant is that there are many different types of consulting you can do.  Here are just a few options:

  • Cybersecurity Consulting/Training
  • Event Security Consulting
  • Physical Security Consulting
  • Security System Consulting
  • Vulnerability Testing

There are three options for security consulting: starting your own company, freelancing, and joining an existing company.

Technical Consultant

Movie and television producers often enlist the help of industry professionals in order to make their videos more realistic.  Becoming a technical consultant gives you the chance to use your experience to help the entertainment industry.  While technical consultant jobs may be harder to get than most jobs on this list, they are enjoyable and you get the side benefit of being able to meet stars and producers.  Often times you will also get your name mentioned in the credits.


Some states allow retired police officers to be instructors or teachers at the police academy.  If there is an opening you can apply to be one of the instructors at your state academy.  You can also look at options in other states that might be hiring.

Not all police instruction comes from the academy either.  Companies like the American Police Training Institute are always looking for experienced, quality instructors to join their workforce.  Many people consider teaching to be a very rewarding career.

Personal Trainer

With the power of the internet it has never become easier to be a personal trainer and as a police officer hopefully you remained physically fit all these years.  Take your experience becoming and maintaining physical fitness and combine it with a certification and education to become a physical trainer.  You can help others become stronger and healthier.

Personal training is a great way to do something that isn’t police related.  Take a chance to try something new.

Insurance Adjuster/Investigator

The insurance industry has a selection of jobs that retired police officers would be suited for, two of those positions are Insurance Adjuster and Insurance Investigator.  Investigators work to determine whether someone is committing insurance fraud and use a variety of the investigative skills that you have probably learned over the years.  Insurance Adjusters investigate how much compensation should be provided by a company to cover assets.  Time responding to accidents and theft calls will give you a basic knowledge for this position that you can build on.


Most people have a hobby or skill that they are very good at, why not turn that into a money maker?  I have always been a good writer so one day I decided to turn that into a revenue generator.  You too can do the same thing.  Whether you want to write, draw, code, create music, etc. there are many different gigs that a freelancer can take up.  The pay will vary by how much you want to work and your experience but you will have the chance to get paid to do something that you love.

No matter what you do after retiring from a police department, it is important that you take the time to think about what you are going to do.  A lot of people have a rough idea of what they want to do early on in their career but you need to start seriously thinking about it at least 5 years before retirement.  This gives you time to plan out your new job.  Stay safe out there!



About The Author:

Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice.  He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer.  At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content.  Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.

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