Jobs for Ex-Cops

by Anne Goetz

Whether you're retired from the force or just looking to explore other avenues, your training and experience as an ex-police officer give you a leg up in many job sectors. Positions with schools, private and public security firms, national security and even local retailers and corporations are viable options when you have former police training.

School Security

After the 2012 tragedy at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, school districts across the nation scrambled to bump up security and make educational institutions impenetrable to invasion. Many, like the Ramsey Board of Education in New Jersey, turned to retired police officers to fill roles such as School Safety and Security Director. Opportunities for ex-cops with local public and private schools run the gamut from unarmed substitute teacher to investigator for the high school athletic association. Several of these positions allow employees to carry firearms.

National Security

The National Security Agency actively recruits former police officers to fill police and investigative roles. Duties may involve writing reports, performing background checks and interrogations, training others in the use of firearms, managing critical incidents, conducting searches of vehicles and facilities and counteracting terrorist threats. Former police officers with advanced degrees may find additional job opportunities with the NSA that include interviewing, problem-solving and foreign travel.

Loss Prevention

Businesses from retail stores to large corporations hire loss prevention specialists. These are the individuals who protect company assets from internal and external theft. Ex-police professionals are prime candidates for these positions because they're trained to be both observant and suspicious, they have experience confronting offenders and handling escalating incidents and they have a working knowledge of how the justice system works.

Private Sector Investigation and Security

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, private detectives averaged around $50,780 annually in 2012. These individuals may perform background checks, search for missing persons, investigate computer crimes or help protect the privacy of celebrities and other famous people. While a college degree is not always necessary to work as a detective for a private organization, a background in investigations and criminal law is recommended -- making this job a perfect option for ex-police personnel.

About the Author

Anne Goetz shares her parenting and career experience with North American Parent, Hagerstown Magazine,, and a variety of other online and print publications. A mother of two with a degree in communications and a long history in management, Goetz spends her spare time hiking, camping and blogging. She is the author of the site, An Unedited Life: The Ultimate Blog for Freelance Writers.

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