Law enforcement officers are used to not just keeping busy but having a purpose; staying mentally and physically active is key, say police retirees.
You have a "go-bag" for the rare active shooter and even visualize racing down a school hallway to put a stop to such evil. But do you have a "doomsday file" for your friends and loved ones should something happen to you?
Law enforcement is a profession that many use to define themselves, but allowing your identity to be based solely on your job is not a good idea. Pursuing an activity outside of policing gives the mind and body a much needed breather. Some officers find surprising ways to fulfill this goal.
Gilberton (Pa.) Police Chief Mark Kessler has made several prafanity-laced videos showing him cursing and firing fully automatic weapons. Read the full story here.
If ever a cop had to concern himself with providing for his family today and tomorrow, it is now. To that end, some cops have taken on second and even third jobs; others have deferred their retirement. And still they worry.