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Retired Virginia Officer Killed in Wisconsin "Hate Crime"

Phillip A. Thiessen, 55, was riding his motorcycle in Fond du Lac County when investigators say a man intentionally swerved his truck into the motorcycle because he believed all Harley riders to be "white racists."

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WI Community Raises $18K to Buy K9 Partner for Retired Officer Handler

Pushback from the village's residents was immediate. Petitions started floating around online to keep the pair together -- and a GoFundMe account was created to raise money to hep Patla purchase the dog.

Wisconsin Handler Will be Separated from K-9 Partner

An officer with the Twin Lakes (WI) Police Department will likely be separated from his K-9 partner after posting his two-week notice of departing the agency, and the village board determined that the dog would remain the "property" of the department.

Father of Fallen Louisville Officer Criticizes Elected Officials for Lack of Leadership

An officer who is now retired from the Louisville Metro Police Department has expressed frustration with elected leaders in that city as well as agency command staff for what he calls "inadequate" leadership amid ongoing protests following the shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in late May.

Retired Maryland Officer Falsely Accused of Accosting Teen Protesters

A retired officer with the Montgomery County Police Department—who had served with the agency for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2016—was falsely accused of accosting three teens who were posting signs along a bike trail decrying the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month, but has now been vindicated as innocent.

Man Charged with Murder in Killing of Retired Missouri Officer

A man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of retired St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department captain David Dorn, who was killed while protecting a friend's pawn shop from looters last week.

Ken Osmond, Child Actor Turned Police Officer Dead at Age 76

Ken Osmond—who played Eddie Haskell on the "Leave It to Beaver" TV show and later went on to become a police officer has died in Los Angeles at age 76. No cause of death has been released.

World War II Vet Dies at 99 After Retiring as Texas' Oldest Certified Officer

The Marine veteran joined the Harris County SO at 70.

Former Officer, Wife Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

A former Puerto Rican police officer reportedly shot and killed his 33-year-old wife before turning a gun on himself during a standoff with police in Florida on Wednesday.

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Pulling the Pin: Planning for Your Retirement from Law Enforcement

Here are a few thoughts I've collected over the years of knowing a great many retired officers who are incredibly happy and successful after they've shelved the uniform, returned to civilian ranks, and done amazing things as "regular people" after leaving active-duty.