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Emotional video as retiring Vermilion cop ‘hands the family torch’ to police officer son

A retiring Vermilion police sergeant passed the torch to his son in an emotional sign-off video Monday. Sgt. Jeff Chandler retired after 35 years of service. In a post on Facebook, the department said: “We thank Sgt. Chandler for his dedicated service and over 20 years of leadership as a Sergeant. We wish him the best of luck on his future.” In his video, Chandler said his journey has been [...]

July 2nd, 2019|

Opinion: The retirement plan of the future: turning that pot of money into monthly income

The world of retirement savings recently reached a significant milestone that has important implications for workers and retirees: For the first time, assets in defined-contribution savings plans represent more than 50% of all retirement plan assets globally, according to Willis Towers Watson. While some defined-benefit pension plans still exist, many more workers today have to rely on defined-contribution plans (think: 401(k) and IRA accounts) to fund their retirements. With today’s [...]

July 2nd, 2019|

Windfall Elimination Provision Memo

The I.U.P.A. looks out for the best interests of Law Enforcement Professionals across this great nation and its territories, not only during their careers, but their retirement concerns as well. That means that we remain apprised of current and upcoming legislation that affects both active and retired law enforcement. Through this diligence, we have maintained vigilance toward changing the Windfall Elimination Provision.

June 28th, 2019|

How to get the most out of your LE career: Life after the badge

As I prepare to step away from my career as a law enforcement officer after 21 years, I felt an overwhelming need to share my experience with as many others as possible. For me, there have been four steps I have taken during my police career that has allowed me to leave physically and mentally fit so that I can enjoy the next phase of my life. In my previous articles, I wrote [...]

June 28th, 2019|

4 tips for successful public safety retirement

Retirement is a big change for any professional. But in public safety, it seems to hit even harder. Perhaps that’s because so many firefighters, police officers and corrections officers retire young, with many good working years ahead of them. The transition is also complicated by the fact that public safety work creates tightly knit communities of personnel held together by their sworn oath to protect the community and one another. Simply [...]

June 28th, 2019|

Emotional Survival: Transitioning to Retirement

Thirty years ago this month (June), I lost one of my best buds. Most of our readers know that I spent a good portion of my days working undercover, initially as a “white” shield patrolman and finally as a “gold” shield detective. One of the guys I worked with was a top notch narc. Ron lived every aspect of the job during our time in deep cover. Deep cover is [...]

June 28th, 2019|