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How Much Do You Need to Earn from Your Post-Policing Career?

Before deciding to retire or leave a career in law enforcement, be sure to fully understand your financial needs. Start by contacting the human relations (HR) department to get a full explanation of any benefits you may be entitled to, including retirement salary and benefits. Once you have determined what you want to live on, you can then move into a more intense career fact-finding mission. AMU's criminal justice faculty member, Matt Loux, offers recommendations and advice on how to pursue a career search.

Father’s Day: The Challenges of Fatherhood in the Force

This Father’s Day weekend is a time to thank all the fathers who work in law enforcement, both current and retired, and to celebrate the strength of law enforcement families. Officers know that being a parent and a police officer—whether you are a mother or a father—is extremely challenging and requires many family sacrifices. The children and spouses of police fathers need to celebrate these courageous men AND officers need to remember what is important in life.

Reach Out to Those Who Are Hurting

Having been in law enforcement for many years, I have seen fellow police officers struggle with stress, financial problems, family life-changing events, time management issues, PTSD, and several other issues that affect their mental health. Whether you are a coworker or family member, we all must recognize the warning signs or symptoms of depression and distress and then help those who are impacted. In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, read more about common signs and symptoms of someone who may have a mental health condition.

Mother’s Day: Spouses Are the Unsung Heroes of Law Enforcement

Mother’s Day is a time to thank all the women in our lives who work hard and make great sacrifices for their families. The mothers and wives who are married to law enforcement or military officers are no exception.

As a 20-year police officer, there have been many years of turmoil and stress because of my career. My wife has seen me through it all. She provides me support and guidance in ways that I do not usually see or even sometimes acknowledge. I truly appreciate everything she has done for me and I encourage others in law enforcement and the military to take the time to thank their spouse for her commitment and love every day.

Tips for Investigating Cases of Child Sex Abuse

It is difficult to determine exactly how many cases of child sexual abuse occur in the U.S. because so many cases go unreported, but it's estimated that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. As a law enforcement officer, it is important to know best practices in handling these cases including how to interview the child, what kind of evidence to collect, and the proper investigative units to contact.