Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Planning for the Unthinkable

Your agency says they have no money and you are laid off tomorrow. What do you do? Can you get by without your paycheck? Will you lose your house, your spouse, or your life? Can your survive the loss of identity as a cop? What if you are fired and can't work in law enforcement again? What if you are hurt badly and can't physically work any longer?

The loss of a police job is more than the loss of an income, it is also the loss of your identity. It is always important to have a survival plan. If it is a car stop, an alarm response or the loss of a job. Have a survival plan. Have a discussion with the family so they have an idea what could happen if you lost your job. Have a plan to deal with the financial, and psychological impact of that loss.

Build a network of people who can help you. Connections with people on other departments who may be able to help you get hired there if your agency won't employ you any longer. Connections in private industry who can use you as a security expert if you don't work on PD anymore. Develop interests that can pay outside of law enforcement. Some officers make things they can sell, or sell real estate, or have other part time jobs while they work as officers. These part time jobs can be turned into full time jobs if needed. Planning is important, even for the unthinkable; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Zero income = Pell grant. I'd go to nursing school. It pays double what a Cop makes anyway.

Bunkermeister said...

It's good to have a plan.