The top of the retirement application form has printed on it "CONGRATULATIONS. YOU ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN WHAT WE HOPE WILL BE A LONG AND HAPPY RETIREMENT." There is no longer any reward, only multiple career risk for today's officers. Everyone (it seems) wants to take away your badge or lock you up. I always liked to tell people that it's difficult to earn your badge, but it's even harder to keep it. The scars I carry are all I need to remind myself that this sometimes was a pretty tough job but there used to be times I wore those bloody bandages with pride. All the pounds of gear I carried kept increasing over the years and kept getting heavier and heavier, and my knees and feet are arthritic now because of that. Try climbing out and twisting on your left knee and foot from a Dodge Charger that is about as low to the ground as a Chevy Corvette. Once is hard. Fifty or 60 times a day really sucks. While wearing 38 extra pounds of stuff. Now nobody can take me to trial where my legal costs would take away my house and farm. I sleep until I want to get out of bed. I have things to keep me satisfied and busy. I don't have to wear a video camera that is ON for a 12-hour shift. I bought a Chevy Silverado 4x4 as a retirement gift to myself. I am so glad it is all behind me. I hope my brother and sisters and partners out there can leave ASAP. Thank you for listening.