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Final sign-off: How departments honor retiring cops

Police agencies across the globe show how they celebrate their officers’ last day on the job

By Suzie Ziegler

For many, the last day on the job is poignant and emotional. That’s why agencies across the world go above and beyond to show their appreciation.

Just as with the California Highway Patrol saying goodbye to its last Crown Vics — a mournful day in its own right — departments nationwide honor their retiring officers in different ways.


The California Highway Patrol says goodbye to its last “Crown Vics” before officially retiring the iconic model.

Photo/California Highway Patrol

From final calls to bagpipe serenades, police agencies show how to honor the men and women who are poised to enter their next chapter.

Honoring law enforcement officers in retirement