Law enforcement retirement


Q. I completed 14 years in a federal law enforcement position before leaving. I would like to get my final six years to complete my 20 years and am considering a local law enforcement position as a correctional officer in a prison.

1. Does any other law enforcement position have to be with the federal government?

2. Would this position permit me to retire with the 20 years needed to get my law enforcement retirement?

3. How would my high-3 be calculated in this scenario? Would it be my high-3 from my total law enforcement career?

A. Only time spent in a federal law enforcement officer position would count toward the 20-year requirement to retire as a law enforcement officer.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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