Law enforcement retirement eligibility.


Q. I know that after serving 20 years as a law enforcement officer, I can change to any other agency and work until age 50 and retire as a LEO. After 20 years in a LEO position, I can  retire as a LEO.  I could also work 25 years of service and retire as a LEO. My question is: I have 20 years as a LEO. I also have six years of military service that I bought back. I am 46 years old. Can I retire now or does the 25-year rule have to all be in a LEO position?

A. All of it has to be as a law enforcement officer. Non-LEO time doesn’t count.


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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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