Law enforcement retirement


Q. I am in a secondary law enforcement position, with more than three years in a primary LE position. I began working at age 23. If I moved for a secondary LE position after my 20 years (43 years old), i.e. another government agency position to a non-LE position, could I still retire at age 48?  Do I have to do all 25 years in a primary/secondary LE position, or am I vested with 20 years?

A. You are vested with 20 years of covered service but cannot retire until you are age 50. If you had 25 years of covered service, you could retire at any age.


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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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