Best Police Officer Resignation Letter Sample (+ Free Template Download) [2020]

A police resignation letter isn’t too dissimilar from a traditional resignation letter. The author should speak with their department head, deputy chief, or police chief in advance of writing the resignation letter. In this meeting, the police officer and police chief should speak about the desire to resign from duties in law enforcement.

When the police chief and the officer speak about the resignation, it’s important for the police officer to have a positive reason for the resignation. This could be any number of reasons. Some include:

  • Being part of a violent crime and desiring to resign.
  • Being part of protests that turned violent and desiring to resign.
  • Being a victim of police brutality and desiring to resign.
  • Desiring to resign for personal reasons.

When a police officer resigns from the police force, a new officer will be assigned to replace the deputy. A two-week notice should be given to the city and to the chief of police. The police department will work to replace the officer’s job duties and job functions with another colleague or a new trainee that is completing their law enforcement training program.

Police Officer Resignation Letter Example

Below is a sample resignation letter of a police officer resigning from their duties as an officer.

John Smith
[email protected]
123 Road, St., New York NY 11121

June 1st, 2019

Millopis State Police Department
Sarah Doe
[email protected]
Chief of Police
123 Business Road, New York NY 11121

Dear Chief Doe —

It is with a heavy heart that I must resign from my position as a police officer and law enforcement officer two weeks from today's date. Unfortunately, the recent increase in crime has led me to have to make a difficult decision for my family. I’ve been a physical victim of a few criminal acts and I’ve decided it’s time to pursue a new career.

I’m here to help assist in training a new trainee. Or to assist in transitioning all of my hours to another officer who is willing to take over my shifts. It has been an honor to work alongside officers like yourself. And I will be missing the 1st Precinct every day of my life.

I wish everyone at the Millopis State Police Department a safe and happy journey moving forward.

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