Life After Policing: Law Enforcement Resume Service Helps Make it a Reality
Retired police officers are often times not quite ready to completely give up a life of work even as they leave law enforcement. This statement is even truer when an officer is forced to retire early for medical, mental health, or other reasons.
I can say from personal experience of being medically retired after just about seven years of service that it is daunting to face a future not knowing what you can do next. My major hindering thought was that I wasn’t qualified for anything else, and I know I’m not the only one who has had that thought.
What Kim Triplett-Kolerich, cofounder of Sheepdog Resume, reminded me and so many others of, though, is that policing is such a dynamic profession with so many different facets, that there is often so much more that we’re qualified for than we realize.
This is what Sheepdog Resume does. It’s a resume service exclusively for law enforcement officers. Sheepdog works with officers to build their resume and cover letters with an expertise that captures their skills, experience, and training. Sheepdog also assists with job searches, filling out application essays, and helps officers prepare for job interviews.
What makes them so qualified to hone in on all things law enforcement is that the founders, Kim and her wife, Kristina Kolerich, are a law enforcement family as well. Triplett is a retired patrol sergeant, and Kristina has been with her through most of her 26 year career and her transition from law enforcement into the corporate world. Kristina is also from a police family in Chicago. She is a former network news journalist and a media relations executive. She told me that a resume is a person’s story, and she knows how to write and position that story.
Sheepdog Resume is also forming partnerships in order to help as many officers as possible. Most notably, they’ve recently partnered with The Wounded Blue, an organization aimed at bringing peer support and other services to injured or disabled police officers.
Eddie Richardson, COO of The Wounded Blue, told me, “We’re very excited to be partnering with Sheepdog Resume and to be able to offer their services. We often speak with officers that are injured- mentally or physically- to the point where they can’t be police officers anymore, and it’s heartbreaking for them. It’s important for them to know that there is life after policing, and this is a great tool to help them realize how true that statement is.”
The company has assisted officers from departments all over, as listed on their website, at the local, state, and federal level. Some examples include Washington State Patrol, Seattle Police Department, Illinois State Police, Denver Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals, and even the Navy.
The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police has recently announced they will be partnering with Sheepdog Resume as well. “This is a great opportunity for our members who will be retiring,” Marco Monteblanco, WAFOP President, told me. “We want our members to go on to live fulfilling, long, happy lives when they leave police work and this is one way to help them do that.”