If a friend, loved one, or co-worker is retiring from the police force, they deserve to be honored. Working for years as a policeman, serving and protecting the community is something to be proud of, and that should be celebrated. The best way to honor them and celebrate their service is to throw them a surprise retirement party.
Choose a Theme and Decorations
When choosing a theme for the party, you want to do something related to police officers. There are several ways to decorate a police officer theme party. You can hang law enforcement targets on the wall. You can use blue tablecloths with crime scene tape along the sides. For centerpieces or for gifts for the party guests, you can have a mug made of the retiree in their uniform, and tie blue, white, and yellow balloons to the handle. You also place handcuffs and whistles around the tables. You want the room to look as festive, and police-like as possible.
The Guest List
If you are a co-worker coming up with the guest list, it is important to invite everyone that the retiree has ever worked with. This includes both officers and dispatch. You also want to include the retiree’s spouse, close family members, and close friends. If the party is going to be a surprise, the retiree’s spouse can help with the guests that are not police officers.
There are a few ways that you can go with the invitations. You can send e-vites, you can create a party page on social media, or you can send out physical invitation. One great idea is to make the invitations on “failure to appear” notices. It is a clever way to honor the retiree’s service as a police officer.
It is important to get a retirement gift for the retiree. It can be something that you purchase on your own, or that you have the group go in on. There are several 24 karat gold dipped gifts that most men would love. For example, a playable golf ball and tee set. If the retiree likes playing poker, you can get him a 24 karat gold dipped poker deck or golf ball (check them here – www.anniversarygiftsforparents.co.uk).
If you cannot think of an appropriate gift for the guest of honor, cash is always a great idea…