Life After Law Enforcement

What are you going to do after your law enforcement career ends? Are you planning now for what you will do? We do not have complete control about how our careers will progress and what will happen to us on the job. There are many pitfalls that can derail even a successful career in law enforcement.

None of us can predict how long our career in police work or law enforcement will last, but we can create a strategy for how we want our careers to progress and when we want to leave the job. We can plan for what we will do after we leave the job for another career, or how we will live and what we will do, with our time in retirement.

I recently had a chance to speak with one such former police officer who had a plan and who is now helping others in law enforcement and elsewhere plan for their futures in many ways. His name is Brian Deegan, and he created a plan for his success while he was working as a cop and now helps others create their plans.

Brian Deegan is a former police officer in Madison, New Jersey who now works to help other people achieve the success they want in their lives. He is also works as a Senior Vice President for a large financial services firm here in the United States.

Brian got his master’s degree while still working as a cop and used some of his free time to build his first web based business: “”. He left police work to find new challenges and utilize his skills. He created another web business at “”. Shortly thereafter he joined the financial services firm that he now works for.

Brian is also the owner of and the creator of the Life of Our Times card deck he calls “The Fifty Two” deck that helps people like you plan for their success.  This motivational set of cards will help “re-shuffle your deck”, so to speak, with new ideas because of the inclusion of fifty-two carefully selected motivational strategies and topics. Brian breaks the year into six parts and plans for two months at a time. Each card gives a “Call to Action” so that he uses the motivational topics on his cards to set goals for himself and then writes them on what he calls his “One Pager”. This one page document is what he uses to map his life and business strategies for the next two months or for a year at a time.  Learn more by listening to the podcast.

Do you think you could use Brian’s strategies to help mobilize you toward the successes of your choosing?

If you would like to listen to our 37 minute interview please click the replay button below or RIGHT CLICK HERE to download (that’s CONTROL CLICK if you use a Mac then SAVE LINK AS…) a copy of the 9 MB mp3 file.

In “The Fifty Two” deck, Brian has written 52 thought-provoking questions in areas including:

Action: Describe how your life has action. What is your definition of “action”?

Building Something From Nothing: Describe a time in your life when you built something from nothing. What did it take to get to where you wanted to go?

Giving Back For Good: Giving of yourself to others to help others get ahead is a core value of a balanced life and necessary on the journey of life.

Brian walks his talk and has given us five decks of his “The Fifty Two” Life of Our Times card decks to be given to the first five readers/listeners who CLICK HERE to send CopsAlive an email. Please write FREE CARDS in the subject line.

Brian was a police officer, and now he has built the life of his dreams. He has proven that there is life after law enforcement if you have a plan. He feels that giving back is part of his success, and he has offered to come and speak to any police conference or convention that you might be part of. He has also said the he will help you achieve your success in any way that he can.

You can contact Brian by email directly by CLICKING HERE or you can call his cell phone at 1-973-930-8640.

Check out Brian’s three websites at:

Our thanks go out to Brian Deegan for remembering his roots in law enforcement and doing his part to help other officers succeed in their lives and their careers.

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John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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  1. Howard "Jake" Jaquay

    Thanks again for providing this info for the benefit of all officers (and ex-officers). Deegan sounds like someone who can certainly give the right kind of assistance to officers, who frequently think that law enforcement is the only real job that they want to do.

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