How would you address a retired county or municipal police officer or fire fighter?
Would you follow the same rules as one would with retired armed services officials since many public safety organizations are para-military and follow a similar rank structure as our armed services?
Would it be proper to use LAPD Captain Robert Esposito, (Retired)
If a police officer in the police or fire department wants to continue using his/her rank it’s totally at his/her preference.
In speaking to some Police organizations they tell me that sometimes retired officials DO use their ranks in the context of “being a retired officer” (e.g., at a retired officer’s meeting) … and they may use is socially among friends and family.
But if they take another job they DON’T use their rank in a civilian work situation. This is the same as the armed services which prohibit retired personnel from using ranks or ratings at another form of work. You can’t have a retired Air Force officer now working for Boeing, selling planes to the Air Force and wanting to be addressed by rank!
And detectives often don’t use their rank at any time not wanting to draw attention to their work.
In terms of style, the name would be written on official documents like this
Captain Robert Esposito, LAPD Retired
Captain Robert Esposito, LAPD Ret.
These are the forms all the style manuals use for official mail.
Neither “LAPD” nor the “Retired” is noted on social correspondence.
– Robert Hickey www.formsofaddress.info