My Pension Vs Police Dog Pension

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Well it’s not comparison since I won’t receive a pension if I continue my current day job.  I do save up for retirement and occassionally receive matching on my 401(K).  I really shouldn’t complain and should be happy to have a job through this economy.

I was pleased to read that even during these tough times that in some areas police dogs are getting improved benefits packages after retirement.  It does sound kind of funny…dogs receiving a pension, but these police dogs dilligently serve their community for seven to eight years and only usually have a couple years of retirement.

Police Dog Pensions

Police Dog Pensions

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Here’s a little clip from the article Police Dog To Retire On Their Own Gold-Plated Pensions:

‘So we put together a package for the dogs. It covers the retired dog’s food, vaccinations and worming, vet bills, as well as complementary therapy.
‘They can also be kennelled back here when their handler’s on holiday.’

The cost is only several hundred pounds a year per dog.  These dogs serve the force for several years and protect their handlers from possible injuries saving the force money in the long term.  I’d say they deserve a pension and I’m glad to see that the Cambrideshire Police Force is recognizing their work as Police Dogs.

What do you think?  Do you think these police dogs should receive benefits after retirement?

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