Retired Or Ex-cops Becoming Truck Drivers

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AJ Winters's Comment
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Are there any retired or ex-cops who have gone trucking on here? How has it worked out for you?

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Are there any retired or ex-cops who have gone trucking on here? How has it worked out for you?

There have been several ex or retired LEO's here (some are still here just don't post much).

I had the pleasure of training one of them when I was at Prime. Still friends with him, talk with him on almost a weekly basis.

Ernie

Andre R.'s Comment
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Former police officer here

Diver's Comment
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Just turned in all my gear this past Monday; bulletproof vest, uniforms, patrol car, etc. (got to keep my gun!) I started my 8 week CDL school on Tuesday. Still to early to tell how it will turn out, but I am excited about going in to trucking! Been perusing this site for the past 2 years trying to make up my mind and it has proven to be invaluable in helping me make up my mind to go for it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
AJ Winters's Comment
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Thank for the replies. I'm about to retire. School is scheduled for April.

Ernie, how was the transition for your guy? What I'm trying to figure out is, if being a former cop helped with the transition. We have a hard job with lots of stress. I think my experience will greatly assist me in trucking. I think when it comes to the stressful and trying times, I will already be prepared to deal with it which will make trucking easier. As LOE's we are faced with impossible situations all the time. We get paid to keep a cool head and find a solution when there isn't one. I just think this will help in trucking. Instead of calling dispatch with every little problem I will find a solution on my own which I would think will move me up the ladder faster. Get the load there on time and need very little help doing it. This seems to be the way to show dispatch you are dependable which will get me better loads faster in increase the bottom line faster. I want to be one of the first year drivers that make $40,000 not $30,000. Am I on the right track?

Andre, How long were youa cop and how long have you been trucking? Is what I just typed above true, or am I kidding myself?

Diver, I can't wait to turn my equipment in. I never want to walk around with 30 pounds of crap digging into back again. Let me know how it goes for you. Which company are you going with? Best of luck o you Brother.

Thanks in advance.

Diver's Comment
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AJ, I haven't made up my mind yet on which company. I've gotten pre-hires from Werner and US Xpress so far. Been hoping to land a LTL job, but odds of that happening down here are slim and none and slim is out of town, so I've been looking around quite a bit. Here lately I've been kicking around the idea of going flatbed. Cypress Trucking out of Jacksonville, FL has a Southeast Regional and home weekends for the most part. More physical than van work though.

You have no idea how good it feels to not be toting all that equipment around. My back feels a whole lot better. I haven't even had to see my chiropractor since I made the decision this past December to retire. Thanks and best of luck to you too brother!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Jopa's Comment
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As LOE's we are faced with impossible situations all the time. We get paid to keep a cool head and find a solution when there isn't one.

AJ, that one talent, "problem solving" is going to carry you through more than anything else ... doesn't matter where you learned it (my best friend is a retired Deputy Sheriff - Washoe County NV [Reno] so I know what you mean) ... the ability to "fix the problem" is numero uno in my mind - you can't wait for someone else to figure it out for you ... don't get me wrong, you'll have lots of people you can call and get hints and suggestions from, but ultimately it's gonna be all you 90% of the time ... $40,000 the first year is doable if you run hard and get 'er done ...

Jopa

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EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Andre R.'s Comment
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I am currently still in school. Tomorrow is the start of weekend three of an eight weekend course. So far it has been pretty good. I've gotten one prehire which has an extra condition on it that I can show 30 days compliant with a cpap. Its with a flat bed company. I think I scored gold as it advertises 52k average which I'm slightly doubtful of considering that seems high for a rookie but it's also a dedicated run for a major home improvement store home nightly as well as weekend. So you can see why I'm leary of the salary. As for being former LEO it has already paid off. I took the permit test and some of the things weren't covered in class but from past experiences and common sense I missed only a few questions. Also when out on the truck it also helps I already know when backing not to panic keep calm and think it through. So I'd say it's a good thing. Also the one company who is willing.to accept me was very pleased with my background as a police officer.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Ernie, how was the transition for your guy? What I'm trying to figure out is, if being a former cop helped with the transition.

AJ,

So far it seems that his transition has gone really well.

Any questions, let me know, will do my best to help if I can.

Ernie

PJ's Comment
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AJ, There are several of us hanging around, lol. I retired after 28 1/2 years in Ca. Your on track with your thinking for the most part. Dispatchers and Planners will be the ones determining your loads no matter where you go. As such like anywhere else you got good ones, decent ones, and the dreaded bad ones. Your communication skills will serve you well with everyone you deal with from company folks to customers. I've been at this 16 months now and I already got tons of stories where I have talked my way into getting things handled. You will find your alot different than alot of drivers in that regard, Dispatchers are used to getting problems dumped in their lap, not solutions so a good one will reward you for that. If you have any specific questions feel free to message me. I don't get on near as often as I would like to. I have been busy as all get out.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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