Letter of Resignation For Police Officer (+5 Samples)

This blog post will guide you on how to write a letter of resignation for the job role of a police officer. It also contains five sample letters you can look at.

Letter of Resignation For Police Officer

Follow these steps before you write a letter of resignation for the job of a police officer:

  • Review protocols
  • Create a header and an introduction
  • State your purpose
  • Describe your reasons for leaving
  • Express appreciation
  • Offer support
  • Conclude and edit your piece
  • Stay positive
  • Maintain transparency
  • Ask for a reference
  • Avoid mentioning salary
  • Keep it short

Sample 1: Letter of Resignation For Police Officer

“January 16, 2022

Randell Jennings


Police Department – 9th District

Philadelphia, PA

Dear Mr. Jennings,

Please accept this letter of resignation from the position of police officer, effective two weeks from today. My last day at the 9th District will be January 31th, 2022.

I have accepted a position with another company that will further my growth and development in my career. 

I have enjoyed working in the 9th District and will miss my colleagues. However, this new position will challenge my growth and further my career.

During the next two weeks, I am willing to help you in any way to make the transition as smooth as possible. 

This includes assisting in recruiting and training my replacement. Please let me know if there is anything specific that you would like me to do.

Again, it has been a pleasure working as a part of your 9th District.

Best regards,


Sam Sheffield”

Sample 2: Letter of Resignation For Police Officer

“January 12, 2022

Janet Shostakovitch


Bloomingdale Police Department

Bloomingdale, Missouri



Dear Chief King,

Please accept this notice of my resignation from the position of captain at the Bloomingdale Police Department. My last day with the department will be February 10, 2022.

While I value my time with this department, I am stepping down to pursue a career in corporate security. I believe this career change will be better suited to my skills and allow me to spend more time with my spouse and children. The support that I have received from you and every other member of the department was outstanding, and I regret the fact that I will no longer be working with this talented and dedicated group of professionals.

If I can help train Lieutenant Flores to take over my responsibilities, I am more than willing to do so. If possible, it would be very helpful to receive a reference from you, as I’m sure it would be valuable to future employers. Thank you again, I wish you all the BPD staff the best.


Janet Shostakovitch”

Sample 3: Letter of Resignation For Police Officer

“January 28, 2021

Kim Fischer

Chief of Police

Wallerton County Police Department

Wallerton, Wisconsin

Dear Chief Fischer,

I regret to inform you that I will be resigning from my position as sergeant effective on February 27, 2021.

It has been a privilege to serve with you and all the other officers in this department, but my family’s needs make it necessary to move out of the county. As you know, my son requires intensive medical care that is unavailable in this area. I feel very fortunate to have worked with such a dedicated team of officers, and this experience has given me skills and experience that will prove valuable throughout my career.

If there is any way I can make this transition more efficient, please let me know. I am ready to provide training to whichever officer takes over my current responsibilities. Thank you again, and I wish you and all the Wallerton County officers the best.


Duncan Torres


Wallerton County Police Department

Wallerton, Wisconsin



Sample 4: Letter of Resignation For Police Officer

“January 16, 2022

Brenda Davis


Police Department – Western District

Baltimore, MD

Dear Ms. Davis:

This is to inform you that I have accepted a position in another district. Therefore, I would like to offer my resignation dated 01/31/22.

I appreciate the professional development and growth from Western District, and in particular, from you. 

Your mentoring support has encouraged me, and I hope that we will continue our relationship as I move forward in my career.

I wish you continued growth and success in the future.



Warren Moon”

Sample 5: Letter of Resignation For Police Officer

“Dear Chief O’Reilly

After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to resign my position as a lieutenant in the XYZ City Police Force. I have struggled both physically and mentally, as you know, since being shot in the recent gun battle with members of the XYZ drug cartel, and since losing my partner in the same altercation. My resignation is effective on August 1. It would be my honor to assist the new lieutenant you name in becoming acclimated to the job. I have accepted a much less stressful and dangerous position as a police officer on the ABC County Police Force. I believe transitioning to a rural, small-town environment is just what I need to help me recover completely from the shooting.

I want to say that it has been a tremendous privilege to serve on the XYZ City Police Force with the most courageous and dedicated men and women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Furthermore, I could not ask for leadership with more integrity and character than my superiors on the force here at ABC City. I would also like to thank you, Chief O’Reilly, and the others on the force who sat at the hospital comforting my wife and family for the 3 days that I remained unconscious.

I truly do not know how my family and I would have weathered this ordeal were it not for you, my fellow officers, and their families. I will be eternally grateful for your kindness and care. My family and I intend to stay in touch with you and the others on the force after we move to ABC County. We will miss all of our friends here but believe this is the move for all of us. Again, thank you for your support and leadership during these past few months.

Warm Regards,

Wesley Green (signature)

Lt. Wesley Green”

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FAQs (Letter of Resignation For Police Officer)

Can I resign from the police?

Yes, if you give adequate notice as per the guidelines in your employment contract, you can resign from any job role.

How do I professionally resign immediately?

To resign immediately, you need to inform and explain why you have to leave at such short notice. This is only possible if your employment contract allows for this. Otherwise, you may have to find a way to compensate for the inconvenience monetarily or with other resources.

Can resignation be rejected?

No, it is not possible for an employer to reject your resignation. In many nations, if the employer does not accept the resignation, you can take legal action against them.