After months of grueling training, your friend or loved one has graduated from the Police Academy and is ready to wear a law enforcement badge. After all that effort, it's an occasion to be proud and celebrate. Some special gifts appropriately commemorate the achievement.
Religious and Sentimental Gifts
A common, cherished gift for many new police officers is the medal of St. Michael, patron saint of law enforcement. The medals can be worn as necklaces or even pinned inside a uniform hat. Having the officer's shield number engraved on the back is a thoughtful touch. Sometimes the giver also has the gift blessed by a priest before presenting it. Plaques of St. Michael's prayer are also a good gift.
Check local gift shops for porcelain police officer figurines, patrol car replicas and plaques. Consider having a plaque custom made with the officer's name, date of graduation and shield number on it.
Equipment and Recreational Gifts
Law enforcement equipment can be expensive, so officers always appreciate receiving such items as gifts. Ideas include gift cards for police supply stores, a GPS navigation system, a backup gun, a good pair of sunglasses, extra handcuffs, a powerful flashlight, a pocket knife or good pair of duty boots. You should be able to buy all of these things at police gear shops.
With such a high-stress career, a little fun is always warranted. Officers sometimes spend long hours in patrol cars and would love to have a satellite radio or an iPod to keep them entertained during their down time. A coffee thermos and a gift certificate to a restaurant in the area they patrol are a good combo. Many officers would enjoy a spa gift certificate for a massage to help relieve tension and stress on a day off.
Officers endure a lot of the horrific things in the line of duty, so they're often thankful for some laughs. Put together a gift basket with joke gifts, such as a stress ball, Tylenol PM, ulcer medication and the ultimate tease: a gift card to Dunkin' Donuts or the favorite doughnut shop in your area.
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