Graduation Gift Ideas for Law Enforcement

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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.

Joke Gifts

  • 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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