ByCouchTomato, writer at Creators.co
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The age most civil servants decide to retire from duty is traditionally 65 years old. That age is the earliest workers can receive full Social Security benefits and Medicare. Retirement is a serious rite of passage for our boys in blue and I’d be remiss if I didn’t announce the retirement dates for some of our most decorated members from Law Enforcement.

I recently got a chance to watch some of my favorite cop films and did the math on when some of my favorite heroes would finally hand in their badges. Unfortunatley, two of the officers on the list have already hung up their capes so intead of making a huge deal about the retirement of the remaining five officers, I thought it would be a better idea to give everyone a belated or early retirement greeting card to celebrate their time on the force. I couldn’t let these guys hang up their capes without acknowledging all the work they’ve put in for their respective cities

7. Carey Mahoney: Scheduled to retire March 2023

Police Academy franchise
Police Academy franchise
  • Retirement Age (Retirement Date): 65 years old (March 2023)
  • Years of Service: 39 years (currently at 32 years)

Police Academy's Carey Mahoney will be an official Citizen on Patrol on March 2023 following his retirement. Although he will no longer be contractually obligated to defend the civilians in his city, you can bet Mahoney will continue to add value to his neighborhood whether he’s on payroll or not. As one of the Police Academy’s most distinguished graduates, Mahoney will definitely be missed.

6. Commissioner Gordon: Retired (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

Batman comic books
Batman comic books
  • Retirement Age (Retirement Date): 70 years old (February 1986)
  • Years of Service: over 20 years

All throughout the DCEU, Commissioner Gordon’s work is often overshadowed by the Dark Knight. After serving more than 20 years on the force, the former commissioner has taken up writing and wrote a book about Batman in The Dark Knight Returns. Surprisingly, Gordon's storytelling is just as good as his crime-fighting.

5. Detective Axel Foley: Scheduled to retire December 2028

Beverly Hills Cop franchise
Beverly Hills Cop franchise
  • Retirement Age (Retirement Date): 67 years old (Decemeber 2028)
  • Years of Service: Unknown

Despite being one of Detroit’s finest, Detective Axel Foley is also held with high regards by the people of Beverly Hills. Throughout Foley's career, the honorary Beverly Hills cop has consistently gone above and beyond to protect and serve the zip code of 90210. Foley's service will definitely leave a gap after his retirement in the year 2028.

4. Sgt. John Spartan: Scheduled to retire October 2052

Demolition Man
Demolition Man
  • Retirement Age & Date: 103 years old (October 2052)
  • Years of Service: Unknown

Sgt. John Spartan was forced into an early retirement at the age of 47 in the '90s after receiving a 70 year prison sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of 30 hostages. Spartan was let go early for good behavior and would go on to serve 20 more years as a boy in blue. Sgt. Spartan will retire at the age of 103 years old (or 67 years old if you really want to get technical).

3. Detective Mike Lowrey: Scheduled to retire September 2019

Bad Boys franchise
Bad Boys franchise
  • Retirement Age (Retirement Date): 51 years old (September 2019)
  • Years of Service: Unknown

With a trust fund like Mike's, who needs social security? It would be a shock if Lowrey didn't decide to retire early and finally give his partner Marcus Burnett the peace he begged for on Bad Boys & Bad Boys II. Michael Bay failed to disclosed Detective Lowrey’s start date in the Bad Boys series, but IMDb makes it clear Mike will not retire until after his 51st birthday in September of 2019. Lowrey's birthday trails the summer blockbuster movie season and follows the projected release of Bad Boys 4.

2. Roger Murtaugh: Retired

Lethal Weapon franchise
Lethal Weapon franchise
  • Retirement Age & Date: 62 yrs old (December 1999)
  • Years of Service: 32 years of service

Roger Murtaugh not only kept the streets of Los Angeles safe as an LAPD detective, but he also served in the Vietnam War and protected America abroad. The military benefits from his time in the war, the government benefits from his time as a detective and his constant reminder that he was getting too old for this “expletive” makes it a no brainer that Murtaugh would retire as soon as his benefits kicked in. Murtaugh walked away from the force after celebrating his 62nd birthday in the winter of 1999.

1. Detective Lt. John McClane: Scheduled to retire December 2020

Die Hard franchise
Die Hard franchise
  • Retirement Age & Date: 67 years old (December 2020)
  • Years of Service: 43 Years of Service

Back in '88 when we first met the 11 year veteran landing at the LAX airport, no one believed this day would ever come. Although I wish John McClane could kill terrorists forever, his reign eventually has to come to an end. McClane is eligible for retirement next year on March 2017 when he turns 62. Luckily, due to his financial problems stressed in Die Hard 3, we'll get four more years of yippie ki yaying from our favorite New York City flatfoot as he awaits full Social Security Benefits.

Who are some movie cops you would like to wish a happy retirement? Let me know in the comment section.