Daily News header

NYPD Veteran John Roe Retires At 63

By

Scores of colleagues, some of whom had been retired for decades, turned out at the 26 Precinct in Harlem for the final "walkout" of legendary NYPD Detective First Grade John Roe on October 26th. Roe, who was a few days away from turning 63, the mandatory retirement age for uniformed NYPD personnel, became a police trainee in April 1968 and a sworn NYPD member in November 1970.

In his early days on patrol, he often had crossing guard duty in the 40 Precinct in the South Bronx. Years later, while working in Manhattan North Narcotics during the crack epidemic in the mid-1980s, a young female police officer named Lorraine Martinez remembered him getting her safely across the street when she was in elementary school.

Martinez had joined the NYPD in January 1985 and retired as a sergeant in August 2000. Long after she re-entered civilian life, Roe was still around, conducting stellar investigations, making quality collars, and enhancing his already lofty reputation in the 26 Detective Squad.

roe_walkout_oct_26_2012_037
Det. First Grade John Roe of the NYPD displays a Certificate of Appreciation from the NYC Sergeants Benevolent Association on his final day of work after 44 years of service. On the left is daughter Jillian. On the right is daughter Danielle. Photo: Robert Mladinich

If Roe, the divorced father of two grown daughters, had his way, he would be reporting to duty for at least another decade. Although he enjoys embarking on international cruises and spending time with his family, his eagerness and enthusiasm toward solving cases is clearly evident in everything he says and does.

"I'm not really looking forward to retirement," said the lantern-jawed Roe, who hails from a family of cops. "I've been doing this a long time, and I have honestly enjoyed every minute of it."

"John personified all of the best qualities of an NYPD detective," said Ed Mullins, the President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association who presented Roe with a Certificate of Appreciation for his more than 40 years of service. "Having people with his level of experience and expertise is invaluable, especially in times like these when the job is comprised of so many younger members. Besides being a superb investigator, he was a great mentor to many younger officers of all ranks, whether he realized it or not."

Robert Mladinich is the communications director for the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association. He can be reached by e-mail at: rmladinich@sbanyc.org.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Top Stories News

Referring the case of an Iranian refugee to the Iranian embassy in Baghdad by an investigative judge is a clear breach of international law.
King Nazir Muhammad says not knowing the religious preference of the people we deal with ensures that believers on all sides will always live in a state of fear and distrust towards one another.
People all over the world know sometimes it only takes a little to be part of something big. Many communities host and seek people capable of executing great ideas.
All organic food items he process are seasonal and grown in extreme natural conditions in villages of Assam and other neighbouring states. From May to September he procures produce from various places in north east India like Teok, Tinsukia
Taxpayers received Obamacare subsidies based on estimated income for 2014. Clarence Walker investigates what this means for your expected tax refund.
Dr. Ben Talei is now a full member of the Beverly Hills community, and was welcomed by the Mayor of Beverly Hills, Dr. Julian A. Gold, MD

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

landing page ad

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site