I was speaking with a cop friend of mine that just retired at the age of 52 after 30 years of service (he got another job). I don't think he can collect his pension until he's 55, but he said he had to get out. He wasn't as physically fit as he should be and his patience for punks that spit at cops was wearing thin. Here in NJ and elsewhere, politicians are trying to raise the retirement age to 65. They would like to see this for teachers as well. I know teachers with over 30 years that are burnt out. At what age does a cop (or a teacher) cease being effective?