Mike Bennett may be a rookie Bartow Police Department officer, having joined the force this month, but he is no novice to law enforcement. He boasts a 37-year career, with 28 of those with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office before he retired this past July 31.
He did not want to retire but had to because he had enrolled with the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). However, retirement was not a uniform that fit him. While he enjoyed the new-found time with his children, still, time weighed heavily. He said he also missed the structure, as well as one other element.
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