Police officers may not always feel appreciated, especially when they’re dealing with disgruntled criminals. And when the majority of people that police officers deal with are indeed disgruntled criminals, they may start to forget that there are plenty of people out there who truly appreciate them. And what better way to show appreciation than to give an officer a deal or discount? Today, I’ll introduce you to some of the special deals that are available for police officers to use.
Badge Central: 15% off and free shipping on Smith & Warren badges
First and foremost, of course, is the 15% off and free shipping deal that Badge Central offers every day. That’s right, Badge Central offers Smith & Warren badges at 15% off every day, and ships them for free. I’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal than that, but I’ll sure try.
HUD Good Neighbor Next Door
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a program called Good Neighbor Next Door. Under this program, law enforcement officers, teachers, and firefighters/EMTs can purchase eligible homes in revitalization areas for 50% off the list price. To take advantage of this discount, you must commit to making the property your sole residence for at least 36 months. Why does HUD offer such a significant discount? HUD’s goal is community revitalization, and they believe that public safety professionals and teachers help further this goal. Visit the HUD website to learn more.
Apple Store for Goverment
Apple offers special prices to government agencies as well as employees. Discounts are available for iPods, computers, and other products, and are valid even if you plan to use these devices for personal entertainment as opposed to work-related activities. To learn more, visit the Apple Store for Government now.
The major wireless providers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint-Nextel, and T-Mobile, all offer discounts for government employees. To learn more about these discounts and to find out if you qualify, visit their respective government program sites: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint-Nextel, T-Mobile.
Law enforcement officers may be able to save on travel, including cruises, airfare, hotel fees, and rental car costs. To learn more about these discounts, visit www.govexec.com/discount. This website provides a comprehensive listing of discount opportunities available to government employees. VacationsToGo.com is another great resource for this type of information.
When in doubt, just ask! Even if a company doesn’t have an official police discount policy, you may still be able to get a discount. Simply asking may even encourage a business to adopt a discount policy. If you don’t feel comfortable asking business owners for a discount, visit one of the many online forums dedicated to this topic and ask fellow officers for their experiences with particular companies.
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