AMHERST — After 35 years in the field, Amherst police Lt. Dan Jasinski is trading chasing down drug dealers and burglars for a quieter life.
In a month, the 56-year-old veteran officer will retire.
While it was fun, Jasinski said more than three decades of police work is enough for him.
“You just get older and you’re tired,” Jasinski said.
Instead of police work, Jasinski plans to spend his time working on the two farms he and his wife own in Vermilion and Marietta Townships. He wants to finish building a barn on one of the farms and take care of his four dogs.
While Jasinski said he’s been looking forward to retirement for a few years, it’s still a bittersweet change.
“I’ll miss a lot of those people I’ve met in 35 years,” Jasinski said, adding that as a member of the police force, he has been able to meet and make friends with police all around Lorain County. “I still run into them.”
Along with the people, Jasinski said he’ll miss the thrill of “solving crimes and getting out there.”
He recalled one case in which he and officers investigated and arrested members of a large burglary ring in Amherst in 2006. For Jasinski, that case stands out as some of his proudest work.
Though Jasinski never intended to get in to police work, he said he’s glad his brother — a police officer in the 1970s — urged him to join.
“It was so much fun back then,” Jasinski said of his time working for the Amherst Police Department in the 1980s and 1990s, which he said he’ll always remember after he retires. “It’s like riding a roller coaster.”