When a good cop leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he [she] knows what they are leaving behind, because we already know. We know for example that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breathe that remains in his frame. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from the life. You are only escaping the “job” and we are merely allowing you to leave “active” duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,” and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known."

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The Coastal Carolina Shields is a fraternal group for retired law enforcement officers living in the Grand Strand region of North and South Carolina. The group’s mission is to provide an opportunity for retired officers to meet and network with each other in a social atmosphere.

We currently have over 1,000 members representing 350 + different law enforcement agencies from all over the United States, the District of Columbia, Federal Government, and our Canadian counterparts!

Some of the activities our members can join in are:

***Our Quarterly HR-218 Qualifications***

Golf Outings, Motorcycle Trips, Sporting Events, Fishing Trips, Shows, Cookouts, Christmas Party and more 



We meet the first Tuesday of every month at The Legends Golf Course, 1500 Legends Drive (off Hwy 501) in Myrtle Beach. We encourage new members to come and visit with us. The meetings start at 7:00pm but you may arrive at  5:30 PM  to have something to eat and drink at the Legends Pub and socialize. with other members.


Requirements to be a member:


  • Membership in the Coastal Carolina Shields shall be open to any person who shows proof of being a retired sworn Law Enforcement Officer and retired in good standing from their department and resides full or part-time in North or South Carolina.  

  • Annual Dues are $25.00 plus a one time $5 initiation fee.

  • If you are renewing your dues please mail  check made out to Coastal Carolina Shields and put "Dues Renewal" in the memo section and mail it to Coastal Carolina Shields PO Box 1541, Murrells Inlet S.C. 29576

Interested and have a question?

To email the Coastal Carolina Shields with any questions pertaining to membership click on this link     PATDITORE@GMAIL.COM

Coastal Carolina Shields Executive Board


President  James P. Gormley    Suffolk County Police Department, NY (Ret)              

Vice President    Joe Luzzi           New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)

Secretary    Mike Costello           Connecticut Dept. of Corrections, Ct.  (Ret)

Treasurer          Rondie Peiscop-Grau   FBI (Ret)

Financial Secretary      Pat DiTore         Jersey City PD NJ (Ret)    

Sergeant at Arms   Wayne Wells Washington DC DOC/MPD, Wash DC (Ret)

Sergeant at Arms     Kenny Walters     Garden City PD, NY (Ret)


John Comparetto             Passaic County Sheriff's Dept., NJ/NYPD, NY (Ret)

Lisa Midwood                      New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)

Bill Petras                              Middletown Police Department, CT (Ret.)

Duane Ragan                     New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)

Chaplain: Lou Haarstick  New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)

Chaplain: Pat Priore          Tullytown Boro. PD, Pa. 


2008 – 2010 Michael Cannone – Middlesex County Sheriffs Office, NJ (Ret.)

2010 – 2014 Dennis Cangelosi - Ramapo Police Department, NY (Ret.)

2014 - 2016 Hank Betts - New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)

2016 - 2018  Michael Grabarz -  Greenwich Police Department, CT (Ret)
*John Stadelmann* - New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)
*Honorary President*

application for membership

Please print out and fill out the below application. Mail it to our PO Box or bring it to the next meeting we have. After you mail it back still come to the next meeting you are available!





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