Ah, the tough decisions of a recent retiree.
Wuest, 53, of Dana Point, spent all but two of his 31 years in law enforcement with the Anaheim PD — the last 10 as a sergeant in the “motors” unit of the Traffic Bureau.
“It was a great way for me to finish my career,” says Wuest, who’s been riding motorcycles since he was 16 and who, since retiring Dec. 28, 2009, has been spending a lot of time rebuilding bikes and planning motorcycle trips.
“Time’s flying by,” Wuest says of retirement. “I miss the people, mostly – it’s like a big family. I probably I spent more time with my Anaheim PD friends than with my own family.”
Wuest graduated from Mission Viejo High School and for two years was a reserve officer and police officer for the city of San Clemente until he joined Anaheim PD in May 1981. Ten years later, he was promoted to sergeant.
In addition to the Traffic Bureau, he has worked as a field training officer and patrol officer, and has spent time on the Crime Task Force, Community Policing Team, Economic Crime Detail, Information Technology Bureau and the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program.
In 2008, he was the Operations Support Officer of the Year.
Not counting motors, Wuest’s favorite assignment was working undercover for about nine months for the Crime Task Force.
“I enjoyed doing surveillance,” Wuest says. “I enjoyed watching the bad guys when they didn’t know I was watching them.”
Although he’s enjoying retirement, tinkering with motorcycles and pursuing woodworking — another passion — Wuest says he’s itching to get back to work by the first of the year. He may pursue private investigations or background checking.
“I had always planned on taking only a few months off or so when I retired,” he says. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to sit around and do nothing all day.”
Wuest has a son, Michael, 20, assigned to a reserve unit of the U.S. Army.
Soon, Wuest plans to head off on a weeklong tour up the West Coast – after he decides which motorcycle to buy.