Father retires, son starts career with the San Diego Police Department

Posted at 11:50 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 02:53:34-04

A San Diego police officer shared a special ride-along on his last shift before retirement.

Officer Vu Le has worked for the San Diego Police Department for 25 years. Thursday was his last shift before he retired.

“Kind of a weird feeling in a good way," Le said. "Now I can spend time with the family.”

The special part about Le's last shift was that he did get to spend it with family; his son, 24-year-old Andrew Le, just started working as a San Diego police officer - and has been on the force for just 10 days.

The department let the father and son spend Le's last shift working together as partners.

“The fact that I’m an officer and the fact that I get to spend my dad’s last day with him, it’s amazing," Andrew said. "He was my inspiration for coming here in the first place.”

His father feels the same way. 

“It’s something I dreamed of all my life," Le said. "That I have a son become a police officer, working side by side."

This was their first time working together, and Andrew says his dad has been a great teacher.

“I really do have big shoes to fill," Andrew says. "He’s done a lot for the community and I really do hope that I achieve at least a fraction of whatever he’s done.”

“I’m very proud. Very proud,” Le said.