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Working Through DROP
While you participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), you will be subject to the same employment rules and regulations as before you enrolled in the DROP. The state police will continue to pay your wages as an active employee.
Your seniority status will not be affected during the DROP. You can change jobs as long as the new position would be included under the Michigan State Police Retirement System. However, you will not accrue any additional credit toward retirement as a DROP participant.
Participation in the DROP does not guarantee your continued employment. If you leave before your DROP end date for any reason (disability, death, job termination, etc.), the value of your DROP account will be recalculated based on the number of months you actually worked. In addition, you cannot work beyond the DROP end date you selected.
You can contribute to the state-sponsored 401(k) and 457 plans during the DROP. If you did not contribute before, you can start at any time. If you had a 401(k) or 457 plan as an active state police member, you can continue adding to your existing account(s). You can read more on the state-sponsored plan in our Plan Ahead section.