Rockport, IN – Former Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer was sworn in as a reserve police officer in his home state of Indiana, he announced on Sunday.
“I was recently sworn in as a Reserve Police Officer of the Rockport, Indiana Police Department by city Mayor Gay Ann Harney,” the Boonville, Indiana native said in an Instagram post.
“I’m still a resident of Las Vegas, NV, but It’s an honor to be able to come back to this area when I can and serve the community as a reserve police officer and help out my brothers,” he added.
Officer Spencer, 46, signed on as Five Finger Death Punch’s drummer in 2005, WFIE reported.
Thirteen years later, in late 2018, he stepped down from his position with the heavy metal band after he underwent a second back surgery due to years of “rigorous physical wear and tear,” according to Blabbermouth.
"I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love: playing double-bass and shredding the drums,” the veteran drummer said at the time. “However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has worn down my body to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance you great fans deserve and one that brings me satisfaction and joy.”
“In addition, I feel the band deserves to get someone with fresh fire and energy — capable of delivering DEATH PUNCH music the way fans deserve,” he added.
Drummer Charlie Engen has been playing with the group since Spencer’s departure, and frontman Ivan Moody recently confirmed that Engen will be a part of the band’s next album, Louder reported.
Although Spencer’s journey with Five Finger Death Punch has come to a close, he his nowhere near ready to retire altogether.
“Life’s about experience, so to me this was great and I think this is going to be great now," he told WFIE after his swearing-in ceremony.
He said he has been training with the Rockport Police Department (RPD), and that he has always looked up to law enforcement officers.
“You just see the impact they have on everyone’s life,” Officer Spencer said. “It’s so important.”
Officer Spencer and his former bandmates have long been supporters of military veterans, law enforcement, and other first responders, and have released a number of songs and music videos honoring those who serve.
In September of 2018, Five Finger Death Punch donated $95,000 to C.O.P.S., an organization that helps the families of fallen law enforcement officers.
It was follow-through for a commitment the heavy metal band made in the summer of 2018, when they announced that they planned to donate a portion of ticket proceeds from their “And Justice for None” tour to the organization.
“So, for those who realize this is not reality, you have to accept that each city has a police force, and they are really that thin blue line, that thin layer of ice on a deep ocean of f--king chaos, and savagely things can happen to them,” he said.
“I personally look at [the police] and think they are special people who deserve the respect and I don’t know that the general population understands what they go through,” the Hungarian-born guitarist explained. “I feel that they are not getting the respect that they deserve.”
Officer Spencer, who left his hometown at 19, said he is enjoying being back in the area where he was raised, WFIE reported.
“I’m kind of relearning where things are in my house now. Like where the cups are, you know, because I was gone,” he laughed. “It’s been really cool to just kind of do a normal situation for a while.”
Officer Spencer has already completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s pre-basic course, and will undergo one more disc replacement surgery before he’s ready to hit the streets, Blabbermouth reported.
“Once it heals, I begin,” he said, adding that his recovery is expected to take several months.
In addition to his public service, Officer Spencer said he is also still making time for his music.
“Just because I’m no longer in the band didn’t mean I retired,” he told WFIE.