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    Ok, so the weather is starting to get colder and for those of us who have to be outside in the cold we have all had the pain in the @$$ experience of our pen not working.

    So my question is; Does anyone know if it is acceptable to use pencil to take field notes.

    Obviously you can not use pencil on a report or summons, but, can you use it in your note/memo pad?

  • #2
    i read this exact question somewhere else, not sure if it was this site or another but from what i remember everybody said no you can't use a pencil. i think it was because it was a legal document that can be summoned in court or something


    • #3
      No good.

      If you have pen troubles, go to staples and spend the $20 on a SPACE PEN.

      It can write on water soaked summonses, below freezing weather and even upside down for extended periods of time.
      Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.


      • #4
        they are your notes, take em however you want


        • #5
          What do you use to write your cites???

          Using a pencil is like scratching...like someone already said...a space pen.
          This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.


          • #6
            that is a good point, i didn't really think about that.

            I could see the hesitance in buying a 20 dollar pen though when you can very easily lose it or lend it somebody and not see it again. I know i'd go through a few.

            one cop i work with has it tied to one of those retracting strings you see on name badges that he clips to his belt which is something you could consider.


            • #7
              a cop you work with?

              What job are you on?
              Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.


              • #8
                not on the job... emt
                Last edited by options open; 11-09-2009, 02:59 PM.


                • #9
                  He said "field notes". What constitutes a Field Note?

                  As long as it is not written on any offical document, write it however you want. If you are making a note on a Dunkin Donut wrapper, does it matter if it is in pencil?

                  I am cheap and I would not buy a $20 pen, so in cold weather, I used to keep 3 or 4 pens in an inside pocket of my jacket, or in my shirt pocket. This would keep the pens warm, I would start to write, and when the pen froze up, I went to the next pen, and placed the frozen pen back in my pocket so it would warm up, and I would repeat this until I was done.

                  I didn't need the space pen, Bics were much cheaper.

                  .....as far as the space pens go, do you know what the Cosmonauts used to write with in space?......

                  They used pencils!


                  • #10
                    No pencil, fine tip sharpie works well though.


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