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  • 11b101abn
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    Originally posted by LA DEP View Post
    I was sitting in the LASD academy 20 years ago......graduated March 1989.....
    LOL, snicker.........

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  • Jensen364
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    I've been a Deputy for two years, THANK GOD for tax write offs. Save everything. Not only can you use it for tax credits, you can double dip by using your credit card!

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  • deputync
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    Originally posted by 7PointStar View Post
    Can you list what a $1000 worth of gear is?
    Ditto!

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  • cdakusa
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    don't forget near end of the academy u will need to spend about 300-400 bucks on a 2in 5 round revolver.. you should advise your class leader to buy it as a whole class to get the discount.. at least you guys are getting the new style holster.

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  • Rottresq
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    Only 1k? You got off easy. And if you work for RAPID LAPD, you should have a substantial uniform allowance. A lady in a supermarket asked me how much my "utility belt" cost once. I think she had seen Batman recently. I answered her by telling her that what she was looking at, head to toe was close to 3k+ in uniform & equipment. And I have 2 uniforms and one more pair of boots in the locker. I didn't want to start on the briefcase and laptop.

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  • FutureDeputy
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    Originally posted by frankthetank View Post
    well, yesterday i had my orientation and i had to buy 1000 dollars worth of gear and that is not including what i will spend on my alterations, lettering and running shoes. it is exciting but i would of loved the courtesy of knowing that i would of needed this money three month or two before the academy rather than a few weeks. I am very excited.
    What was the $1000 worth of gear you had to buy?

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  • Mstangfk
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    i bought all my duty gear except vest, but i was issued clothing and the class A rig.

    the vest doesnt fit, bit tight but its better than nothing, the guy hired with me had to buy his own since the dept didnt have one that fit him, and had no more money in the budget for a 700 buck vest

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  • NuBoot1035
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    I'm surprised. I thought LAPD would put up the $$ to get you started. I start the academy in two weeks and the department I'm working for fronted the $$ for 3 class B uniforms, 2 PT shirts, shorts, and sweats, my vest, sam brown and all my leather gear, pair of coreframs (SP?), and all additional equipment I'll need when I complete the academy. Plus I get my uniform allowance in full once I graduate. The only thing I had to purchase was my war bag, shoes, swim trunks and garmet bag.

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  • DACP
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    Uncle Sugar gives me all my equipment on the first day, the big ticket items I must return one day, the rest are mine after a year. I also have a clothing allotment I get quarterly of $100.00 that was increased this year to $200.00 this is all written into federal law. In no way does it cover what needs replacing each year so it is out of pocket, I have 50 bucks that goes into a “uniform account” each pay day, by the end of the year the two cover what ever I need and usually have some left over for the next year.

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  • Lawenforcer72
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    Originally posted by LE2BE View Post
    I'm sitting at about 100K for this year with only 3-1/2 years on... I think I'm okay with Kalifornia. I had no problem paying back the money I used for extra equipment. Also... with many smaller departments facing hiring freezes or even layoffs, ours is still recruiting.
    Ours still recruits too... How much does a 2 story 4 bedroom 2 bathroom go for in cali? bet a lot more than in the O-H-I-O. Im sure Cali is a fun state but ive always just heard negatives.

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  • STATECOPPER
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    Originally posted by bigcitypolice06 View Post
    We get our leather gear and the like replaced as well, however its the same crap that broke in the first place because its made by the lowest bidder. So I and many other officers I know choose to upgrade to higher quality items. We get a uniform check every year so that usually covers most of it.

    Uniforms are a different story all together. We get 2 pants and 2 long sleeve shirts both 100% Wool. In southern california long sleeve wool uniforms are heat stroke waiting to happen in July. So we buy our own short sleeves.
    Our leather is good I believe its safariland. Mine has held up over the years, just had to replace my oc holder(worn from the seatbelt). We recently went to the 45gap so the holster is new too.
    WOOL? Holy crap batman! I cant believe that. And only 2 uniforms? We get 5 shirts/pants. We get free drycleaning, which is the lowest bidder. On occaision it comes back missing buttons. Nothing worse than changing your shirt over(collar ornaments,name plate,service bar etc) and then finding your top button is missing!!!

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  • bigcitypolice06
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    We get our leather gear and the like replaced as well, however its the same crap that broke in the first place because its made by the lowest bidder. So I and many other officers I know choose to upgrade to higher quality items. We get a uniform check every year so that usually covers most of it.

    Uniforms are a different story all together. We get 2 pants and 2 long sleeve shirts both 100% Wool. In southern california long sleeve wool uniforms are heat stroke waiting to happen in July. So we buy our own short sleeves.

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  • STATECOPPER
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    Originally posted by bigcitypolice06 View Post
    As for buying your own equipment I slowly bought new stuff after probation. After a few years I just replaced my leather gear and bought a new gun (new duty holster, off duty holster, magazine pouches magazines and such) not to mention a couple new uniforms, a new flashlight, new boots, a new jacket, a new war bag, new under armor, new brief case thing to keep reports in, and some other stuff. I am looking forward to the tax refund this year

    Its all about preference, some guys keep the same stuff they get issued their entire career. I personally like to keep my stuff looking good so I buy a couple uniforms every six months and upgrade my leather gear. I also like things the Dept doesn't issue (a .45 glock, hidden snap leather gear etc)
    Anything that gets ruined gets replaced. This includes gunbelt, holster, cuffcase, oc holder, baton holder, etc. Anything that was originally issued. Uniforms/boots/jackets- turn in your dirty stuff and get new. Just go see the quartermaster, doesnt cost me a cent. Sounds like they figure your gear into your salary. Guess I pay for mine through my taxes, lol.

    As for the gun we are issued a glock 45 gap. And we cant use anything other than that.

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  • bigcitypolice06
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    Ya I guess the personally issued radios is the new thing. I just read the training order (ok I'm working the desk w3 I got bored and decided that I'd actually read the e-learning this DP).

    As for buying your own equipment I slowly bought new stuff after probation. After a few years I just replaced my leather gear and bought a new gun (new duty holster, off duty holster, magazine pouches magazines and such) not to mention a couple new uniforms, a new flashlight, new boots, a new jacket, a new war bag, new under armor, new brief case thing to keep reports in, and some other stuff. I am looking forward to the tax refund this year

    Its all about preference, some guys keep the same stuff they get issued their entire career. I personally like to keep my stuff looking good so I buy a couple uniforms every six months and upgrade my leather gear. I also like things the Dept doesn't issue (a .45 glock, hidden snap leather gear etc). Don't think of it as I spent $1000 on my job, think of it as an investment into your profession. A LAPD officer is a true professional and as such it requires personal investment outside of the basic requirements of the job.

    But keep in mind in a few years it will seem like nothing. I'm clearing over 100g's this year and I am still a little short of that first hash mark, and I'm not an OT whore either.
    Last edited by bigcitypolice06; 01-06-2009, 06:43 AM.

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  • LE2BE
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    Originally posted by STATECOPPER View Post
    I was fortionate and was supplied with everything. I dont know how you guys/gals who have to buy your gear do it. I have only bought extra cuffs, flashlights, dutybag, clipboards etc. Nothing heavy. I am looking into getting my own radio, the ones at the station are getting beat and who knows when they will be replaced??
    How many mechanics don't have to buy their own tools? I figure its something like being a specialist in your field. Sure, you could get by getting the same thing as everyone else, but their a lot equipment items that are tailored to peoples likes and dislikes.

    Radios... I work for one of the few divisions that issue Officers radios to keep. We carry the latest and greatest Motorola XDS 5000 (I think that is it). It is rumored to cost between $3000-$5000 each... I would hate to have to pay for my own.

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