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  • reils49
    started a poll Making the jump to Investigator/Detective

    Making the jump to Investigator/Detective

    2
    Less than 5 years
    25.71%
    9
    5-10 years
    57.14%
    20
    10-15 years
    8.57%
    3
    15+ years
    8.57%
    3
    I just hit 7 years, and have been kicking around the idea of making the move. I've been approached by several guys in our investigations unit, as well as patrol supervisors, about applying, so the opportunity is there. My biggest inhibitor is me. I'm not sure if it's what I want to do.

    So for you guys that made the jump into a suit and tie, what are your thoughts? Do you miss patrol? Would you go back? What don't you like about investigations?

  • CCCSD
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    So...you're a SUIT now!


    Well done!

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  • reils49
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    Originally posted by L-1 View Post
    Getting back to suits - don't you have a wholesale garment district near you?
    Yea, we do. But I am not much of a shopper. I hate sitting in traffic, and hate riding trains even more. I got measured, bought online, found an old Italian tailor and was done.

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  • L-1
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    Getting back to suits - don't you have a wholesale garment district near you? Los Angeles has a huge garment district filled with clothing manufactures, cloth vendors, and wholesale clothing shops who sell everything from polo shorts to underwear to suits. There are a couple of suit shops that the guys from LAPD Detective Headquarters Division practically live in. You walk in, but a decent suit for anywhere from $100 to $200 and walk it across the street to a tailor shop and have it fitted for $20.

    For those of you in LA, look up Al Weiss Men's Clothing on Wall Street. Yelp gives them a 5 Star rating.

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  • reils49
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    I made the right move. Definitely a good gig.

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  • GoldBadge
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    I definitely have more clothes than my wife (but less shoes). I have my very casual off duty clothes, business casual, and a ton of suits, dress shirts, and ties (uniforms are long gone). I rarely wear suits now, but what am I going to do with perfectly good suits? Oh well.

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  • reils49
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    Originally posted by SRT936 View Post
    Buying "real" clothes was one of the culture shock moments for me when I went to investigations. I'd worked uniform assignments for 14 years before diving into investigations. After 14 years of wearing a uniform more often than not, you're closet gets pretty limited. I had like 3 non t-shirt outfits. Now, 8 years later, my wife complains that I have more clothes than her.

    When I made the switch, I really wasn't sure that I wanted to but I got talked into it by a senior deputy that I highly respected. I'm glad he did. It's a different kind of work that's not for everyone, but I really found a nice a nitch here. For me, investigations feels like "real" police work. You get to stop dealing with BS calls and focus on legit crimes. However, unlike patrol, there's always work to be done and things hang over your head constantly.

    Congrats on the new gig.

    Culture shock is one way to put it. I took a look at my credit card statement this morning, and almost choked on my coffee! Oh well. I've talked to a bunch of guys and it just seems to go with the territory. I hit a bunch of sales and got some stuff for Christmas too, with softened the blow. But Im still on the hook for about 2 grand. I could've done it for less, but I don't want to be the guy in the office with 1 suit and 5 ties on a Monday-Friday rotation. I have been in uniform for 14 years also, and I had nothing! At least I hit the OT hard recently and will just write the check

    Ohhhhh, the wife is already complaining that I've taken over the closet in our bedroom. She's really going to love it when I clear out my locker at the station and bring all that junk home. At least I will have my own car now. That's going to collect a ton of stuff I'm sure.

    Hopefully my station assignment comes out soon.... I have a good idea, but I want see it in writing. I'm getting excited.

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  • SRT936
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    Buying "real" clothes was one of the culture shock moments for me when I went to investigations. I'd worked uniform assignments for 14 years before diving into investigations. After 14 years of wearing a uniform more often than not, you're closet gets pretty limited. I had like 3 non t-shirt outfits. Now, 8 years later, my wife complains that I have more clothes than her.

    When I made the switch, I really wasn't sure that I wanted to but I got talked into it by a senior deputy that I highly respected. I'm glad he did. It's a different kind of work that's not for everyone, but I really found a nice a nitch here. For me, investigations feels like "real" police work. You get to stop dealing with BS calls and focus on legit crimes. However, unlike patrol, there's always work to be done and things hang over your head constantly.

    Congrats on the new gig.

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  • RequestingMeal
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    Going the investigative route was the best thing I've done on my end , congratulations!
    Was never a fan of uniformed patrol. Now it's jeans/shorts all year long, no suits, pretty much any day off I want. Was a no brainer.
    I still get in the bag a few times a year for overtime details. ( cultural prades & protests)

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  • BNWS
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    Originally posted by reils49 View Post
    How many suits do you need to have a decent rotation? 3-4? I have been told for the first few weeks wear a suit every day, after that you can relax to conservative business dress/ sport coat.
    Ask the guys in the detective squad where they buy their suits because they always know a local guy with reasonable prices. AVOID AT ALL COSTS big name suit stores. They sucker you in with low prices then and cant seem to find a jacket and pants that fit you. Then they hammer you for alterations. The same with a local dry cleaner. They usually run good discounts for the guys who bring them steady business.
    Last edited by BNWS; 12-26-2016, 11:04 PM.

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  • GoldBadge
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    Yep, a good sturdy belt is a must. I've got Blackhawk and 5.11 dress belts. Both work great.

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  • reils49
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    One thing, actually 2 things, I did splurge on is my belt. One brown, one black. I am not spending my shift with droopy drawers. And I will still carry a full size Glock.

    If anyone else needs a nice looking belt, designed for carrying, I would highly recommend Urban Carry.

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  • GoldBadge
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    Three is enough, four is better. Be sure you get one solid navy suit and one dark grey one. The other two color choices are up to you, but keep them conservative. Skip a black suit. You will probably never have a need for one and they look too funeralish. .

    When you get to sport coat and slacks, a navy blazer will be your best friend. You can wear it with almost any color pants. JC Penney actually has good blazers at good prices, and their Stafford brand dress shirts are well made and priced for cops.

    Cop Dress 101.

    One other thing, when you size your suit coat, consider all the stuff you'll need to carry underneath it. I upped from a 44 to a 46 (some go up another notch).
    Last edited by GoldBadge; 12-26-2016, 04:19 PM.

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  • reils49
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    How many suits do you need to have a decent rotation? 3-4? I have been told for the first few weeks wear a suit every day, after that you can relax to conservative business dress/ sport coat.

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  • GoldBadge
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    Also, never buy suits full price. Keep a watch for Joseph A. Banks, "buy one get two free." The first suit is overpriced at about $600+, but when you get two free, $200 a suit is pretty darned good.

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