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  • #16
    Originally posted by KJB View Post
    When I mentioned camo I was referring to situations where you want to be as invisible as you can as long as possible or necessary. Hostage rescue for example. When our ERT uses flash bangs we are wearing helmets with full face shields.
    So by wearing the gear mentioned, you are invisible...interesting.

    Covert could be used here instead of invisible. Not all SWAT/HRT/QRT teams where a mask. And I definately don't see them wanting the illusion that they are "invisible". Kind of hard to be silent/invisible when you are running towards a door to bust down or rappelling off of a roof, isn't it? Or is there some secret squirrel powers that you know of in the corrections industry?

    Camo or one wanting to remain "invisible" would be your oh so friendly sniper
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    • #17
      Don't forget the CDI (Chicks Dig It) factor! Our team wears them for the reasons mentioned above.
      Strong Body, Sharp Mind And Good Tactics!

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      • #18
        We are prohibited from wearing them. If a search warrant is executed based on your undercover work you are not allowed to go until the place is secure and no one is left there that can identify you. We are allowed to wear helmets, mics and protective eye wear that partially obscure our faces. We had an old school Sheriff once that said "only bad guys wear a mask to work".

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        • #19
          I wore mine as part of a halloween costume once....on the way to the party I stopped at a liquor store....

          ................forgot I had it on....................
          Went to Get a Cold Pop

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          • #20
            I wear on on patrol. It gets below zero here...

            ...in june.
            "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." ~ Romans 13:4

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            • #21
              Our policy dictates use of them for practical reasons mentioned, fire, glass etc. We are not allowed to deploy, or be in a stick when a flashbang is deployed. Also if you plan to rake and break a window, I would suggest using one. Also as mentioned, they have very legitimate psychological effects.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by 2971511 View Post
                The flame retardant thing is the main reason, but I wear one during the dead of winter when on a foot beat or assigned to traffic duty, when it is bitter cold... Keeps my face from becoming numb, prevents frostbite.
                I'm going to do that in the winter time as well. That and it will help to reduce all of the "are you old enough to be a cop" comments.

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                • #23
                  I wear mine in the winter time and im in patrol. I do it cause im tuff and a ninja.
                  The greatest misconception in police work that gets more officers killed is alot of cops are still taught to use the "minimum force necessary". In reality a true professional will always resort to the "Maximum Allowable Force" to resolve a situation. They mean the same thing, however one is a restriction and the other is an empowerment.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by aaronc View Post
                    I've seen NYPD officers wear modified balaclava in the winter but their entire face is visible, only the neck and sides of head are covered.
                    If the weather permits, it's authorized(for patrol). Also its not modified, its just pulled down below the chin. Some Bosses think they are apparently too intimidating so they make the rooks pull them below their chin.

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