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    10 ways you know you're not a rookie anymore

    It seems we all wake up one day and come to the realization that it’s been a significant amount of time since we began our cop career. Days go by and we lose track of time... then, one day we wake up and our children are graduating from high school and it finally sinks in that we are the “old guys” on the beat. But the fact that time has sped by could be an indication that you still love your job. Below is a list of a few things — some good and some bad — that you may do or think a bit differently since you first hit the beat ___ (fill in the blank) years ago.

    The Top 10 ways you know you may not be a rookie anymore (drumroll, please):

    10.) Five minutes prior to the end of your shift, you see a suspected DUI make a right turn, so you make a left one...

    9.) Instead of telling someone how many years on the job you have, you tell them how many more you have left before you can retire...

    8.) While on a suicide crime scene, you are trying to decide what sounds good for your dinner break as soon as you can clear the call...

    7.) You can carry on a perfectly normal conversation on the phone with your wife or girlfriend while running to a hot call...

    6.) The “newer” guys have things on their duty belt that you’re not even sure what they are or what they are used for...

    5.) When you tell the younger guys you used to drive a “Shamu” and they don’t know what you are talking about...

    4.) You still remember what “blue dots” are on vehicles...

    3.) You distinctly remember the day you transitioned from you service revolver to a semi-automatic…and thought it was strange…

    2.) “Administrative Leave” is just another term for vacation...

    And the number one reason you may not be a rookie anymore is...

    1.) You can remember saying, “COMPUTER? What’s that?”

    Maybe some of you have a few items of your own you could add to the list in the comment area. Each generation has their own I am sure. It will be interesting 10 or 20 years from now to hear the new guys say, “TASER? What’s that?”

    Stay safe out there, you old geezer!

    About the author

    Lt. Hawkes is a 19-year police veteran.
    MDRDEP:

    There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

  • #2
    You remember when Vascar was phased out.

    The Kustom company built radars and radar detectors.

    The ashtrays were covered by the radio heads and switches so you had to check for cigarette butts in the shotgun barrel after relieving an officer that smoked.

    You remember using an aluminum pie plate as a cut off switch in front of your radar antennae to surprise speeders.

    Moving radar is something only troopers had.

    You remember having to add 15 rub outs and repeats before and after the NCIC inquiry on the teletype tape.

    You got more print powder on you than what you were printing, no-one used gloves.

    TASER? What's that?
    Last edited by OneAdam12; 01-21-2011, 12:58 PM.
    Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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    • #3
      You actually remember filling out forms with a pen and/or typewriter.

      You realize that the old-timer sharing war stories with the rookies is you.

      You know how to use an ink slab to fingerprint a suspect.

      You finally turn in that Polaroid camera that's been bouncing around in your trunk.

      You start adding up your "best 3" years....
      \

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      • #4
        You know how to use an ink slab to fingerprint a suspect.
        It's a fine art the rookies know NOTHING about. *sigh*

        And they've no idea what writing a real report was about...with a pen or typewriter, there was NO going back and adding the stuff you missed. You had to start ALL over if you couldn't work it in right.
        sigpic

        I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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        • #5
          You're not a rookie anymore when young-ens ask YOU for advice....
          You're not a rookie anymore when you can EAT chinese food at a gory crime scene {although the smell will ALWAYS be disgusting}
          ...when young officers were born when you graduated from the academy{ok at least hi skewl}
          I got nothing for now

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          • #6
            Gun belts and holsters were leather (love that smell).
            Only "that guy" carried hollowpoints.
            You qualified on a bullseye target.
            When you hit the transmit on your car radio, your headlights dimmed.
            You had to count to 3 to let the tubes warm up, before speaking.
            Sirens were mechanical, and wound down after you cut the power.
            One pair of cuffs was enough.
            You were issued a sap, and expected to know how to use it.
            Reports were done in 7 copies, on a mechanical typewriter.
            Carbon Paper!
            White out - a dream come true!
            "A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself."
            John Stuart Mill

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            • #7
              Originally posted by e-man View Post
              You're not a rookie anymore when you can EAT chinese food at a gory crime scene {although the smell will ALWAYS be disgusting}
              Yea, I don't know what it is, but Chinese food always stinks......
              \

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              • #8
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                To all of the above posters:

                STOP IT, DAMMIT!

                Y'all are really making me feel OLD.

                I've "been there - done that" with all of the above.

                Dayum, let me see what that retirement date is again.



                Oh, and y'all left out the REAL po-leece cars. (The 460ci Fords, 454ci Chevys, 440 Magnum Dodges.)

                You know, the ones when you firewalled the accelerator, you would suck in every small bird and stray cat within a one block radius. (Us "old pharts" remember those. You rookies can only dream.)


                .


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                "Yes sir, I know you have rights."
                "In fact, I know your rights better than you do!"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
                  The Top 10 ways you know you may not be a rookie anymore (drumroll, please):

                  10.) Five minutes prior to the end of your shift, you see a suspected DUI make a right turn, so you make a left one...
                  5 minutes? Try an hour :P

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                  • #10
                    Haaaa, Shamu. I never had the pleasure, but know exactly what you speak of. Caprice is coming back. Maybe it will be as beloved as the old ones.
                    Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sleuth View Post
                      When you hit the transmit on your car radio, your headlights dimmed.
                      You had to count to 3 to let the tubes warm up, before speaking.

                      Ha ha. The old GE Mastr's.

                      You know what a porta mobil is.

                      You remember Low band and the eight foot antennae that you had to bend down to get into a garage.

                      Every cop had a CB and a cool handle. (Bluemax) and (Snattlerake)

                      You had a bubblegum machine on your roof.

                      You had to go to NAPA to get another 537 flasher for your wig wags.

                      You actually remember a patrol car you couldn't lock the passenger door from the driver's side.

                      You remember hammer thongs

                      You HAD to take your walkie talkie out of the case on your belt to sit in the car.
                      Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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                      • #12
                        You still remember what “blue dots” are on vehicles...
                        What are they?
                        Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                        Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                        • #13
                          Re: Blue dots.
                          Originally posted by DAL View Post
                          What are they?
                          Blue dots were small 1/2 to 3/4 inch blue plastic faceted tail light inserts. You drilled a hole in your tail light and glued them in. This refracted the blue light from the bulb combining it with the red causing a purple tail light glow.
                          Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by OneAdam12 View Post
                            Re: Blue dots.

                            Blue dots were small 1/2 to 3/4 inch blue plastic faceted tail light inserts. You drilled a hole in your tail light and glued them in. This refracted the blue light from the bulb combining it with the red causing a purple tail light glow.
                            Not something that I encountered.
                            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                            • #15
                              Occasionally you would have to roll down the window and whack the rotating light bar to get it to rotate again.

                              For my truly old schoolers, batons were made of wood and came in one length, non-expanding.
                              Sometimes, doing the right thing means p***ing off the bosses.

                              "And shepherds we shall be, for thee my lord for thee."

                              Originally posted by dontknowwhy
                              I still think troopers and deputies who work in the middle of no where with essentially no back up are the 'men among men' of the LEO world.
                              Originally posted by weinerdog2000
                              as far as your social experiment, if we cant film you then you cant film us, we will arrest you for obstruction of our freedom.

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