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    Me and some friends were wondering what happens if a cop loses his/her issue weapon and badge off duty? If it is stolen out of their car are they suspended or written up? What exactly are the repercussions? I assume there is some sort of administrative sanction against them? Is it different if the gun was not an issue gun but a personally owned weapon that the officer uses for duty?

    Thanks.



    PS- We were discussing the recent thefts of officers guns in Detroit and we were wondering what happens to the officer.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Tecumseh
    Me and some friends were wondering what happens if a cop loses his/her issue weapon and badge off duty? If it is stolen out of their car are they suspended or written up? What exactly are the repercussions? I assume there is some sort of administrative sanction against them? Is it different if the gun was not an issue gun but a personally owned weapon that the officer uses for duty?

    Thanks.



    PS- We were discussing the recent thefts of officers guns in Detroit and we were wondering what happens to the officer.
    Thankfully I have never heard of an officer losing his sidearm. If he would, ouch, there would probably be all kinds of heck to pay.

    I do know of a couple officers who have had their sidearms stolen while off duty. They didn't get into trouble but the guy who was arrested for stealing them is in a world of hurt.

    Credentials is a whole new story. I once was catching our dept k9's during training and my badge fell off my shirt. I didn't notice it til I left and upon discovering it missing I made a hasty retreat to the training area and luckily found it. That could be a serious problem.

    I was dispatched to a busy gas station once in reference to recovered property call. Upon arrival the station attendant gave me a set of FBI credentials that was dropped at the pump. A civilian found them and thankfully turned them in to the gas station attendant.

    I started making some contacts to get them back to the rightful owner without making alot of noise over it. I figured he would atleast be suspended and in all kinds of trouble if his supervisor found out. Unfortunately when the 911 call came in the dispatcher was told what the property was and he took it upon himself to notify the local FBI branch. I could be wrong but I am sure the gentlemen who lost it got into trouble.
    Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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    • #3
      After posting this I read your profile. I must say very interesting. I see that you like to debate religion and politics!!! Wow!!!! Give you credit. I have strong views on both subjects but I hate debating them.
      A good friend of mine is a Carbondale cop. I was in the Marines with him and he was the groomsmen in my wedding. He saw me carrying off duty and thought it was just the coolest thing. After that he started applying for departments.
      Just for 43 you can be a student and a successful member of society!
      Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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      • #4
        A really well-worded letter of explanation to your chief usually starts things rolling.
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        • #5
          I know of a probie that left her gun in a public bathroom. An hour later they were on a run when her FTO noticed her gun was missing. Meanwhile, the business called to say they found a gun in their bathroom. The officer didn't realize she forgot her gun.

          She was fired.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 1042 Trooper
            A really well-worded letter of explanation to your chief usually starts things rolling.
            Dear Chief,
            Let me start out by saying. I love you man!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the job and I was also wanting to extend an invitation to my house for Christmas. No need to bring anything. I bought you alot of nice stuff but expect nothing in return. I am inviting you because I look upon you as a father. By the way I lost my gun.
            Love and affection,
            Tom.

            Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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            • #7
              That should do it. You might as well tell him about the night you did his daughter too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pujolsfan146
                After posting this I read your profile. I must say very interesting. I see that you like to debate religion and politics!!! Wow!!!! Give you credit. I have strong views on both subjects but I hate debating them.
                A good friend of mine is a Carbondale cop. I was in the Marines with him and he was the groomsmen in my wedding. He saw me carrying off duty and thought it was just the coolest thing. After that he started applying for departments.
                Just for 43 you can be a student and a successful member of society!

                Was he a campus PD cop or a city of Carbondale cop? Unfortunatley I had a lot of experience with the city PD as they were at my neighbors house all the time. My neighbors on all 3 sides were fraternities.

                I am no longer in Carbondale but will be transfering to Illinois State as it is closer to home and my friends are there. But SIU was such a fun place.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tecumseh
                  Was he a campus PD cop or a city of Carbondale cop? Unfortunatley I had a lot of experience with the city PD as they were at my neighbors house all the time. My neighbors on all 3 sides were fraternities.

                  I am no longer in Carbondale but will be transfering to Illinois State as it is closer to home and my friends are there. But SIU was such a fun place.
                  He works for Carbondale. He is on the hefty side. Has blonde hair with a flat top and is always sarcastic. His mo is to say something like "You want a break? Ok. Not!!!!"

                  When we were in the Gulf War togethor he would wake up everday and the first thing out of his mouth is "2 weeks. 2 weeks from today we go home." Months later he got a blanket party. Really good guy. Love him to death.
                  Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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                  • #10
                    the first 2 times my chief, Jeanne Miller, did it, nothing happened to her. The third time she left it somewhere, it was in the public library. Someone leaked it to the local media and she got 7 days off for it. Now she is the chief in Davidson, NC. i dont think she let the door hit her on the way out of town!!

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                    • #11
                      I lost my badge once when it blew off of my jacket - I was assigned to motors at the time. I wrote the required memo of loss, was issued a new one and paid the customary $130.00 for the replacement. Never lost another. That was back in the 1970s.
                      Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                      [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SgtCHP
                        I lost my badge once when it blew off of my jacket - I was assigned to motors at the time. I wrote the required memo of loss, was issued a new one and paid the customary $130.00 for the replacement. Never lost another. That was back in the 1970s.
                        $130 in the 70’s? Good Lord, was it made of platinum???

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                        • #13
                          I remember in the academy I left my ID card in my uniform shirt pocket when I dropped them off at the cleaners. Unbeknownst to me, the nice little ol lady who owned the cleaners called my drill instructor to turn in my ID card for me. How nice.

                          That night, knowing full well I had lost my ID card, but not knowing it had been turned in, imagine my horror when the DI woke us all up, stood us up in formation and said,

                          Tonight, instead of weapons inspection, we're going to have an ID card inspection! Whip 'em out, NOW!

                          50 push ups and a mile later, I went back to bed. I was ordered to sleep with the card.
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                          • #14
                            One night while in a hurry to get home following shift, I left my uniform shirt (with badge) draped over a chair in the Police District locker room (I forgot to put it in my locker...my fault). Anyway, I return for shift the next day and the shirt is present but the badge is gone. Ten minutes until role call..so I wore my Bi-Centennial badge which is authorized. Some veteran cop is teaching me a lesson but the badge did not turn up. I finally notified my supervisor and filled out the paperwork...I was written up as well and did a weeks worth of desk duty. Magically the badge appeared one day.
                            "Let's Roll" - T. Beamer

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                            • #15
                              I've seen where badges, guns, and/or IDs have come up missing and put over LEADS as a BOLO.
                              ****ing off Liberals
                              Even on drugs, Rush Limbaugh is right.

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