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  • #46
    Stunt driver, marriage councelor, high risk management for the mentally impared, traffic specialist, rental clown for little kid's birthday parties, a blue canary (I go in before the FD gets there and test how hot it is, this determines whether or not they need to suit up before going into a fire), animal control, Quick Trip dispencer tester for fountain drinks and coffee products, traffic light conductor (make sure all the lights are working before rush hour)...........list goes on.......

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    • #47
      I believe if you are carrying your weapon, then you should carry your badge.

      Let's say for instance, you are off duty and there is a situation that you just cannot avoid. You have to take police action and in that situation you draw your weapon and have someone proned out at gunpoint. Responding officers see you, pointing a weapon at someone with what looks like just a driver license from a distance.

      I for one, have responded to calls where an off duty officer has 1 at gunpoint. As soon as I pull up, there is a badge facing me.

      I guess it just comes down to what you want to do.

      Personally I will prone you out if I don't see the badge. No visible badge is how some officer's are killed by friendly fire.

      Be safe either way.
      Nemo me impune lacessit.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by etamante View Post
        I believe if you are carrying your weapon, then you should carry your badge.
        I dont.

        Originally posted by etamante View Post
        Let's say for instance, you are off duty and there is a situation that you just cannot avoid. You have to take police action and in that situation you draw your weapon and have someone proned out at gunpoint. Responding officers see you, pointing a weapon at someone with what looks like just a driver license from a distance.
        First of all, I have taken action, off duty, in plain clothes with my weapon pointed at some joker. The entire time, I was ON MY CELL PHONE with that jurisdictions dispatcher. The dispatcher had my race, clothing description and the reason I had the "dude" at gun point. As the sirens got closer and closer, my weapon went in its holster and my hands went up in the air (without being told).

        Originally posted by etamante View Post
        I for one, have responded to calls where an off duty officer has 1 at gunpoint. As soon as I pull up, there is a badge facing me.
        What if you pulled up and you were facing a side where the badge was not visible? That happens often.

        Originally posted by etamante View Post
        I guess it just comes down to what you want to do.
        Personally I will prone you out if I don't see the badge.
        I have no problem with that, you dont know who I am.

        Originally posted by etamante View Post
        No visible badge is how some officer's are killed by friendly fire.

        Be safe either way.
        It does happen. However, me taking "action" off duty RARELY if ever happens. I have a greater chance of being robbed off duty then taking action off duty. You be safe as well

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        • #49
          Responding officers see you, pointing a weapon at someone with what looks like just a driver license from a distance.
          Or a security guard badge that he used to convince the people he just held up that he was the police.....

          If I'm standing around holding someone at gunpoint, the police will know who I am by the way I'm yelling at them when they get there. They should already know who I am by the cell phone call I made. What they shouldn't do is assume I'm the police because I have some shiny metal in my hand. I know of too many officers personally who lost their guns AND badges in hold-ups. Luckily, they weren't shot.

          But, whatever floats your boat, I don't think we're going to convince anyone that one way is better than the other, but I think I have a greater chance of being held up and having some guy go through my wallet and searching me than I do being shot by the police because I didn't have a shiny piece of metal to wave at the cops as they pull up.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Frank Booth View Post
            But, whatever floats your boat, I don't think we're going to convince anyone that one way is better than the other, but I think I have a greater chance of being held up and having some guy go through my wallet and searching me than I do being shot by the police because I didn't have a shiny piece of metal to wave at the cops as they pull up.
            Brother, Im with you...

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            • #51
              I agree w/ you CityCopDC. I think, what if I'm off duty in an active shooter scenario? I'm shooting at the shooter and some cop in uniform comes up from behind me and headshots me........... Most of the time my badge is on my belt, under my shirt.......lotta good that does. If a uniformed officer approaches you from one angle he can't see your badge at, you're now the guy w/ the gun or party armed or active shooter. I guess the only solution is not to shoot anyone off duty and hide....... There has to be some solution to this though, other than carrying 5 badges on you, hanging off your neck in front and back etc..... I'd be scared to death if I were shooting back at an active shooter in the mall in plain clothes.

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              • #52
                There has to be some solution to this though
                First there should be a problem.....

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by BPD_126 View Post
                  I agree w/ you CityCopDC. I think, what if I'm off duty in an active shooter scenario? I'm shooting at the shooter and some cop in uniform comes up from behind me and headshots me........... Most of the time my badge is on my belt, under my shirt.......lotta good that does. If a uniformed officer approaches you from one angle he can't see your badge at, you're now the guy w/ the gun or party armed or active shooter. I guess the only solution is not to shoot anyone off duty and hide....... There has to be some solution to this though, other than carrying 5 badges on you, hanging off your neck in front and back etc..... I'd be scared to death if I were shooting back at an active shooter in the mall in plain clothes.
                  Best advice I can give you if you have to do it is BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Give loud verbal commands and consistently scan in every direction watching if anyone is approaching you. As the sirens/lights get closer, PUT THAT GUN AWAY, get down on one knee and keep your hands visible. Remember, you do just as good by being a witness than possibly getting involved and getting shot.

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                  • #54
                    Adult Film Actor
                    Dispatch, we have a 9-11, Armed Robbery in progress. Seay's Surplus Store, corner People's Drive and 124th Street.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by C-Charlie42 View Post
                      I just tell em that I work for UPS. What can brown do for you?
                      LMAO. I now wear a brown uniform so I've said this too.

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                      • #56
                        I'm a professional SRT (Stupidity Recognition Technician).
                        An impressionable child in a tumultuous world, and they say I'm at a difficult stage... --Meat Loaf

                        Professional Stupidity Recognition Technician

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                        • #57
                          The only reason I carry my badge off duty when armed is because I was told to.
                          The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed.

                          I Am the Sheepdog.


                          "And maybe just remind the few, if ill of us they speak,
                          that we are all that stands between
                          the monsters and the weak." - Michael Marks


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                          • #58
                            I always carry my badge, l/e ID, and a gun off duty the majority of the time. Then again I also work in a high crime area and live smack in the middle of it. I arrested a few of my neighbors a few doors down. I think it is better for your own safety to not carry one without the other.

                            Whenever people ask what I do for a living I just tell them I work for the county. They usually assume that means im in law enforcement, take a hint and let it go, or keep asking questions.
                            Last edited by DeputySC; 02-03-2008, 10:02 PM.

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                            • #59
                              I don't carry my badge off duty, it means nothing, what holds weight is the official ID card in my wallet that identifies me as a Deputy Sheriff and my TCLEOSE card.

                              I tell people I work in Public Relations specializing in damage control.
                              Moooooooooooo, I'm a goat

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by BehindBars View Post
                                I work for the city.
                                Exactly.
                                "Would I ever leave this company? Look, I'm all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I'm being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly, I'm going wherever they value loyalty the most. " --Dwight K Schrute (The Office)

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