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    Hey y'all, I have a question regarding the wearing of ballistic vests. I'm a probation officer. Where I work, probation officers are sworn police officers with statewide jurisdiction. Most people I work with will only wear their vests if we are going out to serve warrants. They won't wear them when they are out in public even though they are wearing a badge and gun. I am told that I am paranoid when I tell everyone they should wear their vests anytime they are out with their badge and guns visible. No one is on my side. Am I really that crazy?

  • #2
    you wont be dead,they may be. i dont put the uniform on without the vest.our policy mandates it.Fools with guns dont care if your serving a warrent or not.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by myrtlebeachPPP View Post
      Hey y'all, I have a question regarding the wearing of ballistic vests. I'm a probation officer. Where I work, probation officers are sworn police officers with statewide jurisdiction. Most people I work with will only wear their vests if we are going out to serve warrants. They won't wear them when they are out in public even though they are wearing a badge and gun. I am told that I am paranoid when I tell everyone they should wear their vests anytime they are out with their badge and guns visible. No one is on my side. Am I really that crazy?

      MOST LEO shooting deaths are NOT happening during a warrant service or the like. They are happening during every day events like traffic stops or casual encounters.

      As a parole/probation officer I WOULD BE WEARING THEM IN THE OFFICE and during EVERY encounter with your clients

      You will be the one to go home at night to your family
      Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

      My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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      • #4
        Why wouldn't you wear your vest?
        September 11, 2001 - All gave some, some gave all. Never forget -- Never forgive.......... RIP Brothers and Sisters.

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        • #5
          I wore my vest anytime I was doing enforcement.

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          • #6
            I wear my vest in my p.j.'s, just in case I have that shooting dream...
            Now go home and get your shine box!

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            • #7
              You wear the uni; you wear the vest.
              In God We Trust
              Everyone else we run local and NCIC

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              • #8
                As a parole/probation officer I WOULD BE WEARING THEM IN THE OFFICE and during EVERY encounter with your clients
                This. Wear it whenever you're on duty BUT in your office during appointments is the ONE time your clients KNOW where and when you'll be there. If they are ****ed, that's when it will go down.
                "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

                "With a brother on my left and a sister on my right, we face…. We face what no one should face. We face, so no one else would face. We are in the face of Death." -- Holli Peet

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by myrtlebeachPPP View Post
                  Am I really that crazy?
                  No. For years I've worn my vest even when I'm in "Chaplain mode" with crosses on my collar and badge. Lately I've even started carrying my baby Glock on my hip when I'm in Chaplain Mode.

                  To paraphrase a friend's tag line: "If you need a vest and don't have one, you're likely to never need one again."
                  Officer Jay McGuire, Minneapolis Park Police EOW 5/14/2009 age 11
                  Among Texas' finest
                  Deputy Andy Taylor, Llano County SO EOW 5/9/2005
                  Senior Deputy Jessica Laura Hollis, Travis County SO EOW 9/18/2014
                  Darren H. Goforth, Harris County SO EOW 8/28/2015

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                  • #10
                    I am in a similar boat OP. I work probation and always wear my vest anywhere I go. You'll be questioned and misunderstood by sheep who live in denial of dangers and threats (that probation officers literally look at face to face everyday). Denial kills twice. Stay safe.

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                    • #11
                      Silly rookie. Don't you know the longer you're on the job the more immune to bullets you become?

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                      • #12
                        No, I would never wear a vest. I refuse to wear one. I can't breathe in it, it's hot, its heavy, and it stinks. Yeah I know the risks, but hey - if someone shoots me, I am ready to go. I have no reason to stick around. My family won't miss me one bit, and I am ok with my kids not having a dad. I have life insurance so they will all be taken care of. The chances of THAT happening to ME is so slim its not even worth worrying about anyway.


                        (/sarcasm off)

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                        • #13
                          The vest is as much a part of the job as the badge and gun. Oh, and tell you coworkers from me....their f'n stupid, lazy or both.
                          Harry S. Truman, (1884-1972)
                          “Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.”

                          Capt. E.J. Land USMC,
                          “Just remember – life is hard. But it’s one hell of a lot harder if you’re stupid.

                          George Washington, (1732-1799)
                          "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

                          Originally posted by Country_Jim
                          ... Thus far, I am rooting for the zombies.

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                          • #14
                            Slapped that bad boy on every working day for twenty years. Kevlar, gray, and purple are an instant match, and it may have helped my internal organs remain hole free.

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                            • #15
                              I don't believe you will ever find yourself in a position where wish you didn't wear your vest.....

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