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    Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I recently was assigned to a foot beat. In St. Louis it is REALLY hot and humid this time of year. I normally have a "cool-cop" for inside the car, however, I will not be able to use it due to being primarily on foot. Does anyone know of any good ways to keep cool while on foot patrol in a vest? I would REALLY appreciate your response if so!
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    water and lots of it
    go into a lot of different stores.
    sun block, again lots of it

    and again
    WATER
    (Heres a tip..don't drink the ice cold water, drink it room temp. the cold water against the contrast of the heat shocks the body. Room temp is processed much faster as a coolant.
    That is what I have found in this heat down here. we are hitting 95's now and its not even the start of the really HOT part of the summer. With no real winter to freeze the bugs and it already this hot, we are going to have a L O N G H O T S U M M E R. with lots of bugs.
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    • #3
      I've always wondered if there are any cops who sweat a lot? I mean like soaked through the shirt, pit stains, etc. Of course the other issue is BO. Not saying that cops aren't hygenic, but I imagine it is difficult to stay "fresh" after 8 hours on a foot beat wearing a vest.
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      -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
      -PERSEVERANCE IS TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN.


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      • #4
        follow the ice cream man!
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        • #5
          Staying cool in a vest while on foot patrol? Whew...not sure thats possible. I would do like mentioned by chickee by just drinking water and kicking it in the stores when you get a chance. Good to see ST. Louis has a foot patrol...lots of interaction with the public and you will probably see more. Hope it works out for you.

          Kansan...I'm one of the ones that sweats alot. During the academy it was alot harder because there was alot of pressure and I went through during the summer months. Now the uniform I wear is lighter and the material is cooler but when I put the vest on the dripping begins. Surprisingly while wearing my vest the pits aren't dripping but the area around my vest is so it doen't show much plus the material of my shirt dries moisture pretty fast. Deoderant fights the stank and how I care for my vest afterwards fights the stank there. I never wear a uniform for more than two days anyway so that helps too.
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          • #6
            shoot i sweat more than a prostitute in confession, day and night. Foot patrol? forget it, you're gonna get soaked and be miserable.

            The ONLY thing that saves me is my cool cop.

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            • #7
              i sweat my *** off too, mostly around my face. i keep a towel on the passenger seat and am ordering a cool cop. i worked a foot beat before and always hid out in businesses until the sun went down. the businesses loved it and i dodged some of the heat.
              Perseverate In Pugna

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              • #8
                Ive heard that taking an ice cold shower, or as cold as you can stand it, right before shift will help lower your body temp and make the first part of shift relatively bearable. Hydration is key, lots and lots of water. If you go for powerade/gatorade type drinks, drink equal amounts of water and power/gatorade.
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                • #9
                  Use the NYPD method:

                  Get to know the business owners and hang out in the back.
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                  • #10
                    "cool cop" ?????? What is this, can someone fill me in?

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                    • #11
                      http://www.coolcop.com/
                      1*

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                      • #12
                        'coolcop' looks pretty cool. no pun intended.

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                        • #13
                          stlcopper,

                          If you have the option, wear an external uniform vest carrier. I find this helps immensely as every once in a while I can undo a side and "air out" underneath. I went to the external carrier three years ago and have not turned back....

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                          • #14
                            The only undershirt I have tried that is worth anything is underarmor. $25 each, but well worth it. As VTfuzz said, wearing an outer vest carrier helps. Thats what I use and between calls or on luch break, you can easily take it off for a few and cool off. If you have access, you can even put it in a freezer for a few minutes before you go back to the heat.
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                            • #15
                              Work night shift. Thats about the only way.
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