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allen_gamble
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Last Activity: 02-21-2017, 05:01 PM
Joined: 11-07-2013
Location: Texas
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  • I think it helps. Of course there are many other factors, but it's certainly a little something extra. Spanish would be the most valuable, but it depends on the city. In my city, Vietnamese comes up pretty often.

    Also if you ever happen to learn Nepali, please give me your phone number....
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  • No te muevas (Don't move.)
    Suelta la arma (Drop the weapon.)

    Those are absolute essentials in order to make the scene safe. Most other things can wait til a translator or sufficient back up arrives.

    If you live in an area like I do where 50% or better of your clientele...
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  • allen_gamble
    replied to Patrol wrist watch suggestions
    I'm still wearing the same Timex from when I started the academy 6 years ago. It tells me what time it is, and it has a timer. I can't imagine needing anything more. When it breaks, I'll buy another for $30. Even if I replace one every 6 years, I'll be looking at under $150 spent on watches over the...
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  • allen_gamble
    replied to Traffic stops
    I have a buddy who works Highway Interdiction. He told me he sometimes goes an entire shift only making 2 stops. And then the next shift he makes one stop and gets $2mil of meth. Quality over quantity.

    My area is high call volume. Our supervisors don't care if we make any stops at all....
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  • allen_gamble
    replied to Austin Police April 2017 academy
    Congrats.. but don't pick up and move til they give you a definite start date. Any number of things could happen that could disrupt the academy schedule: new Chief, budget problems, City Council petty squabbles, etc. Some folks in my class moved to Austin in anticipation of starting and our class was...
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  • allen_gamble
    replied to Flashing Red Traffic Light
    Thanks for the statute. I probably wouldn't bother bringing it up in court because I stopped caring about the results of traffic court several years ago. I continue to write citations when deserved, and if it's worth someone's time to try to convince a judge or jury I was wrong.. more power to 'em....
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