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  • orangebottle
    replied to Spike strip
    By policy, I can't even use a spike strip on a motorcycle. I can't even imagine the levels of **** I'd be in if I threw a chunk of lumber in front of one....
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  • orangebottle
    replied to hired with a bad past?
    Yeah, I don't want to totally sh*t on your dream. Even if a law enforcement career is unlikely, there are plenty of other roles that are law-enforcement-adjacent that could scratch your various itches:
    - Private investigator
    - Loss prevention
    - Security officer
    - Government code...
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  • How exactly did you accomplish that?...
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  • orangebottle
    replied to hired with a bad past?
    In short, no.

    Not saying it's impossible. But highly improbable....
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  • It sounds like the main concern seems to be forgetting the strips, and the resultant tire replacement costs (plus, you know, a really pissed-off driver).

    I wonder if that's something that could be mitigated through training or technology (for example, a short strip like that mentioned above...
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  • I was almost in this situation myself. As it turned out for me, my top choice agency hired me just a couple of weeks before the 'Plan B' agency offered me a position.

    I agree that LE is a small community, and it'd be a tough call -- more so if the 2 departments are located near each other....
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  • orangebottle
    started a topic Spike strips to deter drive-offs?

    Spike strips to deter drive-offs?

    Has anyone ever used spike strips to keep vehicles from driving off?

    I was on a traffic stop with a driver who had a history of fleeing and, while that stop went fine, it got me thinking. I'm wondering if there's a safe, tactical way to deploy a spike strip (we use the expandable ones)...
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  • orangebottle
    replied to Spike strip
    We use them, but it can be dangerous. A few years back, a fellow officer was struck by a fleeing vehicle as he attempted to use spike strips. He lived, but it ended his career.

    No police agency in the US would ever authorize shooting out tires. That sort of cowboy stuff ended years ago....
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  • orangebottle
    replied to Acceptable commutes
    I live in the country and commute approximately 35 miles to work in a downtown metro area. My commute in is about 40-45 minutes because there's not much traffic. Coming home, it's usually an hour or more, since I hit the leading edge of rush hour. And now I've added another 10-15 both ways, because...
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  • Many years ago, an agency I applied for (and was essentially hired at) had me do a written psych exam, which consisted of about 300 multiple choice questions. A few days after taking the test, the recruiting lieutenant notified me the company who administers the test came back with a 'Do Not Hire' recommendation....
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