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retired1995
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Last Activity: Yesterday, 10:48 PM
Joined: 04-11-2019
Location: Colorado
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  • retired1995
    started a topic Paper or plastic?

    Paper or plastic?

    Wife asked me to pick up a few things at the grocery store today. Bad timing, with the holiday weekend starting, all the handicapped parking was full so I parked way out in left field and hobbled into the supermarket. Played "bumper cars" for an hour or so, finally found everything on my list,...
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  • I remember a District Attorney about 30 years ago, guy refused to prosecute nearly every case. Of course, this always came back on the cops when crime victims saw nothing done and blamed it on us.

    It took about a week to make a major change. Instructed my officers that when they received...
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  • Last I heard the city was responding to over 20,000 complaints PER MONTH of human feces in public places. Can a car burglar hope to get away without "stepping in it" (literally)?

    I think I'll just stay in southern Colorado for now.
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  • retired1995
    replied to Police work is customer service
    Only difference is that in the LE business the customer is NEVER right.
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  • retired1995
    replied to Small Town Politics
    I was a small town chief for nearly 7 years at the end of my career. Municipal elections were held every 2 years, so I was blessed with having to deal with a total of 4 completely different city councils (7 at a time). Each new council member seemed to have an axe to grind or some special project to...
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  • My father was a WW2 veteran and founding member of the local VFW post. When I came home from Vietnam (airborne infantry, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other decorations) I was not made to feel welcome at the VFW; the general consensus was that Vietnam vets weren't real veterans...
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  • If you are like so many young cops these days, off-duty in your 5.11 pants, tactical vest with hydration pack, Desert Storm combat boots, Raybans, quad mag pouch, double cuff pouch, primary handgun, back-up handgun, Radio Shack police scanner (with or without tactical earpiece), Taser, expandable baton,...
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  • retired1995
    replied to NRA troubles
    "Corruption" is an easy word to say or write on a forum. May we see your evidence of corruption?...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Airline to Police
    Most departments operate under civil service rules. Some departments have unions representing employees for collective bargaining purposes (salaries, benefits, promotional opportunities, etc). It is not possible to provide a single answer to your questions that will apply to all (or even most) departments....
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  • retired1995
    replied to NRA troubles
    Anything published in the mainstream media regarding NRA has to be taken with a grain of salt (more likely a few pounds of salt). Any reporting about NRA that is negative is likely to cause most media folks to wet their shorts while pounding out the next round of attacks.

    Problems within...
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  • What has come out today:

    Adult (18 year old) perp is openly homosexual. Juvenile perp (unidentified in the media) is a transgendered teenager, in the process of changing from female to male, and "partner" of the adult perp. Both have been openly hostile and declared their hatred...
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  • I studied up on assessment centers back in the 1980's when they were becoming popular as a selection process. First thing I learned was that assessment centers were developed by the Nazi SS back in the late 1930's as a means of selecting those who were capable of absolute obedience to authority. That...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Problems At CHP
    I left the Army in 1972 making about $800 per month. Joined a police department at $657 per month; after fed & state taxes, retirement fund contribution, and health insurance were deducted my take-home pay was $192 every two weeks. I had two kids to feed and a $182 per month house payment. There...
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  • The operative word in the OP's post is "dismissed". There is no record of a traffic conviction, no points assessed against driver license, etc. Dismissed means that it is the same as never occurred.

    Thanks for your military service. Old Vietnam combat veteran here, airborne infantry-pathfinders....
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  • +1. Very well said. I would add that there is a growing trend of subpoenas for social network content in both criminal and civil cases, so posting comments like that on an internet forum may someday come back to haunt you. The use of minor traffic violations as probable cause to justify a stop/search/etc...
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  • I was a chief for the last 7 years of my LE career, hired a bunch of cops (and fired a few). I expect that your chances will depend to some degree on the pool of applicants to be selected from, comparing your qualifications and background with others who have qualified up to the final cut. Assuming...
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  • Generally speaking a 7-day week consists of 168 hours, so having one person physically on-duty requires a minimum of 4.2 full-time employees. Adding in sick time, vacation time, court appearances, etc, 24/7 staffing usually requires about 5.2 full-time employees, and even that will result in some conflicts...
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    Last edited by retired1995; 05-03-2019, 09:47 AM. Reason: correction

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  • Not an unusual situation at all. About half of all US law enforcement agencies are not staffed for 24/7 operations. Many rely upon off-duty personnel remaining on-call for emergencies. Many rely upon mutual aid agreements with other departments.

    For several years I found myself in charge...
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