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retired1995
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Last Activity: Today, 09:40 AM
Joined: 04-11-2019
Location: Colorado
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  • More political theater during an election year.

    Just 10 years ago we had the N1H1 virus epidemic, 600,000 infected in the US, over 30,000 hospitalized, nearly 10,000 deaths includi9ng about 1,000 children. N1H1 was another of the so-called corona-virus infectious diseases. Hardly a nod...
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  • All good replies above. However these replies assume that a thorough investigation will take place, and that is often not the case. Many police departments operated under a civil service system, frequently with a HR/Personnel office functioning as the screening authority, and background checks may be...
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  • In 1974 the department I served with was approached by a union organizer. Some of the guys were enthusiastic, most of us were less than interested and the deal did not go anywhere. We did have a "protective association" open to membership of the rank and file (non-supervisory ranks), mostly...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Bad Credit Application Chances
    A credit history as you describe will be a tough thing to overcome. One of those things that may not be a completely disqualifying factor, but one that will certainly weigh against you when compared with other applicants in the hiring pool.

    Not everything is pass or fail. Those who pass...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Shelter in place order
    Think about your question for a moment. Cop sees someone walking or driving down the street, stops that person, approaches within a couple of feet, requests identification, handles documents from the person's pocket or wallet, conducts an interview to determine the purpose of that person's business...
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  • I don't know about the laws in your state. Where I live (Colorado) the traffic code applies only to public thoroughfares (public streets, alleys, etc), not on private property (with a few exceptions such as hit & run, careless driving, reckless driving, DUI, etc).

    Your post indicates...
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  • Emergency toilet paper supplies

    For all you good folks out there patrolling the streets and keeping your communities safe during this Covid 19 emergency, it is reasonable to expect that there will be times that toilet paper will not be available when needed. I suggest that you carry a few laundry dryer sheets with you, which always...
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  • Thanks for sharing those thoughts. Actually, I walked a foot beat without a hand-held radio, relying on tower lights to let me know when to call dispatch for my next call for service, and we learned whistle codes for use to summon assistance from other beat cops in the area. The first portable radios...
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  • Just curious, but has anyone noticed that this thread is now 8 years old?
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  • Interesting. Back in my puppy policeman days everything we wore was wool or wool blend, winter and summer, and everything required dry cleaning. As a side note, we also had to purchase all of our own uniforms and pay all of our own cleaning expenses.

    Long sleeved shirts and neckties were...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Backgrounds Checks
    At the initial stages literally everything in the public record may be examined. That may include anything from a birth certificate, to police records, to court records, to driving history, to employment history, to workers compensation claims, school records & academic credentials, etc. A frequently...
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    Last edited by retired1995; 03-20-2020, 10:56 AM.

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  • retired1995
    replied to What if?
    Every state has different laws and constitutional provisions, so I would first research the subject of executive powers during a declared emergency.

    Generally, the entire adult population comprises the "popular militia" of a state, subject to call when assistance is needed to...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Supervisor and discretion
    I suppose that is a possibility, off-duty officers working for WalMart. When I ran a department I never allowed off-duty employment that involved any exercise of police authority. Too much liability exposure for the city, in my opinion. I know these things are done in some places....
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  • retired1995
    replied to Supervisor and discretion
    Oh well. Seemed like a nice young guy. I hope the brick wall he is about to run into doesn't cause too much damage.
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  • retired1995
    replied to Supervisor and discretion
    Special note to OP emtguy:

    At WalMart today (March 17, 2020) there were two armed uniformed police officers (not security guards) assigned to the toilet paper aisle, keeping the peace as store employees limited each shopper to two packages of TP.

    There could be a reason the...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Supervisor and discretion
    So "they cannot legally interfere with your discretion so long as everything else is legal". That is just fine. That may not stop your department head from downgrading your performance evaluations or loading you with every less-than-desirable assignment or detail until either you get fed up...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Supervisor and discretion
    Interesting questions, but I get the feeling there is more to this than those questions.

    Generally speaking (and this may vary state by state), the authority of a peace officer is essentially the same regardless of rank or title. A new rookie cop has the same general enforcement authority...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Question about Fingerprints
    I was a small town chief. We regularly fingerprinted children and provided the cards to parents. Started in the elementary school, printing a hundred or more in a day, then did the new kids every year. Parents could also bring kids to the station for fingerprints.

    Easy and inexpensive public...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Psych Legal Appeal
    OK, I understand better now. Please tell "your friend" that, although several states have legalized recreational weed, there are still a lot of highly competent medical professionals who know the life-long repercussions of regular or heavy use. THC, once ingested, does not all leave the human...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Psych Legal Appeal
    I remember a young applicant showing up for his polygraph test with his lawyer along. Examiner's report indicated "non-responsive" and "inconclusive" repeatedly. Somehow, as the hiring authority, I found other applicants to offer the position.

    Go ahead and hire your...
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