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Last Activity: Today, 05:10 PM
Joined: 04-11-2019
Location: Colorado
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  • There is some difference between an injury on the job (workers compensation) and a pregnancy, which in modern America is a completely optional condition entered into only by those who wish to participate.

    I have been in the position of having to fill vacant shifts for others. I have been...
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    Last edited by retired1995; Today, 05:08 PM.

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  • retired1995
    replied to Question for LE
    For years after returning from Vietnam it was always a bad idea to tell people at a nice party that I was a veteran.

    For decades as a cop I knew that it was best not to mention what I did for a living in many situations.

    I remember quite a few times when asked, I just told...
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  • Well, I am still working on growing up, that is for sure. Only 69 orbits around the sun so far, so maybe there is still time for me to grow up. Only 21 months in a combat zone. Only 5 wounds in combat (to be fair, one of those was US Air Force close air support). Only two children raised, both now productive...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Are all law enforcement officers cops?
    The origins of the word "cop" are generally understood to be based upon the British acronym "Constable On Patrol", and also related to British slang "copper" as a reference to the copper medallions worn on the constables' headgear as a badge of office. The first municipal...
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  • I think that with this young man the attitude is all there is to see or understand. Without the attitude this one is nothing more than something brown and smelly stuck to the heel of my shoe. Fortunately, for him, his little self-esteemer seems to be fully developed, allowing him to feel superior to...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Ammunition sales to LEOs
    With your department's approval you may order ammo and have it delivered to your department for you. A simple letter from your department certifying that you are employed as a LEO with authority to be armed and allowed to purchase ammo allows the supplier (or manufacturer) to deliver to you via your...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Happy Veterans Day Roll Call
    Grandson #1: US Air Force, served in Saudi Arabia.

    Grandson #2: US Army active duty.

    Grandson #3: US Army Reserve, currently completing college for a nursing degree, to be followed by 4 years active duty.

    Granddaughter: US Army Reserve, currently completing college...
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    Last edited by retired1995; 11-09-2019, 10:20 AM.

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  • retired1995
    replied to Female officers and pregnancy...
    This comment indicates that about 60% of all law enforcement agencies in the US should be disbanded. That is more than half of all the cities, towns, and counties in the country. Granted, we are discussing places of low population and limited tax base/budget, but the fact remains that we are talking...
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  • A well trained and highly experienced polygraph operator, given adequate time to conduct a complete examination, will pursue every "reaction" on the chart to resolve any issues (to the extent possible, given the fact that much of polygraphy is subjective to some extent).

    That...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Service Aggrements
    As more training time and higher salaries/benefits packages have evolved, I expect to see more of this in the future. Academy programs of 4 to 6 months are fairly common, followed by OJT periods of a year or more before a new officer is deemed ready to assume full duties. Thus we are talking about tens...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Female officers and pregnancy...
    All of this assumes that AlexJay is a member of a department in which light duty or modified duty is an option. What about the nearly 60% of all US law enforcement agencies that are not even staffed for 24/7 on-duty service? What about all the other agencies in which placing one officer on modified...
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  • Great fit? To an old two-tour Vietnam veteran and retired police chief you are a total misfit, having failed to perform one of the most basic responsibilities of citizenship. Failure to register for Selective Service should make you ineligible for registering to vote, serving in any position of public...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Dating Part 2 ....
    I'm not sure that I want to spend much time with any woman who would hang out with a guy like me. (paraphrasing an old W.C. Fields' joke).
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  • retired1995
    replied to Defendant in Civil Rights Case
    Wow! I wish that all of you folks who know it all had been on staff defending me (and my guys, when I was a chief). Everyone here seems to think that as long as they carry a badge the department (and the moon and the stars and the sun rising in the east) will come to their personal defense, no matter...
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  • Check with community colleges and public universities in the surrounding area. Many will have language programs ranging from basic conversational level to advanced levels. Those that do not may be able to refer you to other resources (on-line programs, community groups, etc). Also, the interactive language...
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  • retired1995
    replied to RE-applying for department
    I can recall several people who continued applying to the same department for several years before they were offered a position. Nothing unusual about that at all. You will always be competing against all the other applicants (education, experience, employment stability, maturity, criminal history,...
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  • You must always keep in mind that you are competing against all other applicants in the hiring pool. Those with the best educational credentials, applicable experience, job stability, maturity levels, and cleanest backgrounds will usually be selected ahead of those having lesser credentials. The fact...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Presidential motorcade
    Jimmy Carter was very cordial and appreciative. Ronald Reagan was enthusiastically appreciative, always passing out personal mementos to everyone. Gerald Ford was a total gentleman in every way.

    Later on I happened to meet President George H.W. Bush. I was off-duty at an event at the USAF...
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  • So you took a deep dip in the debt pool, and you have suffered for it. You are not the first and you will not be the last to do so.

    The major thing you will need to communicate to the hiring authority is that you have learned the hard lessons and made a commitment to never repeat those...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Field Notes
    See post 15.1. Our Canadian neighbor said everything you need to hear.
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