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Last Activity: Yesterday, 04:24 PM
Joined: 04-11-2019
Location: Colorado
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  • The Colorado Rangers were the first official law enforcement agency in Colorado, starting prior to statehood in 1876. As an organization the Rangers have come and gone with political winds over the years. Originally chartered as a paramilitary group to respond to criminal gangs and Indian raids, operating...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Telling people what you do?
    This post brings back a lot of memories.

    I served in Vietnam 1969-1971, a period of serious anti-military sentiments and anti-war protests. Returning veterans were frequently met by organized protestors, lots of name calling ('baby killer' was the usual), not unusual to have bags of feces...
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  • In the context of the OP's original post I don't see how the term "hopping the border" can be construed in any way other than an illegal border crossing.

    I think very highly of Canada and Canadians, and I have enjoyed many positive relationships with Canadians. I once spent a...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Pro Law Enforcement Car Dealerships
    By "pro-LEO" do you mean a dealership that will give you the best price or largest discount because you have a badge in your pocket?

    Have you considered how close accepting a gratuity is to taking a bribe? Have you considered how close soliciting a gratuity is to asking for a...
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  • A high school diploma is a high school diploma, so for agencies requiring that credential you have met the criteria.

    Unfortunately, I have learned over years as an employer that a high school diploma is no guarantee that the holder is capable of reading, writing, or basic arithmetic. I...
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  • I find it interesting that public perceptions about legal vs. illegal status have become so casual that a Canadian would actually consider "hopping the border" (unlawful entry) to pursue a career position as a law enforcement officer while illegally in the US.

    Many state and local...
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  • retired1995
    replied to Helmet while driving?
    When I started out in this business seat belts were a relatively new innovation, and not very popular with cops because they were difficult to use with a Sam Browne belt, holster, and equipment, much less making it more difficult to jump in and out of the seat when needed.

    I eventually...
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  • Public employees are funded by tax revenues and fees for services (as allowed by statute). Sales and use taxes have taken a huge hit over the past 8 weeks of shut-down orders. One in three people who were employed 8 weeks ago are not employed now. The federal government recently dumped 2.5 trillion...
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  • Who owns the property where the camp is located? If it is privately owned the owners may enforce trespassing laws; if it is publicly owned the appropriate agency may step up. Just because a piece of real estate is not occupied does not mean it is open for grabs by anyone who chooses to set up housekeeping...
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  • Accepting a LE discount is the same as accepting a gratuity. Asking for a LE discount is the same as soliciting a gratuity.

    A gratuity is a gift intended to benefit the giver more than the recipient. Essentially just a small step away from a bribe.

    Yes, I am old fashioned....
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  • Firm, fair, and friendly has always been the standard. I was also taught to make the decision whether or not to issue a citation based on the violation, before contacting the driver. When serious mitigating circumstances exist you can always change that decision, but for the majority of contacts this...
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  • retired1995
    replied to How does this happen
    Laws will vary from one state to another. Here in Colorado our state laws basically assume that a juvenile lacks the mental capacity to form criminal intent, therefore cannot be held accountable for criminal acts in the same sense that an adult would be held accountable. NOTE: there are exceptions that...
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