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Question for LEO's

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Old Junes, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Old Junes

    Old Junes

    Apr 15, 2011
    Do you like it when folks refer to you as "Sir" or "M'am" when addressing you- particularly if they are the same age or younger?

    Since I know that tone, body language and the like play a part in how we interpret what people say to us, for the sake of the question, you can assume that the tone isn't sarcastic and that the person doing the addressing is not being disingenuous in any way. Anyway, I always wondered if you thought that was respectful or condescending. Thanks for all you do.
  2. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    I guess I'm indifferent. Calling me "man", "dude", or whatever else in a respectful tone is preferred to calling me "sir" in a snide one.

  3. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

    Mar 29, 2005
    It is kind of strange having men my father's age refer to me as "sir", however, it is a sign of respect and I return it.

    Actually, I don't mind what I get called a long as it is something nine out of ten random people of no particular demographic would find polite if said in front of a class of gradeschool children.
  4. I find it easier calling people "sir" or "ma'am." Or by their title if it's obvious what it is (Padre, rabbi, MD, professor, nurse, Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant, soldier, sailor, counselor, etc...) Even with co-workers I'll call them by their title: "Hey, Detective..." Hey Lieutenant, etc... Easier for me because then I don't have to remember their first names.

    So, I prefer someone calling me by my title. This way I'll know they're addressing me.
  5. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    If they are younger than me I prefer they call me Sir of Officer. If they are older than me anything that is not disrespectful is fine.

    Looking at it the other way I dont call people that are considerably younger than me Sir, I usually address them by the first name on their license. I work in a college town, I dont call snotty, rich, zit faced 19yo's Sir.

    I dont think that its unprofessional, but some disagree.
  6. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    So true. Of course I work in a high surfer/skater to normal person area so "dude" is pretty common as a form of address.
  7. Chico Bill

    Chico Bill Millennium Member

    Nov 10, 1999
    LA area, CA,USA
    I agree. I don't get caught up with the "respect my authoritay!" stuff. I'm a fan of mutual respect.
  8. Same here. I'm not real picky as long as the person isn't being disrespectful.

    It always struck me as a bit odd when people my father or grandfather's age call me sir. I very much appreciate the gesture and take it as a sign of respect for the work I'm doing.

  9. You don't think that's a little over the top and self-aggrandizing? :rofl::tongueout:
  10. merlynusn


    Nov 16, 2007
    I don't care as long as its respectful. I hate it when the thugs call me 'buddy'. But typically that's not the kind of interaction you are asking about.

    I learned to get over the Sir thing in the military and I don't find it odd when an older person says it. I actually get it more from older people who respect our profession than the younger people.

    Short answer: If the person is respectful, then it's all good.
  11. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member


    You can call me snake.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  12. Old Junes

    Old Junes

    Apr 15, 2011
    Thanks gentleman. Some good perspective... I've been giving more thought to how I might address an LEO in the event that I am stopped since obtaining a CCP. Fortunately, I haven't had to do it yet :supergrin:
  13. JBaird22


    Nov 18, 2005
    There is one guy in town that calls me buddy. We aren't friends and he has usually done something to find himself in a heap of trouble.

    On the other hand, anytime someone addresses me in a non-rude or attempt at condescending way, I am good with it. I am even good with them calling me by my last name as it is clearly posted on my name tag.
  14. Same here....I refer to everyone as "sir" or "ma'am", except if it's obvious that they're in their mid to late teens... I actually find that, these days, it actually throws people off and some don't know how to respond.
  15. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Yes, yes he does. But he, like most of the reset of us, was constantly picked on and beat up in high school and have no other way to get our revenge on the world.

  16. So what you're saying then, is "classic Napolean" syndrome then???!!

    You'd better get him professional help before "sir of officer" becomes "thank you sir, may I have another"!!!:rofl::rofl:
  17. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    Mental note...don't ask collim1 if he wants a liter of cola.

  18. rgregoryb

    rgregoryb Sapere aude

    Oct 20, 2004
    Republic of Alabama
    really didn't like "chief"
  19. I accept anything but "bro".
  20. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    I admit, that one is a little annoying to me.