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Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by puckhead, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. puckhead


    Feb 26, 2009
    What do you tell people you do? Not the normal people but the people you don't want knowing you are a cop? For a while I told them I worked for the city, but they always say doing what. Havent come up with anything new! Maybe I could use storm chaser?? lol
  2. I've used city garbage collector, city engineer, or city event planner with equal success.

  3. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
    I have no qualms about telling people what I do.
  4. puckhead


    Feb 26, 2009
    I usually don't either. But there are some time when it is not the best idea. I get great haircut from one place but they sure don't like the popo. Don't want Sharp things around my head and have to wonder.
  5. trdvet


    Oct 2, 2004
    It depends on who is asking. Sometimes I'll say I'm in social work, a traffic safety liaison for the city or a professional babysitter.
  6. cwr


    Feb 25, 2008
    To just screw with them I tell them I'm the leader of the baby daddy removal team. It usually takes them a bit to figure that out. If I don't want to tell them I work for the PD I tell them I'm a professor - which is actually my other job.
  7. I tell people I work for the City, if they inquire further I tell them that I drive a snow plow.
  8. jwhite75

    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

    Jan 6, 2009
    Dub V

    My buddy and colleague got his hair cut one place for years by the same lady. She retired unexpectedly. He went in for a cut and found a new lady at the mall spot he goes too. She asked what he does and he told her he was a probation officer. She then began railing on about her baby daddy and cousins and uncle all recently being sent to jail or having their parole revoked.

    He didnt get a good haircut....
  9. jwhite75

    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

    Jan 6, 2009
    Dub V
    To the OP....I am a risk analyst for a large insurance provider working expressly with mulltinational corporations.

    By the time, I finish saying that well practiced line they will rarely know what it actually is and change the subject to something they are comfortable discussing.

    I am a probation officer in the courts, so I am the jerk way worse than a cop who sends the person to prison...after they got off on probation. I ruin the lives of their mommy, step daddy, cousins uncles and baby mammas. Never know who I talk to that is attached to them.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  10. boomhower


    Feb 14, 2010
    North Carolina
    Behavior Modification Specialist is my default answer.

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  11. rookie1


    Mar 3, 2009

    Consider that response stolen. I couldn't think of anything and will tell people what I do, but not everyone. I get my haircut every 2 weeks and the people somewhat know me and maybe 2 of them know what I do. One of them was a former reserve back in her prime so it went over fairly smooth. Otherwise I just avoid conversation with people all together. I'm not ashamed I just don't like how people think this job is like TV so stupid questions get asked.

    I know a guy that works for the state "DNE" (Department of Narcotics Enforcement) he told folks he was a purchasing agent for the state. Thought it was clever.
  12. Gombey


    Oct 10, 2011
    I'm still new to this job (State Probation/Parole Officer) and waited 2 years for chance that I can't wait to answer the question LOL!

    Mind you I live about an hour away from office and about 2 hours from the coutny I will supervise once I get out of the academy....and my barber is in another country

    I know, I know. It's an old thread, but in the few months I've been employed my answer has changed.

    I now tell people I'm a baby sitter for the state, or I'm a mental health tech (my part time job)
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
  13. RMolina628

    RMolina628 got a job!

    May 28, 2009
    Northern MI
    I just tell them I deal with the logistics and long term warehousing of unwanted material.
  14. nitesite10mm

    nitesite10mm Dog Lover

    Jun 9, 2006
    North Alabama
    I've said that I own a kiosk in the mall where you can get a pedicure and sing karaoke, while sitting in massage chairs. I named my business "Toe Jam".
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  15. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

    I'm a civil service worker. I train public employees in customer service delivery and workplace safety practices.
  16. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I quit being a cop in 1995, but I find it hard to believe that the world has changed so much some of you now lie about what you do. Here, I don't know a single officer who makes any attempt to hide what they do - most have a marked car parked in front of their house and some drive it off duty, where allowed. I've never even met a cop, far as I know, who was afraid to tell people what his job was.

    In the places where I've worked, you police your neighbors and even family members - if you're afraid to have people know you're a cop, you quit.
  17. Denied

    Denied NRA Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    I always used garbage collector, sanitation engineer or the like, that is as close to the truth as I could get.
  18. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

    Feb 21, 2009
    I manage and regulate the urban alternative street side pharmaceutical sales market.
  19. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

    Feb 21, 2009
    Different cultures in different parts of the US.

    There was a detective in one of the towns close by just a few months back who had someone break into his house going after his family. I have personally worked cases where bad guys have broken into homes knowing that it is a police officer's home because they thought they could steal guns. A local PD had an off duty officer attacked and killed while washing his car in front of his home while still in uniform after he got off work. You want to come after me on duty - game on. My family does not deserve to be involved though.

    Lots of guys like to keep a low profile, me included. I am very proud of my profession and all of my friends and neighbors know what I do. But, random people I meet don't always need to know. Then they start asking questions about how to get out of tickets or complaining about how they caught a DUI case, etc. Don't want to hear it from them sometimes. Off duty, I just want to be off duty. I don't wear 5.11 pants, bates boots, badge on my belt, and cut the pie around every corner I turn. I carry off duty and am prepared for encounters.....but I generally blend in and want to be able to enjoy a regular life.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  20. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

    Sometimes I just don't want to listen to some GNGer type ***** and whine about a ticket they got, ask if I know "Bill" who works for some department 2,000 miles away or try to get me to tell all the juicy details of some major investigation that isn't any of their business or criticize the profession in general.