With all the nasty diseases out there, I don't blame anyone for gloving up before touching. I've lost count of how many times I got a nasty cut on my hands or arms and I got covered with the subject's blood. Getting a blood draw every three months for a year to see if I've been infected is not fun.My first Lt still carried a blackjack in his back pocket when I started. Long since forbidden, but he was so salty I guess no one was willing to take it away from him.
I heard him say once that the current chief was in diapers when he started policing. He had to be 65-70 years old when he retired. In uniform and in the street the entire career.
I just miss the days if wearing gloves on duty. Touch screens killed it. I used to wear Hatch or Damascus leather frisk gloves the entire shift. I remember almost everyone always had their gloves on back then.
They weren’t very durable and I had to replace them every year or two and a new pair would always dye your sweaty hands black the first few shifts you wore them until they broke in.
I still have them in my patrol bag, but if they’re not on when the call goes out you likely won’t have them on when you need them. They took a minute to squeeze into.
Now all I see is new guys stopping to put latex gloves on just to handcuff a dink. Germs I guess, but kinda gives away you’re next move. I dunno if the academy is teaching that now or if the new kids are just germaphobes, but I break them if that habit if I’m training them.
If you can see he’s covered in poo or blood I get it, but every single time you put hands on someone......??
I've been hands on and had new officers roll up on me all excited, and I've ordered them to take BSI precautions before they helped me out. I've done this way too long. It's just a job, I don't need an error to make it a life sentence.