Police Academy Graduation Gift?

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  1. MurrayNevada

    MurrayNevada USMC (MOS 0369) (RVN 69-70)

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    A family friend's son is soon to be a police academy graduate. Wife wants to know what would be a good gift for a graduation present. I've been out of law enforcement for many, many years. What would be a good gift for a modern-day graduate? Thanks.
     
  2. Sharkey

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    Hmm, good question. Some friends got me a cross pendent from James Avery and I wore that inside the uniform shirt every day I went on shift. If you want to be more practical, maybe a gift card from one of the local cop shops?
     
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    Figure out what kind of cuffs he’s using/training with (SW chained, hinges, Peerless) and get a pair with his badge number nicely engraved on them
     
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    The classic Academy graduation gift is a backup gun. I think a (no lock) S&W 642 would be perfect.

    -Tim
     
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    almost perfect. The 442 (especially pro series) is better :cheers:

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    What? Me worry?

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    When I graduated way back in 1990, my captain bought me a Cross ink pen with my initials engraved on it. That was almost 30 years ago and I still have it and think of him every time I pick it up. It doesn't write any longer, but it probably would if I bought a refill for it. I just use disposable gel pens nowadays.
     
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    Perfect as long as permitted by agency policy. Every Department is different. You need to check first.
     
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    SAR CLM

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    Most agencies (not all) allow officers to carry a good folding knife. Fairly reasonably priced, something from Spyderco, Benchmade, production Emerson or CRKT would be a nice gift. You could spend a lot more on a knife, but duty knives tend to get abused, so I wouldn’t go much better than what I mentioned.
     
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    I like the engraved pen idea. You could contribute to a joint gift of the type of a back-up pistol or Benchmade knife (or similar).
     
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    Quality multitool. Leatherman Wave for example. Not much bigger (heavier) that that.

    Just make sure it has locking blades.

    Oh, and scissors are one of the most useful things on a multitool.
     
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    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Do you want to get something to use or something to congratulate?

    Other than a firearm, everything taken on patrol is likely to get ruined or disappear.
     
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    VERY inexpensive = ResQme evacuation tool that can be carried on a key ring or snatched from a seat organizer. Has a spring loaded window punch (that really works) and a good seat belt cutter and they work great while being less than the size of a golf ball. Maybe $30

    Around $70 = Leatherman Wingman. Very small and light with flat and phillips screwdrivers, knife, scissors, pliers and wire cutters and extremely handy. Made in USA. Lifetime Warranty.

    Around a hundo would be a good off-duty holster for what he carries when not in uniform. That's a tough one because he probably won't figure out what really fits him for several years. :)

    For the same hundo a backup LED flashlight that takes the batteries the department provides. Like an O-Light maybe. Or a Streamlight. For even less the ($40) MAGLITE ML300S LED is amazing since it takes D-Cell batteries and the batteries last for years under casual use. Damn bright light.

    About two hundo would be a Pelican 8060 duty light. Made in USA. If you ever have a problem, you get to talk to Americans who possess a good education which involved English and common sense. "No BS/no questions asked" replacement guarantee and bright as you can imagine. Send it back to them in shards and pieces and get a brand new one. Doubles as a club. Rechargeable, but if not near a charger you can drop in Alkaline C-batteries that are good for eleven more hours of cooking meat. One charge lasts almost ten hours. Best flashlight ever.

    Also, another idea is find out what radio (Motorola/Kenwood) he'll have and look at what discreet earpiece/mouth mike he could use.
     
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    Every officer should have a switch blade
     
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    Been a long time since I graduated from the academy too but when a transferred to investigations a few years ago a good friend gave me a pen set with my initials on them. Just can't remember the brand at the moment. I also like the knife idea, carry one every day.
     
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    St. Michael medallion.
     
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    A nice knife, Benchmade, Spyderco, etc...
     
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    If not cuffs, as stated above, get some leg shackles. Cash or a gift card to a police equipment store is nice.