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Vest for ride along?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by johnluger, May 17, 2012.

  1. johnluger

    johnluger

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    I have a few more ride a long's before the start of my Academy, and wanted to know if I would be out of line if I wore a concealable armor vest? I figure this is the best place to ask, I don't want to look like an *** wearing a vest if I am not a cop. Most of the departments allow me to exit the vehicle with the officer to calls but not in progress calls. Some of the areas that we patrol are deep in the ghetto. Most of the time when we interact with people they talk to me as if I where the detective on scene.
     
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    Granted, I was a non-sworn departmental employee when I did all my ride-alongs, but I always wore a vest. You might want to ask in advance- I'd say something along the lines of, "A friend of mine gave me his old/spare vest to wear during the ride along- is that ok?"

    If you show up unannounced wearing a vest, that seems whackerish to me :)
     
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    I don't think it'd be out of line at all.
     
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    DaBigBR No Infidels!

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    Just wear it concealed and you'll be fine.
     
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    I offer all my ride-alongs one. I use my spare one or my wife's.
     
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    Calico Jack NO QUARTER

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    During my internship I went on many ride a longs and was required to wear a vest, provided by the department. If you have your own I would definitely wear it... preferably concealed.
     
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    I don't think it is out of line but expect to get your Ballz busted if the officers see it. If I saw it I would tell u to get on your face and knock out 10 for every pound that vest weighs. But that is what u got to expect from LEOs. Good luck in the academy.
     
  9. johnluger

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    Thanks, I thought I would end up looking like an Imbecile.
     
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    I would wear it if I were you. As stated before, wear it concealed. That's not whacker-ish. I suggest not wearing a duty belt with radio holder, oc pouch, and glove pouch, etc.... Cuz that's a whacker, and we'll talk about what a tool you are at length when you're not around. We might even mention it in your presence as well. Ask me how I know...

    Also as stated before, I offer a vest to anyone riding with me, anyway.
     
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    I wore one on mine. Some people asked me about it,nobody gave me ****.

    Not a bad idea to bring a small flashlight with you.
     
  12. MikeLadner

    MikeLadner DILLIGAFF?

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    You won't catch me, or a ride along, in my patrol car without a vest.
     
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    I always wear one at work so when I do ride-alongs I always wear one there as well. The one exception to that rule was riding with Cochese; then again I knew his aura would likely turn any BG into a steaming crying sack of bones and bullets would be reflected by his sheer awesomeness... Also couldn't get it to fit in the carry on that I had...
     
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    my department provides all ride alongs/interns with a vest. it is mandatory for anyone riding with patrol.
     
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    Ride along with patrol? Heck yeah!
     
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    Absolutely. Don't go on a ride along without it. Ya never know what is gonna happen in patrol.
     
  17. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

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    If you are not offered one, and can come by one that is concealable without being that noticeable. Wear at least a level IIA. In fact if you can get Level IIIA/Spike 2 or some such it would be costly, but well worth it, and last a long while for you. The reason for the spike rating: some people use knives, and bullet resistant vests only work so well for that kind of thing.
     
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    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Where's that list I made up years ago....the ride-a-long list of do's.....
     
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    I know if I was taking one on a ride along, (not happening under our circumstances), I would want them to know how to unlock the scatter gun.