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    Bandit is offline Trust me, I work for the government
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199
    Good golly ned!

    What is a kel-light?!

    Some of you must be youngsters...

    Kel-lights were a brand of flashlight, very popular among law enforcement many years ago, similar to the "modern" Streamlight or Maglight.

    Ahh, these young-uns.. You gotta love their enthusiasm. I see JK has been listening on the other boards, and he learns well.

    The Kel-light was the predecessor of the Streamlight, which came before the Mag-light. It came in many shapes and sizes, but it wasn't rechargeable like these newer lights are. It kind of faded away once the Streamlights were introduced into the field. My Kel-light was a c-cell, 24" long and fit right into my nightstick holder (that was the predecessor of the PR-24 and the ASP you young-uns are familiar with). It made for the perfect aluminum baton, that is until I had to use it and broke a bulb or squished the battery spring. When they outlawed the metal flashlights, I had to go back to my trusty piece of old hickory.

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    I bought a pair of Oakley Half jackets recently......and now wear these regularly at work.

    Apart from the advantages that many others have already described....the lenses are polarized, so it means I can see directly into vehicles regardless of the windshield angle and reflection.

    Great for spotting who's in a car, if they're wearing seat belts, what their hands are doing etc.etc...

    'The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
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    We have no rules regarding sunglasses. I work nights, 4-12, so I usually don't wear my sunglasses that often. Especially since I just bought a nice pair of Maui Jims and don't want to wreck them wrestling around with some shitbag or lose them in a foot pursuit.

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    Amen to that brotha!
    When you find yourself in a hole............QUIT DIGGING!!!!!!!!!

    OK guys time to come clean. I am not only a police officer but I am also a big time movie star. I am using my real photo as my avatar now. Please NO autographs!!!!

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    we wear them all the time(daylight and evenings) department does not want us to wear mirrored sunglassess

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    Quote Originally Posted by besafe2
    If you work days & weather permitting, do you wear sun glasses when out on traffic stops ?
    I take them off before my approach and put them back on after the stop. It's unwise to do it during a stop because if the offender has tinted windows (or even just the glare) can restrict what we see inside the vehicle- this is dangerous from an officer safety standpoint.
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    Since I wear glassess, I broke down and got the type that autodarken in the sunlight. I work the 2-10 shift so Im in the sun a lot (esp in the summer) The lenses darken yes, but no so dark that a person can not see my eyes.

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    I had some of those, but you have to be very careful, they scratch easy, mine are scratched up so much that I can no longer wear them!
    Just because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!

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    Many years ago, decades, RCA put out a set of traing tapes (this was before VHS) and they had one tape where they emphzied taking off shades,for many reasons but mostly to put the public at ease. I guess that was the start of the touchy feely policeing.

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    I not only wear them but they are deparment isssued. I need corrective lenses (glasses) and my department issues safety glasses, mine have the auto darken feature as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion44
    I take them off before my approach and put them back on after the stop. It's unwise to do it during a stop because if the offender has tinted windows (or even just the glare) can restrict what we see inside the vehicle- this is dangerous from an officer safety standpoint.
    No more dangerous than when the sunlight is so bright that you can't see what you are doing. I've worked nights for 20 years straight now and when I do venture out into the daytime to work I can't do it w/o the sunglasses.

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    I wear a pair I got from Wally-World. $15 and polarised. Impact resistant. And they wrap around the eyes very well. I wear them any time the sun is shining. Comfort plus safety.

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    I ussually take them off when I make contacts, mainly because I can see into the vehicle more clearly. And I wanna see everything I can see in there.

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    im not a LEO yet, but i'd totally rock the aviators and my CHiPs helmet i got off ebay if they allowed it.

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    Both departments I worked for did not have a policy about sunglasses nor did they teach us not to wear them in the academy.....So I always have them on when the sun is up plus I work nights so I burst into flames and die when the sun comes out.

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    I work 1600-0200hrs, so I usually wear my sunglasses for about half of my shift this time of year. I really prefer to wear them all the time... politics aside, it is very bright around here, the department doesn't care, and I've been spit at on traffic before (sunglasses helped).

    Type of sunglasses? Cheapest I can find! Broke another set in a resistance two nights ago (forgot to unclip them from the shirt when it got dark, lens missing at the end of the deal).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coloradocop
    ...and I've been spit at on traffic before (sunglasses helped)...

    I hope someone fell down the stairs. You at DPD or a burb department?

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    Getting some Oakly half jackets soon. Safety for the eyes, the "chicks dig it factor", and you can't freaking break 'em by trying. I saw the sales rep twist the frame 180 degrees.

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    Cochese, yeah I work for DPD... and they had a bad day after the little spit incident

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coloradocop
    Cochese, yeah I work for DPD... and they had a bad day after the little spit incident

    Atta boy!

 

 
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