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    IMPORTANT-WEAR YOUR VESTS

    This happined yesterday morning. Thank GOD he (the officer) is OK. And he was the Rookiest of Rookies.


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    Glad he was wearing, I know it won't stop all of them, but is that an excuse not to wear it at all?
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    Necessary action taken. Thankfully the officer was saved.
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    Glad the officer is OK.

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    Is anyone not wearing vests any more?
    I'm your huckleberry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    Is anyone not wearing vests any more?
    Sadly -- yes. Way too many where I work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    Sadly -- yes. Way too many where I work.
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    Glad to hear he's OK.
    The fact that even I MIGHT encounter an armed individual is enough for me to never think about going on patrol without body armour.
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    Wow, just 5 days on the job! Glad he is OK and that he was wearing his vest. Its policy here to wear your vest anytime your in uniform, and they will write you up if your found not wearing it. I think that is necessary in this day and age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    Is anyone not wearing vests any more?
    Our policy says it must be worn unless you have a written letter on file saying you don't want to. Out of our five patrol guys only one doesn't.
    "Sometimes doing the right thing, is not doing the right thing."

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    It's mandatory here. OSHA requires it be provided and worn, and so does our State version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    It's mandatory here. OSHA requires it be provided and worn, and so does our State version.
    Our department mandates every uniformed officer except Lt's and up must wear a vest, no excuses. And the smart Lt's wear them, especially if they are assigned to patrol. Yeah, they're hot, heavy, uncomfortable, and a pain in the butt. Till you need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSO85360 View Post
    Yeah, they're hot, heavy, uncomfortable, and a pain in the butt.
    So is a coffin... which is what I remind a few friends of mine when I catch them without theirs on - granted it gets hot as hell down here in the summer - but I'll take some sweat over a flatline any day

    I don't know why in anyone's right mind they would not wear a vest... plain and simple - if I've got that monkey suit on, you'd better be sure I've got my vest on - I'll take every little bonus I can get to help me follow rule number 1...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    Is anyone not wearing vests any more?
    Yep. Only 4 out of 9 of us do. Incredibly, "That kind of thing won't happen here" is the most popular response, followed by, "if it's my time, it's just my time." No thought apparently given to friends and family.

    Vest are provided by the PD and encouraged in SOP but not required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyme View Post
    Yep. Only 4 out of 9 of us do. Incredibly, "That kind of thing won't happen here" is the most popular response, followed by, "if it's my time, it's just my time." No thought apparently given to friends and family.

    Vest are provided by the PD and encouraged in SOP but not required.
    Our policy is similar. Vest are required if you know you're going into high risk activities. Otherwise, it's optional. Personally -- I'll go to court without one, and I admit there's no good reason other than convenience. To me -- patrol is, by definition, high risk and it should be required.

    And it ain't even the salty old dogs that don't wear 'em. Several of the guys who don't are youngsters, no hash marks to their name, and young families. If I don't have any other reason to wear it -- my two-year old and going home to him is enough to make me deal with the discomfort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twan007 View Post
    So is a coffin... which is what I remind a few friends of mine when I catch them without theirs on - granted it gets hot as hell down here in the summer - but I'll take some sweat over a flatline any day

    I don't know why in anyone's right mind they would not wear a vest... plain and simple - if I've got that monkey suit on, you'd better be sure I've got my vest on - I'll take every little bonus I can get to help me follow rule number 1...

    you took the words right out of my mouth
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    I work with several guys who don't wear their vests.

    "Rolling the dice of life" as they put it.


    I'm not a big gambler...so I wear mine.

    Our department policy doesn't even touch on vests, other than that they'll be provided by the dept.
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    We have several Sgt's that I can think of that don't wear..........we also have a mandatory wear policy, but I guess not for everyone.
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    I'd never even think of putting on my uniform shirt over anything but my vest. I don't care where you are, all it takes is the wrong guy convinced you're looking for HIM, and that's that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    Is anyone not wearing vests any more?
    I'll wear mine to your funeral, through my tears I will cuss you for you not wearing yours.!!!!!!
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