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Posted: 4/15/2018 6:58:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/15/2018 6:58:53 PM EDT by Merlin]
Like the title says, a friend of mine just made detective at a large-ish police force in North AL. I'd like to get him a gift; what do you LEO guys recommend?

For personal reasons, alcohol of any kind is not on the table. Say $50-$100 or so.

Thanks!
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How about a personalized leather portfolio folder?
Link Posted: 4/15/2018 8:17:07 PM EDT
A good pen and personalized notebook cover.
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Get him an industrial shredder and a Costco size pack of No-Doz. I've been a "Defective" for a while pushing a desk instead of a marked unit. I get fatter and the case load never disappears.
Link Posted: 4/15/2018 8:37:45 PM EDT
Small flashlight or a pocket knife or something cool. I got one of my detective friends this pen holder that looks like a revolver cylinder, he got a kick out of it, ha
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FML, did I mispost this thread to GD???

Link Posted: 4/15/2018 10:55:59 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Gordianus:
A good pen and personalized notebook cover.
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Originally Posted By Gordianus:
A good pen and personalized notebook cover.
Originally Posted By chriscamilo:
How about a personalized leather portfolio folder?
Great idea! Can you guys make any recommendations? Other than LAPG, I wouldn't know where to start. Thanks!
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
https://ct.fra.bz/ol/fz/sw/i60/2/9/7/frabz-POLICE-DETECTIVE-What-my-friends-think-I-do-What-my-family-think-d5dd36.jpg

Get him an industrial shredder and a Costco size pack of No-Doz. I've been a "Defective" for a while pushing a desk instead of a marked unit. I get fatter and the case load never disappears.
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Originally Posted By GunDisaster:
Small flashlight or a pocket knife or something cool. I got one of my detective friends this pen holder that looks like a revolver cylinder, he got a kick out of it, ha
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What's the shiznet of small flashlights for plainclothes LEOs? Something-something Surefire?

As you can tell, I'm looking for some pretty specific recommendations; I suck at gift-selecting.

Thanks,
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Originally Posted By Merlin:

What's the shiznet of small flashlights for plainclothes LEOs? Something-something Surefire?

As you can tell, I'm looking for some pretty specific recommendations; I suck at gift-selecting.

Thanks,
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Get him an Olight S1 Baton rechargeable. Small, USB rechargeable with a magnetic tail cap, several brightness levels up to 900 lumens, and a blinding strobe.
Link Posted: 4/16/2018 12:02:19 AM EDT
Really good pen, he will need it, also a recording device to take statements?
Link Posted: 4/16/2018 3:02:04 PM EDT
https://olightworld.com/led-flashlights/rechargeable/olight-s10r-baton-iii
Link Posted: 4/16/2018 8:54:50 PM EDT
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Every detective should have a decent fedora.

He doesn't have to WEAR it on duty but he should at least have one.

Seriously. Tradition counts for something.

He's a DETECTIVE for God's sake! He needs a fuckin' HAT!

ETA: Kill 'em all. Let GD sort it out

Link Posted: 4/17/2018 10:40:24 AM EDT
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Get him an industrial shredder and a Costco size pack of No-Doz. I've been a "Defective" for a while pushing a desk instead of a marked unit. I get fatter and the case load never disappears.
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We call our shredder "Watergate."
Link Posted: 4/17/2018 8:08:49 PM EDT
Nice leather portfolio. Maybe one with a tablet pocket in it. I have one from colonel litteltons
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
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Get him an industrial shredder and a Costco size pack of No-Doz. I've been a "Defective" for a while pushing a desk instead of a marked unit. I get fatter and the case load never disappears.
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This man knows what's up.

Get him a gym membership to go with that pen and portfolio.
Link Posted: 4/17/2018 10:34:27 PM EDT
Big magnifying glass!
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Originally Posted By HiramRanger:

Get him an Olight S1 Baton rechargeable. Small, USB rechargeable with a magnetic tail cap, several brightness levels up to 900 lumens, and a blinding strobe.
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That looks like an excellent gift, thanks!

They're not planning a congrats party (), so I'm going to send it to his home C/O "Detective Dan". His mom that was funny as heck!

Thanks!
Link Posted: 4/20/2018 3:38:36 AM EDT
perfect for those long days in the office while they are "working"

Link Posted: 4/20/2018 3:44:08 AM EDT
I'd get him a nice pen.

The Maxmadco is a great looking, USA made SS Pen that's classy, but also durable:



http://maxmadco.com/products/retractable-pen/
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Paper detective or proactive detective?
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Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
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I don't know what that means.

He's in Property Crimes right now; suit, unmarked car, regular hours and shifts - 'bout all I know from a 5 minute conversation with his dad. He's been trying to get it for a while, I know this was at least the 2nd time he took the test.
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Originally Posted By Merlin:
I don't know what that means.

He's in Property Crimes right now; suit, unmarked car, regular hours and shifts - 'bout all I know from a 5 minute conversation with his dad. He's been trying to get it for a while, I know this was at least the 2nd time he took the test.
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Originally Posted By Merlin:
Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
Paper detective or proactive detective?
I don't know what that means.

He's in Property Crimes right now; suit, unmarked car, regular hours and shifts - 'bout all I know from a 5 minute conversation with his dad. He's been trying to get it for a while, I know this was at least the 2nd time he took the test.
A paper detective is someone who does follow up on other people’s cases (sounds like he is this) and a proactive detective goes out and buys drugs, guns, hookers, or looks for other similar illegal activity.
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Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:

A paper detective is someone who does follow up on other people's cases (sounds like he is this) and a proactive detective goes out and buys drugs, guns, hookers, or looks for other similar illegal activity.
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Ok got it. Don't know other than he's currently in Property Crimes. Thanks,
Link Posted: 4/21/2018 8:37:32 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
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No such thing as the second one. The ones you mention still work off others cases. Some poor guy in patrol arrested the doper.
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
No such thing as the second one. The ones you mention still work off others cases. Some poor guy in patrol arrested the doper.
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
Paper detective or proactive detective?
No such thing as the second one. The ones you mention still work off others cases. Some poor guy in patrol arrested the doper.
Perhaps in your department. We have units that are 100% proac.
Link Posted: 4/21/2018 10:28:25 PM EDT
A bottle of fairy dust for the retarded (FWD to CID) cases sent by patrol.
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Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
Perhaps in your department. We have units that are 100% proac.
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
Paper detective or proactive detective?
No such thing as the second one. The ones you mention still work off others cases. Some poor guy in patrol arrested the doper.
Perhaps in your department. We have units that are 100% proac.
@NoImpactNoIdea, I no longer work for a agency that even responds to calls. We don't wear uniforms. We're a plainclothes investigative agency.

When I worked for a Municipal Agency. We had our GIU and VIN squads. The GIU guys worled their cases off patrol and VIN was "proactive". They still needed info from patrol.
Link Posted: 4/22/2018 9:28:52 AM EDT
Has your friend done his desk pop yet?
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This, large departments usually have street crimes units or something similar that is a detective grade but still does street work
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Has your friend done his desk pop yet?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=948-2Vzgi3w
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I'll have to ask him the next time I see him!! LOL!
Link Posted: 4/23/2018 10:56:18 AM EDT
Large Gift Card to Dunkin Donuts !
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Gift certificate to a business card website.
Link Posted: 4/24/2018 7:57:36 PM EDT
Membership to a Gym. Every dick I know (myself included, 10years total) gained weight while in the DB. Long hours, shitty food, crappy coffee etc can take a toll lol.

Oh some Rogaine may help, most dicks go in with a full head o' hair and come out not so much, lol.

J-
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Originally Posted By jjc155:
Membership to a Gym. Every dick I know (myself included, 10years total) gained weight while in the DB. Long hours, shitty food, crappy coffee etc can take a toll lol.

Oh some Rogaine may help, most dicks go in with a full head o' hair and come out not so much, lol.

J-
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+1 on the gym (and the long hours, crap food and stress).
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Originally Posted By jjc155:
Membership to a Gym. Every dick I know (myself included, 10years total) gained weight while in the DB. Long hours, shitty food, crappy coffee etc can take a toll lol.

Oh some Rogaine may help, most dicks go in with a full head o' hair and come out not so much, lol.

J-
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Already pretty much bald since he shaves his head.
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Already pretty much bald since he shaves his head.
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That's where I ended up too, lol. LE in general and Detective work specifically is rough on the hair line.

J-
Link Posted: 4/27/2018 9:49:50 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By jjc155:

That's where I ended up too, lol. LE in general and Detective work specifically is rough on the hair line.

J-
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Both he and his twin shave their heads and I've never seen them with hair, so I have no idea what they're natural state is. Their dad has a full head of hair, FWIW. And neither one of them is very old, early 30s maybe? I could look it up, but persec for them.
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Originally Posted By ThatGuy91K:
perfect for those long days in the office while they are "working"

http://www.keenlay.com/image/cache/0001/3%20In%201%20Travel%20Set%20Eye%20Cover%20Ear­%20Plug%20Neck%20Pillow%202-800x800.jpg
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Get a matching set:

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A BIG bottle of Excedrin would work, too.

Honestly though, he's a guy. If you get him a gift card, you make him happy. I've been trying to convince my wife of this for two decades, but she just refuses to understand.

If you insist on something more personal, get him one of the above suggestions (small flashlight is always a good idea), or something engraved for his desk.
Link Posted: 4/28/2018 2:29:44 PM EDT
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Gift certificate to a business card website.
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Why? My agency and the majority of others issue them.
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Take your pick.



Or:



Or:


Link Posted: 5/1/2018 1:23:53 AM EDT
You'll have to find out if he's supplied one or not, but a leather badge holder on a dog-tag type of chain necklace that also holds cards and a work ID.

A lot of agencies only provide a crappy belt clip for the badge. He'll want one that displays the badge right in the center of his chest. Blue on blue shootings go way down with the badge displayed correctly.

Something like this:

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Link Posted: 5/8/2018 4:50:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/8/2018 4:53:02 PM EDT by OldNo7BoozeBag]
a fucking flashlight, nice little one that clips in his pocket so he actually fucking carries it...drives me crazy when I'm at a murder at 11 o'clock at night and one of the fucking retards on my team asked to borrow mine

ETA: I use the four sevens quark with deep pocket carry clip...it's perfect for a suit and regular EDC when off duty
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