1) what was the most unintellegent criminal you've ever come in contact with?
I look at crime and I see this, there are two types organized and unorganized. Usually its the lone wolves that do the silliest things
2) is it true that the worst cops are the rookies that want to arrest the world and the old timers who've seen it all and know it all and don't give a damn about no one and nothing?
3) have you ever arrested someone that honestly you felt sorry for?
4) what is the best state to be a cop?
5) where do the federal wildlife guys come into play, are they real cops and what would you say to a young military guy wanting to get into this field?
6) what is the most dangerous job that a cop can have? trooper , border partol , swat or other?
7) As a LEO, what sidearm do you carry and what sidearm would you prefer to carry?
You sound pretty young.
1. Too many to count or to even decide. Probably 99% of crime is disorganized crime. Just some idiot trying to support a drug habit.
2. Not true at all. Some rookies are a disaster and some old timers won't do a damn thing but that's not a hard and fast rule. Some rookies are very hard working and care about their jobs and the people who they serve. Some old timers are still hard at work arresting the bad guys. Anyone who says that they know it all is a danger to themselves and those around them.
3. I've arrested a few people who I felt sorry for. Not many though.
4. No idea.
5. Don't now anything about it.
6. That's a very subjective question.
7. Glock 22 or Glock 19. I'm happy.
If you are interested in LE then spend a little time around here and look at old posts. Many of your questions will be answered.
1. I have caught organized criminals as well as unorganized criminals. After a while on the streets, you begin to know whats what.
2. That statement is not true. The worst cops are the ones who got into the job thinking it is one thing, only to find out it's not what they thought it was, but they won't move on to another career field.
3. Occasionally, yes.
4. Anywhere but CA.
5. Yes, they have arrest powers. If you like the outdoors, you would like being in the Game Warden type of work.
6. A County Deputy IMO. Usually handles all types of calls for service involving many forms of violence but is rarely with a backup officer close at hand. Generally a long way off from the nearest hospital as well.
7. Any quality semi auto in .40 S&W or larger. I currently carry a Glock 22 and although I would rather carry a Beretta 96 in .40 S&W, I have no complaints with the Glock.
1. Guy looks at cop car at traffic light. Guy makes right turn squealing tires and throws gravel onto police car. As police car follows, guy stuffs somethig under seat. When stopped, police find an empty holster during pat down. Gun that fits holster found under seat. Subject isconvicted felon. Subject goes to federal prison for being stupid
1.5 Guys hotrods in neighborhood. Soccer mom yells at guy telling him to slow down. Usual response to soccer mom would be middle finger extended out the car window. Guy want to be original... guy point gun at soccer mom. Soccer mom calls police. Police arrive and ask for car description. Soccer mom stops describing car and point behind police officer at the same hotrodding car as it goes past her house... hotridding... and says "that car". Guy gets stopped. Gun found. Guy goes to federal prison for felon in possession of a firearm. ...guy goes to jail for being stupid!
2. No. Worst cops are those who's self confidence level far exceeds their skill level.
4. A state of being within less than 60 days until able to retire!
5. No... but if you like that stuff... go for it!
6. Directing traffic and off duty trolling for shoplifters!!! You will get your ass run over and get in more fights than you ever dreamed!!!
7. I carry a Glock 22. I used to carry as a primary a midsized Glock in .357 SIG (and wish I still could)... but, we transitioned to an agency owned weapon only as a primary gun. I would not carry a .357 SIG if I worked at night or in low light conditions. It throws a fire ball the size of a basket ball. Screws with night vision... and if there was a doubt where the cop is... the mystery is over when they hear the BOOM and see the huge fire ball. BUT I LOVE THAT CALIBER!!!!
P.S. In almost 30 years of LE, I have never once found a MENSA membership card during a search or inventory of a wallet!!!
1. The dumbass who ran out of gas while I was chasing him for a bank robbery in SC. He had money
of his own (not the bank's) when I searched him, but he wouldn't pay for gas for the getaway car,
since it belonged to his wife.
1a. The other DA (maybe they were related) who shoved the dye pack from the S&L robbery down
into his pants when he saw a patrol car pull into the parking lot (Chief of Police coming to the
drive-in window to deposit his paycheck). The dye pack exploded, burned his family jewels, &
when a TV reporter in the area looking for a story shoved a microphone in his face, he confessed
on camera to the robbery.
2. Sometimes, but not always. The worst cops to me are the ones who are so lazy they want someone
else to do all the work for them.
3. Yeah, a few guys whose wives/GFs found out they could use the BS domestic violence orders to
have the old man locked up for 48 hrs. so they could go party....
4. No idea. My only experience is in NC. Pay & benefits suck, but public support for L/E is a lot better
than some other places. Cost of living is lower too, so it's not completely one-sided.
5. Yeah, wildlife officers, NC & federal are real officers. I'd as soon have most of the wildlife officers
with me on a hot call as anyone I know. Our county is rural, so all the agencies work closely to-
gether. City, county, NCHP, wildlife; everybody looks out for everybody. That's the way it's
supposed to be, IMO.
6. I understand Border Patrol is pretty hairy, but that's not from personal experience. In our area,
it's probably our deputies, since we are spread real thin, & backup is often a ways off. By the same
token, the wildlife officers are usually even farther from backup, & virtually EVERYBODY they deal
with is armed.
7. Issue sidearm for uniforms is the H&K USP45. Backup is a Kahr PM9. I work plainclothes now, so
I can carry anything the Sheriff will approve. Usually that is a Springfield Armory Lightweight
Commander .45. For anything tactical, usually the USP.
Random LEO garbage from 28 years of service.
1. Most fun, stupid, waste of time arrest. Responded to a prowler/suspicious person call... guy peeping ladys windows. Im checking aroung and I keep hearing a chirping noise. I finally locate it and it was a young guy with a hearing aid with a low battery that makes a chirping noise when the battery is low. Busted over a low hearing aid battery...how stupid.
2. The cop industry has changed to such a degree in this many years you cant even begin to explain it to a rookie. While I intend to make NO judgement on this statement cops use to be a brotherhood...BIG TIME. Now officers in their own agency are writing each other tickets and making arrests for minor issues. Again I make no statement of approval or disdaproval, just a change in demeanor and an observation. I do NOT believe cops are above the law.
3. Major influx of female officers. Your on a hot call. Fixing to be in a fight with one or more big bad ass badguys. You call for backup and know who is coming is a 5'3" 110 pound well trained female cop...good or bad? Feel safeer now or still feel the fight is up to you???
4. The paper work on a simple DWI in Texas will take up an entire shift. By the time your finished the guy will be sober, have made bond, be eating breakfast with his wife and your still missing lunch...its CRAZY...
5. Best state is where I live...Texas... But any state that you like will be best for you. Happiness where you work and play is 1/2 the game.
6. Most dangerous job...Routine patrol answering every call that comes in. The last call was a false alarm...this one is a family of huge angry men all focused on you while your lone female backup is out having coffee.
7. Weapon of choice...my Glock 40 cal.
And as a final note I am not one that thinks women do not have a place in LEO... Its just that I was there for the transition. Hell ive met several im sure could kick my ass and yours with me with NO trouble at all....but as a side note the courthouse shooting today was when a BIG male "overpowered" a female and took her weapon. He might not have done the same to a 6'6" 225 pound deputy...
My Final Chapter.
I asked a rookie how they were able to motivate a degreed inteligent young man to take on a cops job these days with the way things have become, still poor pay, all the idiots trying to either kill you or sue you or get you fired...he simply said...We didnt know how it was 25 years ago. So none of the changes have mattered to us. They got us just like they got you years ago. Its what you wanted to do.
If your wanting to become a cop go major department of Federal... and BEST OF LUCK TO YA
I'm reserve deputy in training looking to go full time and I was a cadet for 2.5 years so I'll provide an answer but the guys above me have much better answers! Experience is a great thing, learning from the guys that have been around longer is very important.
1) what was the most unintellegent criminal you've ever come in contact with?
Just about anyone who commits blatent traffic violations with a revoked/suspended driver's license while there's a marked patrol car visible. I've witnessed 4 or 5 of these in my short time. One had a pile of other warrants too.
2) is it true that the worst cops are the rookies that want to arrest the world and the old timers who've seen it all and know it all and don't give a damn about no one and nothing? My current training officer says that the rookies are scared of everything so it keeps them on their toes. We're a little more alert at times because we haven't seen everything so the complacency hasn't set in yet. The old guys I know are still cops because they like making arrests and are really good at helping out the new guys. I'm going to +1 the dangerous guys are the ones that think they know more than they do, think they can John Wayne anything, and the rookies that watch far too many movies
3) have you ever arrested someone that honestly you felt sorry for? Yeah, the guy needed to go to jail, and he did, but we had to cuff him in front of his kid and that was pretty hard. The guy was being compliant and cooperative, if he wasn't it wouldn't have been hard at all.
4) what is the best state to be a cop? I say somewhere in the Rocky Mountain States. I'm partial to Idaho and Montana That will vary by person though
5) where do the federal wildlife guys come into play, are they real cops and what would you say to a young military guy wanting to get into this field? Depends on where you're at. Here some of the FWP and FS guys have been deputized by the Sheriff so they can help the deputies out when needed. They do have some federal arrest power too. If that's what you want to do go for it. I'd prefer to be a Deputy Sheriff though. In this county we get to do a little bit of everything.
6) what is the most dangerous job that a cop can have? trooper , border partol , swat or other? I say pretty much anything involving traffic. Especially doing anything involving intoxicated drivers, road drug interdiction, and the unknown risk traffic stops. What seems like a regular stop is the one most likely to bite you.
7) As a LEO, what sidearm do you carry and what sidearm would you prefer to carry? I'm going to carry a H&K P2000 in .40 S&W and that's what I want to carry. This department is very good in they let us carry almost any reasonable weapon and in any reasonable caliber. I also considered a Glock 35 (what most of the deputies here carry).