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Posted: 10/3/2018 1:36:06 PM EDT
A buddy of mine just graduated the academy recently at like 35 years old. I wanted to get him something he would use and appreciate without spending a fortune. He doesn't drink, makes his own knives and owns a gun shop, so my usual ideas are out. So far I'm leaning towards tactical style pen but open to suggestions.

thanks!
Link Posted: 10/3/2018 2:16:59 PM EDT
Ten years later I still carry daily a Strider SNG folder and a basic Cross pen that were academy graduation gifts. A single cell (123a) pocket sized flashlight would also be nice. I carry a 5+ year old Surefire Backup, but I'm sure there are better options now.
Link Posted: 10/3/2018 2:43:37 PM EDT
G shock tough solar watch

Or

IOU for Oakleys when he switches to day shift
Air fresheners
GOOD EMS style gloves that go to mid fore arm
Link Posted: 10/3/2018 3:26:53 PM EDT
Handcuffs engraved with name or code number.
Link Posted: 10/3/2018 7:27:32 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By mclark202:
Handcuffs engraved with name or code number.
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This is a good one, handcuffs with last name or star number
Link Posted: 10/3/2018 7:33:44 PM EDT
a good flashlight, and a good watch, thats all you need.
Link Posted: 10/3/2018 7:36:43 PM EDT
A sturdy briefcase.

He will use it
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 10:32:43 AM EDT
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[Last Edit: 10/7/2018 10:45:09 AM EDT by paddymurphy]
scif beat me like a rented mule
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 10:55:34 AM EDT
If he owns a gun shop that a lot tougher to get a good gift only because he has access to a lot of good gear.

Maybe a gift cert to a good restaurant would be better or a nice tactical pen that take refillable ink cartage
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 11:00:48 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/7/2018 8:01:40 PM EDT
Not super expensive but handy:

quiqlite

resqme

or if his agency does not issue a med kit to carry in his car or on him:

Rescue Essentials
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 8:01:37 AM EDT
A case of cheap bic pens to hand out.
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 5:21:29 PM EDT
I use my Matthew Martin copper pen everyday.
It wasn't cheap but it was worth it.

I recently bought two as gifts for coworkers.
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 10:35:01 PM EDT
I graduated from the police academy in 1980. Was hired on in 79. My mother gave me a, I think it’s called, a knee board. My dad was a pilot in the Army and he used it to copy frequencies, coordinates, etc. My mom saw my dads and got me one. It helped a lot during my rookie years. Write addresses, lookouts, notes, etc on the paper part. Uses Velcro to attach to your leg. Easy off, easy on. Used for one year, done after that. It was damn nice that first year. After that, you get pretty ingrained with the same repetitive addresses. Had more of a problem keeping up with girlfriends after that. To be honest, doesn’t need to be anything big. I found that the OCGA book that was sold at the ga public training center in Forsyth was pretty informative. 20 bucks. I treasured that. I never trashed one for an update.
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 8:27:34 AM EDT
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Fire Department application packet? ETA: damn, beat hard!
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 11:14:40 AM EDT
A nice knife that has a window punch on it.

A quality back up flashlight.

A St. Michael medallion to put in his patrol bag.

Engraved handcuffs.
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 2:35:18 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Btownboy:
A nice knife that has a window punch on it.

A quality back up flashlight.

A St. Michael medallion to put in his patrol bag.

Engraved handcuffs.
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All great ideas.
Link Posted: 10/13/2018 8:39:08 AM EDT
thanks for the suggestions all! I ended up going with a Boker G10 tactical pen for him. It got good reviews and is supposed to hold up to near anything. He got it last night and seemed to really like it!

thanks again
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