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DEC 2018

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PoliceMag.com 37 I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N I N D I A N R E D S C O R P I O N 4.3 " " L O N G W I T H 1.2 MG L O N G W I T H 1.2 MG L O N G W I T H 1.2 MG L O N G W I T H 1.2 MG L O N G W I T H 1.2 MG L O N G W I T H 1.2 MG O F O F PA R A LY Z I N G V E N O M. PA R A LY Z I N G V E N O M. PA R A LY Z I N G V E N O M. PA R A LY Z I N G V E N O M. PA R A LY Z I N G V E N O M. PA R A LY Z I N G V E N O M. PA R A LY Z I N G V E N O M. S U R E F I R E ® S T I L E T T O ® 4.5" L O N G W I T H 6 5 0 L U M E N S O F PA R A LY Z I N G L I G H T. W W W . S U R E F I R E . C O M A M E R I C A' S B E A C O N O F F R E E D O M THIS IS THE NEW STILETTO ® FL ASHLIGHT. I t fe a t u re s a f l a t d e s i g n fo r e a sy c o n c e a l m e n t. A s t u rd y p o c ke t c l i p fo r q u i c k a c c e s s . A n d a p o we r f u l 6 5 0 l u m e n M a x V i s i o n ® B e a m t h a t s t r i ke s a t a m o m e n t's n o t i c e . P O W E R F U L LY S M A L L . IN THE BAGS So, that's what officers had on their person. Now here's what they had in the trunks of their patrol cars or the cargo areas of their SUVs. Almost every officer reported putting food and water in their "go bag." Items included protein/energy bars, bottled water, packages of nuts, and MREs. e other common response was first-aid gear that was not agency-issued, including tourniquets, baby powder, baby wipes, protective rubber gloves, hand sanitizer, emergency blankets, hemostatic agent, bandages, medical tape, aspirin, and even Vicks VapoRub. "Don't go into a crime scene without it," that of- ficer said. Speaking of crime scenes, several officers reported keeping a couple pairs of disposable booties and a few jumpsuits in the trunk. Naturally, there was also plenty of tactical/practical gear that the department didn't provide. Nearly every respondent had at the top of their "go bag" list ex- tra ammo and extra magazines. Other personally purchased items included chemical lights, pepper spray, weapon cleaning kits, and extra handcuffs. One officer said he had a military-style poncho and inflatable pillow in the back, "just in case." Several officers said they kept a clean uniform in a garment bag in the trunk. ere were also some interesting household items mentioned. Most officers reported storing duct tape in the rear compart- ment. Many respondents said they carried a box of pens. One of- ficer said that he carried spare batteries in the sizes of everything in the car that had batteries. Plenty of officers said they routinely purchased "Zip-lock" bags. One said he kept a box of binder clips handy. "Useful for all sorts of things," he said. Numerous officers said they had a "dopp kit" containing hy- giene essentials such as soap, shampoo, shaving supplies, de- odorant, hair brush, tooth brush, dental floss, as well as a towel and wash cloth. Several said that they had/have a small tool kit in the trunk, with basic tools such as screw drivers, plyers, and crescent wrench. Many officers reported keeping stuffed animals in the trunk to give to children in distress. is should probably be a universal practice. So there you have it—the list of personal items police officers carry is as diverse and interesting as the officers who participat- ed in our little survey. Surely you carry something not listed here. Let us know what it is…and why you carry it. Doug Wyllie is contributing web editor for POLICE.

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