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#1 OFFLINE   Blueboy

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:44 AM

Chatting with team mates at a training day recently regarding when / how often you carry your warrant card when off duty and it appeared that we had the full spectrum, from every minute of every day, to never? What are your feelings on this? Do you carry yours all of the time or not at all?



#2 OFFLINE   Djmt444

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:51 AM

100% of the time



#3 OFFLINE   kpeter20

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:31 AM

Never when I might misplace it, like when on a night out. Otherwise I have it on me all the time. Sleep naked with it around my neck on a chain. ;)

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

This is quite a common question for new recruits which I haven't seen for some time on here, mostly due to the lack of recruitment from all of the forces.

 

I think you will always get two answers here from two different camps just as you would if you ask the question if we should all be routinely armed.

 

Some carry theirs and have it in a warrant card holder which is also used as a wallet, some hate the thought of having it with them. Generally those who always have it keep it on nights out and those who hate the thought don't take it out with them.

 

It's entirely your choice really, but bare in mind as you're a new recruit you should be cautious if you get that disco card out because not everyone is so pro-police and it can sometimes make a situation worse when simply talking first would have resolved the situation.

 

Just be an adult about it and don't go around flashing it....ever.

 

Good luck.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

At work, on the way to work and on the way back. I dont need it at any other time and losing it, as some colleagues have is very expensive in doughnuts 



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

At work, on the way to work and on the way back. I dont need it at any other time and losing it, as some colleagues have is very expensive in doughnuts 

Ultimate cake fine that one mate! Much more than a PVA or losing a prisoner I reckon! Some poor lad on one of my old teams had to book leave because of all the cake fines he incurred and it eventually went into shift kebab territory! Mwahahaha



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

 kebab territory - thats got to have been a real bad mistake. And costly. 



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

I know some PC's took there's to a festival were they were customers, not working. I know this because their warrant cards got nicked. That's to the security company they were recovered and returned without any reports being made. They were very, very lucky!!

 

I would recommend that you don't take them on a night out if you're in the habit of getting more than a tad merry. If you produce it to Doorstaff whilst drunk in an effort to persuade them to let you in, they will not risk getting physical with you to try and make you go on your way, they will call the police to deal with you.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

At work, on the way to work and on the way back. I dont need it at any other time and losing it, as some colleagues have is very expensive in doughnuts 

I wish I could've paid my fine with doughnuts. I lost my RMP warrant card in 1991 and got fined £200!!!!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

Keep mine with me when at work (in uniform or plain clothes).  Never ever take it on a night out

 

I put it in my wallet if going in town for shopping or anything like that but i only keep it in the force warrant card holder when at work.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

Always unless I am expecting to be drunk.  Then absolutely no good can come from me carrying it!



#12 OFFLINE   Wrist Assessment

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

I wish I could've paid my fine with doughnuts. I lost my RMP warrant card in 1991 and got fined £200!!!!

 

They wouldn't have made it from the doughnut emporium to where the fine needed paying!!!  :crazy:



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

Accidentally left mine in my wallet one night and lost it in a pub, which was annoying as I NEVER take it out for this very reason. God was smiling on me that night as by a million to one chance it was picked up by the young girl who works at our local sandwich shop. She left a discrete message at work asking me to ring her and I got it back without cakes!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

Accidentally left mine in my wallet one night and lost it in a pub, which was annoying as I NEVER take it out for this very reason. God was smiling on me that night as by a million to one chance it was picked up by the young girl who works at our local sandwich shop. She left a discrete message at work asking me to ring her and I got it back without cakes!

I think because you've just coughed to that mate, it's forum cakes for everyone...

 

I don't make the rules i'm afraid! :whistling:



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:08 PM

Err....did I say me...I meant a mate of mine!

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

Only have it on duty, never off, not even to and from work. When I'm off duty it stays in the pocket of my stabby in my locker. Can't be bothered with the grief that would follow losing it so choose to minimise the risk of that happening.  Can't think of a good reason why I'd need it off duty anyway. (except possibly claiming the emergency services discount at Nando's,.. :crazy: )



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

I haven't been through training but my instinct would be to never carry it out anywhere off duty. I think getting yourself in a situation where you believe producing it will save your bacon or aid your course will not end well. As someone has already stated, everybody isn't pro police.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

When I joined, I thought we were supposed to carry it, most of the time. So as to be able to produce it, in a situation, on the street. Mind you it was a long time ago.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

Yeah grips, when you joined the mob - centurion was a rank not a tank!!! :wink:



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:58 PM

Meeeow

#21 OFFLINE   Rudi

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

I carry mine all the time. I don't go out clubbing and am not likely to loose it. I have got involved in stuff off duty and had to prove who I was.
Even off duty we are on duty so I carry it. Never had a problem.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

Always carry mine, as above post.



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

When i'm off duty, i'm off duty not on! I deal with alsorts when on duty but wouldn't even dream of dealing with them when off. Anything i have gotten involved in when off duty i would have done so even if i wasn't a Police Officer so have never needed it off duty.



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:13 PM

Just an example of how some forces may expect you to carry it...in the BTP Travel Policy is states that we can travel on the underground, London buses etc... for free when off-duty - but we're expected to muck in if anything kicks off. 



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

DO NOT go to Northern Ireland with your warrant card. Leave it at home and under no circumstances say you are a Police officer.

I was over there on business recently and thankfully didnt reveal my role as I encountered someone with a dangerous past.






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