You said the same thing when we wore the Stetson. Don't lie; the campaign hat has nothing to do with this. As a non-trooper you just hate anything that is different than you or your agency. Sorry!
The hat is part of the uniform. Not THE uniform but a vital part. There are established reasons for these unique symbols...historically speaking.
Safety speaking...grabbing the lid and trying to put it on while confronting a hostile person is plain stupid. There are times when a hat is impractical. However, there are MANY times that hats are not only practical but useful. Stand close to an a-hole and tip the brim down against the bridge of their nose and before you know it...they might just lay their hands on you...and then you can exercise your use of violence to stop their unlawfully touching Just saying...(it helps if you're taller than they are too...lol!)
If someone is so concerned for their vanity that wearing part of the uniform deeply troubles them..then perhaps being a trooper isn't really their true calling.
You make a lot of good points and there is definitely a time and place to wear the hat. At least you have enough common sense to say that sometimes wearing the hat is impractical, unlike Captain Paper Cut who thinks troopers should always remember to put their hat on first, before they do anything else because heaven forbid a camera should be somewhere nearby. We're not out here to look good, we're out here to do a job. I will try to look good when it is practical but sometimes there are more important things to worry about.
One thing I've always noticed: It seems that those with short man syndrome always wear their hat because it makes them look taller. I'm well over 5'2" so I don't feel like I have something to prove.
Yeah real smart, lets get inside a violators danger zone and commit battery on the violator with the brim of our hat, in order to goad him into a fight. Good thing you retired. What a disgrace. And by the way that would look real good on the new cameras that we all have.
Here is an FBI paper that may be of interest: The Psychological Influence of the Police Uniform http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2194/is_3_70/ai_73845616/
On the subject of "the hat": "...Even though psychological tests showed that participants perceived the officers to have authority under all of the circumstances, the type of hat varied the level of authority attributed to the officer. The traditional "bus driver" garrison cap and the "smoky bear" campaign hat conveyed more authority than the baseball cap or no hat at all. ..."
Is a combative subject suddenly going to comply because you are wearing your hat? Probably not but much of what we do is gaining some type of an edge to be able to control a situation. The hat is one tool. I think the campaign hat makes a big difference in how a trooper is perceived but my opinion could be due to psychological scars left over from Marine Corps Boot Camp.
I remember you! You were the one that would always snipe behind someone's back but whithered face-to-face. Loser.
You have to be more specific, that describes about half of the patrol now.
Sound like that asshole incompedent Bob French we are sure glad he is gone and Frear is great to work for.. U could NEVER find French but Frear is always around
WE ARE SO GLAD FRENCH IS GONE. IF WE COULD GET RID OF HIS LAZY CHEATING SON AND HIS FRIEND MATIZA
You should improve your spelling...
I'm not going to trade insults with an idiot...it's a waste of energy. Make a difference instead, why don't you?
Bubba, I like what you have to say. Keep it coming and don't worry about the haters. I wish you had been one of my supervisors because you sound like you can apply common sense to real life situations.
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