Summertime patrol: 5 everyday safety essentials
Protecting you is vital if you plan on helping others, deterring crime, and most importantly, getting home at the end of the day
As I sit here on my patio in the wee hours of the morning after a relentless, non-stop night of bar fights, family disturbances, live grenades found in a closet and your normal major accidents one after another, I’m hot, bothered, and tired from the heat.
Then it hits me. Maybe it’s just the ungodly heat index. Or the full moon. Maybe everyone is restless and pissed off waiting for football season. Perhaps it is all the teenagers that are out of school. Whatever the reason, if you have spent any amount of time on patrol, you’ve come to realize the truth in the rumors about how crazy it gets out there in the summer. You may not be able to put your finger on the cause, but one thing is certain, it’s the truth.
So, there are a few essentials you may need out there on your beat during the hot summer solstice. Protecting you is vital if you plan on helping others, deterring crime, and most importantly, getting home at the end of the day.
Below is a short list of five essential things to carry in your patrol vehicle to get you through the tough times:
#4.) Bug Spray
#1.) Ballistic Vest
One last thing... It’s good to have clean towels. Sweating profusely on a call is like watching that overdramatic preacher on the TV on Sunday mornings. You know, the one whose head looks like it has a waterfall of sweat pouring off of it. Especially with a short hair cut, you will be raining copious amounts of perspiration off of your noggin, and when you are finally able to crawl back in the a/c in your cruiser, the first thing you are gonna want (and need) to do is dry your head off.
These are some common sense guidelines to go by to get you through the summer months. If you’re a rookie, ask those veteran guys for any additional tips that are specific to your region of the country. Then, hit the shower, go home and pop a top or two off your favorite cold beverage and enjoy your summer before it’s time to start bitchin’ about the cold that’s on its way.
Stay safe out there.
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