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The 'SWAT nod': How to tell other cops what your duty assignment is without saying a word

This gem has been floating around the internet for a while, and while its original author is unknown, the truths are just too accurate not to share


Like snowflakes, no two police officers are alike. Similarly, no two duty assignments are alike. SWAT cops and School Resource Officers are all cops, but they have vastly different training, responsibilities and types of citizen contacts.

Motor cops have the primary objective of enforcing traffic laws, while vice cops go after street drugs and conduct prostitution stings. Even instructors are different – an FTO uses different training methods than a DT instructor. Let’s not even get started on the differences between patrol officers and administrative guys.

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