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Old 04-23-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Paranoid?

So I've been working as a police officer (well a glorified ride along..)for about 2 months... and today I got my first feeling like someone was trying to get me lol I half way feel paranoid.

My "partner" wanted to look for a new case for his phone so we went to the Sprint store. We were in there a while when this typical looking dirt bag (yes profiling.. bite me) walks up close to me - on my gun side. I only have a .. well maybe stage 2 holster. Little finger button and then the "retention" holding my gun in.. so I always have it covered with my arm.
So I move away from dude.. it didn't work he comes again. I turn around so at least he's not on my gun side - he then walks around the display so he's on my gun side again. It was like I couldn't get him away from me or my gun side!!
Thankfully we left before he could get any closer. He went back to the front of the store when we did so.



Do I really think dude was trying to get to my gun? Not really... but it was still a thought in my head that I just didn't like. The guy i'm riding with just shot and killed a guy a few months ago so I felt like I had good backup! hah BUT i'd be highly.. highly pissed if someone attempted to touch my weapon!

Should I get use to that little voice inside my head that feels uneasy about these things? Maybe I would have felt better if I had my gun belt on with the very cool puzzle like holster on lol
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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maybe he just likes a gal in uniform.....
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:41 PM   #3
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Nothing wrong with being aware of any and all possible threats. Something could happen when you least expect it, so always be expecting it like you were. Would you rather be paranoid or caught off guard?

I say good for you for being alert!
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #4
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The question is not whether or not you are being paranoid. The question is whether or not you are being paranoid enough.

Women tend to have a sense of intuition about people around them that I have learned to trust in my wife. Trust your instincts.

You might also consider being proactive. "Sir. Your continued movement to place yourself on my gun side is making me very nervous. Would you like to give me some space or should I just shoot you now and get it over with?"
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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So I've been working as a police officer (well a glorified ride along..)for about 2 months... and today I got my first feeling like someone was trying to get me lol I half way feel paranoid.

My "partner" wanted to look for a new case for his phone so we went to the Sprint store. We were in there a while when this typical looking dirt bag (yes profiling.. bite me) walks up close to me - on my gun side. I only have a .. well maybe stage 2 holster. Little finger button and then the "retention" holding my gun in.. so I always have it covered with my arm.
So I move away from dude.. it didn't work he comes again. I turn around so at least he's not on my gun side - he then walks around the display so he's on my gun side again. It was like I couldn't get him away from me or my gun side!!
Thankfully we left before he could get any closer. He went back to the front of the store when we did so.



Do I really think dude was trying to get to my gun? Not really... but it was still a thought in my head that I just didn't like. The guy i'm riding with just shot and killed a guy a few months ago so I felt like I had good backup! hah BUT i'd be highly.. highly pissed if someone attempted to touch my weapon!

Should I get use to that little voice inside my head that feels uneasy about these things? Maybe I would have felt better if I had my gun belt on with the very cool puzzle like holster on lol

I probably would have confronted him after your second avoidance. Some small talk with him or just the "Can I help you?" will usually deter them or at least throw em off their game.

Youre not paranoid, it is just instinct. I cant even have people walk in my "blind spots" or tap me on the shoulder. Rather be safe than sorry. At the end of the day, I know I am going home.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:09 AM   #7
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Glad Im not crazy then

I've held off on talking much since I've been told a few times my role is to listen and learn. The other guy I'm going to the academy with talks a lot... They all say he's going to get in trouble a lot at the academy and possibly on the road (he use to work at the jail so he already knows a good amount of these people).
I rather not be talked about and just stay quiet.

Although if we were in there much longer I would have let him know I was aware of him being there and focus my attention on him while giving him the look of a pissed off woman

Also I know the "wow it's a woman cop" and this wasn't it. I get that look A LOT! I'm starting to get better at ignoring it. Oddly it's the women who actually stair and make me feel a tad odd lol
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Is it possible you were being "tested"?

I've done stuff like that with my step-daughter when she showed an interest in shooting. I used to walk all around her with her Daisy Red Ryder to make sure she stayed aware of where her gun was pointed.

Anyhow, I believe in trusting your instincts! Stay safe!
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:26 AM   #9
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I am not a LEO, but that type of awareness is a necessity if you are carrying. Good Luck!
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:44 AM   #10
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I have been on the road for five years now and this is something that happens to us all. Like stated earlier I would not clasify it as paranoid but instinct. Even when I am off duty I am constantly watching people and everything going on. It is just something that comes with the job. Its what we are trained to do.

Took a little for my wife to get use to me watching everything but she understands.

Good luck on your training and be safe out there.
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alot of gun enthusiasts will wonder what kind of gun you carry and stare at it in attempt to see. however, good to be aware of your gun side. even when i'm not at work I constantly move away from people to create distance and always stand with my gun side away from people. just habit. good job. Always size people up cause they are sizing you up.
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alot of gun enthusiasts will wonder what kind of gun you carry and stare at it in attempt to see. however, good to be aware of your gun side. even when i'm not at work I constantly move away from people to create distance and always stand with my gun side away from people. just habit. good job. Always size people up cause they are sizing you up.
This is what I was thinking, he was looking at your gun. You have been trained to always be mindful of your gun side, I never even carry anything in my gun hand. It's just habit. BUT you are a law officer, in uniform, ask the guy what he's gawking at or tell him to back off. If it made you uncomfortable or put an antenna up, something isn't right. Let him complain that you were rude to him, you can explain why. BTW do they give you the option to use whatever holster you want? If so spring for a level III.
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Not saying that this was happening but as you may know, convicts regularly practice disarming techniques in prison. I was at the range yesterday for night qualification and the range officer, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy-full of war stories told me that there was a case where this bad guy walked up to one of two officers with the intent of shooting them both with one of the officer's weapons. He trained to karate chop at the weapon and then quickly remove it from the holster before the officer reacts. This genius karate chopped at one of the officer's right side as his training called for with his right hand but.....the officer just happened to be left handed.
As you have been told, every call you will go to is a "man with a gun call" because you carry a gun so always know that guns are game-changers.
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Never ever ignore that little voice or whatever your gut tells you... I will take paranoid and over protective instincts over death any day. Good job on staying alert, too many of us are caught off guard and end up paying the ultimate price. FYI I will not go out in uniform without my level III holster and my noisy cricket on my leg.
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Never ever ignore that little voice or whatever your gut tells you... I will take paranoid and over protective instincts over death any day. Good job on staying alert, too many of us are caught off guard and end up paying the ultimate price. FYI I will not go out in uniform without my level III holster and my noisy cricket on my leg.

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