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Old 10-30-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Would you ride in uniform?

A friend of mine sent me this pic of a security/law enforcement officer in uniform riding an R1. My friend said the guy was weaving in and out on traffic and revving his engine like he was cool. My question is "would you ride if you were in uniform?" Think about role model as that's what civilian look at it.

To me, it's weird to ride in uniform with all the gear your wearing. People would be looking at you and watching you to see if you would break any traffic law. There are also Cops haters who would rear end you and say it's an accident.

What's your thought if you were an officer.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:41 AM   #2
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If I was a cop no. He's probably not a real cop it's Halloween maybe a costume? And I'm guessing you must be a cop?
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If I were a cop? Eh maybe, but don't thy have lockers and change at work?
Security guard: yes
Military: not in full dress but in fatigues (unless against rules)
Surgeon: would probably look weird
Zookeeper: yes, and I would wear short shorts
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But I am none of those things so that's just speculation
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There are a bunch of people who hate peace officers. .... That guy clearly wasn't on the clock. He wasn't " representing " anything. Not sure why people assume just because they have a uniform on they represent someone. If i work at mcdonalds, and on my way home kill someone, not a soul says " OMG Mcdonalds supports this ". It always seems to just happen with cops. Id totally ride that way, and he should to. Revving his engine, weaving in and out of traffic... So basically, he was driving like the other 90% of the people who ride bikes. Id tell those people who to stfu and keep paying taxes
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There are a bunch of people who hate peace officers. .... That guy clearly wasn't on the clock. He wasn't " representing " anything. Not sure why people assume just because they have a uniform on they represent someone. If i work at mcdonalds, and on my way home kill someone, not a soul says " OMG Mcdonalds supports this ". It always seems to just happen with cops. Id totally ride that way, and he should to. Revving his engine, weaving in and out of traffic... So basically, he was driving like the other 90% of the people who ride bikes. Id tell those people who to stfu and keep paying taxes
A LEO or firefighter "off the clock" can't stop by a bar on his way home and have a drink in uniform.

Bet.

Uniformed civil service members have a code of conduct...even for off duty. There's almost always a "You will not do anything while off duty that reflects negatively on the city and department" clause.
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A LEO or firefighter "off the clock" can't stop by a bar on his way home and have a drink in uniform.

Bet.

Uniformed civil service members have a code of conduct...even for off duty. There's almost always a "You will not do anything while off duty that reflects negatively on the city and department" clause.
Speeding is illigal, but because traffic generally goes over by about 10 , it's considered " the way it's done " , that's just the way society has left it.

Driving a motorcycle like again, 90% of the way society does it, isn't considered wrong. Clause or no clause, If i see a cop doing it, i'll look to my wife and be like, that guys an , just like I would for anyone else doing it. Holds no significance that he's a cop or not. Because if i got in an accident, and he was doing that, im willing to bet he'd still stop and help me out. Which is all I care about.

Crying about the details is failed logic. It was the opinion we had, that's mine. It just so happens my opinion is right :p
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Some many people would be better served by worrying about themselves a little more and less about others.
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^^^ can't argue with logic.
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I was wearing work uniform for a major company here in Houston riding to work and a guy in a truck turns right as I am turning left on my green light (he had a red but right on red wasnt illegal except he has to yield to traffic)
Well he almost hits me on the turn and he is throwing me the bird letting me know I am # 1 and yelling outta his truck window so I revv up and leave him behind until the next red light. He pulls up next to me and so I raise my visor and say "What?" As he answers I redline it. Do this twice and he is full on yelling at me , ..
Then he sees my name on the shirt and company name saying he is going to call company and report me blah blah blah...
Never heard anything else bout it. He was full of and in the wrong anyway.
But as for a LEO I could see where a hater could be a pain in the .
So if I was LEO I wouldnt ride in full duty uniform. No.
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This too^^
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Speeding is illigal, but because traffic generally goes over by about 10 , it's considered " the way it's done " , that's just the way society has left it.

Driving a motorcycle like again, 90% of the way society does it, isn't considered wrong. Clause or no clause, If i see a cop doing it, i'll look to my wife and be like, that guys an , just like I would for anyone else doing it. Holds no significance that he's a cop or not. Because if i got in an accident, and he was doing that, im willing to bet he'd still stop and help me out. Which is all I care about.

Crying about the details is failed logic. It was the opinion we had, that's mine. It just so happens my opinion is right :p
Your opinion is only right in that on or off duty, in or out of uniform...an is an , but the only opinion on "representing" that matters is the employer's.
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Very true, but uniforms tend to attract little snitches with cell phones who are waiting for them to step out of line so they can yell, "See! See! The cops are crooked!"
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The OP can't distinguish if its a rent a cop or a real cop. Most of the people who would be snapping pics and talking couldn't either. That detail doesn't matter. They are more worried that they think they can identify someone who is doing something they feel is wrong.
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If I were a cop? Eh maybe, but don't thy have lockers and change at work?
Security guard: yes
Military: not in full dress but in fatigues (unless against rules)
Surgeon: would probably look weird
Zookeeper: yes, and I would wear short shorts
Football player: might be kinda tough


But I am none of those things so that's just speculation
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I like the opinions and ideas. In my opinion, being a cop has a lot of weights on your shoulders. People look at you differently. It takes one bad cop to make the whole department looks bad. Being an officer, you are sworn to serve and protect 24/7 so people look at you as a role model and expect you to do everything right. Wearing a police uniform to ride a motorcycle isn't WRONG... but if you speed, changing lane without signal, texting (lol), your bike doesn't have mirrors because you like that slick sporty look, put your license plate at a spot where others can't be seen and etc...all of that will make people look at you a different way. In reality, people really don't give a about those minor problems listed above if the rider is a civilian.

So I can see why it isn't a good idea to ride when you have your full duty gear on.

Yes officers do have lockers to leave their gunbelt and uniform and other things in, but a lot of them have side jobs so it isn't convenient for them to leave their gear in their locker because some of them have side jobs before their duty or after duty.

I would wear my jacket, put gunbelt in my backpack, strap my pistol on my side, wear a helmet...bammm, you are disguised and you can ride like the other 90 percent of the people.
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I do on occasion, mostly during the weekend or to extra jobs when I don't have to pick up/drop off the little one. My commute is short so I'm not overly concerned about being a target to cop haters. I ride extra responsibly while in uniform for obvious reasons.

Cagers are so oblivious I'm sure half of them even notice I'm in uniform.
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Cagers are so oblivious I'm sure half of them even notice I'm in uniform.
They're too busy looking at your bike trying to figure out WTF you're riding.
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Never have, and don't think I ever will... there are too many negative misconceptions about riders and coppers, so to combine the two seems to be asking for trouble.
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There are a bunch of people who hate peace officers. But.... That guy clearly wasn't on the clock. He wasn't " representing " anything. Not sure why people assume just because they have a uniform on they represent someone. If i work at mcdonalds, and on my way home kill someone, not a soul says " OMG Mcdonalds supports this ". It always seems to just happen with cops. Id totally ride that way, and he should to. Revving his engine, weaving in and out of traffic... So basically, he was driving like the other 90% of the people who ride bikes. Id tell those people who to stfu and keep paying taxes
Don't know if you've paid attention to the news in the last 100yrs, but if you kill someone and you're wearing a McD's uniform, I can promise you the headline will read "McDonald's employee suspected of manslaughter" or some such . For McD's to not released a statement disowning and condemning the killer's actions, people will scream that Ronald McDonald supports homicide.

The uniform you wear is always going to represent more than just who you are, it's going to represent everyone else who wears the same uniform. When I arrive at a terminal to start a job, security never says "Chris is here," they say "SGS is here." When I'm riding home from my National Guard drill weekend, I tend to ride in a more conserved manner solely because of the fact that, in uniform, I'm representing the entire US military. People see the uniform and make assumptions before they know anything else about you.
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Don't know if you've paid attention to the news in the last 100yrs, but if you kill someone and you're wearing a McD's uniform, I can promise you the headline will read "McDonald's employee suspected of manslaughter" or some such . For McD's to not released a statement disowning and condemning the killer's actions, people will scream that Ronald McDonald supports homicide.

The uniform you wear is always going to represent more than just who you are, it's going to represent everyone else who wears the same uniform. When I arrive at a terminal to start a job, security never says "Chris is here," they say "SGS is here." When I'm riding home from my National Guard drill weekend, I tend to ride in a more conserved manner solely because of the fact that, in uniform, I'm representing the entire US military. People see the uniform and make assumptions before they know anything else about you.
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