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    POV's and Call Outs

    Is anybody on a call out system? And if so, what sort of cars or equipment do you guys have for that?
    Fuc*ing REALLY?!

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    Why on Earth would an EXPLORER be on a call out program, and what city in the world would let an explorer drive a dept vehicle or even think about having emergency equipment near them?
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    My department, we have a call out system for explorers on very rare occasions. We help with MP searches. We also had a large multi agency incident and where we went and got food, water, and transported perimeter units and stuff. Only the explorers over 18 years old and in good standing with the post. We drive our POV's to the PD and meet with the Incident commander, get a vehicle and go.

    With that being said, we are allowed to drive dept vehicles. We have dept and post policies that regulate who and when a vehicle can be used. First, explorers have to be at least 18 years old, off FTO, be in good standing with the post (Meaning they haven't been written up) and have no at-fault TC's or tickets.

    If they are then they attend the dept's EVOC training, which consists of like 4 hrs of classroom portion (Department policies, laws, good driving habits, defensive driving and a lot of advice and tutorial on how to drive). Then, you head out to the Slow Speed EVOC course and do the course with the instructor a few times, then by yourself a few times and then you have to do the entire course without hitting any cones. Then we do an accident avoidence drill and that concludes the training and they're cleared to drive.

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    Yeah it's pretty much the same thing we have with our department. We get call outs for major scenes for crowd control, traffic control, and anything else they need us for. We also get called out for search and rescue things. We drive our POVs. It's very rare that we get to drive a patrol car, but it's happened. Only under direction from a Deputy, Sergeant, or above.
    Fuc*ing REALLY?!

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    Some crazy explorer I partially know in MA told me that he has been on standby in a snow storm listening to the police scanner waiting for them to say "bring in the explorers." Needless to say he went out in class A uniforms, with no request for backup, they must really like him or they must really want to get rid of him. If that happened around here I would be out of that post faster then you can say "one more ride along."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor13 View Post
    Some crazy explorer I partially know in MA told me that he has been on standby in a snow storm listening to the police scanner waiting for them to say "bring in the explorers." Needless to say he went out in class A uniforms, with no request for backup, they must really like him or they must really want to get rid of him. If that happened around here I would be out of that post faster then you can say "one more ride along."
    Wow yeah that's not good. If we did that we'd be gone. That happened with one of the city PD explorers here. He decided that it was prudent to pull over behind an officer doing a traffic stop, strap on his duty belt and walk up to the officer and say "I'm an explorer, I'm here to help. Lets just say he was gone pretty damn quick. I'll listen to my scanner and want to help, but would I ever go out and do it without being asked to? Hell no.. I'm much smarter than that. I'd rather have a career in my future. I've worked too hard to get to where I am, to screw it up because I think I have a "Duty to Act". And full class A.. Real smart in a snow storm. Hahahaha Unless their class A's don't involve ties and nicer pants, I'd be too worried about messing my uniform up. That stuff costs money man. Haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by GungHoExplorer View Post
    Wow yeah that's not good. If we did that we'd be gone. That happened with one of the city PD explorers here. He decided that it was prudent to pull over behind an officer doing a traffic stop, strap on his duty belt and walk up to the officer and say "I'm an explorer, I'm here to help. Lets just say he was gone pretty damn quick. I'll listen to my scanner and want to help, but would I ever go out and do it without being asked to? Hell no.. I'm much smarter than that. I'd rather have a career in my future. I've worked too hard to get to where I am, to screw it up because I think I have a "Duty to Act". And full class A.. Real smart in a snow storm. Hahahaha Unless their class A's don't involve ties and nicer pants, I'd be too worried about messing my uniform up. That stuff costs money man. Haha
    I used to serve under an Explorer that flat out impersonated a police officer. He'd pull people over and write tickets in his Class Bs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seloc View Post
    I used to serve under an Explorer that flat out impersonated a police officer. He'd pull people over and write tickets in his Class Bs.
    Wow that's pretty intense. Did he get arrested?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GungHoExplorer View Post
    Wow yeah that's not good. If we did that we'd be gone. That happened with one of the city PD explorers here. He decided that it was prudent to pull over behind an officer doing a traffic stop, strap on his duty belt and walk up to the officer and say "I'm an explorer, I'm here to help. Lets just say he was gone pretty damn quick. I'll listen to my scanner and want to help, but would I ever go out and do it without being asked to? Hell no.. I'm much smarter than that. I'd rather have a career in my future. I've worked too hard to get to where I am, to screw it up because I think I have a "Duty to Act". And full class A.. Real smart in a snow storm. Hahahaha Unless their class A's don't involve ties and nicer pants, I'd be too worried about messing my uniform up. That stuff costs money man. Haha
    I don't even listen to a scanner, every Fri or Sat Night there's usually a home invasion (drugs) and the helicopter goes up, I can almost predict what happened due to the time of day and how many units responded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GungHoExplorer View Post
    Wow that's pretty intense. Did he get arrested?
    No, my Adviser used his time as an Explorer to keep the Chief from pressing charges. Obiviously, he is no longer an Explorer but the reputation of the Post took a hit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor13 View Post
    I don't even listen to a scanner, every Fri or Sat Night there's usually a home invasion (drugs) and the helicopter goes up, I can almost predict what happened due to the time of day and how many units responded.
    All we have down here is speeding tickets and party crashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GungHoExplorer View Post
    And if so, what sort of cars or equipment do you guys have for that?
    I bought an old CVPI from the car auction. It is in good shape and has a spotlight, lugnut covers, and bumper cuts from where the push bar used to be.

    I went to radio shack and bought magnetic antennas that I placed on the roof and the trunk lid. It has so many antennas that the car looks like a crab fishing boat from deadliest catch!

    On the rear deck, I placed some used Kleenex tissue boxes. I painted one side of the tissue box blue and the other side red. I also put numerous clear LEDs lights on dash and rear deck. They flash amber and green. Amber just won't do it and green isn't against the law!

    So, I sit at home listening to the scanner and waiting for them to call me out in case we have to do a search and rescue mission or crowd control. One time, I heard a bad crash come over the radio and decided I needed to respond. I got in my police interceptor and drove code 3 to the call. I don't have sireeens, so I stuck my head out of the window and made siren sounds. When I got to the call, everyone was already there. I positioned my police interceptor to protect the crash scene and told everyone I was there to help, but everyone yelled at me to get out.

    While I was on my way home, driving my police interceptor in my police explorer uniform, I saw an officer on a traffic stop. Knowing I have a "duty to act", I decided to back him up and pulled in behind him. I turned on my amber and green LED lights to let him know I was friendly. I got out of my car and put my police explorer "gun" belt on. The belt only has flashlight attached to it and although it was day time, you never know when you might need it. This officer was mean to me too. I told him I was off FTO and in good standing with the post, but he kept yelling at me and the rest is history.

    It's ok though, I decided to join fire department explorers and I saw this old beat up fire truck at the car auction! Do you think I can get a good deal on it? I think it might be leaking oil!






    j/k - troll post, but as a previous explorer I wanted to give you all some pointers of what NOT to do! Stay out of trouble and keep your sights on the main goal. One day at a time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtxpro752 View Post
    Why on Earth would an EXPLORER be on a call out program, and what city in the world would let an explorer drive a dept vehicle or even think about having emergency equipment near them?
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    We have call signs that we use for training. Sometimes if we are working a community event, we will be given radios for the event that are to be used on the secondary channel. Never do we wear our duty belts outside of the training room. The explorers that have been there for a while are allowed to take their belt home, thankfully we haven't had any problems with it. We are not allowed to drive or operate the city's vehicles in any way, shape, or form. One time at an event, they had the squads out on display, one of the officers had the job of turning on the overheads and sirens. He whispered "I wish one of you guys could do this, but that would get the post shut down."
    We are not police officers. Anyone who thinks we should be able to do anything more than we do need not to be in any community organizations, they will most likely also become very poor cops in their future, if they even become one.
    As far as call outs, we are not "on call". When we are needed to work an event, we are told via email or phone by our adviser, or at the meetings. We do not get scanners or pagers to know when our help is needed. I'm sure if they needed help with a nature disaster, we would help but we wouldn't be paged out like firemen. Haha.
    BEEEEP-BEEEP-BEEEEP Attention all __________________ Police Explorers, respond downtown for crowd control. Your time out is 1505.
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    The higher ups in my agency have g-rides for this exact reason so they can respond directly from their house. Do they ever get called out? Hell no.

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