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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

2 officers per cruiser or one?

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I was asked an interesting Question today. "What would/do you prefer cruiser to yourself or shared with a partner?" It got me thinking for a bit and truthfully I found it not so simple to answer. So of course I used the good old fashion "Well It depends."

Sometimes it's nice to have a partner like when you are going into a sticky situation. It's nice to have someone covering your butt. It's also nice sometimes to have someone to talk to on one of those shifts that seems to never end and there is absolutly nothing to respond to.

Then on the other hand I thought about the downs it can sometimes have too. Like those times when you want space to yourself or are not in the mood for chatting. Other times when the weather outside is nasty and you don't feel like standing out in the rain/snow/cold fumbling to get gear out in the back, when it could simply be beside you in the passenger seat.

Anyway before I go into a tanget I would like to see what some of you folks feel.

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well, doc, that's a good point. in most metropolitan police dept's, they ride two per auto. i wouldn't have it any other way. if you want solitude, ask the desk officer after roll call to assign you a foot post. i especially feel that troopers or highway men should ride w/ a partner. we've all seen the dash cam footage of solo officers going down on a lonely dark highway. anyway, that's my view. thanks for letting me share.

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WOULD I GET TO PICK MY PARTNER? MIGHT WORK SOME PLACES BUT NOT HERE. WE ONLY HAVE 2 OR 3 ON A SHIFT AT A TIME.

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TWO!!! In case of Officer Assist Call! Hello! Duh.

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Strength in numbers.

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I would perfer a two man unit for the following reasons:
1. The company.
2. Commaraderie
3. Safety
I can understand the reason why quite of few agencies do not have two man units such as cost effectiveness and greater potential of coverups.

Regardless I would like to have a two man unit especially those long night shifts that never seem to end.

Jim Miller

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

its a no brainer...
2 man units

1 copper can only safely control one suspect,, and be challenged at that
2 coppers can control multiple people safely... and do 10x the work.. shaking cars and dirtbags doesnt mean asking for backup or handcuffing people to phone poles while you shake a ride

everything I can think of is better.. from report writing to booking to foot pursuits to just handling a mouthy citizen
I hated being a one man unit.... as a sergeant it was lonely and I was denutted of one testicle from being a copper anymore

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i think from a safety stanpoint alone, it should be a no brainer. of course it helps if you have a steady partner. personallity conflicts aside, 2 is greater than 1. even on a traffic stop, i'd feel better about writing a summons while my partner was watching the occupants of the vehicle stopped.

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also, notme, in my dept. a boss would have a chauffer. rank has its priveledges.

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In the city back-up was never all that far away and whenever we heard another officer stop a vehicle or take a call we would ease that way whenever possible. We also had both one and two man units. I was mostly in a one man unit and preferred it that way. I was even the solo motor unit of the three of us with the other two mostly riding together. When a hot call went down another unit would back you up unless called off. By having the one man units we could cover twice the area. Studies also showed that the greatest danger to an officer and the officer that was most likely to get hurt was a single officer with a two man unit back-up or an officer in a two man unit. Why is subject to theory but it seems that they were not as alert to danger as when they were by themselves and more inclined to be 'macho' in front of another officer. My practice was to always assume the worse and be ready for it because someday it will happen so you best be prepared or you are going to get hurt.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

For my job, we work in no man's land. I'd love to have a partner every chance I get. We normally ride solo. I can tell you I'll be solo tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and so on until next week. Next week I'll have a partner one day, then back to solo. I'll take all the prayers that are sent up for me.

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AZ, i for one will be praying for you. please carry a back-up weapon and a working cell phone. STAY SAFE!!!!

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for me i like to patrol alone, i do not like having anyone in my office with me.

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for me i like to patrol alone, i do not like having anyone in my office with me.

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I prefer one officer cars too. In my city we run mostly one officer cars and it works well for us. We usually have 7 or 8 cars out at a time plus we boarder 10 cities and we all monitor each other and help each other out, no matter what city they are with. Once in awhile when I do get partnered up, its with someone that has a diferent idea of what they do or mostly don't want to do while on patrol.