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Thin_blue_line_max50

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Posted almost 5 years ago

 

Granted I am still a rookie....but does any veterns out there still get the feeling in your stomach (like shit could hit the fan be ready feeling) when approaching a car during a stop? Is that just the rookie in me or is that a alert feeling that never goes away? Or could it be that I know I am out in a rual area where back-up could be several minutes away?


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I'm not sure what you are saying.  Does this happen on every stop on only on the occasional stop.  If it is the latter, take heed, i am a firm believer in gut feelings.  i actually think that they are a result of subconscious processing of information that the consciuos mind is not aware of and a means that the subconscious communicates with the conscious mind.


If this is happening on every traffic stop, i would guess that maybe you aren't completely comfortable with making traffic stops yet.  While you need to be careful on every traffic stop, and the sh*t could potentially hit the fan on any traffic stop, most traffic stops will not present any problems (i'm assuming you are making stops for traffic infractions like speeding and running stop signs)  If all your stops are for higher risk behaviors (DUI, suspected drugs in car, known felons, stolen vehicle, etc) then you will need to be more alert.  If you could clarify a little more i could comment further.


I might add, many years ago when I first make traffic stops as a new rookie, i was much more nervous and careful on all stops that i am now, however now i do a preliminary evaluation of the driver and passengers before i ever get out of my patrol car.  i might add i make a lot of  "routine" traffic stops, mostly for speeding now, but i work day shift most of the time and have good lighting for mine, even today traffic stops are spookier late at night that in the daytime.


I hope this helps.

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Good question and one I asked my Sheriff when he was riding with me when I first started 10 years ago. He told me that he does not get that feeling anymore. I told him that I would quit when I did not get that feeling as it is what will keep me alive and being safe on each and every stop. 10 years later and lots of stops later. I still get the twinge. hope it is there for many years to come. Be safe and God bless.


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Ive been FLEO for about 1 and 1'/2 year's now (total 2 and 1/2 counting military) and i still get that gut feeling.  I agree if i ever loose it i will quit as well cause it is an instinctive thing that keep's you aleart and looking at thing's you normaly would not pay attention to.  Its not that your a rookie but its the fact that your an alert cop and ready for any thing which is def a GOOD thing.  take care!

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If you quit getting that feeling, it's time to go home. Remember, Courage is not the absence of feer. It is being scared to death, and yet going in anyway!


Be safe


Ray


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-An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
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Casscocop says ...



I'm not sure what you are saying.  Does this happen on every stop on only on the occasional stop.  If it is the latter, take heed, i am a firm believer in gut feelings.  i actually think that they are a result of subconscious processing of information that the consciuos mind is not aware of and a means that the subconscious communicates with the conscious mind.


If this is happening on every traffic stop, i would guess that maybe you aren't completely comfortable with making traffic stops yet.  While you need to be careful on every traffic stop, and the sh*t could potentially hit the fan on any traffic stop, most traffic stops will not present any problems (i'm assuming you are making stops for traffic infractions like speeding and running stop signs)  If all your stops are for higher risk behaviors (DUI, suspected drugs in car, known felons, stolen vehicle, etc) then you will need to be more alert.  If you could clarify a little more i could comment further.


I might add, many years ago when I first make traffic stops as a new rookie, i was much more nervous and careful on all stops that i am now, however now i do a preliminary evaluation of the driver and passengers before i ever get out of my patrol car.  i might add i make a lot of  "routine" traffic stops, mostly for speeding now, but i work day shift most of the time and have good lighting for mine, even today traffic stops are spookier late at night that in the daytime.


I hope this helps.


I am saying that when I make a traffic stop whether it be speed or in my case no front plate(reason to stop for no seatbelt) I get that butterfly feeling like oh shit stay alert you dont know these pep.NOTE: Most of my stops are at night in a RUAL area.


 Its a feeling like going into a new enviroment always having my eyes moving and looking at the strangest lil things. Its that kinda feeling. Like others posted its a feeling of maybe alertness. Just wondering  how you vetern military and vetern officers thought of the "GUT FEELING"



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 I still get the feeling...I agree with the rest..if you stop feeling it it's time to stop. 


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In my unit/division's tasking in law enforcement, have never done a moving violation traffic stop, but have done felony stops and that is always a rush. The more I do it, the calmer I am though. But out on a busy street, in the light of day or the dark of night, the unknown factor, the fact that you are more than likely being video recorded by a driver or pedestrian with a camera, etc etc.....its one hell of a rush.

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I avree completely with everyone who has said if the feeling stops....get out of the job.  We as law enforcement officers cannot afford to become complacent.  The wolves are out there and they are teaching each other on how to disarm us and kill us.  People always call us paranoid when we go to places with large crowds, etc but it's not paranoia....it's always checking your six and a lot of times by just doing this, you let the wolves around you know thay you are on to them and that may just be enough to keep them at bay.


I had an old friend of mine tell me that there are two types of people; the wolves who are always on the look out for the sheep who can't or won't protect themselves, and then there is us the sheepdog watching over those who cannot protect themselves.


NEVER lose that twinge.

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To clarify what i posted, yes i still get "the twinge" but  am not in terror on all traffic stops, experience will make you more comfortable on traffic stops.  I must admit traffic stops at night in a rural area are skooky, Like Forest Gump said "you never know what you will get"

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Thanks all thats what I was gettin at! I just dindt know what that feeling was when I got it but now I know! Yeah I must agree I will do just that if I lose that feeling I'll get out! Glad too know its not another ROOKIE thing that I can be heckled over.....


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Ofc_Footin84 says ...



Granted I am still a rookie....but does any veterns out there still get the feeling in your stomach (like shit could hit the fan be ready feeling) when approaching a car during a stop? Is that just the rookie in me or is that a alert feeling that never goes away? Or could it be that I know I am out in a rual area where back-up could be several minutes away?



Footin,


If that feeling ever goes away.....it's time to get out of law enforcement.  I still get that feeling on traffic stops.  You never know when the pucker factor will happen.  Always treat every traffic stop as if it could turn very...very bad.  Be on your toes and you'll go home at night.


Now, I'm not saying that I am afraid of the stop....that's not it.  It's more of a "spider sense" type thing.  It makes you observant of your suroundings.  Do not get complacent!


That is the name of the game.  Don't do something stupid and make your family miss you. 


Stay Safe.

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trust that feeling..if it ever stops it's time to find another line of work... I have been doing this for a while and its always the same...just like the first time.   stay safe.

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I always get the feeling "remember that you don't know who you're about to deal with" everytime I approach on a traffic stop.  I'm a rural deputy, and my backup can be anywhere from 5 min to 30 min away.....usually more toward the bigger number, especially if I'm the only one on duty in the county.


I ratchet down a little bit when I can see their hands, get a feel for their attitude, etc.


I never completely relax until I see them drive away and I go 10-8 on the radio.

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Moondoggie says ...



I always get the feeling "remember that you don't know who you're about to deal with" everytime I approach on a traffic stop.  I'm a rural deputy, and my backup can be anywhere from 5 min to 30 min away.....usually more toward the bigger number, especially if I'm the only one on duty in the county.


I ratchet down a little bit when I can see their hands, get a feel for their attitude, etc.


I never completely relax until I see them drive away and I go 10-8 on the radio.



 


Yeah I know the feeling your talking about.....my back-up is the same here especially if I stay out later than midnight I might be the only unit out on my side of the county.


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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

Take it from this old cranky sgt, you know as well as I do most of us die on the job from domestics and traffic stops. With vehicle tints, people willing to kill us over misdemeanors/bench warrants etc, you best get that feeling every time you approach a vehicle. Even after 35 years I still do. Its what keeps me alert and cautious instead of complacent and dead.

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Its very easy to get complacent about these things. Having a gut that tells you to be cautious ain't a bad thing.


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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

I agree 100% with most responses, I've been a cop for 22 years and when I stop a car, the first thing that runs through my mind is, where is my cover just in case.  The same way I did it 22 years ago.  Always remember, "It's always a great day, because I'm going home."

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Any and every call and stop you go on, you should be on alert. Yes the !@#$ could hit the fan on any of them, but most of the time, at least on a traffic stop, the odds are it ain't going to happen. Just be prepared for anything and everything on any call and you'll be fine, but not to the point where it is consuming you. Just have it in the back of your mind and be concious of it. Maybe your not comfortable on traffic stops yet, I don't know. The more you do them and get proficent with them, the better you will feel about them. Just remember to stay alert and be prepared for the worst on any call. You want to go home at the end of your shift.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

The day you DONT get the feeling is the day you pack it in.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Might your feeling have anything to do with the initial "catch" getting your adrenaline running?