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METAL VS SEWN ON

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Posted almost 5 years ago

 

DOES WEARING A METAL BADGE POSE A RISK? I THINK BEING AROUND INMATES AND POTENTIAL CRIMINAL PUTS US AS RISK WHEN WEARING METAL BADGES. THEY SHOULD BE SEWN ON . WHAT DO YOU THINK????

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Rated +1 | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

 We wear both.  When were on Atv's or Bikes we wear our Class B's (sewn on)  But nothing compares to the Real Deal metal badge!  I never would give that up!!!

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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

I like my metal badge, but I cant stand when I get a faulty clasp and it falls off when I take my seat belt off, and I dont realize till I am out of the car. 


I think if you were working at a jail with inmates I would prefere sewn on ones though, just becuase you could have a nice make shift shank with the metal badge. 

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Sew on for anything but Class A. It's safer, more comfortable.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

For patrol we wear the 5.11 class B regular duty uniform. Pinned on badge, name plate, etc.


At night we wear the 5.11 TDU's with everything sewn/embroidered.


More so from the standpoint of that you don't need all that reflective stuff when you're trying to creep around. IMHO.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

My department used to allow us to wear uniforms that had the badge sewn on and our names were embroidered onto the shirt.  Then, the new chief decided he didn't like those anymore and made us change to new uniforms with metal badges and name plates.  I would go back to the sewn on badges and embroidered names any day, and the vast majority of the department would like to go back to the other uniforms as well.


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CPD158 says ...



Sew on for anything but Class A. It's safer, more comfortable.



fully agree!  what i dont understand is how they allow C.O's to wear them in the jails and prisons.  not bad mouthing them, i worked corrections for 4 years, but i just dont know why they wear badges in there.  yes i know they already have shanks and things, but why add to their collection of possible weapons?


either way, sewn on is best for everyone, except for the dress uniforms.  our night uniforms are all swen on, but days is all pins.


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I'm an old fart. Nothing like a neat, clean uniform with a badge and name tag. I guess I learned that in the Army and it just carried over to my Police career.

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Depends on the duty assignment:


If I am working the jail or in any type of a prison / detention facility, I would prefer a sewn on or embroidered badge.  If I am wearing a standard class B uniform, the real deal on the uniform shirt is the only choice.  If I am wearing a jacket or a coat, the badge can be sewn on or embroidered because at some point, that jacket is coming off and the real deal will be on the shirt.  Besides, ask anyone that knows me...... I very seldom, if ever wear a jacket or coat.  If I am wearing my TDU's...... the badge is embroidered.  Fortunately, our department allows this uniform.  It is simply more comfortable.  Obviously, the real deal for any dress / Class A or B uniform.

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Sewn on

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Now i cant actually say one or the other, becuase i have neither. But my whole life all i have ever wanted was a metal badge. Its material, i can take it off and look at it. And think "This is what i worked for.....". I would think that a sewn on one would just kinda cheapin it ya know?


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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

I'm an old fart also. Nothing like a nice clean pressed uniform and a shiny badge. I even polish my badge. I got that from the Military as well. (All brass clean and polished) You newbies can have your sew on badges and your tacticle uniforms... Give me a pressed uniform with a polished metal badge any day.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

Shiney stuff on a field uniform is rediculus.  Sew ons are safer for target reduction and easier to maintain cleanliness.  Keep all the shiney stuff for the dress uniform or those that are relegated to administrative duties or office bound.  If there is a detail that requires "Palace Guard Duty" then one can use the shiney stuff to impress the public. 

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

Being the old fart that I am we never had the sewn on anything but always the shiny polished metal stuff. During the day for those of us that are in public I still want the bright metalwork with the neat, cleaned and pressed dress type uniform. I believe with all my heart that it conveys professionalism and pride.


Now yes in the jail, nothing metal is good. Also at night I can see wearing a uniform with sewn in nameplate and badge and non reflective shoulder patches, just make sure when stopping vehicles you are wearing a reflective vest so you don't get your arse run over.

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csiguy says ...



Shiney stuff on a field uniform is rediculus.  Sew ons are safer for target reduction and easier to maintain cleanliness.  Keep all the shiney stuff for the dress uniform or those that are relegated to administrative duties or office bound.  If there is a detail that requires "Palace Guard Duty" then one can use the shiney stuff to impress the public. 



You are speaking as if all departments have a "field" uniform and a "dress" uniform. For a lot of departments, the "dress" uniform is no more than wearing a "class A" jacket with the regular patrol uniform.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

Both uniforms types have their place in Police work.  Depends on what your purpose is.  There will always be a debate on what should be worn on duty. 


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PETE114 says ...



Both uniforms types have their place in Police work.  Depends on what your purpose is.  There will always be a debate on what should be worn on duty. 



Well said Pete.... My old ancient azz agrees with you 100%. BUT I STILL LIKE A SHINEY BADGE!!!!

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

We do not have an option. Issued metal badge and nameplate. I think that the sewn on would be a lot more practical and more comfortable. Our Chief is a "old school" kind of guy, so it will not change in the near future.

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

I am authorized to wear two different uniforms at my job, one requiring the metal badge (class 3), and the other being BDU's with a sewn on badge (class 4).  I prefer wearing the uniform with my metal badge, as it is much more professional IMHO. I save the BDU's for training and going to the range. 

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Robocop33 says ...



Being the old fart that I am we never had the sewn on anything but always the shiny polished metal stuff. During the day for those of us that are in public I still want the bright metalwork with the neat, cleaned and pressed dress type uniform. I believe with all my heart that it conveys professionalism and pride.


Now yes in the jail, nothing metal is good. Also at night I can see wearing a uniform with sewn in nameplate and badge and non reflective shoulder patches, just make sure when stopping vehicles you are wearing a reflective vest so you don't get your arse run over.



Well said. When I become a cop I hope I Have metal badge because JROTC has enstilled in me the importance of keeping my brass clean so I know how to lol. I do agree with you that it depends on the time and what the assignment is


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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

 We have sewn on's on our outer vest carriers but we still keep our badge on underneath.  The sewn on's are much much better for every day patrol due to the fact that the metal will grab onto stuff, come undone and get inevitably scratched.  

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

I dated a retired homicide detective who turned his badge into a belt buckle.  Now can you do THAT with a cloth patch?!!