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Poll: Officers: Are you left handed

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Posted 10 months ago

 

Hi,


I have worked in law enforcement environment since 2001 and have noticed that the majority if not more than the usual # of officers are left handed.  I also notice that on shows like The First 48 and Cops etc.


I have decided to research more and selected this as the topic for my grad school writing assignment. I would appreciate any help that can be provided.


Basically what I am looking for is to either prove or disprove that law enforcement has more left handed people (officers) than other professions...say than teachers etc?


From that I will research the why.....thank you!!


If you can please....poll the officers in your department give me the total # of officers and how many of them are left handed.


Thank you!!!


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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

Good morning Dora and welcome to Police Link.Having been an Officer and Deputy Sheriff for some twenty seven years I noticed very few left handers,or no more than the other members of the public.This is a subject which never reared it's head at roll call .9-5,or 8-0.I am now retired so cannot interview fellow officers or Deputies.Hope you find the data you need.Maybe the Good Lord is simply making more left handers than when I was active.I would not put that on your paper however,as I know that the vast majority of academia don't believe in the good Lord.I have a couple degrees also.

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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

Not much help either, all 5 of us in my dept are right handed.  Put a request to get thsi moved to an open forum.

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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

I did not vote because my category does not exist in your choice selection.  I write left handed.  Everything else I do is either straight up right handed like shoot a firearm (right eye dominant), throw a ball and bat primarily right handed (can swithch hit) or do otherwise exceptionally well ambidextrous like swing a hammer.


As for numbers of officers on muy department that are right handed vs left handed: We are currently staffed with 13 officers, 4 Sgt's and the Chief. 18-0 right handed.  Our one left hander lateral transferred to another agency about a year ago.

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Rated +2 | Posted 10 months ago

 

Left handed officrs are the only ones in their right mind...


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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

JIMROC says ...



Left handed officrs are the only ones in their right mind...



BUMP!


You can't cure stupid.

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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

Well I can't knock lefties,I married one.She twists' her arm,wrist fingers in about half a dozen different dirrections,turns the paper almost completely sideways and has at it.She has beautiful penmanship.It would take me twenty minutes to get in that position and I would probably break something.A number of years ago I found a perfect (huge) cup for her,as I have a cup collection.Shure enough it shows a guy in that same position,writing and the cup states(Hire the left handed,it fun to watch them write).


 

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Rated +2 | Posted 10 months ago

 

 One of the greatest things about computers (specifically MDT's) is the invention of e-citation. I can now just enter a person's OLN and 28 information plus the information on the infraction and click print to issue a ticket. Saves me from looking goofy writing one left handed. 


You can't cure stupid.

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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

Definitely wish I would have had that capability,especially when I was working traffic.I'm from the OLD,OLD ,OLD school.

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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

7 officers 1 lefty (who is leaving us) but Undersheriff writes right handed and shoots lefty and a retired Deputy wrote lefty and shot righty.


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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

7 City, 13 county here. All right handed.

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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

Left-handed for writing, baseball, and golf. Right-handed for everything else.

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Rated +1 | Posted 10 months ago

 

Thank you all for your response....by the replies received, it seem as if my observations have been off.  Mmmh now to rethink the topic for my paper.

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Rate This | Posted 10 months ago

 

Not sure this will be helpful, but maybe it will give you an idea on how to approach your research.


When I was taking the academy firearms class, I discovered I am "cross-eye dominant" (I'm right-handed, but left-eye dominant).  My instructor said I would have to learn to compensate, or could simply decide to become left-handed when it came to police work and how I wear my belt, etc (but that I would have to decide soon so as to develop the muscle memory skills at the start of my training to make it easiest).


I decided to stay right-handed.  I have to turn my head a bit more than most to align my sights, but other than the bloody noses I suffered when I first fired a shotgun no problems.  To fix the shotgun issue, I close my left eye slightly to force my right eye to take over... at least that works for me.


My thought on your research was this...


1) Any of your lefties face the same choice at start of their career, so they switched to left-hand shooting?


2) Is there another attribute (physical, mental, personality, etc) that is more prevalent in lefties than righties, one that might make them gravitate towards LEO work, given the way it has "evolved" in the past 60+ years?


Back when my dad was hired, Departments focused on physical characteristics (according to the stories he tells...you were DQ'd for being too short, not having all your teeth, and "excessive ugliness" ... who decided THAT?).  Now we look for education and hire folks under 5-feet.

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Rate This | Posted 10 months ago

 

I've been retired for almost 3 years now, but I had at least 4 officers during my tenure that were left handed (both to shoot and write). It never seemed to bother them. I was always grateful that when they left, their equipment came back, and I always had a left-handed holster available for a new hire, which "made their day".

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Rate This | Posted 10 months ago

 

 I'm kind of like you Metro; I am right handed but left eye dominant.  I actually compensate a different way.  I still shoot the handgun with my right hand, I just move the gun slightly to the left and stand in a modified weaver stance to force my left to be forward and align the gun with my right eye.  Longer guns howere, like the rifle or shotgun, I shoot with the left hand (even a bow but I can't find any use for one of those on road patrol).  I actually thought doing this would conflict with the shells being ejected in the long guns but they came out with so much force they cleared my right arm with room to spare.