I'm not currently OTJ, but the agency I'm hopefully going to get hired by (good chance) bans patrol officers from having weapon lights. The only officers allowed to run weapon lights are SWAT guys, and only during SWAT operations.
The agency rangemasters and firearms instructors have threaded barrels for their weapons to run suppressors (don't know why, but 'Merica), but nobody else. You have the option to carry a Remington 870 w/ SF light fore end for a long gun, or a DRMO M-16A2 (yes, the A2 handle that doesn't come off) if you qual with it (only offered once per year, you just can't go qual to put another rifle on the road), but not both.
Oh and snipers on the SWAT team aren't allowed to draw out patrol rifles when they're on the road. Only shotguns. Nobody knows why that is the case.
Only 2 officers in the 200+ dept are allowed to have personally owned rifles as patrol rifles, and no rifle is permitted to have an optic. 20 round mags for patrol rifles, only SWAT can run the 30s. Irons only. Single point slings are the only authorized sling. I'm a two point kind of guy myself, but single point is way better than 3 point. Until you have to go hands on w/ someone, then you're getting smacked with the rifle.
Agency duty ammo for the rifle? AE .223 62 gr BALL. BALL AMMO! Yes, my mind was blown as well. Granted, ball ammo out of a rifle barrel still will pack more of a punch than ball ammo out of a handgun, and ball ammo in any case certainly beats nothing, but for fuck's sake man, there's way better choices out there.
Nobody has an active shooter setup, like a bag or a vest. I have both I plan on using, because I'd rather be alive to face the admin, than be dead but within policy. Also have an IFAK I plan on carrying as well. I'm paranoid about being prepared.
I asked if I'd be able to run a Safariland 6280 instead of the Safariland SS III 070 triple retention holster (I call it the widowmaker), but they're set on everyone having the same holster. Equally offensive is the fact that if I were to carry the agency duty weapon while off duty, I'm required to carry it in a godawful SERPA holster. Don't get me started on that nonsense.
All my handguns have lights. My off duty gun will have a light in addition to a handheld light I carry.
The town is 25 miles w/ 100k pop, 24 schools, a shopping mall, dozens of shopping centers, and other target rich environments. It's only a matter of time before an active shooter incident comes to the area. I'm convinced it's a ticking time bomb. I plan on being ready once I'm OTJ. Just gotta wait until then. I currently work EMS full time in the town on the same 4 on 4 off schedule as the cops, so I'm slowly getting the ones I'm friends with to get on the preparedness bandwagon. I've made them IFAKs and got them to submit requests to attend TCCC training. It's a start.
On a side note, is your agency hiring?
Edited by Jersey0311, 22 October 2013 - 04:14 AM.