For those of you who don't know, I'm a rookie cop in NJ.
I actually carry off duty, give a shit about my job, and am serious about having the proper tools and gear available to me in the event of some dumb shit happening.
So recently the department issued all the officers a CAT TQ. 99% of the guys just threw it in their bag citing the fact that most of us carry too much on the belt as is. 1% carry it on our person. One guy I know rigged it to the epaulet on his shirt, and I carry mine in a 1110 CAT TQ holder on the belt behind my gun.
The other day at muster, it was brought up that the supervisors had a meeting with admin about the dept purchasing holders like the one I had, and were wondering if guys thought it'd be a good idea to keep them on their person. Naturally all of my coworkers were against the idea, and the Sgt said well it's just the new guy then. I brought up the point of what's the use of having one issued if you can't get to it in time?
I was allowed to keep it on my person and everyone is just going to be big boys and girls and do what they want.
Also, apparently nobody has ever brought a light on their off duty gun to qualification, which blew the rangemaster away. Initially I wasn't going to be allowed to carry the light on the gun, as I wasn't on the special ops team, and there was no policy on lights. I argued that we're getting lights on duty guns in a few months anyway, and I need to be able to positively ID the threat. They like us carrying a flashlight off duty for that reason, and I argued that having a weapon light would supplement, not replace the handheld.
I'm one of two guys in patrol that aren't on the special ops team that are authorized lights on the off duty guns. Other guy is another Marine who I gave a TLR-1 to that I got hired with. I'm also apparently a lunatic because I carry a spare mag off duty. About half the department has off duty guns they're qualified on. The other half don't bother. Of the half that does have off duty guns, a smaller amount carry spare ammo.
I'm also the only guy on the squad who volunteers to pull out a shotgun everyday. Nobody wants the thing. I also keep an OSOE 12ga Micro Rig loaded with an IFAK and 30 extra slugs in my bag along with 7 other mags for my duty gun with duty ammo. All ammo and mags were purchased by yours truly, something that's apparently unheard of. I'm not allowed to qualify with a rifle, dept issued or personally owned, until I'm off of probation, so I'm pulling the shotgun out every day until then.
For shits and giggles, there's an extra identical IFAK in my bag, and an extra CAT TQ in the bag as well. I'm currently on FTO still, so I don't carry as much as I'd like since the Chargers we use are tiny as shit and the trunk is non existent. Once I'm cut loose though I'll definitely have a few more items in the car with me, like a dedicated medical bag. I worked EMS in town prior to being hired, so I get sent to all the EMS calls since none of the senior guys like first aid stuff.
Just wanted to vent. It's frustrating sometimes but it's nice knowing that when shit goes south, I'll be ready.