Patrol duty can be really long and tiring. You will have headaches, minor injuries, heartburn, and you will spend a lot of time in weather that drives most people indoors for the night.

You can make your life on the job a lot better by taking the time to pack and carry some little things that you are sure to need.

Put a creature comfort kit in your bag. Why? It is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and have to pay $5 for a 25-cent item in a convenience store on a midnight shift.

Little things such as antacids, pain relievers, lip balm, sunscreen, Band-Aids, extra boot laces, and extra back clasps for uniform pins can make your life a lot easier.

And bring a towel. It will rain on you. Yes, I know you have a rain coat, but you’re still going to get wet. Bring a towel. It’s worth its weight in gold when you are really drenched.

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William Harvey
William Harvey

William Harvey

William "Bill" Harvey is currently serving as chief of police in south central Pennsylvania. He retired from the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with recruits, rookies, and FTOs.

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William "Bill" Harvey is currently serving as chief of police in south central Pennsylvania. He retired from the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with recruits, rookies, and FTOs.

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