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Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  Uncle Bob

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8/14/2006 3:28:00 AM

Inspector Gift,

Your local police department will know where to get them in your area.

Badges are not a good idea.

Uncle Bob,


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  david yount

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8/14/2006 5:22:00 AM

InspectorGift.... [URL=http://www.galls.com]www.galls.com[/URL] for badges....I''ve got one and rarely ever have it with me.
UB... why is it a bad idea? I do both building inspection and code/zoning enforcement and write non-traffic citations etc. A badge will calm a resident down from time to time. I don''t wear it EVER but rather keep it in a wallet with my cards


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  willsdad03

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8/14/2006 6:22:00 AM

A badge is just a source of a power trip! IMHO


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  stookeyphxfire

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8/14/2006 6:52:00 AM

[i]Badges? We ain''t got no badges. We don''t need no badges. I don''t have to show you any stinking badges![/i]

I was issued a badge and shoved it in my drawer. The only folks that need them are police officers. Even if they didn''t have them I could figure out their role given the graphics on the car and stuff hanging from their belt.

It''s nothing more than a silly piece of tin IMHO.


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  Builder bob

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8/14/2006 7:00:00 AM

Badges tend to cause problems.


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  Uncle Bob

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8/14/2006 7:08:00 AM

I have been a code enforcement officer and building inspector.

My ID card w/picture has always been enough identfication in both cases.

Send one building inspector out with a badge; and one with an ID card. After only one month you will see a difference in attitudes. Also, the contractors and public are more amenable; they feel more at ease; when you have an ID card as opposed to a badge.

To me the ID card says "I am here to help with code compliance"; and the badge says " I am here to enforce the law".


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  david yount

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8/14/2006 7:25:00 AM

Good point UB...I guess it''s an individual thing as to if it would cause a power trip or not. I never was effected by the whole power thing..Your point of I''m here to help vs. I''m here to enforce the law makes sense.
Usually I don''t even carry my tag with me I have shirts provided with Borough of ____ and that''s all I need usually.


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  InspectorGift

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8/14/2006 7:29:00 AM

Thanks for sharing your views. The voices of experience are valuable.

Our Building Dept. is being asked to take on the ugly work of investigating illegal occupancies, evicting squaters, prosecuting repeat viotators, investigating complaints, and discovering crack houses, etc... The reason we are thinking of getting badges is for code enforcement and writing citations. I think the badges will be used mainly to help reinforce the confidence of the person if challenged. Granted they will probably not see much daylight or use, but they seem like a cheap investment when it comes to helping with code enforcement.

Thanks, again.


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  packsaddle

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8/14/2006 7:42:00 AM

hey terre!

hope all is well.

can you imagine the chaos that would ensue when you show up on the jobsite with a badge?

illegals would be running in every direction.

productivity would be interrupted.

closing dates would be postponed.

builders would lose money.

stocks would nosedive.

the nation as a whole would financially collapse.

just kidding!

i actually like the idea of a badge.

it doesn''t matter whether you''re wearing a badge or a photo ID or a leisure suit -- once you write that red tag you automatically metamorphose into an [i]*insert your favorite expletive here*[/i].

and when you get between someone and their potential money, look out.

btw, i think a handgun would be a nice addition to the toolbelt, too.

[i]"excuse me, but does this [URL=http://www.springfield-armory.com/images/xd-pistol/XD9802Large.jpg]XD[/URL] make me look fat?"[/i]

of course, those of us who have concealed handgun licenses are already packing......the others just don''t know it.

i''ve primarily worn badges when condemning houses.

either way, good luck!


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  david yount

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8/14/2006 7:44:00 AM

Gift,
Check with your local magistrate (if you have one) he/she may want you to be sworn in in order to do the leg of code enforcement you are heading in....... my heart goes out to you. That''s what I do from time to time myself...make sure your truck is packed with mace,a serious flashlight capable of self defense,rubber gloves,disposable slip-over boots, and hand sanitizer... you''ll need em.
POP


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  david yount

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8/14/2006 7:45:00 AM

shhhhhhhhhh pack don''t talk about GLOCK....shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  IH

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8/14/2006 8:01:00 AM

I''ve had one for 13 years, I think I''ve had to show it one time to gain entrance to a home. It does works to get us into the county fair!! To quote a phrase, "Badges, we don''t need no stinkin'' badges!"


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  BPHolland

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8/14/2006 8:54:00 AM

I don''t need a badge, but I wouldn''t mind a stun-gun and some pepper spray. A night stick would be effective as well... ;)


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  Michael Cox

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8/14/2006 9:56:00 AM

In my jurisdiction, a pictured I. D. is not only a good idea it''s required by Section 104.5 (2003 IBC).

If the situation arises that a badge and/or firearms are required, we rely on the S.O. They are typically very helpful and they are the ones who get paid for gunfights.

My suggestion is that if you are going to strut around posing as a law enforcement officer, you had better complete academy training first.


   

Re: Badges for Building Officials & Inspectors By  david yount

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8/14/2006 10:03:00 AM

pees,
I think you might be missing the point through the chuckles, nobody thinks for a second that they are operating as a cop in any way.... unfortunately some of us do condemn horrible buildings full of crack-heads and raw sewage. Do we have a cop at our side as much as possible or at least on speed dial ,, heck yeah. A few carry firearms to protect themselves others do not..
My basic "kit" is mentioned above and it works well for me to also have a change of cloths in my office.....as far as badges..UB makes a great point that makes sense.... as far as firearms ,, most municipalities say NO and for your employer to look the other way only puts you in danger...danger of being sued in this all too crazy world


   

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