Do any of you wear those metal EMT badges often worn by LE? If not, why? I’ve heard the argument that is makes us look like LE already
Please elaborate, I have to know the story about thisMy former agency did. They were issued by the department, and part of the uniform. We had the option of purchasing cloth badges out of our own pocket and using them instead, which most of us did, because it was easier (and safer).
Purchasing your own badge is a def no no. using a generic EMT badge is just ugly. But if your agency uses badges as part of their standard uniform, than do what your boss tells you do to.
BTW, FDs have badges. private security companies have badges. the TSA has badges (and they don't really do anything other than annoy passengers and waste taxpayer dollars, and are definitely not law enforcement). the NYC Dept of Sanitation has badges (and dress uniforms, but that's a whole different topic).
So saying a badge makes you look more like law enforcement is a generalization that isn't always accurate, as many other industries have badges as well.