Any fellow Police Officers using the Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by braz989, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. braz989 macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    I just won the bid on ebay for my new 42mm Stainless Steel Apple watch with a black and a white sport band as well as applecare+ for $550 flawless condition and can't wait for it to come in!

    I was wondering, do any of my fellow police officers on this forum use their watch while on duty? The only thing I am worried about is breaking it while in a physical confrontation with someone, but that's what the apple care is for. I was also thinking about how convenient it will be to access the maps on the watch when in a car pursuit out of town so that I could easily give dispatch my location. Any apps that help you guys on the job?

  2. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    There was a guy OD'ing on heroin on the floor in the food court at the mall last week. The first officer who responded was wearing a stainless watch with milanese loop. His whole arm was tattooed, full sleeve. I wonder how it effected the heart rate monitor. So yeah, I've definitely seen at least one police officer wear it on duty. Enjoy your Watch, you're gonna love it!
  3. Armen, Aug 17, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2015

    Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Get one of these. Spigen Tough Armor case. Will match your uniform and sidearm.

  4. ivandr macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    In no way would I ever attempt to tell you how to perform your job, but I find that maps can be a bit slow on loading and catching up with where I am. In a situation where seconds matter, it might be quicker to unlock a phone via touchID and open up Maps or Google Maps to grab location that way (the phone also has the benefit of the larger display making it easier to read street names quickly).
  5. sbuntin macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    Portland OR
    ivandr is correct. In the few seconds (or minute) that maps takes to fire up on the watch, you'll have travelled quite a bit. If you're looking at the watch waiting for it to update, you'll be out of the pursuit very quickly.
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I agree with the previous two posters regarding Maps being slow to start on the watch. This could possibly improve with Watch OS 2. However, once you locate your destination using Maps on the iPhone, and start driving directions, then it hands off seamlessly to the watch. I imagine it could help get you to your destination quicker and safer. Do try it sometime when you are not involved in an emergency to familiarize yourself with how the watch guides you with taps to the wrist.
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I am by no means a police officer. But I can tell you the SS model takes a licking. I've banged it against walls and furniture countless times without a scratch. It's much sturdier than any iPhone you've used. But that's not getting into a physical altercation with anyone.

    One thing it may help with is calorie tracking. Back at class now I'm seeing how many more calories I burn there than I did in the summer. I more than doubled my daily target on Monday. I wouldn't say too much is ready to rely upon for your job on a consistent basis. The turn-by-turn nav assist helps a lot, but I'm assuming they have something better for you guys in the cars. Please tell me they do.
  8. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    I'm a corrections officer and use my watch on a daily basis as a replacement for my G-Shocks. I was worried about the same thing so I just got apple care for it. Having the watch is crucial as it's the only way to tell time in the jail and need to keep track of stuff in log books. Also, it's alarm and timer functions are a necessity as we have to do 30 minute tours.

    And I used to work in a police department before this job and have been in a pursuit before. There is no way I would've considered using the maps function on the watch in that case. Way to slow I think.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    They spend a fortune on their laptops mounted in their vehicles and they should provide all the mapping functions required. Interacting and using the AW while driving is not the easiest thing to do. I would much rather use my phone but am lucky to have NAV built into the LX dash.
  10. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois

    Armenia's suggestion about the Spigen Tough Armor case, I think, is spot on.

    Enjoy your watch on your watch. :rolleyes:
  11. ZebraDude macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2014
    Naperville, IL
    I would recommend the Lunatik Case and strap. This way you can keep your sport bands clean and bright for off duty and it would get a cool G-Shock look while on the job. I have never dinged my watch and I am a caregiver for my mom.who is putting together and tearing down a wheelchair from a car 10 times a day and am always hitting my wrist on something and wheeling in a person on a wheelchair you are always banging your wrist.

    Ps. The case is great BUT you need to use the tools properly and tighten it VERY well!
  12. Blakjack, Aug 20, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2015

    Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I've been wearing my stainless steel on duty since I've gotten it in May. My squad mates and other officers are just waiting for it to be destroyed in a fight or something.

    I can tell you that it has been tested in a few fights already. I will say that wearing any of the loop bracelets is a no no as a cop though. The magnets aren't strong enough to withstand physical altercations. Definitely wear a band that actually buckles.

    Two weeks ago, I accidentally banged (literally slammed against the bricks) it against the edge of a brick wall as I passed it. Sounded like I shattered the face. Looked down and there was not a scratchy be found.

    The stainless steel rim does collect scratches, but that's not because of the the job. That's just normal for wearing the watch. I bought the "Mothers" aluminum polish from Auto Zone and let me tell ya.........."It just works". That stuff polishes out all of those surface scratches with no problem.

    I use a microfiber cloth to polish it with. It's for polishing on one side and buffing with the other.

    There is absolutely no reason one should be worried about wearing their SS Apple Watch to work if they are a cop. If I were a construction worker, a lawn man, etc, I would still wear it.

    When I used to wear my G Shock, it had scuff marks all over it. Once that plastic housing got scuffed, there was nothing I could do about it. It's a tough looking watch that you didn't mind getting beat up a bit, but still compared to the SS steel Apple Watch, it scores low for me in terms of being resistant to scratching and bruising.

    The SS watch in my opinion is one of the tougher watches you can wear because of the sapphire glass and the fact that the SS rim can be polished to look like new again without taking it to a jeweler. It's a tough watch. Don't let its beauty fool you.

    And as far as using maps to get to a location, I use my phone ALOT!!! I'll load up the address in the phone, sit it down and pretty let the turn by turn say where to turn. But I use it in conjunction with the taps that come from the watch. The two working together makes for a really convenient experience.

    About it being slow to load, haven't really noticed it because I don't rely on the watch alone.
  13. ivandr macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    Thanks for sharing all that experience of using/wearing the watch in environments where its subjected to a lot. I totally agree with what you said here... the taps in combination with the phone make navigation really intuitive, especially in unfamiliar locations. I also agree that relying on the watch alone is tough but when used as an additional source of feedback (taps) with maps on the phone, its a stand out user experience!
  14. Aximalli147 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2014
    I'm an intern for the Sheriff's Office where I live and I wear mine all the time. No problems so far, but I've only been in a couple brief "physical altercations." I've been thinking about getting one those cool looking armor cases for it.

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