While sitting at my desk trying super hard to come up with a new blog topic for the day, I heard the sound of a whistle blowing outside. The sharp but distant tweetings were coming from a nearby soccer field, signaling that what was likely an exciting game was currently underway. And then it hit me, I once wrote an article about, of all things, police whistles. So, without further adieu, I present to you … a Saturday “tweet.”
Police officers use whistles to attract the attention of motorists and pedestrians, and to call for assistance from fellow officers.
Prior to the use of whistles, officers used hand rattles to summon back up. Radios eventually took the place of whistles; however, the shrill-sounding devices are still used when directing traffic or for signaling pedestrians.
Types of police whistles.
The model 300, a solid brass, nickel-plated whistle, comes with a water-resistant cork ball. This high-quality piece of police equipment can even be imprinted with a logo of choice.
Finger whistles are equipped with an adjustable finger band.
Whistles are available in various colors, such as those pictured below. They’re made of molded plastic.
Whistle with lanyard and rubber safety tip.
Rubber safety tips in assorted colors.
Whistle hook (pins to uniform shirt).
20″ snake chain with button hook (attaches to shirt button and whistle).
Civilian Safety Packs contain a whistle for blowing when in danger, and a key ring that can be used as a weapon of self-defense. The manufacturer advertises this pack as being ideal for people who live alone, college students, women, and senior citizens.
24K gold-plated whistles are sometimes presented as awards. They come in velvet-lined walnut cases.
And, just for fun, the number one song on this day in 1966.
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