There seems to be a lot of differing opinions around the dept with this so I'm curious what you guys think.
This is for off-duty only where you are required to have your agency ID and/or shield on you. Here we are required to have our ID on us at all times and are only required to have the shield if we are carrying.
There are 3 different schools of thought:
1. Badge Wallet: ID and shield are always in your normal every day wallet so you always have them.
2. ID in everyday wallet, shield in separate case/holder. ID always on you, shield when you need it.
3. Completely separate wallet cases. Everyday wallet is personal stuff, shield/ID case is just for that.
The problem I have with #1 is if you are robbed (and you're not carrying or can't get to your weapon) a thief could ID you as a LEO and shoot you on the spot. It has happened in the past. Some guys just dismiss this possibility and do it anyway, they don't want to be bothered with two things to carry. Plus depending on the wallet you have you could be telling every one in the supermarket what you do.
Being ID'd as a LEO is still possible with #2 but if you bury your ID in the wallet a robber likely wont find it until after they leave the scene.
#3 allows you to only ID yourself when you want to and not be made before then. The problem is bad guys also know some LEOs carry two wallets, but carrying the shield/id one in the front pocket will almost eliminate that marker. A variation on this is to have your every day wallet that has your shield and ID and a throw away wallet with a few bucks and some cards to give to a robber.
I'm currently in the #2 group, but may move to #3.