Originally Posted by PCH
I am afraid this argument of "Intimidation" just doesn't cut the mustard.
Europe, Australia and virtually all western nations police use flip up helmets. Large numbers of people are used to it. I just don't believe this argument.
There is obviously a bigger reason?
It's not THE reason, just one of MANY reasons.
Read the full thread, if you would be so kind.
To summarize...these are the reasons most, but not all, motor officers in the United States wear half or 3/4 helmets:
1. That's what they've been wearing for years (departments are slow to change, and PEOPLE are slow to change--plus, different helmets = massive equipment changes which are expensive)
2. Better peripheral vision
3. Better air flow/cooling
4. Better visibility of the officer by the public--something that is expected here in the States, more so than in other countries
5. More "approachability"
6. Ability for the officer to keep the helmet on during traffic stops, rather than having to de-helmet (allowing a small margin of extra safety, quicker return to the bike if necessary)
7. Potential reduction of "intimidation factor" among SOME members of the public who might get put off by someone wearing a full-face helmet, particularly if that restricted sound of voice, or ability to see an officer's face
8. "because that's what the motor units in the agencies around us do" (see #1)
9. Identification (full face helmets could be "anyone" but a half or 3/4 helmet with a badge on it is recognized as "the police")
10. (jokingly) easy access to donuts
So, no, the intimidation thing isn't the only argument (not sure why "argument" is the word being tossed around here), it's one of many. As discussed, some agencies are using flip-up/modular helmets as a best-of-both-worlds answer.
Of course that's only my opinion, that and $6 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.