I used to keep them in my cruiser in case I had to direct traffic or something. The department issued gloves would have allowed me to pull a trigger or apply handcuffs, but they did nothing to prevent frost bite. The other officers said the mittens looked unprofessional, but in my opinion comfort trumps pride in most cases (definitely not all). So they remained in my console right next to the accident forms. I love them, and although I don't get as much use out of them here in So. Cal. I still dig them out in inclement weather. They are the gift that keeps on giving.