Friday, July 11, 2008

What would you do?


Since I am currently out of town on a recruiting trip and out of the office away from my assortment of available media, I thought I would post a funny story about my first day off of probation. Back when I joined HPD you only had to be 19. I was 19. My first day off of probation they gave me a patrol car and a radio and told me I was on my own that day, no partner. It was a strange yet exciting feeling as I got behind the wheel of the police car by myself. Heck, I think my voice was still changing, I was so young. I was on the street, on patrol, when within the first ten minutes of my shift an incident occurred. Not a big incident, but an incident. I was traveling 20 mph in a 20 mph school zone when I noticed a car pass me doing about 40 mph in the school zone. This is it, my first incident on my own! I pulled this violator over to tell him of the dangers of speeding in a school zone. This a dangerous situation and I was concerned for all the children that could get hurt walking to school. I walked up to the window and asked the very polite gentleman for his license and insurance. The man was very cooperative and complied with my request. I walked back to my patrol car to write the ticket. As I began to write the ticket, I checked the date and realized at that point it was SATURDAY! Holy cow. What now? I walked backed up to the poor soul and politely told him I had the wrong car and he was free to leave. Part of police work involves common sense and quick thinking on your feet.

Normally not for these kind of situations.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is awesome... ^_^

Anonymous said...

That is great! This is why I love the blog. You guys are not a bunch of faceless people. You are real. I want to be part of this family. 12 more semester hours and I am yours. I have never seen anything like this on any other website. Please keep posting as much as you can. It will hold me over until I can become a HPD officer.