Friday, May 15, 2009

Looking for Direction?

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Every police academy class goes downtown and directs traffic before they graduate. We have all done it. I remember the experience like it was yesterday. It was a very cold day in December and I was in the middle of the intersection when a elderly gentleman pulled right up next to me and stopped. I blew my whistle and asked him to proceed. He did not. He slowly rolled down his window and motioned me to come over. I walked up carefully to his window and he stuck out his fist. He was trying to give me something. I opened my hand and he dropped a "Rollo" (caramel candy) in my palm. "Keep you warm officer" he yelled, as he drove off. This was my first interaction with a citizen as a public servant. I knew right then and there that I had made the right choice in my career path. I will never forget this kind gesture.

These pictures were taken yesterday of Academy Class 203 continuing the tradition of directing traffic. I was so proud of these cadets as I watched them experience it for themselves. It was much warmer that day than it was for me so long ago but they endured the heat and did a great job.

8 comments:

vuong said...

whoot! go class 203
saw them today at the police academy for police week =)

Anonymous said...

Love the story! Do they still make Rollos? Those are great! Great post today sir!

Anonymous said...

Look forward to reading your blog every single day!

LT said...

Great post today, Mike. Nice to end Police Week with a view of the future.

Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely one of the best posts yet!! Directing traffic is one of the most dangerous assignments. Thank you, Officer McCoy for highlighting these officers!

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for your blog, I wouldn't have gotten past my family's initial reaction of "But you might get shot!" (I still don't think they're past that.) I especially like the "What Did You Do?" videos.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Officer McCoy! And thank you for the blog! I don't think that I would have considered joining HPD without it.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh the fun times in the academy. Putting us out in the middle of the streets of downtown Houston. It is the 1st time they turn you lose on your own to make decisions as a public servant. (Do I stop traffic on yellow or wait til the light turns red??) Go out there and make the decision to sign up for a career that YOU can make a difference in. As busy as us recruiters are, it is always a pleasure meeting you, the applicant.

An HPD Recruiter