Monday, August 23, 2010

Really?

All schools are back in session today and you should remember to drive carefully and please be on the look out for the little ones.
With school back in session it reminded me of a story that happened to me while on patrol. I have posted about this before, but with school back in session, I thought I should post about it again.

When I got off of probation 28 years ago, they gave me a patrol car and a radio and told me I was on my own that day, my first time without a partner. It was a strange, yet exciting feeling as I got behind the wheel of a police car by myself. I was so young (19), I think my voice was still changing. Within the first ten minutes of my shift an incident occurred. Not a big incident, but an incident just the same. I was traveling 20 mph in a 20 mph school zone when I noticed a car pass me doing 40 mph in the school zone. This is it, my first traffic stop by myself! I pulled this violator over to tell him of the dangers of speeding in a school zone. 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. As I walked back to my patrol car to write the ticket, I checked the date and realized it was SATURDAY!
What now?
I walked backed up to the nice man and quietly told him that I had the wrong car and he was free to leave.

Part of police work involves common sense and quick thinking on your feet. I am sure that it is not intended for these kinds of situations, but it still helps.
Be safe out there today!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

LMAO! You were 19? Wow. How come you got to come on so young? Great story, great blog!

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

When I joined HPD, you only had to be 19 years old. Of course now yo must be 21. Thank you for the support and the compliment on the blog.

Anonymous said...

Awesome story Officer McCoy. I do not know any officers that would admit that they are human. This is why I love this blog. HPD Rocks. One day I will wearthe blue with you. I will make sure I check the date when I write a school zone ticket! LOL

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

Please learn from my mistake! LOL.

Anonymous said...

Great story. Love the blog!

Anonymous said...

GREAT ending to the story, as i started reading i prepared for the worst and thought a kid got ran over or something, instead got me a very good laugh!!! Great Job McCoy,

Anonymous said...

Wow this made my day!