Books and Hurricanes

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 10:46 am

When I decided to leave police work and get my master’s in English, I never dreamed I would have to read so much. Of course, most all of the books we studied were the classics written by authors such as Shakespeare, Plato, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, Melville, just to name a few. I fell in […]

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Police Academy, the sequel

Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:57 am

…a group of teenagers walked up the hill and right into the middle of our “takedown” complete with our drawn (but unloaded) firearms. In the instant they reached us, the teens screamed and ran full speed back down the hill. We never had a chance to explain what was going on. It was a scene […]

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Police Academy, not the movie

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:19 am

To work as a police officer, you have to go to the police academy first. My program was nearly nine months of nightly training in a variety of disciplines including legal, first responder, physical training, tactical training, firearms and other areas germaine to police work including driving…Our instructors were tough and smart, and the students, […]

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Guns and no roses, part II

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 7:17 am

I’ve pulled in behind him at a gas station, and asked him for his driver’s license and insurance. I walk slowly back to my police car, stalling for time. After a few moments, I return to his car to tell him I’m going to give him this cheesy ticket and return to my car to […]

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Guns and no roses

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 7:56 am

You forget, just sometimes, that there’s a gun strapped to your side when your working the streets. You remember, immediately, when there’s a threat to your life. I was working one day when the sheriff’s department sent out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a particular car with a certain plate. The department had […]

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Cops and donuts

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm

There’s a misconception out there that all cops eat donuts, are overweight and out of shape. In my particular department, 90 percent of the officers were in shape and cared about their health and appearance. But for me, especially as a 5′ 4″ 120 pound woman, I wanted my fellow officers to know that I […]

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Running in Place

Friday, January 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

I don’t know how football players do it…of course, I’ve never played the sport, but donning those pads on their shoulders and thighs, and wearing the helmet must make running fast a little more challenging. That’s what I learned the first time I ran after a suspect wearing my gun belt. The gun belt isn’t […]

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My Mom was a Spy

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Okay, not exactly. But she did spy on people by using approved methods like the ever-present, ever-on scanner. Why she originally got one I’ll never know. But she loved listening to the police and emergency personnel over the airways to find out where the action was. That’s how she found out my Dad was about […]

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Tiger Woods and why more is expected

Monday, January 18, 2010 at 11:32 am

Our local paper recently reported on an arrest of one of its own for domestic violence. But police officers should know better, you’re thinking. You’re right, of course. We expect them to abide by the same laws that they are required to enforce. But like all humans, we make mistakes, sometimes huge ones. Take Tiger […]

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Hospitality of Alabama

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:19 am

I visited Brewton, Alabama earlier this week to introduce myself to their newspaper staff. Just like you would expect, I was greeted with Southern hospitality. Even though my family from there has long-since died or moved away, they were interested in hearing my legacy of law enforcement that began with my grandfather who served as […]

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