Chased by Cujo

Monday, February 1, 2010 at 7:09 am

My partner (and by that I don’t mean someone who sits in the car with me – I mean someone who works the same shift as I do) was our K9 officer. His German Shepherd was like any other dog, lounged around the PD, carried a stuffed animal in his mouth, liked to be scratched […]

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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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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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Who’s Joe?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 6:57 am

Someone asked me if the character “Joe” was based on a real person. He is. Today my former partner “Joe” is employed by the FBI still based in the South. We still keep in touch; he came over for dessert last Christmas. “Joe” is not only a good friend, but he is also an excellent […]

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Two is better than one

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:55 am

When you work for a small department like I did, most of the time there are only two patrol officers on duty. I was fortunate to have a like-minded partner. Neither one of us cared much about minor speeding violations or blinker usage. Our interest was in finding bad guys – users, dealers, felons. And […]

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