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    SAN ANTONIO OFFICER ENDS 51 YEAR CAREER



    On his last morning as a police officer, Sgt. Alfred Trinidad reigned as the most senior cop and city employee in San Antonio's history.

    And still he didn't want to quit.

    "It's hard for me to accept this. I'm having a good time," said Trinidad, 72, his eyes wistful at his decision finally to retire. "I don't like it, but the family's been pressuring me."

    Such an attitude was no surprise to some of his close friends and apprentices, including those who packed a room Thursday at 6 a.m. in the city's central police substation with awards and cake to celebrate the sergeant's dedication to public service. In nearly 51 years of fighting crime in the Alamo City, Trinidad never really changed his approach to policing.

    Some call it a classic style of immersion in the streets, and most deem it extraordinary.

    "He has a very down-to-earth approach," said Police Chief William McManus, who spoke at the gathering, "and it's very clear that he respected those people with whom he came into contact, and they respected him as well."

    McManus added, "Hopefully, people that he mentored saw that."

    Already an architectural draftsman in 1957, Trinidad sought a job with the Police Department to support his brother, who dreamed of becoming a cop but didn't make the cut. Trinidad, who graduated from the academy in an era when cops wore neckties and drove patrol cars that lacked air conditioning, figured he'd stay on for a short while, maybe a year.

    Eventually, he realized he'd stumbled onto his calling.

    What followed was a scale of experiences - exciting and amusing, frightening and tragic - that any officer who responds to emergencies for a living must face, only stretched far beyond the two decades that typically mark the breadth of a cop's career.

    There was that morning in the 1970s when someone stole his sister-in-law's purse from her car and called to claim the reward money. Trinidad had the day off, but he drove anyway to a meeting spot and chased the suspect for several city blocks before catching the man beneath an underpass.

    He was suspended for three days for using too much force, he recalled.

    And there are stories that still make him chuckle.

    As a patrol officer on the West Side, Trinidad kept getting called to a home in which a woman alleged her husband had beaten her. Trinidad arrested the suspect twice for assault. The third time, the man pleaded his case.

    "You know, every time you arrest me, she goes out dancing," he said.

    Trinidad parked, turned off his headlights and waited. A few minutes later, the woman crept out of the back door wearing a dress.

    "From then on, I took him to his mama's house," Trinidad said.

    In 1991, the sergeant went to a North Side house in which a man had doused himself in gasoline and was threatening to set himself on fire with a match. Walking across a kitchen floor drenched with fuel, Trinidad somehow managed to handcuff the man.

    "He's a San Antonio version of 'Die Hard' - Bruce Willis," Officer Alex Cornejo said. "He's an extraordinary man."

    But the call that Trinidad can never forget echoed a loss he suffered in his own life. A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 4-year-old brother in the head with a rifle, he said.

    "He had his head wrapped up in a towel, and he was saying, 'Wake up, wake up, wake up,'" Trinidad recalled. "You question why. Why does this happen to kids?"

    In 1998, Trinidad lost his only son to a degenerative illness. The sergeant was 61. His pension had long since frozen, but he didn't quit. In 2001, he persuaded lawmakers to alter the pension law in his favor and later sued the city over allegations of age discrimination.

    Now, Trinidad said he realizes that everything must come to an end. On Thursday, Trinidad left the police substation for the last time - not to tackle bad guys, but rather to sit down with some friends over tacos.

    "I'm kind of leery," he said with a diehard cop's sense of humor. "I think I'm going to get shot."
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    To the Sgt.

    Here in Iowa, you are mandatory retired at age 62. It is nice that they let him stay as long as he did and enjoyed his employment.

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    As a patrol officer on the West Side, Trinidad kept getting called to a home in which a woman alleged her husband had beaten her. Trinidad arrested the suspect twice for assault. The third time, the man pleaded his case.

    "You know, every time you arrest me, she goes out dancing," he said.

    Trinidad parked, turned off his headlights and waited. A few minutes later, the woman crept out of the back door wearing a dress.

    "From then on, I took him to his mama's house," Trinidad said.

    I would hate to see what happened to a cop if they did that today. That is still old school real police work there though.

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    Trini as he was called, is an interesting character. The last several years, they just let him drive around and do what he wanted. He did get along with everyone in a really rough part of town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    As a patrol officer on the West Side, Trinidad kept getting called to a home in which a woman alleged her husband had beaten her. Trinidad arrested the suspect twice for assault. The third time, the man pleaded his case.

    "You know, every time you arrest me, she goes out dancing," he said.

    Trinidad parked, turned off his headlights and waited. A few minutes later, the woman crept out of the back door wearing a dress.

    "From then on, I took him to his mama's house," Trinidad said.

    I would hate to see what happened to a cop if they did that today. That is still old school real police work there though.
    I don't think I got what was happening here. Why would the wife go out dancing every time her husband was arrested, and why did that make the officer suspicious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    I don't think I got what was happening here. Why would the wife go out dancing every time her husband was arrested, and why did that make the officer suspicious?
    My Dear Naive Jenna, I don't know if you'll believe this , but the wife like a lot of people was taking advantage of the system by twisting a well intended service for her uses. When she wanted to go partying guess who would be in the way? Thats right the husband.How do you get the husband out of the way? Call the cops and tell them that he threatened to break her neck. Bam he goes to jail on an assault charge. She goes Parrrty! In the old days an officer had discretion on how to handle something like this. Now most jurisdictions have Domestic Violence Laws which require an arrest be made. Jenna your not going to believe this one either but some people abuse food stamps too! But thats another issue.
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    Sgt.Trinidad , please enjoy your well deserved retirement SIR. You sure as hell have earned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    My Dear Naive Jenna, I don't know if you'll believe this , but the wife like a lot of people was taking advantage of the system by twisting a well intended service for her uses. When she wanted to go partying guess who would be in the way? Thats right the husband.How do you get the husband out of the way? Call the cops and tell them that he threatened to break her neck. Bam he goes to jail on an assault charge. She goes Parrrty! In the old days an officer had discretion on how to handle something like this. Now most jurisdictions have Domestic Violence Laws which require an arrest be made. Jenna your not going to believe this one either but some people abuse food stamps too! But thats another issue.
    Oh, OK, thanks for the explanation.

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    Wow, what a run,, 51 yrs....

    We have one guy who is on his 40th year.
    To be a good Law Enforcement Officer you MUST know the law!

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    I salute him but at the end of 25 (or 30 if we get a DROP program) I am off like a prom dress.

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    Cripes, 51 years of Law Enforcement, I can imagine the stories he could tell, the changes he must of seen both on the street and in the department. I hope he lives a long and healthy life so he can kick back, enjoy life and share some of those amazing stories.

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    Congrats on the retirement Sgt. Trini. You've certainly done more than your share. Enjoy the "easy life".


    One of my deputies is 77. He only has 17 years on, though. Started when he was 60.

    Hope if I make it to 77, I have as much energy as he does.




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    The only thing that bothers me about this job is retirement. I don't know anything else.
    My hat is off to you Sgt. Your career time is most spectacular. Congradulations. I hope I can say the same one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    The only thing that bothers me about this job is retirement. I don't know anything else.
    My hat is off to you Sgt. Your career time is most spectacular. Congradulations. I hope I can say the same one day.

    I retired a year ago.....for 2 months! I went to the state, was hired as a Capt. for the DOC, and still work part time as a cop in a small village as well. As Lewis expressed, it's hard to give up what you know. My hat is off to the Sgt. for doing what was in his heart rather than what society dictates.
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