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12-01-09, 09:46 PM #1The Reason People Hate Cops & Causer of WarSupporting Member Lvl 2
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Patrol - The Essential Heart of Police Work
Rather than distract the thread about the Lakewood shooting -- I'm starting a new thread.
In that incident -- a patrol officer found and dealt with the suspect. Just like a trooper on patrol duties caught Timothy McVeigh. Just like a patrol officer responded to the Ft. Hood shooting and dealt with that. And there are plenty of more examples.
Patrol is often called the backbone of a police department, because the backbone is an essential element of a human being. But I disagree with that description. Patrol isn't the backbone; the backbone is a key support for the body, but you can live with a damaged backbone. Patrol is the heart of police work; patrol officers are the daily face of the department to the public. Odds are that if a person has contact with an officer -- it's going to be a patrol officer. Patrol is almost always the first to arrive on scene -- and often the last to leave the scene. Cases are more often than not solved by information patrol officers obtain, often before the first detective is even notified... Their's a reason that the rest of the department is considered to be Support Operations, to support patrol.
Too many times officers see patrol as only the start of a career; too often a patrol officer is seen as "just" a patrol officer, as if they would have become a detective or done some specialty or another if they were any good. Officers too often focus on getting out of the uniform, out of patrol... I've seen too many detectives who don't remember their roots -- or people in specialties who are only there because they couldn't really hack patrol.
I'm currently assigned as a detective. I've got probably a little over a year left in my position, and I have every expectation of going back to the road, back to pushing a cruiser, answering calls... And I'm looking forward to it! I miss the variety of the work; I miss the freedom of working the road. I miss being the first one there... I miss the camaraderie with my squad, pulling up side-by-side and bullshitting...
Let's all remember that without an effective patrol section -- the rest of the department isn't going to be effective, either!Voting against incumbents until we get a Congress that does its job.
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12-01-09, 09:54 PM #2
You hit the nail on the head.
Unfortunately many police administrators forget that quite often.
I could never imagine doing anything other than what I'm doing now (in terms of LE). I'd never want to be an investigator, or Sgt, etc. Gotta be on the street, taking calls.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
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12-01-09, 10:00 PM #3
When something big happens, good or bad, I tell officers "Those guys sat in roll call and picked at each other, shared a cup of coffee and went in service just like we are doing now. An hour from now something you do might change the course of American history... ask the guys that were on scene with Rodney King." I've also used the story of the McVeigh trooper, who stayed focused on his job even with the horrible things that had happened. Patrol IS the heart and soul of the department, along with the most visible and representative part of the department. Sometimes officers need to be reminded of the gravity of that job, good and bad because they tend to view themselves as "just a patrolman".*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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12-01-09, 10:02 PM #4
You are right'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
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12-01-09, 10:30 PM #5
Patrol is like the infantry. There are specialized units, support units, but it all revolves around the officer shagging calls for service. I look at my MDC at the end of the shift, and count the calls. Yeah, 80% are BS, but it's that other 20% that make this the job it is. Nothing wrong with wanting to advance, but it seems the really good guys always end up coming back to patrol.The six o'clock ruleI tell them to act according to the six o'clock rule, a phrase that causes most of them to say, "Huh?"
I tell them to use this little test before they decide to do something. If they were to do what they're thinking about, and it became the lead story on the six o'clock news, would they be proud? Would their department be proud, and would their family be proud? It's a simple way to live your life both personally and professionally.
"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain
12-01-09, 10:30 PM #6
12-01-09, 11:02 PM #7in the warriors code there's no surrender, though his body says stop, his spirit cries...NEVER. deep in our souls, a quiet ember, knows its you against you, its the paradox that drives us all. its a battle of wills, in the heat of attack, its the passion that kills, and victory is yours alone.
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12-02-09, 02:15 AM #8What's the nearest cross street?Verified LEO
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I came back to the road in 2006 after being a detective for 3.5 years. Everybody thought I was crazy, but I missed the road. Sure detectives were interesting, but I find patrol to be more satisfying in many respects. Even with all the silliness. Excellent post.
Don't forget the night shift cop who caught Eric Rudolph after all those years of Federal agents, military and what not looking for him.
12-02-09, 08:38 PM #9
I've been patrol for almost 5 years now, and I can't imagine doing anything else. I have absolutely no interest is the support positions or admin. I'm set to go to day shift patrol next summer and even this has me torn because of the bs the day guys put up with. The support postions have a purpose, but what was it that came first, patrol or investigations?
12-02-09, 08:55 PM #10
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
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12-02-09, 09:29 PM #11
I'm the Chief at my dept and no matter how many people work for me, you can always find me on patrol!Just because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!
12-03-09, 12:21 AM #12Dirt Road DeputyVerified LEO
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Patrol is the most important for sure. There has to be someone taking calls for service.
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