Thursday, August 26, 2010

An officer has been eyeing the same three hoodlums hanging out on the same street corner for months. It's apparent they are selling drugs. He goes to stop one of them who takes off running. The dealer leaps over a car and hops over an 8 foot wall like it's not even there. The officer runs around the wall to find a 2-man unit sitting there doing paperwork. His radio accidentally keys up and we all hear him shouting "how the hell can you sit here and not see that crackhead run right past you!"

A 15 year old gang banger who "borrowed" his mom's car rear ends a guy at an intersection. The gang banger flees and is chased by the guy with his kids in the car. The guy cuts off the gang banger who winds up hitting him again. The gang banger gets arrested for hit & run and the other guy is cited for no driver's license and no insurance.

Officers responded to a call of a suspicious Asian male at an Asian restaurant. Huh?????

Three males robbed a woman at an apartment complex. Two were caught and ratted out the third one who eventually surrendered after a brief stand off.

Three other males committed a home invasion and as they fled a resident shot at their car. After a brief chase and a dog bite later all three were caught and arrested.

A man backs out of a driveway and speeds off while weaving across the road. He stumbles during the sobriety tests and has to be carried into the intox station where he refuses to blow. The video is dark and hard to see. As a result the idiot assistant district attorney prosecuting the case calls the 2nd time drunk driver "sober" and dismisses the case.

An officer runs a license plate and gets a stolen hit. When he tries to stop the vehicle a pursuit ensues in which the suspects strike a car and keep going. He goes to his house where both occupants bail out and are soon caught. The juvenile driver (it is later learned) is being investigated for a rash of burglaries. When a sergeant asks him if he even cares about where his life is going the juvenile felon asks "does it really matter." The sergeant says "son one day you'll end up dead or in prison just another street statistic and you know what? Nobody will give a f*** about you or your life!" He just sat there silent.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wickersham Commission Findings Continue

Chicago PD Lieutenant Speaks Out

Wow! Very interesting read. When I was in the academy many moons ago I remember the instructor saying the biggest danger will not be the crook on the street with a gun. The biggest danger will be our own administration. He was ever so right! More careers are harmed by administrative decisions rather than street crimes. Granted there are officers who bring it on themselves. However there are also officers whose only real offense is they ran afoul of someone in power. Over the years I've seen these types of officers;

Broke D***s or ROD (retired on duty): These guys have been on the job for decades. According to them they have seen and done it all. There is no way to verify this except to find someone they used to work with and ask them. These guys are tired and want to ride the wave into retirement trying to squeeze in a few more years and a few thousand more into their retirement. Some of them won't complain when they just answer their calls and do enough to stay off the radar while the rest gripe and mumble. The latter strike me as having been lazy even in their youths. These guys are set in their ways and are resistant to change and anything short of a direct order will fight all the way to the bank.

Generation Xer: I guess I would fit into the group. We grew up with old school upbringings (unless the parents were hippies) and went through all the trials and tribulations of a teenager of the 1990s. When we get into law enforcement we hear war stories from the old timers and if we're smart we take notes because we can learn from them (both what to do and what not to do). Sometimes we can be a bridge between the last generation and the next generation.

Generation Y: Not sure how these guys/gals were raised. They are embedded with a "me" attitude. Not sure what drew them to police work but they feel they should be given banker's hours with weekends and holidays off. "Someone else" can work the other shifts. They don't grasp the principle's of duty, sacrifice, and paying one's dues. The previous generations learned that sometimes you have to make sacrifices and schedule your personal life around the job. This generation feels the job shouldn't ever interfere with their social life and become upset and act like toddlers throwing tantrums when it does. They tend to feel they are being picked on and love to be the victim. When they tell a story the facts get rearranged to portray them as being the victim. It isn't that they are lying (90% of the time), that is how they perceive the situation. They don't understand that someone is trying to guide/teach them while they are getting spanked. However because of their narrow mindset they cannot see that.

As with every rule, there are exceptions.

On the other hand there are different types of leaders.

There are those who have not forgotten what it's like starting out and working up. He understands their people are going to mess up and depending on how bad and how much damage is done it isn't necessary to toss the wolves fresh meat. He cares about morale and is happy to pass out compliments and "atta boys" to let his troops know they did a good job. He also knows that sometimes someone will need to be made an example of after committing (or omitting) some action that really causes some damage and embarrassment. He also understands that politics play a hand in law enforcement administration. How much depends on the individual leader. Some keep it to a minimum, others allow themselves and their agencies to be an arm of politics.

While there are certainly other categories of leaders I will refrain. If you want to add some categories of your own you're more than welcome to do so in the comments section.

Read the blog post here....

Monday, August 16, 2010

A crew of burglars has been driving authorities nuts. Or it maybe more than one crew. Sometimes the power is cut off, sometimes they just kick in the door.

Things came to a head for a family with a mentally ill son (adult). Several previous calls to that house left officers few options as in nothing had happened. The son finally wound up in a mental hospital and was released to come home and stab his step father to death.

Another young man with issues wrote a suicide note and left the house after finding out his dad refused to pay for the type of internet connection that would support his world of warcraft. When told my emergency personnel he was going to the hospital he began acting like a possessed demon until he was told it was a medical facility, not a mental ward. I wonder what he did when he found out the truth.
A young man is pulled over with his 3 year old son and girlfriend (not the kid's mother) in the car. The inside of the car reeks of marijuana and the man has a long criminal history. He's arrested because his license is suspended. While waiting on his grandmother to pick up his toddler son and girlfriend, she reaches down and picks up a bag of weed right in front of the officer. She wants to protect him so she winds up going to jail herself ruining her clean record. All for a worthless criminal boyfriend.
A prison guard is stopped for a traffic violation. Her passenger, an ex convict boyfriend. I guess you could say they met at work. Nobody should wonder how inmates get drugs and other contraband.

Been incommunicado for awhile. Just trying to stay under the radar.