This block we worked the weekend leading up to Valentines day. The weekend before any sort of holiday or event tends to be busy as some people take the opportunity to celebrate on the weekend. I also worked a modified Charlie shift only having a partner for 1 of the 4 shifts.
I start the day in our other zone again with a quick breakfast. The morning gets off to a fairly routine start and I have time to conduct a few traffic stops. Surprisingly the theme of the morning was 3 drivers with no driver’s licenses. All 3 had been cancelled or revoked for one reason or another and all 3 were stopped because they had very obviously committed driving offenses in front of me.
As a matter of habit we try and always have a quick early breakfast together in the zone. From my previous management experience I can tell you people bond over food and for a group of people who have to rely on each other in critical situations, this is essential. Having said that, everyone is aware and ready to get up and leave at a moments notice and pay for a meal uneaten should the need arise. We catch up on a personal level on what happened on our days off or vacation, we chat about things we want to get done during the block, find out what we can help each other with and there’s always some light-hearted jokes thrown in.
Another platoon was short staffed so I took a call out shift to help out. I took a report of a found child’s bicycle in someone’s yard and was able to locate the rightful owner and return it. Returning property to anyone is rewarding, returning it to a smiling child is especially rewarding. Prior to lunch I was dispatched to a report of an assault and ended up tied up for most of the early afternoon taking statements and locating the suspect. Shortly before the end of shift I saw an MVI take place on the highway. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. Continue reading Impaired getaway driver