Wednesday, November 04, 2009


It's frustrating to work in a place where no one understands police work. It's one thing to be blissfully unaware of things that don't affect you. I'm blissfully unaware of lots of things that don't affect me, but I don't inflict my lack of insight on people who care about such things.

The educators have their job to do and I have mine. What I find particularly frustrating is when someone asks me to get involved in something then fails to bring me up-to-date immediately when the situation changes. In short, if you report something stolen and ask me to work the case, and shortly thereafter that property is recovered, I'd really like to know about it. Immediately. That's kind of important. I'd also like to interview the person who recovered it while they're holding it in their hot little hands.


I love my job, but sometimes these people frustrate the hell out of me.


Pamela Zydel said...

Yes, recovered stolen property would be good knowledge to have. Duh. Where is common sense? Must've left with respect, eh?

I feel for you; my brother is a Police Officer and he tells me stories that makes my hair curl.

Stay strong, we need good men like you and my brother!

Rivrdog said...

When I worked as the Enforcement officer for Juvenile Court, the lack of attention to reality was epic.

It was ALWAYS about what sort of emotions ran around in Junior's twisted brain, and NEVER about M/O, previous record, gang associations, etc.

Just for grins, I used to sit in on the Brown Bag lunch seminars these Juvenile Court "professionals" held. The FIRST thing I observed was that there were two standards for female miscreants and males, despite the well-known fact that without the support of the female gang members, most of the juve male gangs would collapse.

The SECOND thing I observed was that the juve judges were almost always volunteers who stayed in that branch for years, sometimes an entire career. That sort of specialization absolutely ruins the quality of justice dispensed in those courts.

For a cop, the hardest detail to work was and is Juveniles.

My hat's always off to any who do well at that detail. I didn't, and I had to pull a lot of strings to get out after 6 months and go back to District Patrol.

James said...

It is true of many professions. I repair high tech medical machinery for a living. It is truly frightening how highly educated people can have no clue about the machinery they are supposed to be running. About 1/2 of the calls I get are the result of ignorance/operator error, and these machines are directly concerned with keeping people alive.
What is even more fun is when a machine breaks or the operator can't figure out how to run it, they will either hide it in the store room and not tell anyone, or simply hang a sign on it saying "broken". It is impossible for me to fix a machine that I don't know is broken. It is difficult to know where to start troubleshooting with out at least some hint of where to look.
Of course., after they have parked a few machines without telling anyone, I will get an emergency call saying they don't have enough machines for te patients.
This what we call job security.