Originally Posted by dnthmn2004
wow, thats a lot of stops. average of 20 stops per hard working day. for 5 years straight. fishing for warrants, eh?
Actually only about 15/day, 5 days a week, 51 weeks a year (gotta take a little time off).
Fishing for warrants when riding a motorcycle? He!! no! Cannot transport, gotta call for a patrol unit, that pisses off the patrol supervisor, I rarely ran anyone for warrants, When I did it was because they gave me strong indicators they were likely wanted for something fairly major, not piddly a$$ traffic warrants. Search cars? Only when probable cause was established (Smell of burnt marijuana, etc). Ask for consent to search? I don't have time for that crap. Write 'em and cut 'em loose. Stats, baby. Motor cops are all about stats. OUr agency policy is "No verbal consent" Consent must be in writing, period. Stats. Yup, all about stats. But, in our book a warning is the same as a citation for stats. I wrote far more warnings than tickets. No one got a "Keeper" for less than 15 mph over the limit. Not worth my time to mess with the guy going 65 in a 55 when the next guy that goes by is going 90.
The pace of 15/day makes for a fast day. I am of the belief that the position I hold is not my job. It is the County's job. They just pay me to do it. I am going to earn my pay and give the County 40 hours worth of work each and every week. Investigating collisions, working radar/laser in school zones and neighborhoods, backing the patrol units when they need it. Yeah, it is a necessary function.
I have never killed anyone, never shot at anyone much less into anyone. I have had several situations that would have been justified in pulling the trigger, but I chose not to and they turned out all right. 24 years and going strong.