I am a 911 dispatcher and control operator for a major metropolitan city. These calls are real.
This is my diary.
I am the police, and I’m here to arrest you. You’ve broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law, but I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg, or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with gray bars. If you run away, I will chase you. If you fight me, I will fight back. If you shoot at me, I will shoot back. By law I am unable to walk away. I am a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am fate with a badge and a gun. Behind my badge is a heart like yours. I bleed, I think, I love, and yes I can be killed. And although I am but one man, I have thousands of brothers and sisters who are the same as me. They will lay down their lives for me, and I them. We stand watch together. The thin blue line, protecting the prey from the predators, the good from the bad. We are the police.
Brian Taylor — End of Watch (via serve-protect)
Entire team of firemen trying to pick a movie for tonight at the firehouse.
Some decisions require true teamwork.
Hey picking a movie we all want to see is tough! Lol
Guys we already watched my sisters keeper remember we made an oath never again
"What about Pretty Woman!"
"No Bre, not again."
☀️G’morning peeps☀️ This pic captures two Rosenberg, TX PD officers playing a ‘lil 🏀2-on-2🏀 with neighborhood kids. Is there anything wrong with this pic? Apparently some community members felt as though their tax dollars weren’t being well-spent. Ive always felt that it’s better to spend a few minutes showing the youth that we are interested in them and care, rather than spending an hour booking them later, down the road. I’ve never passed a kid with a 🏈🏀⚾️ without at least saying “hello”, and if that leads to a few minutes of tossing the ball around, then Im okay with that. What are YOUR thoughts? #heart #police #lawenforcement #leo #officer #thinblueline #tbl #sheepdog #lapd #fire #emt #dispatcher #igers #fitfam #love #live #life #lift #laugh #happy #smile #inspire #inspiration #motivate #motivation #basketball #football #baseball by la_5_o http://ift.tt/1oRtlbI
I like this picture. As a taxpayer, it warms my heart to see officers taking time to interact with the people they serve. They get such a bad rap nowadays, and while it’s not always well-deserved, I think there are plenty of indiscretions that make their way into the public eye. Officers are people too. Most people don’t realize how much down time the officers sometimes have between runs and patrols and reports. I consider activities like this an investment in our community. No one deals with the police because they’re having a good day. They deal with the police when they’re sick, sad, scared, lost, confused, and heartbroken. Everyone either saw something, experienced something, or did something horrific. This is good PR for the departments but beyond that, it’s good for people to be reminded that the officers serving you come from your neighborhoods just like you.
It builds a bond of trust, one that officers often struggle to earn. I think that if they don’t already (but I think most do) the officers should make an effort to get to know the people in their neighborhoods. Say hi by name, if possible. Communities themselves are one of the most important assets in crime solving and prevention, and the job of police is made that much easier if they trust each other and are willing to help.
So to the people who complain because they feel this wastes taxpayer money, I wonder how they think it should be better spend if not building strong community relations.
Yet again I am sharing bad news. Last night I said that for some officer somewhere out there, tomorrow is his last. Those words struck close to home. Tonight we lost another deputy. He was killed in an off-duty accident not far from where my parents live. Not quite what I meant but ironic nonetheless.
Although I dispatch for the city, I am technically employed by the county and so of course I feel close to both agencies. This deputy brings us to a total of four for our week between the two of them.
I am 346% done with this week. The good news is that I have four days off coming up and I’m going to leave town so fast someone is going to have to call 911 to put out the fire behind me!