Sunday, April 11, 2010

Nothing Call

I think you should go to every call. I hear officers complaining that the dispatcher should not have dispatched an officer to this or that low priority "nothing" call. I have a different mind. Officers should be sent to every call. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is the citizen is paying for police protection and should get some kind of response when they call.

Each call is an opportunity. Someone calls in a guy sitting in a car, or walking down the street, or knocking at the door, the reporting party thought it was strange enough to contact the police. If that's the case, it gives us a valid reason to check the person out and make sure everything is okay. We get a call, we need to check it out. It probably is nothing. But it might be something.

One of my fellow officers got a call of a guy walking down the sidewalk. Walking down the sidewalk, in progress. A public street. Walking, in plain view. Not doing anything. Just walking down the street. The officer arrived and the suspect "pretended" not to see the officer. That just walk straight ahead and maybe I will be invisible to the police kind of walk. So the officer followed him for about a half a block and then called off a pedestrian stop. After a short conversation, the suspect attacked the officer, who was ready for the attack, and quickly subdued the suspect. Seems he was wanted for murder. Murderer, walking down the street, doing nothing, in broad daylight. Turns out it was a good idea to go to that call; that's what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I can't agree more.

What bugs me here in Fort Wayne (as a citizen) is that the PD DOES respond to low-priority calls like NOISE (which I tend to have a very strong opinion about), and invariably, by the time an officer DOES respond, the perp is LONG gone...(as usual).

Loud car stereos often mean contraband on board...and it's also used as a tacitc to "alert" others in the area for pending "activities".

Doesn't make much sense to keep what would appear (on the surface) to be small crap so far down the "food chain".
AT least not if the city is REALLY bent of halting crime BEFORE it grows into the LARGE crap (broken window theory).

But hey, I guess 500 or so noise citations (last year, city-wide) is better than stopping those TWO THOUSAND missed citations that drove past my house...
Priorities...oh, those priorities.

By all means, roll on EVERY call...and roll with INTENT!
(someone's life "could" hang in the balance)

Stay safe.

Protect_and_Serve said...

Anyone should be able to call about anything once in a while. No one should be able to call 5-10 times a week all year long.