LAPD officer off duty and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. LAPD officer killed in single vehicle accident drove off the road and hit a guard rail. Local sheriff deputy arrested for having sex with a sixteen year old girl Explorer. These are the local headlines this evening. This is how the local populous sees the police. Each of these was probably a preventable incident and each of them makes us look very bad.
The officer arrested for DUI was driving is motorcycle the wrong way on the freeway. He could easily have been killed or killed someone else. As much time as we spend trying to catch drunk drivers, how can we end up getting arrested for the very same offense. I don’t know how the single vehicle accident happened, but we all know they are often a result of the driver being sleepy or intoxicated. Both of those factors are preventable and should never be a factor in an officer death on or off duty.
An officer having sex with a teenage girl! There is no excuse for that but it seems to happen frequently. Agencies need to have policies and procedures to prevent male officers from being alone with young girls. Their time with the girls should be limited to official police time. They should not be driving them home, seeing them outside official duties and if they do they should be disciplined. Parents trust their kids with us, we should never abuse that trust, or their kids’ that’s what the SGT Says.