Thursday, August 7, 2014

Routine Stop

There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.  It is part of our routine to perform traffic stops.  We do them for routine reasons.  People routinely run red lights, fail to register their cars, and drink and drive.  Routinely we find people in cars we stop who have warrants or are otherwise arrested.

What should never be routine is our response to a traffic stop.  The stop itself can never be considered routine until it proves itself to be routine.  That is, when the stop is over, we may reflect on it and then pronounce that it was of a routine nature.

Recently an officer participated in a routine traffic stop and the suspect was other than routine.  The suspect was wanted for murder.  He is believed to have murdered a man just recently.  Every time you make a stop, man, woman, child, treat the stop carefully, and safely; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Conducting a traffic stop with no problems teaches us traffic stops are no problem.
Searching a building with no burglar teaches us building are empty.
Answering a DV call without incident teaches us DVs are safe calls.

We must stay alert every day, every call, every minute and expect what didn't happen last time.

Mike Creek said...

If you roll the dice long enough you will eventually get snake eyes.