Sunday, November 30, 2014

Logs

If you did not write it down, it did not happen.  My agency no longer does paper daily activity reports.  In fact the officers don't keep any kind of log.  Unless you take paper, get dispatched to something or write a ticket there is little evidence you even came in to work.

Dispatch, however, does log everything you tell them on the radio.  So I make it a point to try and contact them at least every 30 minutes with something of value.  Make a traffic or pedestrian stop.  Go out on an open garage door, or other suspicious circumstance.

Do a foot patrol of a local business, or even just walk up to the counter of a shop and say hello.  Do a drive in of the golf course, or one of the parks, just to let them know I am out and around and patrolling.  Sometimes I just give the hundred block of the street and let them know I am extra patrolling the area.  This is particularly good if there has been recent crime on that block; that's what the SGT Says.

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