The BOLO (Be On The Lookout) said the suspect was a white male last seen wearing khaki shorts, blue shirt and had dark curly hair. Not me I yelped at Kristi (my alibi) as she took my picture.
JW has been using his initiative to help officers collar the bad guys, and he's only been working with us for about a year, and half of that was training. Didn't stop him showing up in the newspaper...
Yup, he's real and he loves the work. JW grew up in Key West and is a fund of stories about his hometown when he isn't getting commendations. Three generations live in his home and he wouldn't have it any other way, grandparents, wife and child all under one roof. It would drive me mad, all the family cacophony but he trives on it and comes to work energized.
Sometimes we run low on dispatchers, like when Nick, rather unreasonably left JW and I in the lurch and took a driving vacation in California. So on a night when we had no help and we both needed to go to the loo we had to beg an officer, previously trained in dispatch to sit in for us for a short while. That's the dispatch life, unable to get up from the desk unless your radio is covered by someone else in the room.
They notice us all right when we aren't doing our jobs fast enough. Officer Rodriguez got a bit blatant when he thought I should have got his paperwork to him faster...he picked up a newspaper and started reading it- and I am pretty sure it was right side up. So I took his picture, handed him his paperwork and got a sly grin back. We try to remind ourselves we are just humans dealing with inhuman situations form time to time.
It's been a strange eleven years and I never thought I would have found myself taking 911 calls before I came here. But right now I can't imagine a job I'd rather do. Where else can a civilian hold up a police officer and make him laugh at the same time? Its a tough time to be a cop but the ones I work with are half my age and nothing like what some will tell you cops outside the Conch Republic are said to be. This stuff is too bizarre for me to understand, and its happening all over the place:
From Huffington Post: