Saturday, December 09, 2006

Workin' on my Fitness

Everybody should try to stay fit and improve their health but today I learned an even greater motivation: Not being the cop who was left in the dust by a fleeing prisoner. Did I mention the prisoner was handcuffed behind the back?

I had just walked out of the precinct when I heard the winded plea for assistance come over the radio. Any hint of distress in an officer's voice over the radio causes and instinctual state of hyper-vigilance to kick in. "He's running north....out of the parking lot.....across the street.....behind the bank.......into the apartments....." I raced to the scene with several other officers to set up a perimeter. A shoplifter was being escorted out of the store to the officer's patrol car when he just sprinted away. He was later caught hiding in an apartment complex trash dumpster (hands still cuffed behind his back). Now, the officer will endure endless ridicule from his peers about 'the one that got away.'

The department just rolled out a new incentive plan to earn points towards a higher pay scale based on physical fitness. I will be testing for this new level next week with my new found motivation.

Later, I was sent to the home of a mother reporting her missing daughter. The girl had run away a dozen times before and was now pregnant by the mom's ex-boyfriend. The girl has a diminished mental capacity and is expecting to deliver her child somewhere near her 14th birthday. Her boyfriend is in his mid-twenties and has been listed a suspect in several misconduct w/minor reports but has eluded detectives thus far. This is the second time I've taken a report of a child being impregnated by her mom's ex-boyfriend.


At December 09, 2006 8:35 AM, Blogger *Goddess* said...

Geez, I think it would be incredibly difficult to run with your hands cuffed behind your back. You have nothing to balance yourself with as you run.

At December 09, 2006 9:01 AM, Blogger Meander said...

so what will you do to work on your fitness? i will personally cheer you on!

At December 09, 2006 2:31 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I can barely run without tripping. I can't imagine doing so with my hands behind my back. I'd smash my face in!

Good luck on getting fit. I'll be rooting for you.

At December 09, 2006 9:21 PM, Blogger Thomas Vickers said...

I can see the abuse that your fellow officer is going to take.

We had an assistant principal who was a bit of a shrimp(under 5' 6'') and he was trying to break up a fight. He literally jumped on the big kid's back and rode him around the lunch room.

It is funny, yet serious shit like that that makes life worth living.

I am all with you on the fitness. Next week is my last week of work till my break and then I plan get back on the exercise train too.

The thought of some 13 year old getting away from me is too much to handle. That and I don't want to buy new pants because the waistline is growing again

At December 11, 2006 10:13 AM, Anonymous ronda said...

This entry is way too disturbing for me to handle. The mother of that 13 year old needs to be locked up.

Keep Safe, We love you.

The Hamaker's


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