I retired in May, 2003 after 28 years as a police officer with the Saint Paul Police . All but two of those years were spent working as a patrolman. The area I worked was not considered a high crime area and I wanted to keep it that way, because I live in that area!
Most of the officers in Saint Paul work in one person squad cars. I worked a special squad that did not have assigned beats. Besides taking regular calls for service, I also did district wide crime scene processing and photography.
Some of my other duties involved training new officers in the field. We would ride in a marked squad and my job was to teach and evaluate the new officer. I had to evaluate the new officer's performance and I had some say as to whether or not the officer would need further training or could go it alone.
Just prior to my retiring, I worked on the installation and evaluation of software. The software was called PacketWriter® and is supplied by a company called Aether Systems. It is used to write police reports and submit them electronically. The polce system unit developed software that is used for records and case management. Both packages make the St. Paul Police one of the only totally paperless police departments in the country.
I am a member of the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police).
When people get arrested, they have lots questions. I found an article floating around the department which answers many of those questions. The author is anonymous, but it has to be a police officer. It has a title with the words that everyone understands -
"You're Under Arrest!"
I came across some funny, true stories of bad guys in action. These guys are
not rocket scientists. I think you'll like ro read about some really stupid
Traffic accidents are a large part of police officers job. We deal with them
on a daily basis. We hear all kinds of excuses and here are some that you'll enjoy.
I've had several requests for "Links" to other police web sites, so I put together a page with numerous "COP LINKS"
In 1987 I was injured and laid up at home for over a year. My wife suggested I buy a computer to save her sanity and mine. I knew nothing about computers when I started, but now I am a serious computer hobbiest with a good collection of tools (or toys from my wife's perspective).
One of the first items my wife and I bought after we were married was a tent trailer. For twenty years, we camped in that trailer and used it until our family was too large to fit in it. We bought a 28' camping trailer and now we don't camp, we "rec-reate"!
I have been scuba diving since 1973. Having
a large family has prevented me from going to warm, exotic waters, but I have
done a lot of diving in Lake Superior. The lake is cold, but it is clear and
the ship wrecks are fun. In the past few years, we have been on a couple cruises
and I have been able to dive In Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta, Belize, Roatan and
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Last update - 09/06/08