By Anthony Morgan, Retired Oakland Police Department What is your badge or star worth to you? To the new officer it is a sign that says “Look at what I have accomplished, look at what I am.” It doesn’t take long for the badge to become a part of the owner and the owner part of the badge. Maybe that is because it was earned through the trying months of the academy and field training, a successfully completed probation and becoming part of a team. In the early years of a career the badge rarely leaves the officer. When not … Continue reading Guest Post: What is Your Badge or Star Worth to You?
By Thonie Hevron Our usual post from our roster of coppers is taking a break today. For Hal Collier’s take on turkey day on the job, go to Thursday’s post. We have a lot to be thankful for: if you … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
** Special Post ** FYI: Readers may know that I live in Sonoma County–Petaluma, specifically. We are experiencing a catastrophic firestorm, primarily in Santa Rosa, where I lived previously. The mister and I are safe and my guest posters are as well. They all live out of the area. However, keep us in your prayers as the fires (about 6 different incidents) are stretching resources and so far 0% contained. Emergency responders are primarily saving lives first then will concentrate on structures and wildland. Guest Post TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS by Keith Bettinger Posted on October 6, 2017 on Jackie’s … Continue reading Special Post from Las Vegas
What follows can only be described as an act committed by me in a moment of weakness. Not done in a mean-spirited manner but only because I had lost control so to speak, and, well, “the devil made me do it.” Continue reading The Call Box: The Strange Case of the Poisoned Mushrooms
By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD This is a particularly moving story. You might have heard of The Onion Field, the movie or Joseph Wambaugh’s book. For those of you who don’t know, this incident was a game changer in law enforcement, as the reflection (see “kidnapping…”) link below will illustrate. Some dates and incidents never leave us. March 10, 1963 is just such a date. I was a uniformed sergeant working morning watch at 77th street division. The other sergeant on the watch is downtown or somewhere out of the division on business. The watch commander, an elderly lieutenant nearing retirement, … Continue reading The Call Box: Where Were You?
Out there in “Copland,” there are at least that many stories just concerning the courts—quirky judges, inept attorneys, naïve victims, witless witnesses and dumb defendants. Continue reading The Call Box: More Copland Stories
By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD About a week before Christmas I sent out a Ramblings survey question to 40 former members of the LAPD. I received 24 responses. The responses were from cops that joined in 1956 to 1996. Many had different reasons they listed for taking the test, some economic others, on a dare. This survey is not recognized by any survey groups or any survey standards. The responses were submitted by both women and men some of which are still working. Here’s the question: I’m doing a little research for a new Ramblings and I’d like some input from … Continue reading Ramblings: Why Be a Cop? Part 1