Hi, Officer Friendly~~
I have three questions, two of which involve detectives rather than uniformed policemen. Wasn’t sure if that’d be a problem, but thought I’d ask anyway…
Do those wonderful police dogs actually live with the policemen they work with, or do they live with their trainers?
After the initial training at the kennel, a police dog is matched with a K-9 officer and together they go through additional training. The dog lives with the officer at his home and the officer receives an allowance for the care of the dog. Usually, a caged kennel of specific size must be kept at the home of the officer to keep the dog in the officer’s absence. A travel kennel is used to transport the dog to and from work. These dogs are usually a part of the officers family and when retired are given to the officer if he so desires.
Let’s say a young detective (30+ in age?) is injured in the line of duty. It’s a bad knee injury that leaves him with a limp. Would he most likely be allowed to do something else (desk job, evidence room, etc.), or probably forced into early retirement?
It all depends upon the department, the detective’s standing within the department and whether or not another job exists that he can fill. In some departments he might even be allowed to stay on the job as a detective. In some departments a medical retirement would be mandatory.
If a cop or detective wants to visit a prisoner being held without bond, does he have to verify that it’s somehow related to that particular case, or would he be allowed to do so at his own discretion?
With or without bond would have no bearing on the situation as far as I know. Normally, no one at the jail is asking why a law enforcement officer wishes to talk with someone. However, the visit would be noted and logged. That being said, the D.A. or the suspect’s attorney might want to know why an officer not related to the case paid a visit. This action by an officer not related to the case could taint the case and get it tossed. It could be viewed as harassment. It could also result in discipline of the officer involved in the form of a suspension or even termination.
Dear Officer Friendly,
Is it true that cops won’t ticket a good looking woman?
I won’t say it doesn’t happen but most of the guys I worked with, including myself, generally felt that the good looking girls got all the breaks, so, give ’em a ticket and let the less fortunate off with a warning. I’ve had female drivers expose massive cleavage, hike up their skirts, bat their eyes and do most anything that they thought would get them out of a ticket. While I always enjoyed the view and may have even lingered at the window, I always wrote the ticket. Every ticket is subjective. The officer has the power to write it or just give a warning. I always felt it was wrong to both lecture the driver and cite them. I taught my recruits to do one or the other but not both.
“Who wouldn’t you cite, Officer Friendly?” You might ask.
I never gave a ticket to a doctor, nurse, firefighter, fellow officer or a teacher. However, I have given some pretty good road side lectures to them all.