I was riding along with a buddy of mine who is an officer in a small town. It was later at night and we were heading north when a car shot past us heading south at a high rate of speed. We turned around and sped up to catch the person, hitting the lights in the process. Our car hit 95 catching up to the guy who was going 75 and about to go into town. When we caught up to him, the car we were chasing hit his lights too! Turns out it was a State Trooper heading to a call across the county, and we just happened to come across him.
Neither myself or my buddy were happy because we had to speed to catch him, he was speeding initially without his red and blues on, and we had no way of knowing because the State Patrol operates on a different radio frequency from local cops and the sheriff.
I have respect for officers, but sometimes they need to think about how they might endanger people with their actions.
I work two "extra jobs" that I really wish I didnt have to. I do what I need to do to pay the bills. I'm not excusing this officers insane behavior, but please dont dismiss the financial difficulty thinking that "well they signed up for it, so its their own fault".
That wasnt my point.
I stated that his insane behavior is not excusable. His behavior had nothing to do with his financial situation.
I re-read and apologize for mis-reading in the first place. We are on the same side of the coin after all :) Carry on.
There was an incident in my area not too long ago. When this thread came out a few days ago, I tried to find references to it but wasn't having any luck. Basically, an off duty sheriff was traveling at about 90 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Someone made a turn in front of him judging the distance based upon him going closer to the speed limit. The sheriff t-boned the car. I cant recall if the occupants were killed or not, but I think that at least one of them was. Initially the sheriff wasn't charged, or even given a ticket. The story hit the news and there was such a massive public outcry that the sheriff turned himself into the highway patrol.Quote:
Originally Posted by chiefjason
I have noticed routinely on the highways, which are posted at 65, that unmarked highway patrol cars are doing about 75-80 MPH, weaving in and out of traffic. While there may sometimes be valid reasons for this, there is also the concept of being above reproach, which is one of the tenants of earning respect in any authoritative position.
Mind you I am not putting all LEOs in this category but I have seen alot going WAY over the posted speed limit, I followed a MD State Trooper one day who was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, obviously not his uniform going so fast on Rte. 136 I couldn't keep up, he eventually caught up with a slower moving vehicle and I caught up with him, come to find out he had a small child in the back seat, how do I know this? He reached back to hand the child a drink, so why was he speeding so much.......because he was in a State Police car and could. I feel there are too many who do the same thing, as the guy who was late for work was doing, he was in a police car and in uniform so he thought he could get away with it.
In the current economy, many have just been fired for nothing they did wrong and lots of these folks have been unable to find employment or have taken significant pay cuts. It is not what they signed up for either, but that is the reality in this economy.
I hear what you are saying and it is not fun or fair, but it also is not targeting public sector empolyees to the exclusion of others. Do you still have a defined benefit retirement plan? Around here the public sector employees still do. Those are largely dead and gone in the private sector.
Just a few miles from where I'm sitting right now a officer was doing 90 in a 45 mph zone without his red and blues on blowing through intersections and t-boned a small pick up. The LEO was speeding and running red lights. The driver of the pick up was killed instantly. The police department suspended him until further investigation whiuch lasted about 3 months then they fired him ,he is now a police officer in Ohio
The thing is if she did not execute a stop,just letting commom courtesy between officers overide this,and he was involved in a T.A.,when her footage from her D.C. was reveiwed by her Supervisor,she would be held accountable also.
Why, how can you believe the LE community is that superior to the rest of the country. That attitude or aire of superiority frustrates me; and yes, we all sign up for our employment, we make our choices. I doubt you are contractually obligated to stay with your current employer if the grass is greener elsewhere then, change your employment.Quote:
Cops shouldn't need to work part time jobs....
OP : She keeps her road ... SAFE ...... LOL.
Dumb , dumb, dumb on the part of the off -duty officer. He is not "entitled" , nor should he get a 'free pass'.