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Traffic...Not The Stevie Winwood Kind

Five hundred yards to go, and the turn signal was flashing steadily in advance at 20 miles per hour. Then…15 MPH. 10 MPH. 8 MPH…and now a complete stop. In the right-side driving lane of a four-lane state highway.

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Police Diversity Report

“I have an El Camino full of rampage here, what’s the plan?” — Ofc. Alfonso Shagnasty, peeling onto the lot of a Scotchman convenience store off-duty,circa 1998. more »

Jan 22, 2015 10:37 AM On The Beat

Playing The Numbers Game

As I’ve matured on the job (a.k.a. “gotten older”), I’ve learned to not take the bait for the sake of taking the bait when dealing with agenda-driven folks. It used to be a novelty. I admit it; I liked it. more »

Jan 15, 2015 9:22 AM On The Beat

Bagging Another Official First

It was late and we were ready to go, really ready, we were in overtime, but it was voluntary for once so there was no one to blame but ourselves. DUI reduction…how desperate we were for money at the moment. more »

Jan 7, 2015 5:15 PM On The Beat

How To Have A Really Happy New Year

Three simple letters, D-U-I, but such a fascinating topic. Merely a misdemeanor, yet such a deep wound it leaves, both on the offender and the victim when involved. more »

Dec 31, 2014 4:27 PM On The Beat

A Short Essay On The Physics of Drunkeness

It was exactly where dispatch said it would be so it was easy to find…but it’s always easy to spot a car when it’s upside down. more »

Dec 17, 2014 5:42 PM On The Beat

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