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It was Christmas season and I was with my training officer and on my first family fight call. A young and drunk husband had assaulted his wife for failing to bring him more beer. He was verbally abusive to both my partner and myself. As my partner took the wife away to talk to her the husband decided to have a go at me and came at me with fist flying and curse words flying. I twisted away from him and then got behind him sending him into the corner of the room. In the corner was a Christmas tree (a small one on a table). The tree was painted all white and had all blue lights on the tree which was covered with angel hair. (You know that spun glass stuff). The perp went head first into the tree with me on his back and we both wound up in the tree. I didn't get hurt and got him cuffed pretty quick. Our uniforms then were a dark blue but now was covered with angel hair. After booking our Sgt told us to go to my home and put on a clean uniform. One family fight I'll never forget. Tom Bradley


Arizona State Chaplain Fraternal Order od Police. Ordained minister after retiring from law enforcement and very active with officers safety and caring for them and families when injured or killed. Write personal prayers for officers and their family as needed.

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Nice work!  I bet the husband won't ever forget it either.


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I had just gotten out of the Academy and was with a Officer with about 5 years of service. We got a call for a disturbance at at a flop house where recovering addicts and drunks can go if they are clean and sober.  They would get a hot meal and a bed for the night.


The complaint was about this guy Frankie, he had showed up and was drunk and refusing to leave and was raising hell about it. My FTO who's name was Rt Willard ask me what I would do.  I advised him that if the guy continued to resist leaving, I would lock him up.  RT told me go for it.  Is I told the guy he was under arrest and attempted to cuff him.  He put up a battle which ended up with him on the floor yelling,"  MY LEG ! MY LEG!"  I had gotten him cuffed with RT standing there looking down at me with a big shit eaten grin on his face.


Frankie kept yelling, " MY LEG !"  I looked down and his one foot was pointed in the wrong direction and was about three inches longer then the other leg.  Scared the living shit out of me, I thought I had broken the drunks leg...... Turns out Frankie had a prostetic leg and when ever he got in a fight it would come off.  RT knew this but didn't bother to tell me about it.


I was the talk of the shift for about two weeks after that.   RT and I are both retired now and still laugh about that one.

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Don't really recall my first arrest but do remember my first pursuit and felony car stop.


In short: Yanked out the shotgun and ran to the aid of my partner. My car was not in PARK and drove off. Needless to say, I chased my car down the street until I could get it stopped. Then I had to run all the way back to my partner to do the arrest.


Knucklehead rookie thing to do.


Moral of the Story: Put your car in park before you try to do the cop thing...


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Hey Sarge, I know what you mean.  Once while I as a Sgt. in Narcotics we worked a with the County Narcotics unit on some buy bust. I was riding with the new Sgt. in County Narcotics unit. He was driving and I was giving directions because he didn' t know the streets and alleys in the area we were.  


One of the dealers took off running with other Officers Hot on his heals.  I directed the other Sgt. to go down a block and cut up a one way street the wrong was to cut this guy off.  We spot the guy run out from between the buildings just as I thought he would.  The County Sgt. jumps out of the car and starts running after this guy.  Trouble was he car was still in gear and took off down the street with me trying to regain control of it.  What a mess. nearly ran into a parked car.    I'm sure his boss would not have been a happy camper over that.

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I was just doing a ride along with a local department to see if I really wanted to join or not. We got called to a domestic dispute were the husband (who was drunk) fled the scene just pefore we arrived. Wittnessess told us they saw him jump a fince to a feild belonging to DPW. The officer I was riding with was fairly new to the force and wasnt sure what to do with me. We got in the fence through the gate that was unlocked thank God, when she told me to go one way and she would go the other way. I was a little nervous to because I only had a bullit proof vest and a walkie talkie radio... I wasnt armed in any way or anything. I wanted to ask her if she was sure but she had already taken off the opposite way.


After several minutes of searching she came ever the radio that he wasnt in there and to meet back at the car there were other units there wating for us. There was this really big sand hill/mountian that I figured ould save me much time to just go up and over rather than around. THAT was probably the stupidest but best thing I have done. At thevery top it cave in where they had apparentally removed some sand, this guy was hiding in there laying on his stomach! For a split second I was to scared and shocked to move but than I jumped into gear! I grabbed the radio and even though I was tought how to ues it and I could get into trouble if I used it wrong, (they wernt expecting that I would have to use it at all) I litterly screamed into it "I found him! I found him! Get your butts up here right now!" Without even thinking I still had my hand on the little buttion I pointed the antena at him and told him not to think aobut moving a muscle or he would be sorry and to slowly get his hands out from under him and lock them on his head. since I still had the buttion pushed I couldnt hear EVERYBODY calling me to find my localation or in many cases from dispatch who I was and why I needed help.Everyone in the feild spread out to find me and see what was going on. the Sgt on duty that night was the first to spot me on the hill and came running as he got up there and saw what took place, he tossed his handcuffs to me and said "Congradulations Dixie. you just caught your first bad guy and made your first arrest. You have the pleasure of hand cuffing him for me!" When we got him to the car and ran his name, It came back that he had several warrants for his arrest due to child abuse and Domestic violence...


I later found out that the officer who sent me out on my own like that was suspeneded and eventually fired for placing me in harm like that on my own when I had NO protection waht so ever and we had no clue who this guy was or even if he was armed and dangerous!


MY FIRST ARREST IS PART OF MY DECISION TO JOIN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND BECOME A LEO!!!!!!!!!!

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   one for the books.    My first arrest as an actual police officer was in Winchester Ky ,many years ago went like this.  On patrol I get a call of a man whose drunk and falling into cars and buildings.    I located the man who was trying to get up from falling in the street.   This man was so drunk that he had peed himself, the entire front of his pants was soaked.   I helped him to his feet and put him against the police car and did a pat down, of course being new, dumb, and without gloves - I did not search his groin area.   I explained he was under arrest for public intoxication, cuffed his hands behind his back, and placed him in the back of the cruiser.   Back then we had the meshed steel barrier behind the front seats.  Anyway I call it in, and start back to the police station.  Driving down Main Street, I look in the rear view mirror to see the man in the back seat (who I later find out is double jointed) has brought his cuffed hands in front, and gotten a pint bottle from his grin area, and was drinking it.   I stopped the vehicle, got out, got the bottle, capped it and proceeded to the station.     Yeah when I realized that could have just as easily been a knife or a gun - I realized how stupid I was and how lucky.   It was a lesson I have and will never forget 


  right up to the day I retired, I always insured I was prepared and when I did a search for weapons - I never missed any; not after that lesson.           

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

I really appreciate all these postings on PL about lessons learned. I feel like I will be a lot more prepared and aware when my turn comes to be a LEO.