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Why Did I Stop That Car? » Joe Cop NW
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Sep 252006
 

I don’t get to do a lot of real police work anymore. At some departments the sergeants are front line supervisors and that is about all they do. They are there mostly to supervise street calls. In our department sergeants do much more administrative work. Many days I don’t even get out of the office. We still have to manage the patrol officers and I often do respond to high priority calls but seldom am I directly involved in the call. Usually only when things go to shit.

When I do get out and it is quiet I like to make a few traffic stops. It keeps you alert and up on the statutes. Today I saw a couple of people in a vehicle parked and it just set off that little cop thing inside. I knew something was not just right so after checking the vehicle plate and finding the tags had been expired for four years I just had to stop them. I just thought I would get a warrant or suspended driver.

I ended up getting a big mess of an ID theft operation. Not a super big one mind you but not too bad of one. The funny thing was they were making payroll checks of the company the guy worked for, oh and I stopped him as he was returning to work. His boss saw it and came out and after finding out what was going on, he fired him on the spot.

I admit I enjoy getting to do some real police work again, albeit I must also admit I am a little rusty. Thanks to the great guy that work with me and helped me through it…. The bad part is that now I will be tied up with a long report, logging evidence and doing some follow-up investigating. I will get even more backed up on all the admin stuff.

Still I am very glad that I got them both off the street, at least for a little bit. Both of them are either on probation for ID theft or awaiting a trial for ID theft. ID theft sucks and it can really screw up a persons credit. Well I have to get back to writing my report. Brought it home to work on… a little rusty remember

  2 Responses to “Why Did I Stop That Car?”

  1. Thanks for your work and diligence. And if all your paperwork and evidence logging leads to stopping one more ID thief here in the Northwest it is well worth it! And you are doing a great service for those in your community. You obviously helped the business the checks were being forged against and all those that work for it.

    Congrats. It’s always good when your job is actually something you like to do.

    Best regards!

  2. Very Cool! Ugh, I know how you feel about the evidence logging! Thank god, I don’t go out on Searches any more. I wonder if we know some of the same folks. Do you get over to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office at all?

    Cheers,

    Tonka

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