Being a cop means making a judgement call on the fly. You need to be ready to assess a situation, figure out where the threat is, and act. However, a few more seconds can mean the difference between apprehending a crook and making sure the cats get fed...huh? Let's discuss!
Reddit user, u/craftdragonfox, wanted police to open up and answer:
The Sleep Deprivation Is Real
3am on a weeknight and I pull up behind a car at a light. The light is green and the car is stopped but running (foot was on the break). Light turns red so I wait behind him. Light turns green again and this dude isn't moving. So my partner and I quietly exit our vehicle and approach his. He was completely passed out. Asleep. With the car in drive.
We woke him up and talked to him to make sure he wasn't drunk and he was just tired because his wife had a baby a few days ago and needed him to run to the store for something. That newborn sleep deprivation is REAL!
That's...An Odd SightGiphy
My husband told me a story of one time when he was patrolling around and he spotted a guy who was in a straight jacket come round the corner of town that he was patrolling, instantly suspicious. He ran over and grabbed him and asked him what he was doing.
He said he was just messing around with it with a friend but he lost his friend and can't get out. So my husband asked to call his friend just incase, and low and behold he wasn't even lying
"I just got the baby to sleep!"
My cousin is a cop and told us the story of seeing a car driving slowly at about 3am through a neighborhood that had had several break-ins. He thinks to himself that they're looking for a target, so he puts on his lights and pulls them over. He walks up and the driver puts the window down and she turns to look at him with fire in her eyes and says, in a harsh whisper, "This had better be important because I just got the baby to sleep!"
He looks in the back and there's a baby in a car seat, sound asleep. The memory of what it was like when his babies wouldn't sleep rushes back, and he says "Oh no! I'm so sorry! Never mind!" and goes back to his car. She drives away slowly. He's just glad he didn't wake the baby.
The Shadiest Dog Walker Ever
At around 2am on a weeknight, I see a guy bolt from a house in a quiet residential burglary hotspot. His face is covered, he's wearing sunglasses or something similar and the kind of dark clothing you catch burglars in.
As I follow him and start to shout up on the radio, the cars parked between us clear to reveal he is running on a lead behind the tiniest dog I've ever seen, a clearly uncontrollable pooch that is having the time of it's life. I just kept going.
Recently I was conducting a s18 House search on a guy we'd arrested in a local club with loads of drugs on him.
In his room I found an oversized, out of place, vase with false flowers in them, suspicion raised.
I take the flowers out and in the bottom I saw what I believed to be a balaclava. Here we go.
I took it out, unfolded it, and it turned out to be a jumper for a small dog. Hmmm.
I look in the vase again, I see a blue velvet drawstring bag. I manipulate it slightly and it rustles, with the feeling of lots of little packets inside. I remove it slowly, open the bag and inside are some retro scrabble pieces. Da fuq.
We didn't find any further drugs in his room, we did however find a big f-ck off sized machete under his matress wrapped up in a tea towel, so that was interesting... Still confused AF about the contents of that vase though.
Always Trust The Detector
The first one that comes to mind for me:
Late at night, saw a dude hauling copper pipe out of a local grocery store after it closed down. Copper theft at the time was super common, so I thought I had a burglary in progress.
I stop out, get ready for an easy arrest. Ask him what he's doing. He says he was hired to clean the place out. Ask why he's taking the copper. Owner told him that his payment was the copper piping. Since it wasnt going to be a grocery store after, they didn't need it. I didn't buy it for a minute. Bullsh-t detector was screaming at this point.
So I find the owner in our records, call him, and sure as sh-t. Dude was hired to clean the place out and was paid in copper pipe. That was their agreement.
But then I asked him why he was out at 2am, since it was super suspicious. Since the place closed down, there was no AC. As it was the middle of summer, 2am was the best way to do it and keep cool.
I work midnights and one night I'm sitting in my cruiser at like 2am doing paperwork. I see an older model car driving Slowly around the area and then pull into an abandoned parking lot and black out in the corner by the woods. No lighting. This is for a building that is being torn down. This is not normal. So I'll look into it.
I pull up to him and get out. "How are you doing? " I asked. "What's going on in this parking lot tonight?" He's got bags full of something in his back seat, and he's alone. He's an older guy and he seems a little off.
He tells me "I'm here to feed the cats". I think to myself that this is a bullsh-t answer and attempt to call his bluff.
"Ok. Where are the ...." (Cats)
Then like 40 cats come running out of the woods. The guys asks "may I?" I say "um..sure?" He gets out of the car and starts feeding the cats. (Dry food from his bags) The closest thing I can describe it as was the scene in Ace Ventura where his pets all come out of hiding.
"Ok. Go on about your business. I guess." And I left.
Gotta' Get To The Next Raid!
I find so many "suspicious vehicles" in our national veterans cemetery in my jurisdiction.
They almost always turn out to be pokemon go-ers.