With all of these threads floating around with severely negative attitudes towards police officers, let’s pay some respects to those who are out there every day keeping the peace by sharing any positive experience you’ve had with a member of law enforcement. It can be an example of where they helped you out in a dangerous situation or just a friendly wave from an officer tending an out traffic light.
I’ll start out with a couple of positive experiences.
For years, the chief of police lived right next door to me. He and his wife were the nicest people. We got to know them well through just living one house over. Every so often he would have some members of the police force over to his house for cookouts, and we were always invited. It was great sitting down with a group of officers and just listening to their stories. Actually got to know a few (I race against one in our local mountain bike circuit to this day). Every couple days, an officer would stop by his house in a squad car for whatever reason, and if it was someone we had met at one of the BBQs, they would ring our doorbell on the way out just to say hi and see how everything had been going since the last cookout. Every time I spent just 2 minutes talking to an officer at the front door as if he were a lifelong friend, it made a huge impact on me and how much I respect people in their line of work. One time an officer actually brought us donuts on his trip to the chief’s house, which to this day still cracks me up every time I think about it.
For reference, the chief of police I am talking about is the one who had to deal with the Washington DC snipers (John Allen Mohomed and Lee Boyd Malvo) back in 2002. Incredible man.
Another positive experience from about 9 months ago actually started out with a traffic stop and the officer having a gun pointed at me.
This took place in Melbourne, Florida, where I attend school. I was driving along, and saw a police car heading the opposite direction. When he was about even with me his lights came on, but I never heard the siren. About 45 seconds later I’m stopped at a light, waiting to make a left turn and he pulls up behind me with his lights still on, but no siren. At first I thought he was trying to get by, so I pulled up and over to the side a little to let him by. He flashed his headlights, signaling that was not the issue. I was about half way through the left turn once the light turned green when I heard him on his PA speaker, telling me to pull over at the parking lot ahead. I was incredibly confused, but of course did as requested.
Once in the lot, he got on the speaker again and told me to slowly step out of the vehicle with my hands clearly visible. By the time I had gotten out of the truck he was out of his car, gun drawn. I was then instructed to walk to the side of the bed and place my hands on it with my legs apart and back 2 feet from the truck. I stood like that for about 30 seconds until his backup got there. With his gun still on me, the new officer proceeded to frisk me. Once it was clear I was not armed, I was instructed to sit on the hood or the squad car, and the gun was holstered. The original officer then asked if I had any weapons in the truck and if he may search it for any. I have a 6’’ fixed blade hunting knife, even larger military style fixed blade, and ax, crow bar, and 2 hammers in the truck. I told him this and exactly where each was located. He then thanked me for being so cooperative, and proceeded to conduct a short search.
When he finished he thanked me again and said we’re almost done and went into his squad car (the other officer is keeping an eye on me while this is happening of course). He returned no more than 10 seconds later with a piece of paper. He said I’m terribly sorry for all of this, you are not the suspect we are looking for, and handed me a piece of paper. On the piece of paper was a description of a suspect that had pulled a gun on someone on the highway just 20 minutes earlier. The description was:
white male, mid 20s, 5’7’’ to 5’10’’, short blonde hair, facial hair, driving a newer blue Toyota pickup truck……..this description matched me so perfectly I just started laughing.
He said that when he saw me look his over at him when he was driving the other way, (though it was just curiosity), with how well I fit the description, he had to pull me over. I can’t blame him. Both officers apologized for everything, and thanked me, saying they have never had a stop of that importance and potential danger level go so easily. You could tell they felt bad for potentially scaring the shit of me. I told them no need to apologize, and that I’d rather go through something like that than have them potentially let the actual suspect get away.
I’m very sorry for turning this into such a long post, however both of these cases of my interaction with the police forces in those locations have had a huge impact on how I respect and treat every police officer.
If you have taken the time out of your day to read this entire post, I thank you, and I hope it impacts you just a small percentage of how much the actual experience has impacted me.
My hat’s off to the police forces around the country. Keep up the good work and be safe!
Now let’s hear about how the police have helped you or someone you know out, or even just something little that gave you confidence in your local PD
Thank you for your time,