It was New Year’s Eve and I didn’t have enough seniority to get the evening off. My wife didn’t want to sit home alone, so we hired a baby sitter so she could ride with me on patrol. However, after this night of adventure she never rode with me again.
It was a blustery cool night with high winds. Our first call was to contact Rob who was waiting in the precinct lobby and was convinced his future father in law was going to kill him. Rob had been in a bar and accidentally (yeah sure) met his ex girlfriend and was socializing with her when his fiancée found them together. Loyalty is important to the fiancée's family so Rob was sure that he was going to be a dead man soon.
Throughout our shift we had a series of other calls that were equally unsettling to my wife, but they are stories for other blog posts….
Approaching 10:30 PM we were on our way back to the precinct to finish for the night. Dispatch sounded a holdup alarm tone over the radio indicating an armed holdup had just occurred. A cash only gas station was closing for the night and the manager was taking the money to a night deposit drop when three armed men held him up. Unknown to the manager, one of the suspects was a former employee who knew the closing routine. The victim reported the holdup suspects had handguns.
As we rounded a corner near the gas station, we saw three men look at us, then run down the sidewalk throwing fists full of money into a 20-30 mph stiff east wind. The money was blowing all over the neighborhood. As we watched this strange way to celebrate New Year’s Eve, I quickly concluded these men were the holdup suspects.
I handcuffed this suspect and searched him for weapons finding a large hunting knife in his boot. He still had several $20 dollar bills stashed in his shirt. This suspect would not cooperate by walking to my patrol car so I concluded he resisted arrest at this point to give his partners more time to escape. I had to carry him with one of my arms through one of his handcuffed arms, back to my car. By now, cover officers were arriving so I handed this suspect off to one of the cover officers to thoroughly search him and seat him in a separate patrol car. Another officer had removed my first detainee, searched him and searched the back seat of my car thoroughly for weapons. Not finding any, he placed this suspect in his car so my wife could get back into my vehicle.
Over the years I would occasionally ask my wife if she would like to ride along with me and she would reply, “No thanks, I like to pretend I don’t know what you do for a living.”
That was okay because we believe the following teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
• By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.
• Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.
• In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.
• Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
From the Proclamation on the Family (September 1995) To learn more about the Proclamation on the Family see mormon.org or lds.org