Explorations in Policing, Faith and Life (With a hint of humor, product reviews, news and whatever catches my attention)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Humor in the Locker Room

Police Humor is.........................silly
Police Humor is also a little.........rough

It is the end of the week for my shift key, the end of the duty day and there were three of us left in the locker room.  My two shift mates are in the first bay and I am alone in the second.  As we are all ripping off our gear and uniforms, the quickest way possible to get our days off time maximized, a conversation springs up between the two officers about their family plans for the weekend.  This rolls on for a little while and when it has run its course, they feel the social obligation to ask me the same question they had asked each other.

So I share with them that my two children will both be out of town at different winter camps for the weekend, making it a date night for my wife and I.  One of the two asked me for the names of the camps and I informed them that it is through my church, Harvest, for both kids.  Officers are never one to miss the opportunity for a pun and so I am asked, "So what, they are heading out to gather some corn?"

I respond, "No that's a common misnomer, what they actually do is head out into the night and harvest organs from unsuspecting citizens from different towns, pack them in ice and place them into their bathtubs with a phone on their chest with a note to call 911 as soon as they wake up.  It's what we do to fund raise.  The irony is that our biggest market for our organs is India for people missing their organs that had this happen to them and their parts shipped here.  It's the circle of life."

Then one of the two said, "Look all I was trying to do is make a simple joke about harvesting grain because of your church's name and instead I got a run down of your whole weekend."  By this time I had completed my change over to civilian clothing and walked over to their bay.  Challenged by his comment, I started breaking down my entire weekend minute by minute.

The first responded by saying, "bye, thanks, have a good weekend", and with his pants unzipped and unbuttoned hopped out of the room trying to move and get his boot on simultaneously   I followed the other one out into the hall still breaking down the weekend when he suddenly put his fingers in his ears, started transitioning between humming and yelling, "I cant hear you!".  Then with fingers in place and maintaining his humming and shouting, he sprinted up the stairs and past the roll call in progress, looking for all the world like a ten year old that doesn't want the secret revealed.

I simply got to walk to my personal car with a grin on my face.

Exodus 12:9
Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Serial Killer Cops

The latest news on the attempt of California authorities to track down ex-LA PD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner after his murder spree has gotten me thinking about Serial Killer Cops (By FBI definition that is any victim count three and over at three incidents...if two or more in one place that is a spree killer).  There do not seem to be many of them out there.


Is this due to screening processes that would preclude a pathological personality from getting onto a force to start with?

Is this due to their increased knowledge of law enforcement procedures and practices, so they are caught less?

Is this due to an element of borderline/pathological personalities not desiring to enter this field do to their internal processes?

Is this due to the common experiences of social isolation that these personality types experiences due to their no criminal actions?

If law enforcement has a unique position of detecting (a be it unknowingly) rejecting potential serial killers and routing them to another profession could this in some way be developed into a early warning system for persons that could one day become serial killers?

I think this would be an intriguing area to study in American law enforcement.

Here are some info on serial killers in law enforcement that I was able to locate.

Gerard John Schaefer (Wisconsin, March 25, 1946 – December 3, 1995) was an American serial killer from Florida. He was imprisoned in 1973 for murders he committed as a Martin County, Florida Sheriff's deputy.  While he was convicted of two murders, he was suspected of many others. Schaefer frequently appealed against his conviction, yet privately boasted — both verbally and in writing — of having murdered over 30 women and girls. (Source Wikipedia: link)

Manuel Pardo Jr.

A.K.A.: "Manny"
Classification: Spree killer
Characteristics: Former police officer
Number of victims: 9
Date of murders: January-April 1986
Date of arrest: May 7, 1986
Date of birth: September 24, 1956
Victims profile: Mario Amador, 33 / Roberto Alfonso, 28 / Luis Robledo, 37 / Ulpiano Ledo, 39 / Michael Millot, 43 / Fara Quintero, 28 / Sara Musa, 30 / Ramon Alvero, 40 / Daisy Ricard, 38
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on April 20, 1988. Executed by lethal injection in Florida on December 11, 2012
(Source Murderpedia link)(I know technically he is a spree killer)

And that is all I could find.


Psalm 10:15
Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Honored and Humbled-Blog included in Top 25

Over at Top Criminal Justice Degrees this blog has been selected as one of the top 25 Law Enforcement Blogs for 2012!  Read through the blog list by clicking on the link above, its an honor to be included in this group, they are worth a look.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Shenanigans...For some reason

This has taken hold at the PD again...been acted out in the locker room, at roll call, on the street and car to car.  This movie is the Rocky Horror Picture Show for my department.  Enjoy.  IF YOU CAN!*

* Say in that deep voice of the movie preview announcer guy...

Job 8:21
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The other side of Gun ownership

The link to the article I found on Policy Mic

       The Link to James Street's Web Site

The following is a quick article I found on Policy Mic that is just one example of positive legal gun ownership.

Oregon Gun Owner Stops Clackamas Shooting Spree, Proving Guns Save Lives

Since no crisis can be allowed to go to waste, never expect the media to do anything other than demand more gun control legislation any time a whacko (or a patsy) kills people with a gun. Case in point: on Tuesday night, a complete idiot walked into a Portland, Oregon mall and began firing. Obviously the shooter, Jacob Roberts, was an imbecile to start with, since he managed to kill only two people before turning a gun on himself, but that's not the whole story.
As it turns out, 22-year-old Nick Meli was at the mall, and walking with his friend and their friend's son. Nick said: "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?'" Nick then directed his friend to a safe location and took up a position behind a pillar away from the shooter.
The anti-gun types would suggest that this man call the police and watch the shooter kill a dozen or more people until the cops finally showed up. Nick had other ideas. Being a legal Concealed Carry permit holder in the State of Oregon, Nick determined that he should try to prevent more deaths. He said: "[The shooter] was working on his rifle, he kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side," as the shooter dealt with a jammed gun.
Nick drew down on the shooter as they made eye contact, and Nick prepared to fire. However, he determined (like any conscious firearms owner should) that there were other people behind Roberts, and his shot was not safe.
The only shot fired after this point was Roberts taking his own life. What could have ended as tragically as the school shooting in Connecticut ended much less tragically, with only two innocent people dead instead of 29.
Of course, the media completely ignored the part that Nick Meli played in this situation, but that's to be expected from an anti-gun, pro-government media. However, it must be recognized that guns DO save lives, and citizens with firearms DO take the necessary precautions not to harm more people.
This could be contrasted with the recent police shooting in New York where the cops on the scene were responsible for nine bystanders being wounded.
There are many people in Portland, Oregon, who are alive today most likely because of Nick Meli possessing a concealed firearm. One could only wish for such an outcome yesterday in Connecticut.
This article originally appeared at JamesLStreet.com.