Police Ride-along

Doing a police ride-along is a part of my duty as a community chaplain. Plus it is very interesting and educational. We hear about the bad officers, but we do not hear about the great officers who are doing a fantastic job.

As I make my way to do the ride-along, I take pictures of things around me.  As I take the bus to the Eastern District, I usually pass the location of a future park.  This block used to be houses which were demolished earlier this year.

On this day Mayor Stephanie Rawling-Blake visited the district.  When she saw me, she recognized me.  Major Steven Ward, commander, introduced me to her as a chaplain.  She apparently thinks that the chaplain movement is a great program.

On the wall I read a sign:  "Blaminag the police for the homicide rate is like yelling at your light bulb because the BGE bill is high."  We do have some fantastic police officers in Baltimore City and I see this almost every time I do a ride-along.

This evening we had a community walk led by the district commander.  One of the officers drove me to it and after we finished this, participated in a ride-along.

This evening we had a very sad call, but it could had been much worse.  A thirteen year old girl bit her father and he wanted her taken to jail.  The girl was a mental problem.  When we arrived at the house, I could easily understand the real problem.  They lived in a deserted block and had a super-sized TV, but no air conditioning nor fan.  The father was wearing expensive tennis shoes and a Gucci belt.  We took the girl to the hospital.

My last case of the day was a bench warrant.  The subject was a social worker and had missed a court date by accident.  It was very obvious that she was a law abiding citizen and wanted to do the right thing.  Two officers tried everything that they could to avoid arresting her.  I see this attitude frequently.
 

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