Police Ride along

The ride along program is great. On Friday 21 August 2015 we received a call for the 2000 block of East Preston Street.  The houses were vacant and slated for demolition, probably January 2016.  People were living in them.

Baltimore Housing came to one house and realized that people were living in it.  They called the Police.  Before we arrived, somebody in another house yelled out the window to the people from Housing.  So we had to make sure that nobody was in both houses.  We went to the second house, announced ourselves, and told everybody that they had to vacate immediately.  We allowed them five minutes to get their personal belongings.  I asked the woman there if she had a place to go and she said that she did.  The officer also recommended the Weingberg Housing and Resource Center, the place which I was going to recommend.  I got the information for them from an earlier ride-along.

After the demolition, the property will be offered to developers.  Before they can be demolished, they have to be abated for asbestos and lead.

There was a man who took off the boards from some of the houses and rented them out to other people.

A man was wanted for a warrant and we went to arrest him.  But the man whom we saw was his brother.  While all of this was happening, we did have an opportunity to talk wit some of the neighbors.  One was a woman who was the president of a local neighborhood association.  She said that if we don't take the kids out of the neighborhood, they would never go.  They need to see other parts of the city, state, and country.  The officer told me, "I like to help people.  I like dealing with people."

Our next call was for a car accident.  A man was on his cell phone and ran a stop sign and tried to keep going, but a pick-up truck blocked him.  A witness had a really cute eight-year old daughter with whom I really enjoy talking.  She just had a birthday recently.

We answered a call for an assault but by the time we arrived, everybody left.  He talked to some women who told us that the victim went into a house.  It was the birthday of one of the women and the officer asked her what was she going to do to celebrate and she said that she's going to the Five Mile House to make some noise.

The Five Mile House is a club or restaurant exactly five miles from the center of Baltimore.  There are also a Half-Mile House and a One-Mile House, or there were.

A woman told us that the streets are more exciting.  The kids think that they can get shot and get right up.  Se wants her house to be a safe house.

We received several calls from addresses and locations which do not exist.  Probably when somebody calls 9-1-1 from a cell phone, the phone gives Dispatch an approximate location and Dispatch has no way of knowing that the address really does not exist.

 

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