Maybe it is because it is Friday night, the moon will soon be full and the tides affect peoples minds that my day has already erupted.
I know that people care for their children. I know concern stresses the sweetest of temperaments. However, for someone to come storming into the station and start ranting and yelling at me about something that I don’t have an idea about, five minutes after I arrive, is unacceptable.
I was putting my dinner into the fridge and he knocks on the window over me. I stand up, my stuff half in the fridge, and attempt to tell him to give me a moment, and he explodes.
However, it was the most muffled explosion I have ever heard. I asked him to slow down, and turned off the television so that I could hear him. He still muttered and murmured but I got the gist of what he needed. His ex has his son, and he has custody papers and she refuses to return the child. He was in, about twenty minutes prior and the previous clerk (who left a shelf of messages not put into peoples boxes, probably expecting me to do it for her) said she would send two units to meet him.
However, no one met him, so he is irate and came storming back. He then began to rant how no one wanted to help him but this one officer, and he kept missing him and he had been coming in ever morning, and didn’t I remember him? I told him, “No, I have never seen you before, but I think that we need to get an officer in here to address this situation directly.”
To which he responds, “that’s why I came to the police station! And no one wants to help me!”
“I said, sir, then let me call someone in, so that they can assist you. I don’t know who you are or what your situation is but I am more then happy tog et someone in here that can assist you!”
And he goes, “then get someone!”
Now I’m mad, and I say, “Then have a seat and I will continue with my original action of getting your assistance!”
Yes I got snappy, but I was very irritated by that.
An interesting call. This lady said that she was on her balcony, and a young man blow said he was going to climb the balcony and take her cigarettes when she left. So she left, leaving her nine year old daughter alone. Sure enough, the boy climbs up, takes the cigs and says to the daughter, “Whoever gets snitched is going to be stitched”. She then starts screaming that it is a threat and she wants something done. She said that the officer that responded was no help and looked drunk, and she was shocked that he was able to smoke. She wanted to know what she could do, and I asked if she knew who the boy was. She knew of him, and what school he went to. I told her to acquire his name and go to the commissioners office to take out a restraint order.
So the man from earlier comes back and apologizes. I told him that I understand, he was upset and no one is holding any anger. I did also tell him that many people came in and used me to yell at, and that I was no longer going to sit quietly and accept it. He did add that he did not yell, and I told him that yes, he did.
So he asked me to check his case number and pull up the info. His ex is abusing the system and accusing him of physical violence to try to sway the court to her side.
A posse of young men came in looking for their friend who had been arrested. When I tried to work out what happened and asked why he was arrested they said, “no reason” to which I asked, “An officer ran up, snatched him, threw him in a police car, and drove off?” and then they started giving me details.
Right now, they are still located at the high school. Trying to research the call, the posse of boys leaves and I said, “okay” and closed down my screens. Then, about five minutes later, his mother comes in and asks the same question. So I take a quick sprint to the DB and find out that the is still located at the school. So I run back up front (it’s a long building) and tell them that. The mother asks why she was not informed, and I told her that he was 18, a legal adult, so they did not have to inform his parents of anything.
Now the midnight shift is coming in and they are grumpy. One office called out and there was much cursing from his fellow squad members that he decided to take a sick day on a Friday night, a notoriously understaffed time.
Then the man from earlier with the custody dispute called to apologize again and find out what time the ex called the officers out on him.
So now it is a waiting game to find out who has this juvenile.
While waiting, I had a call for an officer. The lady calling is upset that he is not here right now and she wanted me to tell her who was patrolling the area. She did not want to leave a message, and treated me like an idiot savant for making the suggestion. However, our officers do not have voice mail so she gave in and left the message that someone had blocked her car in and she wanted to know if it was an officer and that she carried a registered glock (type of gun) and was a single woman and did not find it cute.
Then a woman storms in and tells me that she wants someone removed from her car. That this person took her car, left she and her children at the mall and then finally returned and she wanted them removed. When she turned to go to the car he was already inside, he had followed her in. So they started to scream at each other about his behavior and I ran into the back to grab some of the overlap units to make sure they where not rolling around ripping each others hair out. So I get back, and she asks me to get someone to escort her to the car, and I told her that they where already on the way. I heard them walking up the hall and the door open, so I know they where coming up.
Then a man came back about the boy picked up and attacked by the officer. Now I am told that the boy was put into an ambulance. So I stare at him in shock and say, “Sir, if he was put in an ambulance he would be taken to the hospital, not brought here. Then I told him how to get to the hospital and sent him on the way.
A young man wandered in who is taking the applicant testing in the morning. He is staying in the lobby until then, since he came down unsure of how long it would take him to reach the station. He has already had an eyeful of the area.
Now a call where I do my normal phone answer and the man goes “who is this?” so I preannounce myself, and he goes “look here,” and then puts me on hold. “Then he comes back and goes “Listen here miss” and tells me how there are people outside making nose and drinking and when the police come they disperse them, but they come back and what can be done. Well he can keep calling us back out, but people are not going to be arrested for hanging around in their neighborhood even in the middle of the night.
Call about a possible missing friend. Her friend left about midnight to pick someone up and the person called from the buss stop to say the friend had not arrived. Frankly, I have no access to any type of database that catalogs people being injured for people to find. It is not that efficient a system. With all honesty. People tend to be miffed when I tell them that indeed, I can’t enter their friends name into a program and tell them where they are currently located. Plus, I wouldn’t, because only immediate family has privy to information of that sort.
And the people about the boy at the hospital have returned again. My LT is out on a police shooting. So I was able to get a supervisor in here, get them tended, taken, copied, notarized, and sent on their way to speak to that officers Lt on Monday. Thankfully.
A girl came in to report her vehicle vandalized. She knows who did it, but she does not know their actual name, just their street call name. So I’ve put in a call for someone to come respond.
A call for an illegally parked vehicle to be checked and towed.
However dispatch just called me and told me to send her home. They are beyond backed up. However, I think she has left because she has not shown back up.
Tow hours later, the caller for the illegally parked vehicle calls back. But thy are backed up and busy and not worrying about a vehicle that is parked illegally. That has a rather low priority, but dispatch will give her an estimated ETA, which probably wont be till after shift change in the morning.
It is late in the day and I have my second job after this one. Just got a call from another county to research a case number that they got off of a drunk driver. They where checking to see if it was for a prior offense so they could double book him but it turned out not to be.
So a call from someone that wanted to know what tow company towed for their apartment complex. I had to explain to her that she needed to talk to the apartment complex to find out who towed for them.
Shift change, yay!
Actually, I sent this to myself to spell check before I uploaded it and its now six am on Sunday. I went to my second job when I got off of midnights, so staggered home and passed out for twelve hours. Dehydration awoke me, and now I am up and updating my journal.