Last week was National Police Week. On the 15th we also remembered the officers who have lost their lives in the name of the noble vision ‘Protect and Serve’. Even if you don’t like the police, for reasons I have to assume have to do with traffic citations, you have to have respect for a group of men and women who will throw themselves into a middle of an active shooter situation, rescue a trapped driver from a car on the brink of explosion, and basically act as society’s janitorial staff; cleaning up messes so most of us don’t have to deal with them.
Once upon a time I wanted to be a police officer. Certain life choices (e.g. my obesity) and an issue with one of my legs prevented that. Certain circumstances changed, I’d be sitting behind a sign back in Springfield being a traffic nazi, writing ‘no blinker’ tickets, as my ideal line of police work would have taken me into traffic/DUI enforcement.
Every night for about 9 hours I listen to police radios, decide where I will go to annoy the fuck out of them, and then do so. The listening part for the past three years here in Tulsa and two more years in Vegas (not to mention all the years back in Springfield as I was a scanner nerd) has led me to the realization that the police are the most tolerant, underappreciated, folks in our nation.
On my Twitter feed, I occasionally tweet out calls that catch my interest, and which prove, without a doubt, that cops deserve every doughnut they consume.
Here’s some examples:
SCANNER: “(when caller) refused to give (panhandler) money, he took his penis out and waved it at him.” #amnewsers
— Erin Michael Winking (@erinwinking) May 18, 2016
SCANNER: “Subject is completely nude and out of control.” #amnewsers
— Erin Michael Winking (@erinwinking) May 4, 2016
SCANNER: “Caller says there is a (male) in a scuba like suit, running around, masturbating into windows…” #amnewsers
— Erin Michael Winking (@erinwinking) April 1, 2016
SCANNER: (Friend of ex husband) will not let (caller) have her court ordered dog visitation. #amnewsers
— Erin Michael Winking (@erinwinking) March 15, 2016
SCANNER: “There are unknown subjects in her apartment, beating her with a fake penis…” #amnewsers
— Erin Michael Winking (@erinwinking) January 18, 2016
SCANNER: “We need a mop. An animal… an animal has urinated all over the floor.” – Tulsa Intl Airport Police. #amnewsers
— Erin Michael Winking (@erinwinking) December 15, 2015
And one of my personal favorites:
SCANNER: “…there’s a tremendous opossum on her porch, eating the cat food, and she’s afraid to go outside.” #AMNewsers
— Erin Michael Winking (@erinwinking) December 11, 2015
So the next time you see a cop, give them a smile (I’ve learned the hard way that they don’t like to be hugged or kissed…) and tell them “Thanks for dealing with that shit”.