Hope this finds you cool. I often comment how my young officers never let anything stop them from completing their mission. A few nights ago, I was patrolling in Central Hammond. A subject had walked into a convenience store, and the observant clerk thought she saw a pistol in his waistband. We responded in force and quickly corralled the individual. We believed that he tossed the pistol when he saw the responding squads so we began to search high and low. One of our officers surmised that the suspect (gang member) had thrown the pistol on a nearby business roof. We called the Fire Department for help, and they immediately responded ( the advantage of having a full time, professional Fire Department). They truly are the best. FD set up a ladder and three of my young officers scrambled up to the roof for a search.
I would love to provide a ‘blue sky ending” and tell you we found the gun on the roof. I could tell you that, but it would be a lie. We didn’t locate the gun, and after nearly an hour of searching, we had to give up and respond to other calls.
Disappointed, but undaunted, I went back to patrol duties. I left work that night with a good feeling. My officers really do give 100 percent of themselves performing their duties.
Life isn’t always perfect, but when I’m working the “Thin Blue Line”, it’s pretty close…
Your Chief of Police,