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Okay, I know we have some LEO's on here... And that there can be a lot of bashing. It is easy for people to bash others when put behind a label (all the **** government people/non whites/immigrants/what-have-you). People are people...there are good ones and bad ones. And it is easy to call attention to wrong doings while forgetting the good things. Overall, we also need to remember this is discouraging for the good people out there because they do not feel appreciated, no matter the profession. This is the season we need to try stay merry and help others be merry when it is easy to be depressed. So let us share a good LEO experience since we do get plenty of bashing out there.

A LEO experience that had an effect after the event (I've shared some parts of it before)...

When I was with my exhusband, we went to visit his brother. On the trip back home, we got caught in a blizzard. I drove halfway back without incident but when my exH took over, we slid off the road within five minutes. With some effort, we managed to get back on the road. Another five to ten minutes later, we hit a bad pothole that gave us a flat. Now this is past the decent hour and there was little traffic anymore. The exH tries to change the tire...as inept as he is, he had troubles jacking it up. Then proceeded to wear down the lug nuts while they remained firmly in place. Of course, being female, I was not allowed to do this. Remember, blizzard, middle of the night, we (him, me, and his mother) are freezing for hours even though we periodically go into the vehicle to turn it on and warm us up but try not to run our gas all out. Roadside assistance never showed up. Imagine his humiliation if I changed the tire when he could not...but then, remember, I'm female and females can't do that. [ /sarcasm] Along comes a LEO going the other way on the interstate and he pulls over to shout across and see if we needed help. He made his way back around and changed our tire. He had a far better jack and changed it in minutes!

So how did this have lasting effect....
I saw just how inept my ex was, how he would rather freeze than let me do what I am capable of. And, after I left him and got my own vehicle, I got a jack just like that cop's. Yep, I've had to use it since then. And yeah, I changed my tire by myself... Not as quick as the cop, mind you, but far less time than my ex ever would. I prepare more now than I used to since this incident. I have jackets, blankets, gloves, lots of things in my car too. :)

And to end it all, remember to thank the people that do good or else what is to encourage them to continue to help others? I always remember to thank people because I want them to know I appreciate it, as much as I would like to know when I am appreciated.



Merry Christmas to Christians
Happy Hanukkah to the Jewish
Happy Boxing Day to Canadians (although, I'm still not clear on what that is)
Hope you had a good Yule to the Pagans
Happy Holidays to any I have left out ;)
 

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my good one was when i was a kid and a guy named bota was the local sheriff in the area ..he used to take us out to the local airstrip on sat nights and let us run the cars down the strip in timed units with him at the end of the strip with the radar gun telling us how fast we where going ..

if you got caught drag raceing in town you lost your rights to come out to the strip on sat night and race ..it cut down on a lot of the illegal drag raceing on the streets and it was thought by all in the town that the kids would not mess up a good thing like that ..the only problem was every now and then we get a outside that did not understand the rules and it would try to do something in town ..he would tell the kid come back sat night and we would take on anyone who steped up the line .
 

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other than being caught overloaded or not having my paper work in order at some scales, I was stopped in my car last summer by a cop in a small town for speeding in a school zone, 40 in a 25. A 300. plus mark on license ticket. I didn't see the sign and he knew that i couldn't see it as there was a truck parked there blocking all the signs.
After some small talk and being told that he could still ticket me, he told me to take off.
 

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And to end it all, remember to thank the people that do good or else what is to encourage them to continue to help others? I always remember to thank people because I want them to know I appreciate it, as much as I would like to know when I am appreciated.



Merry Christmas to Christians
Happy Hanukkah to the Jewish
Happy Boxing Day to Canadians (although, I'm still not clear on what that is)
Hope you had a good Yule to the Pagans
Happy Holidays to any I have left out ;)
Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Traditonally in England and other parts of the U.K. (where many Canadians came from originally) the lords (or lairds) of an area would spend the day giving boxes of goodies to their tenants. In some areas the tenants, or workers of the land, would come to the door for their boxes; in some areas the lords and ladies would go out to donate them. Hth

When I was a child I thought it was the day we got rid of all the boxes from Christmas which were laying about... ;)

Also, Happy Kwaanza to those of African descent, and Happy Diwali to my friends from India.

As not to highjack the thread, MOST of my experiences here with LEOs have been great ones. My most recent one is with the husband of my niece...he just completed basic training and they've been posted to their first place as members of R.C.M.P.

Thanks to all of you officers who put your lives on the line every day. Most of us DO appreciate you.
 

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I had a cop cook a roast with rice, gravy, corn right out of the garden, and sweet tea almost every weekend while I was growing up.... Her name was Lillian, I just called her GramMa....

I also remember a time when I was working the late shift at a C-store, some drunk drove into the parking lot, did a donut and pulled up to the gas pumps. I was standing at my register checking out a couple obviously dressed for a night on the town. I just looked at the drunk in his pick-up and said "where's a cop when you need them" the guy I was taking money from smiled pulled out his badge and went out to the gas pumps. The drunk was stupid enough to try and hit the cop with the gas nozzle he had picked up. The cop signaled his wife to call someone. She told me what number to dial and what to say. In less than one minute I had nine other cops in squad cars pulling into the parking lot and surrounding this drunk. He went to jail, I had to go to court as a witness, the drunk got 3 years. He cut a deal to get the 3 years and I never had to take the stand.

I remember the cops wife saying " he does this all the time... "
 

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The story behind why the police were at my house is really just a stupid thing with the daughter and a former friend. However, while the former friend was being taken away in a police car, one of the officers chilled with us afterward and we asked a lot of questions about gun ownership and open carry, we were relatively new to AZ. He was perfectly willing to talk to us about our rights and what would be considered legal carry in our vehicles, etc. He noticed some of the preps we had in the garage at the time and asked if we moved here from a snow state. We said no, we shop for all our groceries for a month at a time. He just looked at us and smiled and we moved on to another conversation.

I'm fairly certain that he knows we're preppers, and is probably one himself. He's now the officer that's assigned to the high school and he keeps in touch with my son. Good to know he's close in case we need him.
 

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I can honestly say that I have never had a bad experience with a LEO that was not ultimately my fault. 'course, sometimes it took years of hindsight to realize that.:eek::

As for good experiences . . . there have been many.

But my favorite is being lucky enough to be welcomed on a fairly regular basis into firearms training with some of the best LEO/tactical trainers I have ever even read stories about.


. . without me being used as a target holder.:upsidedown:
 

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I got busted for underage drinking and pot possession once and the officer then had legal right to search me and found a large ka-bar, which meant i was possessing a concealed weapon. I explained why I had it, and that its a tool instead of a weapon, and he let me take it home and just dropped the whole concealed weapon thing. i guess the bad part was my fault but im sure glad i didnt lose my favorite knife.
 

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Idaho State Police helped me tighten my windshield wipers when I came from sub zero Montana to wet and 45f Couer d' Alene, ID.

Montana State Trooper helped me out of a 6 foot snow drift and got me to safety.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriffs talked with me and shot the breeze about Richard Mack, Ron Paul, TEA Parties, and why socialist dope smoking hippie/yuppies were ruining Montana.
 

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Years ago I got my foot into the accelerator of my 5.0 Mustang as I
was getting onto a local highway. Didn't see the cop parked in the
dark median, probably running a speed trap in the other direction.

However, my squealing and smoking tires certainly attracted his attention.
He lit up his lights and whirled around in a cloud of gravel. I suspect he
thought I had panicked when I saw him and was trying to flee.

Knowing I was busted, I just pulled over and waited for him to catch
up to me. He seemed pretty ticked off, and demanded to know "what
the "heck" I was doing back there."

I told him that I "guess I was being a childish and immature jack***".

He stopped for a minute and then laughed out loud. I think cops are
so used to people lying to them that they are surprised when someone
actually tells them the truth for a change.

He asked me if I thought I could NOT be "childish and immature jack***" on
my way home. I assured him that I thought I could. He quizzed me about
drinking (not) and ran my license and registration. When that came back
clean, he sent me on my way without a ticket.

I doubt he ever got a radar reading on my speed, but he sure could
have nailed me with "exhibition of speed", "reckless driving", "driving
while being a jack***", or some variant thereof.

So yeah, they're not all bad guys. They got a tough job to do, and
if you show them a little respect, they'll usually return the favor.
I've had a few other encounters with cops here and there. I've always
found them to be maybe not friendly, but at least polite and professional.
Not getting in their face and challenging their authority goes a long way.

Or, get aggressive with them and win a dream date with a tazer. :eek:

(should be a good thread. //Grabs lawnchair and popcorn... :D:)
 

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When I was 16 I had a car wreck that hospitalized me for 28 days. 1 of the things I remember about it was regaining semi-conciousness just minutes after the crash and looking into the face of an LEO I hunted deer with - he was crying and staring at me telling me to remain very still help would be there in a minute.

The last 3 years I have been pulled over for speeding 4 times (yea I have a heavy foot) by 4 different town/state officers. I ALWAYS told them yes I knew why I was being pulled over - small talk / take my punishment like a man (don't do the crime if you don't want the time) never gave them any crap, kept my tone civil and each time they let me go with a warning. Each was pleasant - "just doing my job" civil and I for one have no problems with them.

To all LEO's keep up the good work and thanks for putting your life on the line when it's your shift.
 

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Many good returns

Having had an encounter or two with bad apples, I must mention that there have been many more positive, (X3) than negative. Those negatives were later thought upon, and realized these guys were focused on doing their job and did not have time for nice talk, but came across as direct/abrupt. Less one that was a rouge officer that had an encounter with my son, which I would rather not discuss in this thread.

Now to the point: Have had positives on three calls to the house in the last two years,
1. On attempted break in while we were away (alarm sounded). Met the officer at the house, opened up the house, and he took the time to make some suggestions on home security.
2. Cat accidentally activated panic button on home alarm, and an officer responded, knocked on the door, I answered with my 40 cal on my hip (not knowing what the problem or concern was) Without realizing it he had taken a defensive stance, by coverng his right hand on his right carry holstered pistol, with the clipboard in his left hand. Determined that I was the homeowner after asking a few questions. Then was relaxed. This guy was a cool customer, don''t believe his pulse was above 60 bpm. He looked at me with a nod as if to say what gives as he glanced briefly to my sidearm. I told him, that the alarm has startled me, and I had armed myself to guard the castle. He grinned and said he understood. This all seemed very cool and normal, then it had dawned on me that the officer may have insisted that I disarm. Don't know what may have happened if I said no thanks and asked him to leave. All the same, this went well.
3. Son accidentally dialed 911, excellent response(5min), again answered the door with the 40 on the hip. Different officer, same type of response. Very professional.

Also, during a motor vehicle accident last Feb, my wife had sustained some minor injuries, but was shaken up a bit. The officer at the scene, after securing the area and getting the necessary back up, called our home phone to contact someone. We still talk about this around the house today. We live in south Louisiana and the officer that called speaks in a English accent, he said "It's okay, Ya Mums alright", then gave us the breakdown on what had happened, where she was being taken. Very unexpected (the accent that is), but caring, professional and a servants attitude.

On edge as I am, during these times, some of these may not have turned out as positive, had they or I did not keep our heads about us. I am thankful to live in an area, that for the time, has LEO's that sees the citizens as that, and not perps.
 

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nightfall: Thank you for this thread. It seems that there are just too many people so willing to speak negatively about a police officer, and that is surly all one will hear on the news. Of course there are some corrupted LEO, but there is corruption in every field that mankind has ever been involved in. As far as my personal experiences with LEO, I'm not going to speak of them, but, again, thank you for this thread.
 

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At one point and time I had at least 8 good friends that were LEO's, I have hundreds of great experiences with some or all, Hunting, Fishing, Cards, Football, Basketball, Jeep Rides, Camping, weddings, funerals ect....They're just people.

Now for the 23 or so times I've been pulled over for this or that traffic infraction in my life...I've never had a bad experience, sure sometimes I was shafted but you know each time I was at fault. I've also found that if you're nice you'll catch a break most times. I've only had to pay maybe 5 or 6 fines, I went to traffic court this year and "won" my case....DMV and I mad a mistake concerning tags.
I've also had lots of encounters with DNR and have never had the slightest problem....what can I say I'm LEO friendly. Why just this year one gave me a SKS....now it doesn't get any better than that.
 

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Never personally had a bad experience. Had a few speeding tickets, but was let off a few too. Worked with police on many occassions at accidents, fires, etc, with the firehall. Have many friends who are LEOs at local, county and federal level. Stand up guys. Out at the range with one of them last week. They do have a great sense of humor too.
 

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i've never had a bad one and all the bad ones that i hear of are because the person is being disrespectful or its a situation where the LEO does not have time to explain so he/she has to be stern.
 

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Thank you for this thread...times have been tough lately for LEO. Eight officers shot in the last two months leaving five dead in Washington State alone.

We don't like walking around with a target on our backs and it helps to know not everyone hates you for trying to help.

Thank you, reading all your comments helped, especially since I will be working during Christmas Eve and Christmas while most get to spend time with family.

M2C
 

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No, Thank You Sir

Thank you for this thread...times have been tough lately for LEO. Eight officers shot in the last two months leaving five dead in Washington State alone.

We don't like walking around with a target on our backs and it helps to know not everyone hates you for trying to help.

Thank you, reading all your comments helped, especially since I will be working during Christmas Eve and Christmas while most get to spend time with family.

M2C
Take it you are a LEO. Thanks for keeping the public, in your locality at least, safer. Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy new year.
 

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I've had more good experiences than bad with LEOs. Most I've come across have treated me better than they have had to. I've run into a few with the 'attitude' but most around here seem like regular folks and are usually more helpful than hurtful.
 
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