From the Police Blotter: Real Police Work

 

Doing real police work is not as glamorous as executing a search warrant on a former President’s residence. It is not as dramatic as lying to a judge to obtain a FISA warrant. It is more dramatic than patrolling acres on Capitol Hill or enduring one day of rioting compared to Portland police officers who endured more than 150 nights of rioting.

Your budget is much lower than the Capitol Hill Police even though patrolling sqaure miles gives you far more experience than being an armed tour guide or protecting an elected official who is sleeping with a Page, or Fang-Fang.

Police work is a combination of doing grunt work and going zero to a hundred on some calls.

Link:

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A coordinated operation by the Tigard Police caught several suspected shoplifters at a local Fred Meyer.

The ‘blitz’ carried out on Thursday, Aug. 4 and was performed in cooperation with loss prevention employees at the Tigard Fred Meyer on Pacific Highway. The operation focused on shoplifters and other criminal activity.

The detectives caught five people in the operation. Three were left off with warnings, but the other two, Robert Patterson, age 44, and Marat Gudarenko, age 30, were both arrested.

Patterson was arrested for criminal trespass and resisting arrest as well as already having warrants out for his arrest. Gudarenko was arrested for theft and also had warrants.

Detectives often work with loss prevention employees throughout Tigard as a way to identify and stop criminal suspects. Authorities say that blitzes are just one way that they hope to prevent future criminal activity.

Tigard, OR, is one of two cities on the West Coast that has a Retail Theft Unit. Shoplifting is called shrinkage. You, the consumer, will make up the financial losses from shrinkage. Employees will make up the losses from shrinkage. Jobs will be cut to help make up for the losses.

As a police officer, you need a well-developed sense of curiosity, and you have to be willing to do the grunt work.

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  1. kedavis Inactive
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    Any word yet on how long before the cops got home for dinner, the people they arrested were released?

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  2. navyjag Coolidge
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    No kidding Doug.  One of the most surprising things to me recently is that respect for the military still relatively high (although will go down as the Biden woke generals take over) compared to cops. Do not get this.  Army and Marine infantry used to danger. But had lots of back up: air support, artillery, tanks, drone intelligence, etc.  Cops do not have that.  Usually one on one or two on one. Without that kind of support who would want to go into a high crime area on a domestic violence claim without some support?  Guess Portland, Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, etc. seeing the results. 

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  3. Doug Watt Moderator
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    No kidding Doug. One of the most surprising things to me recently is that respect for the military still relatively high (although will go down as the Biden woke generals take over) compared to cops. Do not get this. Army and Marine infantry used to danger. But had lots of back up: air support, artillery, tanks, drone intelligence, etc. Cops do not have that. Usually one on one or two on one. Without that kind of support who would want to go into a high crime area on a domestic violence claim without some support? Guess Portland, Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, etc. seeing the results.

    One advantage I had as a police officer was being able to go to my own home after a shift. No packing my bag for six months in Iraq, or cruising around the Straits of Hormuz. I could also walk away from police work at any time I chose to do so.

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  4. Doug Watt Moderator
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Any word yet on how long before the cops got home for dinner, the people they arrested were released?

    Tigard is located in Washington County. The DA is not a “Soros” prosecutor. Neighboring Multnomah County is a mess with their “Soros” prosecutor. The Washington County DA was just reelected, and his opponent was a woke social justice warrior. 

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  5. Old Bathos Moderator
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    I would guess that Tigard would need to beef up that particular police function.  When retail dies in neighboring woke jurisdictions, both shoppers and thieves will need to travel. 

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