Post # 1
I can’t help it, J is applying to so many police departments and I like hearing things like this.
I’ve only been pulled over once, so I don’t really have any personal stories.. but one thing I’m going to miss about Salt Lake is how great the cops are. If you’re stopped on the side of the road, especially the freeway, they’ll stop to check if you’re okay. If you call 9-11 because you have, say, a flat tire, they won’t just call you a tow truck: they’ll send a police officer to help you change it. They won’t do that in Washington!
So. Any good experiences with cops? 🙂
Post # 3
Hmmm… I’ve been pulled over a few times where the police have been really understanding. Overall, except for one time when I got a parking ticket when I had called my car in after curfew (we can only park on the streets after 2am if you call and tell them) which I got out of when I went to court for it, police officers have always been kind to me, even if I was doing something wrong (gave me warnings or gave me a reduced fine).
Also, one time when another driver was fraudulently trying to get me to pay for the damages on his car, the police officers listened to me, spoke to my insurance company, and helped me prove fraud! 🙂
Post # 5
My DH bought me an Army Wife magnet thingy to put on my car and when I got pulled over last year (2nd time ever), the officer said, “Ma’am, I don’t like to give soldiers wives tickets, so can you please slow down.” I was sooooo thankful for that! lol
Post # 6
One time they got my car open when I locked my keys in it (with one of those jimmy things!)
Post # 7
When I was in college, the dorms were right at the edge of a not so very good part of town. Parking for the dorms was either on the street along the building or a parking lot across that street. I always tried to get a parking spot along the street as they were much closer. Well, one day I went out to my car to do my homework assignment which involved taking measurements while using a screw jack. No less than 3 cops stopped to see if I was ok in the less than 45 minutes I was out there jacking up my car. It was really comforting to know that they had a presence in the neighborhood.
Post # 8
I’ve had generally good experiences with police officers in St. Louis. One highway patrol officer pulled me over and just gave me a warning and also shared a great tip, “Keep it under 7 miles over and you should be safe”. Another recently helped my Mom and I after getting a flat tire on the interstate. The highway was super busy, as a Cardinals game and the Fox Theatre had just let out, and we had pulled over where there was very little median. He helped to fix my tire himself and assisted us as we re-entered the highway. We wrote a letter of thanks to him and CC’d his sergeant. God Bless our officers!
Post # 9
@kingytobe: Aww that’s awesome! It reminds me of a story I forgot, lol!
I was in the most annoying car accident ever, seriously. There’s a street in Salt Lake I know to be one way, 6th south. I was on 6th east, and I saw that it said it was a three way stop, so it makes sense that the stops would be mine, across from me, and the one-way street, right? Nope, turns out that’s where one way began. The stop sign was on the other side. Needless to say, I got hit, but it was really minor thankfully. His bumper was just scuffed, and I have a dent in my car that I just don’t really care about. He insisted that we call the cops, and we stayed in our respective cars for over an hour.
When the cop got there, he pulled me aside and asked if I was alright. I said I was, a little shaken up and feeling stupid but yeah, alright. Apparently the guy who’d hit me was cursing at and threatening dispatch while he was in his car. It made me feel better that he was concerned that I was okay.. and while I was found at fault, I didn’t get a ticket.. probably because the accident was so minor and the guy was such a douche.
I avoid that intersection like the plague now, though. Apparently there’s an accident there almost every day.
Post # 10
Once while picking up 30 balloons for my shower from walmart my MOH locked us out of her car, I went in to the store to see if they could get us some help and they called an officer who was also a locksmith, the cops in our area are NOT supposed to assist people with getting into locked vehicles for liability reasons but he came and and it was kind of funny because my MOH is standing there in a little dress holding 30 pink and white balloons and crying, and the cop joked around with her saying hes never had anybody use balloons to get his attention before and popped open her door in like 10 seconds. We werent late to the shower thanks to him.
Post # 11
@Annabelle86: Aww, that’s cute!
Post # 12
When FI and I first started dating we obiously couldnt keep our hands off of each other. Since we both lived at home we really didn’t get much alone time. So one night after a date we drove around a residential neighborhood and pulled over and turned the lights off. We would make out for like 2 minutes and then drive away for another loop and do it again. We did this for 5 laps. All of the sudden, the red and blue lights go off. He was suspicious and knew what we were doing. FI told him that we had been fighting and that we were just trying to settle things. the cop asked FI if he had been drinking. At the time, FI was underage. I screamed at the officer and dramatically said “But officer! He’s underage!”. He looked at me like I was dumb. He was a dick about it, but I guess that would annoy me too! haha.
Post # 13
I don’t personally, but my dad was pulled over for speeding on his way to drill once a long time ago. He had his BDUs on and the officer just said “Please slow down Staff Sergeant” and got back in his car.
Post # 14
I was driving home at night one time after a 14 hour tech rehearsal for a show. I was still in full stage makeup and completely exhausted, and I was admittedly speeding because I just wanted to get home, wipe all the junk off my face and crawl into bed.
I noticed that someone ahead had been pulled over by a cop, so I automatically started braking, and then I saw more police flashers light up behind me and I had to pull over too.
The cop, a friendly-looking young guy, came up to my window, smiled and said, “So I guess you know you were speeding, since you put on the brakes when you noticed me behind you.”
I was too tired to say anything but the truth, so I replied, “Actually I didn’t notice you behind me, I was slowing down because of that cop car ahead.”
He stared at me for a second, then burst out laughing and said, “Well at least you’re honest. Tell you what, promise to take it easy the rest of the way home and I’ll let you off with a warning.”
Post # 15
@Mrs. Puffin: I know this post was a while ago it really burns my butt when people insist on calling the cops for *minor* fender benders. As if the cops don’t have enough to do!!
A long time ago DH and I were driving around in rural Ohio to a friend’s wedding. We got pulled over TWICE! Once, for speeding–but when we told the cop where we were going/what for, he got so excited because I guess he was from there and loved weddings, so let us off with nothing. Then, later on that night (still driving), one of my headlights started crapping out. Got pulled over for that but the cop was very kind and told us some local repair places to stop by on the way home.
Post # 16
My story is from New Year’s Eve, 2007-2008. It was ~2 a.m. and I was out at some trashy club in the Gold Coast, having the time of my life, when I noticed the BLIZZARD beginning outside. I had made plans with my new bf to meet up once we were done with our respective parties, so I hobbled outside in my knee-length cocktail dress, dressy coat and OPEN-TOE, 3-inch gold heels.
Since I was in the main club area of Chicago, basically 80% of the city population was out on the same sidewalk, trying to get a cab. The snow was coming down hard, and my legs and toes were completely soaked and freezing. I tried to wave at cabs for about 20 minutes, but there were so many people that I didn’t stand a chance. At that point, I was so drunk that I couldn’t really formulate a plan besides “give up, stare at the sidewalk, clutch yourself and shiver.”
What happened next? CPD to the rescue, that’s what happened!! A cop came up to me and asked if I was okay. I mumbled something about being fine, just thinking I might turn into a human popsicle before I could get a cab in the blizzard. The cop radio’ed his partner and said (literally) “we have a damsel in distress and she could use a chariot ride.” The partner pulled up with the squad car, and the first cop made a big show of ordering the zillions of other pedestrians out of the way so I could get in the car.
And for those of you who might think that the cops were just trying to hit on a young, drunk girl, let me assure you: I was the *least* skankily dressed of any girls on that same corner. Just the most pitiful looking. 🙂