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Ride Along

By D. E. Harrison

Copyright 2017 by D. E. Harrison

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Ride Along

Chapter 2 Problems

Chapter 3 Report for Training

Chapter 4 Meet the Kids

Chapter 5 The Second “Ride Along’ Day

Chapter 6 the Day After

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It is not raining in the one city where very few people even own an umbrella, no less use it. But a few people will carry one in January, where it may rain 33-days straight. During this time the worms are riding with the slugs in their boat.

The weather in Seattle has a few local descriptions that will mean something only to the locals. Such as, ‘occasional sun breaks’ means you will have intermittent showers. The ‘filtered sun’ means a continual mist will be falling. Partly cloudy means less than 1/4 of an inch of rain. They never forecast ‘rain’ unless more than one inch of liquid sun shine will fall.

The most typical temperatures in the winter are 38 and 43 degrees, take your pick for day or night. The most typical non-summer temperatures are 69 and 58 degrees, take your pick for day or night. Summer is the last week of July and the first week of August. The temperatures could go from 65 to 95 degrees.

Chapter 1 The Ride Along

The Chief of Police has one last item in his staff meeting.

He says, “The Mayor and I have approved the ‘ride along’ for some juveniles. Some are on the verge of running afoul of the law. Some are just smart offs. There are some that are interested in law enforcement. They will all ride for two days and follow you around like a puppy. I am giving the folder to the Chief of Patrol.”

The meeting breaks up and the fellow sitting on the last chair, next to the backdoor is up and out. He never wears his hat to a staff meeting and is the only one not in a full blue uniform. The ‘ride along’ is dropped from his mind.

The Chief of Patrol gives the folder to his Major, “I know it’s hard to do but it may do some good. The date is already set.”

The Major calls the Captain, Lieutenant and senior Sergeant into his office, “I have been warning you about this and now it is yours. The plan you have should work. You have one week to smooth out any wrinkles. Good luck.”

The work has fallen to the Lieutenant and Sergeant. They quickly count cars and kids. Just like in their plan. It should go ok.

The Sergeant says, “Even the weather is forecasted to be sun shine. I will remind the patrol of the upcoming duty. We are as ready as possible.”

The ‘ride along’ is scheduled for a Tuesday and Wednesday. But nothing goes as planned.

Chapter 2 Problems

The weekend patrol is busy but normal. Then Patrolman McDonald has a call that ends up with her in an undercover sting. There is no way out of it. Several Chiefs agree to the temporary reassignment. The Patrol Sergeant has been around too long to bemoan his situation.

He looks at the ‘ride along’ cars and people they will haul around. They are short one female driver and another car was just totaled in a high-speed chase. They were rammed but are fine. They will be will be out for two days.

The Sergeant and Lieutenant go to see the Captain, “Sir, that is what we need, and our new plans calls for a mixed team in the ‘drive along’. You can see how it best fits.”

The Captain agrees, “At least, this is way above my pay scale. Thanks. I will let you know in an hour or two.”

The Captain walks to the Major’s office. In two minutes, they are walking toward the Chief of Patrol’s office. They explain the problem and the best solution they have.

The Chief of Patrol says almost in jest, ‘I guess this is why I make the big bucks. I will go and see what I can do.”

The Chief of Patrol heads upstairs by the stairs. He is rehearsing what he will say as he goes.

He sticks his head into Inspector Strong’s office, “Inspector, do you have a minute?’

An Inspector is overseeing the homicide division. This is unusual; the section would have a Captain; usually it would be a Major. An Inspector is more like a Chief than either a Captain or a Major.

The Inspector’s name is Strong. Earl Strong, class of 1940, University of Texas. He was a Major in the Military Police. Early 60’s, and what’s left of his hair is buzzed into a crew cut. Always with a green 1940’s felt hat, brim bent down in front. A cigar his Dr. says he can chew but not smoke

Usually his detectives compile the data from the crime scene and then poke it around some. He may read a particularly difficult case to assist them. His case closure for his section is a legend in the entire western half of the country. He has had many job offers to leave, even some at the federal level. His wife will never move and so he stays where he is. Seldom does any case withstand his personal assault for more than several days.

He is a fishing buddy with the Regional FBI Director, Ted McClearly.

The Inspector offers the Chief the one chair in his office that has one shorter leg. He never makes it easy when someone needs a favor. The Chief of Patrol could have talked with the Chief of Detectives about his request, but he would have ended up here anyway.

Inspector Strong smiles a little, “You have a problem since Patrolman McDonald has been pulled off. And your backup patrol car was just destroyed, puts you in a bad way. You are here to see if I can help. We are always willing to assist you.”

The Chief of Patrol knows he means a pound or two later.

The Inspector says, “I suppose you will have Detective Rage and Patrolman Jones in the same car. This will allow you to double up on the ‘ride along’. Also, maintain a fair patrol level.”

The Chief can only say, “Thank you.”

He wonders as the elevator is going down to Patrol, ‘how the Inspector knows what is going on in the entire police department is beyond me. I sure would not want him on my tail. But we are good to go.’

He goes into the Captain’s office, “Schedule it with Rage and Jones. You tell Jones, the Inspector will tell the Detective. I just hope it goes well. Those two officers tend to draw lead in the strangest places.”

Passing the Major’s office, he gives him a thumb up, “I told the Captain.”

It is Thursday afternoon and the Inspector motions for Detective Rage to come to his office.

He gives Detective Rage a second glance as she rounds her desk.

The rookie Detective Janet Rage has been on the Police force over six years. She is bright, aggressive, and dedicated to the job. She takes a fair amount of ribbing about her last name and the color of her red hair. It usually goes on until they see her empty a clip of sixteen rounds at thirty yards into a 3-inch circle. If that is not enough, she will crack a few ribs, and she will do it again in the gym.

Two years earlier, she had completed the Detective training course at the academy. She finished in second place, the other woman there finished twelfth out of the fifteen total candidates. In such a large metropolitan police force, her new duty assignment could have been one of many. She did not know until Monday after graduation her exact assignment.

Detective Rage has been with the Inspector for almost two years. He was not happy when she was assigned to his unit. He still remembers how that went.

The Assistant Chief of Detectives calls Earl into his office, “Have a seat Earl. I have briefly looked over your caseload. Earl, the Chief gave the Chief of Detectives a personnel jacket and told him, he has a new Detective right out of the academy. He told me that you are the lucky person to have another Detective to train.

“Earl, before you say anything, read the jacket. I have several times. Do it tomorrow. Earl, the officer is a woman. Do not let that throw you. We can talk later tomorrow. Good night.”

Earl has a look on his face when he leaves the Assistant Chief of Detectives’ office that says, ‘don’t get in my way; bad things will happen if you do.’

Just seven days after graduation and four days on the job Detective Rage shows up for duty. She finds herself in a fatal multiple shooting investigation. The rookie Detective Rage has been involved in more fatal multiple shootings investigations than most officers see in a lifetime. That does not count the fatal multiple shootings she has been personally involved in.

A homicide Detective may be considered a rookie for four years or more.

The Inspector motions to her, “Have a Chair Detective, No, not the bouncy one.” They both chuckle.

He continues, “Patrol has run into a problem. I said we would help them out. You are being assigning to the ‘ride along’ program for two days. We will not ask how they got themselves into this situation. The Chief of Police and Mayor are trying to do good. You will report on Monday at 9 am in the patrol area. There you will have some training, meet your partner, and figure out what is to happen for the next two days. They will put you in a set of blues. The Chief never said; but you will want to check it out before Monday. Thanks for your effort. Detective Smith will be able to handle whatever we run into for a couple of days.”

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