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Monday, December 29, 2008

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you...

Most you you probably dont know that I'm a graduate of the Las Vegas Citizen's Police Academy. It took 12 weeks to get through and was one of the coolest things I've ever done. I got to meet police dogs, shoot guns, learn about LV's CSI...I even got tased! Not once, but three times. Ouch. But I learned so much!

During that period, I made some cop friends. And now, I get to go ride along in a patrol car with one of them every so often. It's a blast! If you've never been on a police ride along, but have thought about it, GO. You'll have a hell of a day. Even if nothing dramatic happens, you'll still get your kicks off...I guarantee it.

So my most recent ride along was the craziest yet. We answered multiple calls where we had to turn on the lights and sirens and go really fast (although I wont say how fast, hee hee). It was fast enough to where I was white-knuckled in the passenger seat....and I loved every minute of it.

We pulled over speeding cars, we answered dispatch calls- one of which was a burglary alarm call, and multiple squad cars had to set up a perimeter around the location- this picture is of my police buddy waiting for the bad guys to come out. Check out the gun, people! Luckily for me, I had to stay in the car for that part.
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The grand finale was at the end of our day. We answered a domestic call- a husband and wife were fighting. When we got there, the husband had taken off (gee, surprise!), and the wife answered the door. While the officers were talking to her, her largish pit bull comes running out of the house.
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Um, yea, can you guess where this is going?
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The dog ran right up to the officer I was riding with, sniffs, and then attacks. The dog is biting his foot and leg, and the cop is yelling to his collieges "Oww, oww, shoot him! Shoot him! Shoot the dog!" while the dog is rararawawraraing at his foot. They're kind of dancing around the pavement. The other officers had their guns out, but didn't shoot because of the dance the dog and the cop were doing. While all this is happening, I'm freaking out (because I'm standing right next to visious dog attacking cop), wondering if I should run or just kick that fucking dog.....
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Anyway, long story short, the dog got tased. The dog got tased! My cop buddy was okay- his foot was bitten, his shoes and pants were ruined, and I almost had a friggin heart attack. The dog had to be taken away by animal control. In a way, I feel sad for the dog- she will probably have to be put down. I'm just glad she didn't hurt anyone. The bitten officer was very gracious about it, saying it wasn't the dog's fault, and she was just protecting her territory. But still. Pit Bull + biting you = pretty scary shit.
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We had to cut the day short after that. Ha. It was one hell of a ride along. And it was only a day shift. I'm not really into being shot at or anything like that- after all, I'm just an ignorant civilian. That was more excitement than I've had all year. I guess that's what happens when you become a work-at-home mom. *sigh*
My next ride along project is going to be a swing shift. Yessssssss! Swing means I get to go out for the evening to middle-of-the-night shift. Cant wait for that one!

14 comments:

Nicole said...

At least you get fun ride alongs. Everytime I go with B nothin ever happens. I was thinking of going on New years Eve but we don't have a sitter! That would be guaranteed fun for the night!

Fin said...

Hi,

I saw your comment at Lifeprints and it moved me to head on over. Nice to meet you. I too am a writer in las Vegas (nothing published yet ::Sigh::).

My name is Meg but I blog as my cat Fin and as I saw you are an animal lover with a big kitty maybe you'd like to come on by and say hi.

Stay safe on your next ride along!

Big Red said...

OMG! Tasha gets to do the coolest things!

Shanna said...

HAHAHA!! Isn't it fun?!? Before I had the boys I used to go to work with Scott occasionally when I was bored. I loved it! It's kinda fun when you really know the cop outside of work too. That big tough guy sporting that HUGE gun, yah that's the same guy that can't watch ET because it makes him cry!

A Single Mom's Life said...

Hmmm...Tasha and police ride along...Are you sure that you didn't get picked up and just happened to be in the car when they got a call??? As in...sitting in the back seat??LOL Just kidding! That sounded like so much fun. My dad has gone on ride alongs and had some excitement, me...I rode along with my ex boyfriend who was a cop for the University...can you say YAWN? LOL Sounds like a blast...

Steph said...

Yous crazzzy.

PorkStar said...

"while the dog is rararawawraraing at his foot." <--- LMAO... too funny

Anonymous said...

do you have an email ma'am? : )

Tasha said...

You can email me at

Tasha@thehousewifediaries.com

Now I'm scared! ;)

Anonymous said...

email sent to scary Tasha...hehe

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Jeez, all the tasing these days is a little scary, though I do wish I had access to one while I was married to my second husband.

Happy New Year, Tasha!

TTownDiva said...

This does sound fun, but I'm sure ride alongs in Vegas are way different than ride alongs in Tulsa, OK.

Merrie said...

Wow -- that's cool, but I don't know what I'd have done, either. Glad they finally tased him and your friend is okay. Sheesh.

Jennifer said...

LOL!!! I'm sure your "cop friend" was okay, he looks tough in that picture. That is the best story ever, I laughed and laughed and laughed.. and I'm still laughing.

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