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  • #16
    Some officers (often younger ones) still haven't figured out they're not death proof. I was recently headed to a verbal disturbance. Nothing more. No ACTUAL CRIME. My backup passed me while en route to the call. He was probably doing about 15 mph over the speed limit. To me, that's just a straight up jerk move. Especially considering we were only about 10 blocks from location. He got there a full 30 seconds before me. His reward was getting to take a BS disturbance report while my trainee and I stood around watching. It's an unspoken rule that trainees always take the report. However, I told my trainee to stand down and let Mario Andretti do everything.

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    • #17
      15 MPH over the limit and he is Mario Andretti?

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      • #18
        OP, just drive normal speed to calls for service, don't go the wrong way or drive around in circles until someone else gets there first, just drive regular speed and you'll be fine. Only drive fast with lights and sirens for situations where another officer needs help. This is what I practice and it has served me just fine.

        You don't need to kill yourself or someone else to get to a call for service, Calls For Service have been coming in long before you were a cop, and will continue coming in long after you've retired, they will always be there. Just do your job safely and you'll be fine.

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        • #19
          Wait....didn’t the OP post on another thread that he’s IN the academy and failed the skid pad? What is he doing solo in a patrol car if he didn’t pass an academy yet..?
          Now go home and get your shine box!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
            Wait....didn’t the OP post on another thread that he’s IN the academy and failed the skid pad? What is he doing solo in a patrol car if he didn’t pass an academy yet..?
            Different Shorty. The other one is Shorty21. I thought the same thing at first though.

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            • #21
              Phew.

              thanks.
              Now go home and get your shine box!

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              • #22
                I'm an excellent driver! The Sarge lets me drive slow on the driveway on Saturday. But, not on Mondays. Definitely not on Mondays!


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                • #23
                  Yea, but he won the race. When you’re not first, you’re last. Don’t be mad you lost the race.

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                  • #24
                    As a departmental EVOC instructor, all I can tell you is what CCCSD has written.
                    Follow SOP and state law.

                    Why take the chance?

                    I really like my sh*t that I've worked hard for, and don't want some a***ole taking it from me.
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                    • #25
                      There are no calls worth crashing for. If you drive quickly, efficiently and safely you are going to make better time by not having to slam on the brakes every time you approach an intersection or another vehicle. My driving instructor put it this way: smooth is fast, fast is smooth. If you come flying up behind traffic at breakneck speed it is far more likely they will panic and slam on their brakes or not get out of your way because they expect you to go around them or otherwise do something stupid.

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                      • #26
                        My state law says that an officer can stop, stand, park, start, turn and speed irrespective of any ordinance as long as you use “due regard for the safety of others.” In the pursuit of a suspect.

                        The biggest problem around here is that officers “overlook” the pursuit of a suspect section and park their cars in the fire lanes at Walmart to go inside and shop. Looks bad on all of us in uniform.

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                        • #27
                          I’m surprised no one has brought the speed differences between shifts. The cruising speed of a day Officer compared to grave Officer is very different. I know that my departments day watch officers drive like elderly people to non-emergency and a few priority two calls.

                          That being said, my department is known for being fast and hard charging. Still though, I’ve been criticized for moving too quick to calls. Sometimes I agree and sometimes I don’t. You have measure it by who is speaking (Graveyard cop, daywatch for the last 25 years, coward cop, cop who has hit and killed/injured someone, etc). Everything in this job is about training and experience.

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                          • #28
                            Know the ability of yourself and your vehicle, and follow your policy. if you wreck getting to a scene you just create another situation. We were taught in my academy to drive at 80% of where you felt comfortable, never go 100% unless the situation really dictates that.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Grit View Post
                              The cruising speed of a day Officer compared to grave Officer is very different. I know that my departments day watch officers drive like elderly people to non-emergency and a few priority two calls.
                              Been on days for few years now after many on midnights and can tell you the traffic is horrible so that plays a role in the speeds along with more eyes to call in BS complaints. Running code on the interstate during day shift I may have to travel miles on the shoulder or hugging the barrier wall to get around traffic and can't do 90+ do that effectively.
                              Where'd you learn that, Cheech? Drug school?

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                              • #30
                                You are no help to someone if you don’t make it there because you get into an accident. Remember our goal, make it home to your family at night.

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