Friday, July 14, 2006

to serve and protect

From CNN.com:
"[Lorna] Dudash then called 911, asking that the 'cutie pie' deputy return.

'He's the cutest cop I've seen in a long time. I just want to know his name,' Dudash told the dispatcher. 'Heck, it doesn't come very often a good man comes to your doorstep.'

After listening to some more, followed by a bit of silence, the dispatcher asked again why Dudash needed the deputy to return.

'Honey, I'm just going to be honest with you, OK? I just thought he was cute. I'm 45 years old, and I'd just like to meet him again, but I don't know how to go about doing that without calling 911,' she said.

'I know this is absolutely not in any way, shape or form an emergency, but if you would give the officer my phone number and ask him to come back, would you mind?'

The deputy returned, verified that there was no emergency and arrested her for misusing the 911 system, an offense punishable by a fine of up to several thousand dollars and a year in jail.
Desperate people do desperate things. Sending the same deputy back to arrest her seems needlessly cruel.

This is something, incidentally, I can readily imagine my Wayward Sister C doing. Or, some relative of Gwen's.

Also, what is it about women and police officers? You hear about women who "date cops," like the profession comprises some kind of romantic rodeo circuit. You never hear the same thing about insurance salesman or about plumbers, unless maybe women in those jobs serially dating within their workplace. Is it the uniform? The authority? The firearms?

To my knowledge, my hometown in Iowa still has one police officer on duty all the time. As you can imagine, there isn't much for the officer driving around the night shift to do. One officer was rumored to have his wife visit while he was on patrol and they would park the police car in a discreet location and, well. Also rumored was that there was a time when they were parked behind the high school once and managed to get themselves trapped in the backseat with the prisoner-proof-locked doors. I've no idea whether this actually happened, or if it's just one of those rural legends.

5 comments:

jnsys said...

No wonder our hometown has such a drug problem. I remember one cop getting in trouble for not patrolling enough. He protested, but his odometer told the truth. In an 8 hour shift, he had driven something like 50 miles.

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

"Is it the authority"? Are you joking? I mean, I'm pretty sure, yeah, it's the authority. Some people seem to have a thing for uniforms, but I suspect it's only mediated by having a thing for authority.

My upbringing was a little too hippie to find cops attractive.

dorotha said...

a police officer in my neighborhood made it a habit to give women traffic tickets, get their addresses, and then harrass and/or sexually assault them. so, no, i can't say that i find cops attractive. i actually find them terrifying. strangers with guns are not my thing.

Blondie said...

I saw that this morning on the news and now after thinking about it, I'm glad they went back and arrested her. And yes, although it is a tad cruel, sending the same deputy probably just enforces the lesson even more.

Seriously, she's an idiot for thinking it was okay to call 911 for a date. And that she sat there playing games with the 911 dispatcher too, means she knew it was wrong. Hopefully someone with a true emergency wasn't calling in at the same time.

And three cheers for all of us that come from towns with only one police officer! Ours is a guy I went to HS with who would pretend he was Star Trek.

Anonymous said...

'Fess up, Jeremy. Don't you have an inside track with the police in your home town?? And if it was officer "L", with the visiting wife while on duty all I can say is, "Har, har, har!"
~pj