Hi there, my name is Carolyn, I haven’t made a post yet but decided today I would talk about my experience as a regular civilian, I am a police officer that just actually left her shell and went on a trip, without the uniform. I was in Victoria, British Columbia a few days ago touring with my husband. Being a police officer off duty I saw the real deal. It’s funny how people seem to behave themselves around you so much more when your in a uniform, as opposed to seeming like a casual civilian. We were driving down the highway and everyone was speeding of course, we got cut off about 4 times, experienced some road rage and watched multiple people throw cigarette butts out the window (which is now illegal in BC.) My natural instinct was to chase them down and fine them, but I couldn’t obviously, so I let it happen.
It’s amazing how people treat you when your in uniform, like we’re some kind of nemesis that’s out to get you. We aren’t punishing you because we want to, we’re doing it because it’s our job and we are passionate about making the world right. Most people don’t really consider that cops are real people, we generally work an 8 hour shift just like the rest of you. We aim to eat 3 meals a day, we like to do fun things, we sleep 8 hours, all those normal human activities, we do them too.
During my visit, I came across an event downtown; a man was tackled by 3 guys intoxicated by alcohol, I’m sure they all were, but it was really unfortunate because the man was defending a girl that one of the other guys was threatening. A friend of mine that runs and owns a cheap, quality service painting company who you never would see as a ‘fighter’ was in my car. He instinctively ran to the scene for assistance and defended the man that was taking a beating. I saw a different side of him that day, honestly a pretty intimidating guy when he is upset.., The intoxicated men backed off in seconds, and nobody was too seriously hurt. THANK GOD! (bar fights are ridiculous.) (more…)