Monday, March 12, 2012

A tin star for DAC?

We have this new program at the DA's office where prosecutors ride with APD officers when they are out on patrol.  I assume it's so they can find out how awesome we are, and we can give them lots of pointers as to the stuff they are doing wrong.  No doubt, they are terribly grateful for all the input, don't you think?

Naturally, I'm thinking of joining in.  A dash of excitement, a chance to meet the troops, and I assume they'll give me a tin star, a ten-gallon hat, and a six-shooter for when we're trapped in Gravel Gulch.

Oh right, Austin.  The year 2012.

Still, I think it'll be interesting.  The only ride-along I have ever done was in England when I was a newspaper reporter.  I got bored after about three hours and asked them to take me home because one speeder and a broken tail light didn't give me much to write about. Or stay awake for.  And English cops don't even stop for fish and chips while on duty.  Very weird.

I'll be sure and let you know if it happens, I'm betting it'll be good blog fodder.

Those police cars are bullet-proof, right?


  1. I encourage it! I work in a small office and the DA I work for required it when I first started work as a prosecutor. You gain a lot of appreciation for what law enforcement really does that way. Besides, we encourage our officers to come to court whenever possible to see how things work on our end. Only fair we go see how it works on those. On top of learning a lot about their job, it helps increase the relationship between the agency and the DA's office.

    Plus, I look foward to reading about your experience!

    1. This is exactly what I was going to post. I've been on a few raids when I was prosecuting drugs and those are a lot of fun.

  2. I look forward to reading about you catching some bad guys. Who knows, you might even find yourself as a witness should a case ever go to trial.

  3. Well, it's official, I start next week. We'll see how it goes...


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