Honest Scrap

A few days ago, Christopher over at The Warrior Poets tagged me with ‘Honest Scrap’, where you have to tell ten honest things about yourself. 

This was a tough one as everyone else who was tagged related personal things about themselves, and as this is a police blog I didn’t want to get into that angle of it.  So, instead, I’ll share ten honest things about my police officer self:

  1. I’m scared of heights.  You may ask yourself what this has to do with police work, but officers often find themselves up high on bridges, roofs, balconies etc. The night I had to climb down a fire escape and the top bolts let loose from the ancient cinder block I thought I would either faint or throw up.  I white-knuckled it to safety and then sat on the hood of the police car to gather myself together.  And just because I’m scared of heights doesn’t mean I balk at climbing something – it’s just that I prefer to have my feet on terra firma.
  2. Even though I’m surrounded by big dogs everyday, I have a soft spot for small dogs.  REALLY small dogs.
  3. It drives me absolutely batty when an officer deals with a person without practicing officer safety.  Hands in the pockets of your uniform pants or uniform jacket DOES NOT constitute officer safety when in close quarters with a suspect. Get your hands out of your pockets and keep them ready.
  4. I think I’m a good driver.  But then hey, doesn’t everyone?  😉
  5. I will do my best to protect you, even if it means risking my own life in the process.
  6. My work comrades really are my brothers and sisters.  Sometimes we disagree, sometimes we argue, and sometimes we storm off on one another in a fit.  But the rest of the time we lean on one another when life gets tough, we share laughs and memories, and we are bonded together by our intertwining desires to make this world a better, safer place.
  7. I really do not like issuing traffic tickets, but will do so when absolutely required.
  8. That said, bad/poor/inattentive drivers are a huge pet peeve of mine. 
  9. I make sure to tell my family I love them every time I walk out the door in the event it’s the last time we see one another.
  10. I have a tiny guardian angel pendant engraved with the initials of my husband and children, and a tiny police badge engraved with PSD Hondo’s name and badge number.  Both are stitched to my bullet proof vest near my heart and are with me always. 

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