Remember those take your son or daughter to work days? That was always fun for the kids. But, now many of us are older, our kids are grown and we’re settling into retirement. But, if you could, wouldn’t like to go to work with your son or daughter’s shoulder and see what they do? Well, here a glimpse into my son’s work just for you, hope you enjoy it.
My son rises before daybreak. He’s on day shift, but his work requires him to work shifts around clock, sometimes they fall all in one week. Anyway, his day begins normal enough, he showers, has his breakfast (if he has time) and he does all the prep stuff your adult son or daughter might do, with a few minor exceptions.
Thanks to his job, he doesn’t have to worry about what to wear. He wears the same thing every day, a nicely pressed pair of black slacks with a few extra pockets,’ black high polished shoes and in summer time, a black short sleeve shirt over a pure white tee shirt. Of course in winter this would be a long sleeve shirt with a black tie. You might be thinking, oh is he a priest or minister? No, but sometimes people act like he is. He’s a veteran street cop and under his white tee shirt he wears a ballistic nylon (Kevlar) vest; one that is designed to stop most handgun bullets, up to a .44 magnum, he needs it too.
He will soon add to his unique attire, a .45 cal automatic pistol, a black leather belt called a Sam Brown, a .223 assault rifle with  30 round magazines, a .12 ga. pump shotgun, a Taser (stun) gun, a can of long reach pepper spray, a light weight steel baton, three clips of .45 ammo, two chrome moly steel handcuffs and a small surgical steel knife, all necessary tools of the job these days.
His badge is a gold shield, highly polished. The stripes on his sleeves tell other cops he is a supervisor/field training officer. The small medals over his right pocket tell other officers he’s an expert at auto theft recovery. Another medal/pin signifies saving a life (actually that one should be plural) and yet another is for meritorious action. All the insignias he wears are attached carefully with the precision and polish befitting a Marine Corps drill sergeant.
In an hour we are at the police station, where he is briefed by the outgoing shift on things to know and watch out for, like gang activity. This includes a printed list of stolen vehicles. After briefing he heads to a secure parking area, and now we look for his his office, which is really his squad car. In it, he will carry a second vest with steel armor plating that he can throw over his uniform. It has quick release buckles in case he finds himself underwater, it’s happened too. This vest is only worn for his most serious customers because its hot and heavy.
In his patrol car he also carries a black ballistic combat helmet (called the fritz, army issue) which will deflect a lot of small arms rounds, not all, but enough to give him a chance in a fire fight. Then there are 2 two-way radios, one he carries and one for the car with over 25 channels total, some of which are scrambled channels, and next to that is a specially mounted computer. It’s unlike any you have ever seen, it has a printer for receiving warrants and photographs. He is also issued a cell phone, and then there is a ticket book and a special ballistic clip board, one he carries on traffic stops just for an added edge of safety. It acts like a mini-shield in case some perp starts blasting away as he walks up. Also on board his car is an array of police only forms for various reports and they are held fast in a special briefcase along with a tape recorder.
In the trunk, you will find a large first aid kit, special extraction tools for prying open damaged car doors, a box of road flares, more ammo, a pair of binoculars, another briefcase which is actually a print kit for finger print recovery and a smaller case containing his crime scene camera and miscellaneous items needed special photos. Did I mention the car is equipped with 360 degrees of video cameras that are constantly rolling when he is.
After a brief safety check of the unit that includes a radio and equipment check. And one last thing, we look inside the back seat and anywhere where a weapon could be hidden, possibly one abandoned by the last occupant in the back seat. Now, we’re ready to leave the police station.
End of Part 1