Sunday, July 26, 2009

Windows on the World...

I often gripe on this blog about things I see citizens do. Well, now I'm going to gripe about something I see cops do. Don't go getting any ideas Woycechowsky...

It drives me absolutely nucking futs when I see a copper driving around town with their windows rolled up tight.

Why does this annoy me?

If you have your windows up, you cannot hear what is going on outside your car. If someone was yelling for help, you'd never know. If someone was cranking rounds off at your car, you wouldn't know until they started hitting, and even then you'd be hard pressed to tell which direction they came from.

Plus, much of my job depends upon sounds. Loud exhaust. Loud music. Loud fights. Gunfire. Screeching tires. You know, NOISE!

Unless it's piss pouring rain, you will find me rolling around with my windows open, at least part way. Even if it is pouring, I'll usually have the back windows down a crack. If it's cold out, I'll turn the heater on. If it's hot out, I'll turn the A/C on. But my windows will remain open.

Just a nitpick I suppose, but it still spins me out...

20 comments:

Texas Ghostrider said...

windvisors should be standard equipment on all police cars. I too drive with my window at least cracked. Now that I drive an unmarked detective car I still drive with the crack but I installed windvisors on the car.

Firelady said...

I keep my window down a few inches when driving at work as well, and for similar reasons. I had a old guy bitch me out last week for ignoring the sign about hearing protection and such. I'd rather hear the car who locked up their tires last second, than feel them slam into me. Not to say I don't properly clear an intersection, but, well, you know what I mean.

Beat And Release said...

I was telling me rookies the other night that back in the old days police cars were equipped with bench seats up front. We were trained to keep that bench seat clear in case you had to bail out the passenger side under fire. Now, they cram so much so crap between the bucket seats, you will be extremely lucky to get out on that side if you need to.

The Dispatcher and Her Officer said...

I too roll with the windows down even in the 100 plus degree days that we get. All the way down. With the A/C blasting, and drinking tons of water.

Beat and release - I know what you mean. I remember the bench seats. I think I could still get over all the stuff they cram between the seats, bun man, it gets to be more and more stuffed every year. And to be honest, I have been remiss in training to get over it in quite some time. Rookies can't believe they might have to hurdle it to save their skin. - Officer

*Goddess* said...

Ahhh, so that explains why I see cops driving around in the dead of winter with their windows down and elbows out the window. Always struck me as a tad crazy...especially in single digit temps:)

David Woycechowsky said...

This seems fine as long as fuel costs aren't an issue.

Ronjii said...

Davey
Of all the shit-stupid inane comments you've made, this last one tops them all. Do you think anyone gives a fuck about your moronic comment about 'fuel cost'? If you want to verbally jerk off to please yourself, go somewhere else. Please.

Front Porch Society said...

Definitely should be done more often.

Damsel Underdressed said...

I never really thought about it but now that you brought it to my attention, I usually do see the local boys with their windows down. Is THAT why? I thought they just wanted to be cool. ;)

pavel said...

As a total inverse of this post (or is that a contrapositive? It's been a long time since schoolin'), how much do you guys appreciate citizens calling in and giving ya'll kudos? I called up a town my friends and I were passing through, and commended a police officer who pulled us over. The lady who answered the phone was very confused and suspicious, asking me a few times if I wanted to file a complaint.

Officer "Smith" said...

Damn, Ronjii...

I don't think I could have said that any better.

David B. Woycechowsky said...

If you didn't care you wouldn't be engaging in potty mouth. I seem to remember that police fuel costs were a big issue in the news last year at this time.

Pops said...

I have a SGT. buddy that I do ride alongs with on a regular basis and this is his motto. No matter how cold or hot his windows are down.

Officer "Smith" said...

Oh no! We'd better watch out or Woycechowsky will sick the Mythbusters on us.

Or maybe he'll call the mileage police...

David Woycechowsky said...

Like I said, if fuel costs aren't an issue then it is all good. I meant that. Gas is under $3 per gallon under President Obama. It may very well not be an issue now. If gas becomes an issue again at some point in the future, then some of the energy intensive practices may have to change.

Say the choice at $5/gal is between: (i) letting officers run the A/C at full blast with the windows open, and eliminating a position; or (ii) parking under a tee, sweating and keeping the additional rookie. I know which I would choose. Which would you?

TheBronze said...

I guess this is the post where Wojciehowicz* officially "jumped the shark".

Smitty, I agree, windows should be down.


*trivia

Officer "Smith" said...

Wojo never jumped the shark. I still watch Barney Miller to this day.

I know what you meant though...

James said...

David W. said choose (i) or (ii).

I don't know what "parking under a tee" is but I think I'd choose (i). At least in (i) we have someone on patrol. Your option (ii) just leaves the officer parked? What are we paying him/her for?

David Woycechowsky said...

I meant tree. I would choose (i), fewer officers, but more comfort, though.

Officer "Smith" said...

I don't know if I'd want to be parked under a tee. Sounds akin to taking a dirt nap or pushing up daisies...