Friday, April 30, 2010

Parolees. Gotta Give 'em Credit...

I was covering another officer on a car stop today when the dispatcher told us the driver of the car was on parole.

Parole is one of those magic words, because it means we get to search the parolee and his car. Oddly enough, whenever I search a parolee's vehicle, I almost always manage to find something that will violate said parolee's parole.

Today, my co-worker found a credit card in a name other than the parolee's. The parolee gave the standard parolee answer when asked about the credit card found in his car.

"I found it and was going to turn it in."

Outstanding. You were going to do your civic duty and turn in the card you found laying on the ground. At least that's what you say.

I suppose there must be some magnetism between parolees and the property of others, because parolees somehow ALWAYS manage to "find" stuff that doesn't belong to them. Funny thing is, they never manage to find the time to "turn it in". I have never once had a parolee turn ANYTHING in to me as found property.

I don't know about you, but if I was on parole and I saw a credit card on the ground, I'd leave it and walk away. I wouldn't be caught DEAD with someone else's credit cards.

Especially if I was two months from finishing my parole.

Maybe I'm just a smart em-effer.

I dunno...


HonkingAntelope said...

What I really don't get is why the people who really can't afford a contact with the Law Enforcement community insist on driving in a way that attracts the attention of the above-mentioned community...

Honestly, as long as:

-Your vehicle's equipment is good
-The license plates are clean
-Your speed is 4mph above the posted limit
-You make *complete* stops behind the limit line on all stops and reds
-You're buckled up and aren't using your cell phone
-You're not the proverbial white guy cruising around in an inner-city all-black neighborhood at 3am.

And if you follow all of the above, your chances of getting stopped drop down quite significantly.

-Keep the shiny side up!

*Goddess* said...

You can't fault a guy for thinking about...maybe...doing his civic duty:)

Candi Apple said...

I suppose this is why you're the cop and they're the parolee. Some folks just think differently, because I'm with you, I'd even cross the street to avoid anything that would get me in trouble. Had a friend who was like that, always in trouble, and he NEVER EVER learned. Instead it was always someone else's fault. Needless to say, we're not friends any more. Cause he's an idiot.

Ann T. said...

Dear Officer Smith,
The world is full of choices, so you always get to choose . . .

Ann T.