This blog page was established so DeKalb County Police Officers including their family and friends may have a place to hold discussions, post news and vent without fear of retribution.
Welcome to the art of being a police officer, something the general public just cant do.
I'm glad she's ok. This is a reminder of the dangerous job we do. Stay vigilant and watchful of yourself and fellow officers. I pray for your speedy recovery. Let's show some support for this officer and not keep commenting on topics about scandals and corrupt politicians. Let's build ourselves up because we are the ones in harms way. Be safe brothers and sisters.
To city hood advocates: Take noteOn this incident where an officer was shot, within several minutes, there were more officers on scene than you will likely have in your entire police department. Within about 30 minutes, there was, most likely, more officers on scene than several of the proposed/existing city's officers combined. The officers (Line officers, TAC, SWAT, K9, Helicopter, Detectives) were on scene for as long as it took to do anything and everything possible to bring this case to a successful resolution. I am not saying that if an officer in one of the smaller agencies were to be hurt, shot, or killed that the officers of DeKalb Police would not break their backs to help the officer, catch the perp, or support in any other way. That is what we do! Here's another example: Take a quick review of what the DeKalb Police Officers did during the recent winter storm. Many officers worked over, came in early, endured long commutes to make it in to work (I even heard an officer at our South Precinct rode his bike in to work - about a 10 mile commute). When officers couldn't make it in, we went out and got those we could and brought them in. I heard one of the municipalities refused to answer certain calls - not sure you all thought would happen when you put your department together. Officers pushed cars, walked areas checking car to car for motorists, worked accidents and assisted injured people.In spite of the bickering on this website, the officers of this department are some of the finest in the Nation. They do a great job each and every day. A lot of what they do goes unnoticed because we think it is a normal part of what we do. DeKalb officers will continue to be the professionals we strive to be. Yes, there will be those who bring us bad press and shame to the badge we wear. But that is a very, very small percentage - and one that we (the officers) hope are discovered quickly so that they can be removed from our midst. (Please tell us one profession where this does not happen.) The DeKalb Police Department is a department the officers and citizens can both be proud of.The things that are taking place in Decatur are shameful and enough to make you want to puke. The elected officials are embarrassing to not only those they represent, their constituents, but also to us, the employees. However, if you do decide to move ahead with your city, keep the services of the police department. You will not find a better equipped, better trained, or more highly motivated group of men and women anywhere.
Best wishes for speedy and full recovery.
She's part of a dying breed. They don't make cops like her anymore. I loved working with her. You could always count on getting into something good. Universally loved, respected and admired. A speedy recovery to you, Sgt! We're all looking forward to your return!
Anon Feb 8 12:38,You make absolutely no sense.
No Ass Hole 10:05 AM you make no sense. We'll said Anon 12:38.
To 12:38 pm: Impressive, I do pray for the officer's speedy recovery and I know that most of you try hard but I also remember that when I had a theft you guys would not even respond. I was treated like a nuisance when I drove to the precinct to fill out my own paper work and then be told that I did not need more police patrols on my street because I live in a safe area. Same scenario with a friend of mine in a newly formed city and low and behold the officer was at his residence in 10 mins. I have seen officers shot in smaller jurisdictions and I saw officers from every surrounding agency, state and federal respond. That is what officers do! Yes I will be voting for my community to incorporate and no it is not solely based on the police department.
5:17am, it's not always necessary for us to respond, especially for a theft, to fill out a simple report. Why tie up an officer at your house when he could be put proactively patrolling the neighborhood? If you think city hood is going to mean better responses to calls and deeper investigations, you're crazy. The small cities don't have the resources to do it better.
The old RETIRED Sergeant says:OK Everybody....watch the news. Another "winter weather event" AKA...ICE STORM, is supposed to be coming in tomorrow and Wednesday. And for all you civilians out there who read this blog....YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Please stay home and dont drive unless it is an emergency. Driving over to see your aunt fannie while it is snowing/sleeting and ice on the road IS NOT an emergency
To 7:21 as for your freeing up the officer to proactively patrol let me add that I nor my neighbors have seen a unit patrol our street in the past 10 years! We have asked at the community meetings to no avail. Know people in Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, etc. that live in quiet neighborhoods and still see a city unit ride by at least every week. The officers that I have spoken to off the record tell us that Tucker units spend all of their time off Memorial and Hairston, etc. Don't take it personal because you know it is the truth.
I have to work during this 2nd storm.....again.....no prob...BUT...if I walk up on another car and get the same explanation as last time..."I just wanted to see what it was like to be out in it"....you're going to tote as many tickets as I can put on you!!!
Or rather than planning to be stuck in your car for days with water and snacks as the news suggests simply buy a 4wd and carry chains like every other responsible person.
9:25am, you didn't see the guy who stole your stuff either but he was in your neighborhood. I live in a small city with its own department. I never see them either. I know they are there though.
To 10:41 AM.......Load them up....NO mercy! Maybe next time they will listen. Or, maybe they will go before the judge and give him the same lame excuse as they gave you. See what they the good judge think of that.Remember, if you pull over to help a stranded motorist on an ice covered road, YOU become a target for a car that cant stop on the ice. Sgt Friendly says...Use Your Head!
To 9:25am, I wonder how glad you will be to see that new city police officer on your street when he is writing you a ticket for 36 mph in a 35 zone? That is how these small city departments stay afloat. Don't take it personal because you know its the truth.
We the officers in this department need to be honest with the citizens of this county, WE DONT HAVE THE MANPOWER TO PATROL AS OFTEN AS WE WOULD LIKE. That is the plain truth. We dont put the units on the streets like we use to. We put anywhere from 8-9 units a day ...thats it...you cannot properly police with that kind of manpower. Its not the officers fault, its Decaturs fault for making this the department not to work at. You get what you pay for, no raise in 7 years, nobody will stick around. Its simple people of DeKalb, Im sorry because when I started here, we patroled nieghborhoods, we locked asses up, we took crimes that occured in our territories personnaly. We cant anymore because we are not there to do it. We are responding to 911 calls that are occuring as they get called in.
Bitch, bitch, bitch, and nothing has been said.Regarding Sgt. Hines......She is an excellent officer and should be recognized as such. Get well soon.
Anonymous 10:41"I have to work this 2nd storm....again....no problem"A little enlightenment for you here, "Super-cop". If you're working the second storm "again" you'd be working the 3rd storm.Perhaps if you thought about what you're saying before you post such obvious attempt to convince everyone how dedicated and willing you are "brave" the storm, you'd look a little more intelligent. Well, I guess no matter how you would have written it, you still would have exposed yourself as the moron you are when you follow it up with;"BUT if I walk up on another car and get the same explanation as last time, "I just wanted to see what it was like to be out in it, you're going to tote as many tickets as I can put on you!!!!"Really? Tell me this, officer..is there a different set of traffic laws that you are aware of that prohibits anyone from being on the roadways for no reason versus someone who's got a legitimate reason? Maybe if we strip away the inflated ego and tremendous sense of self-importance that you place on yourself, one could assume that you're trying to say, "please don't be on the roadway if you don't have to be, because it creates an unnecessary delay to emergency workers responding to people who have a legitimate purpose for being on the roads, and it's obviously not safe." Instead, you threaten punitive action for you (the "dedicated and honorable police-officer who's willing to give of himself to help people) being inconvenienced. I'd love to know what tickets you'd write? "Failure to maintain lane?", "Speed to fast for conditions?", "Following to closely?" If you respond to a legitimate accident in GOOD weather, you'd write these anyway as a matter of course and/or policy. How is the reason someone was on the roadway relevant to the cause of the accident? It would stand to reason that if the weather conditions were icy, it would be a mitigating factor and you'd be LESS inclined to write a ticket. I understand that this thought process is counter-intuitive to someone who has spent countless hours trying to intimidate and bully the very people that they're sworn to protect, but you should try it. it might make you look like the humble and honorable public servant that you aren't. All in all, I get the point that you're trying to make and I hope you get mine. If not, I'll lay it out for you. No one is afraid of the ridiculous threat of citations that you can't write and no one is afraid of you. Now get out there and do the job you were sworn to do and stop crying. P.S. I've never posted on this site, I just wanted to see what it was like.....to be a self-important, pretentious asshole!
To 12:31 I agree we are not busting on the individual officers. We all know that the problems are above your heads. We also know that DeKalb is as revenue based as any other metro department. Remember the old 15 a day and keep your take home. Does that management style benefit the citizens? Is tying up 8 units on special details that don't benefit anyone but a politician or the CEO a benefit to the public? Is officers assigned to every special desk, get coffee, watch the CEO, units that no one knows what they do, officers sitting at the county buildings when private security companies are paid to be there, etc. benefit the citizens?
I understand Gunny Moore is in Hospice Care....
This site needs to be restricted to officers only. I am tired of reading comments posted by uninformed citizens who have not the first clue as to what they speak of. It is sickening to read comments posted by citizens demeaning officers, officers who protect these citizens while they sleep in their beds at night. I'm glad you're going to be ok sarge...
Why bother any longer folks? Your Atty Gen is now asking states to allow convicted felons to vote.
Anonymous 1:55 PMPlease do not take Anon 10:41's comment to be indicative of all of the citizens of DeKalb County. I can attest to the fact that there are plenty of citizens who care and appreciate the very difficult job you all have dealing with the public. Regardless of whether or not you signed up for this particular work, it is still noble work and I believe most people could not deal with the challenges you face on a daily basis. No organization private or public is perfect. I am grateful that DeKalb Police responded so quickly and the perpetrators were caught in this incident. I wish the injured officer well.As a DeKalb County citizen, thanks to all of you for what you do everyday and be safe out there!
Sgt. Hines hope you have a safe and speedy recovery!How in the world did one civilian's comment about his/her opinion about the differences about a small vs big pd dept turn into all of this. Hey buddy if your reading this take note to the name of the link,"EAST PRECINT OFFICER SHOT". But if you like small departments move to cities like Lake City, Forest Park, and Morrow. Where officers might have a quicker response time but, don't get mad if you get pulled over left and right. I can say all this because I made the move from a small dept.
Glad she is ok. It seems as though the officers of Dekalb are finally getting new patrol cars, which is long overdue in my opinion. Thanks for protecting and serving the county guys.
"Anonymous said... This site needs to be restricted to officers only. I am tired of reading comments posted by uninformed citizens who have not the first clue as to what they speak of. It is sickening to read comments posted by citizens demeaning officers, officers who protect these citizens while they sleep in their beds at night. I'm glad you're going to be ok sarge..."An "uninformed public?" Are you suggesting that the general public should appreciate an overt threat? I mean, an "uninformed" public wouldn't realize that there is no law prohibiting them from being on a public roadway at any time of the day barring some sort of "official order"; and that the officer who posted that is full of shit and powerless to do anything. The fact that you immediately resort to the, "Whoa is me...I'm a policeman and no one understands my plight" is weak and pathetic; albeit typical. Did you not read the job description when you applied for the job? You know, the part about how you would have to work different shifts, in in-climate weather, and on weekends, etc? Did you not see that this type of work is intrinsically dangerous? Why is it that you would defend an officer who would do this to the very people you ask to appreciate the officers of the department? Does the fact that "the public just doesn't understand" somehow justify bad behavior? You see, you're so busy feeling sorry for yourself that you don't even appear to see the confusion your logic creates. You don't demand respect, my good sir. You command it. NOWHERE in the initial post was it intimated that I'm not an officer. In your effort to garner sympathy, you apparently assumed that I wasn't. Just because I don't buy into the way you think, doesn't mean I'm a "civilian." I do agree on one part of your post....get well Sarge. February 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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