Hang it Up
January 26, 2009 by The Constant Complainer
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This may sound like a bizarre question, but I’d really like an answer to it. Why is it that whenever I drive past a police officer, they are driving while talking on their cell phone?
It never fails – every single time I pass an officer on the road, they are on their cell phone. It doesn’t matter if it is sunny, raining or snowing. It doesn’t matter if I’m driving down my street or on the highway. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing – I pass them and they are on the phone.
This presents a number of problems for me. And I’d love for a police officer to comment on this post and clear things up. In the meantime, here’s how I have analyzed things.
Let me start by saying that I have nothing but respect for police officers. I value the job they do and appreciate them keeping my city safe. But I can’t help but wonder why they are always on their cell phones when I drive past them. First, I’m sure they have a radio in their car and on their person, where the dispatcher is able to communicate directly with them. I assume that is how they are notified of pending calls that require their assistance. So whom are they talking to on their cell phones? Other officers? Family members? Friends? It seems to me that maybe they should be watching what is going on around them during their patrol. I mean, they wouldn’t want to miss a call on their radio. Also, I realize the likelihood of them actually seeing a criminal act (taking place as they drive by) is low, but I’m sure it happens. But they can’t see it if they are distracted by their phones.
Seriously everyone, I’ve wondered about this for so long, that it has become like a game to me. I drive by a cop and I can’t wait to look and see if he/she is on their cell phone. And they always are! It never fails. 100% of the time! Who in the heck are all these cops talking to?
Of course, this is not one of my most serious complaints, but because of the reasons mentioned above, I do think police officers should be safer when they are driving their patrol cars and not be on their phones. That is the same suggestion made to drivers all across the county (and enforced legally in some cities).
Any derogatory comments about police officers in response to this will not be posted. That’s not what this post is about. I’m just wondering, from a safety and security standpoint, if there shouldn’t be a rule against cops using their cell phones all the time while on duty. I assume they are on their personal phones. Shouldn’t they be more worried about what’s going on around them in their community?
This is an age-old question of mine. If you can answer it, I’ll sleep better night – literally…