Friday, August 6, 2010

A Little Explanation

For some reason, I feel the need to explain CC's job a little more. 

He's not a city cop.  He's not a sheriff's deputy.  He's a campus cop. 

It seems that around here, many people don't quite understand what he does, or if he's a "real" cop.  For me, being a campus cop is a great thing!  There are less scary things going on at the campus.  He is far less likely to get in a shoot out or deal with really ugly homicides.  He's much "safer" there. 

But that also means there is less action.  I think this is the downfall for CC.  He applied for so many city jobs before he got hired.  And with the job market where it was last year, he had a lot of competition.  So, to get a job, regardless where it was, was an awesome thing!  But I know he can get a little bit bored.

Now, when you imagine a college campus, you might not think there's a whole lot going on for a cop.  Maybe they just walk around the buildings and eat donuts.  Not quite. CC's campus has Guards for that (which is what he was for 6 months before he went to academy).  He gets to patrol in a real police car, and does all the same things a city police gets to do, just in a mile and a half radius!

Some people also think that a campus cop can't pull them over.  This is not true.  CC gets to write city tickets just like the city cops!  So, don't be fooled!

I got asked this evening about what CC actually does at night on campus since there aren't any students.  At CC's campus, there are hundreds of apartments that the students live in.  This is the most heavily patrolled area.  They get calls for weird sounds, not knowing if their roommate was okay, etc.  They have burglaries and thefts just like any other apartment complex.  These complexes keep them very busy.  But, one of the reasons they pull most everyone over at night is because no one really has any business driving around a campus in the middle of the night.  So they must be up to something, right?  (unless you're a newspaper deliverer)  They also get to patrol the streets surrounding campus.  The city cops don't usually go by campus because it's already being patrolled, so CC's guys try to take care of the neighborhoods around them so they can be just as safe.

I do have to say, being a campus cop in the summer has to suck.  There just isn't much going on.  There are people, and summer classes, but it's just not the same.  So, here's to hoping for a much more eventful school year for CC!

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