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Recently, I went for a ride-along with an Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy. He said he is a Colorado native, and graduated from a local high school. I am a retired substitute teacher; he could have been one of my former students.
During that ride, I witnessed a drug bust, a car accident and an invalid license plate violation. In the front seat with the deputy, I felt like I was riding in an aircraft cockpit; it was jammed with radios, noise and emergency equipment. The deputy did a lot more than just sit in the car, driving around. Polite and professional, he monitored his console-equipped laptop, spoke to other officers on the radio — including his partner — while maneuvering us through rush-hour traffic. He also told me some of the many rules and procedures that he and other deputies must abide by.
Luckily, my ride-along proved to be non-life threatening: there was no a high-speed chase, no shootings, nor any hair-raising events. But I spent only a few hours in the car with the deputy. I respect law enforcement officers and my ride-along deepened that respect. I am not one of them — I am one of many they protect. And may “my deputy” as well as the others can stay safe while they do their job.
Mike Valdes Bleau
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