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“That Is So Cool!”
WE HAVE a Supervisor who adopted Star Trek as his alternate reality. In the Star Trek: Next Generation series, the badge on their uniforms is pressed when characters want to ...

“THAT IS SO COOL!”

Jason Everett

Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Police Department

WE HAVE a Supervisor who adopted Star Trek as his alternate reality. In the Star Trek: Next Generation series, the badge on their uniforms is pressed when characters want to talk with one another. The badge then “beeps,” and is used as a walkie-talkie. This Supervisor had a replica of that badge.

One night, he placed the sound-effect device from the Star Trek badge on the back of his police badge. He then asked our dispatchers to monitor the booking room with their video cameras and microphones. All he needed then was a “victim!”

An offender, arrested for driving while intoxicated, was brought in by a midnight shift officer. He was giving the arresting officer a hard time, complicating the booking process. Enter the supervisor into the booking room. The offender began lecturing the supervisor on what “real police do” and the use of taxpayer money, so the supervisor pressed his badge, making it “beep.” When the dispatcher’s voice was heard over the intercom: “Go ahead, sir,” the supervisor asked dispatch to call for a taxi to take the offender home. The offender was wide-eyed and opened mouthed at this high-tech device! In awe he said: “That is so cool!” The supervisor told him this was a new system we were testing, and that the badge also served as a video camera with images sent straight to dispatch! Disbelieving, the offender asked him to prove it. The Supervisor told the offender to push the badge and when dispatch answered, ask them to describe something on his person. So the offender pressed the badge, put his face up to it, and asked what color shirt he was wearing. The dispatcher looked at the video feed from the camera in booking and told him, “tan.” For the rest of the session, the offender carried on a full conversation with the supervisor’s chest!

The film director, Alfred Hitchcock, was considered the master at making horror films. He said that when the situation got too tense, he would switch to a scene which made movie-goers laugh and relax. Then he could resume the serious part of his film. I think that is true in policing: so much of our work deals with heart-rending situations that we need to find levity now and then. The supervisor’s playfulness did no harm, but it did help lift our spirits that night!

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