Curb Check by Zach Fortier
I received this book complimentary from Zach himself! This book chronicles the experiences of a Police officer’s life. It tells us what the ups and downs are of the Police officers day to day calls. Anyone who is interested in becoming a police officer or who likes this type of work would feel the realities of each story or call Zach displays.
In Chapter one he tells us that “I wonder how the taxpayers might feel if they knew that only three cars patrolled the entire unincorporated are of the county, all that space between the city and town, the wide open patches between the island of civilization. That’s three cars and a sergeant, and maybe a k-9 unit-if we’re lucky.” What I already knew because I had dated a cop in my past for three years and know all about the police industry. I learned the lingo back then and it was crazy to me that they might have two cops on duty for four beats…which means that if they had one accident across town then all the officers would be at that one and no cop patrolled or were able to get to other calls. Talk about pressure! That is reality! I could go on and on but you get my drift and the authors drift. Basically, we as a society are not protected as you may believe.
Before Zach was a police officer he served in the military as a police officer. I had thought that being a police officer would be easier as a civilian job or career once a man did Military experience. In the Military they would train to scan fields and buildings and watch traffic flows for anything out of the ordinary. In the military “you take orders from higher ups.” In the police departments you get a call and just do what you have to do with the training you have learned. Zach talks about being MP and how it lacked opportunities for real experiences because all you did was train and drill and independent thinking was not encouraged. In the MP you learned to handle your weapon in the dark, reloading, unloading, fixing failures by feel, not by sight and learned to shoot effectively at night before the invention of night sights.
In the cop world, it really is the exact opposite. In his book each chapter has a new story or a new call that he experienced firsthand. He had to deal with “almost being killed,” to “making friends with the gang members.” He talks about that few seconds he could have been there to save the “dead woman” by her estranged husband. After telling his life experiences and several failed marriages he finally turns in his badge for a better life.
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