Dried Salmon County Police Are OK
I’ve never been arrested, so the only real dealings I’ve had with the police has mostly been as an observer. I’ve seen some hard core cops in action, and I wouldn’t want to be on the pointy end of their stick.
Where I grew up there was an organization called the PBA, or the Policemen’s Benevolent Association. I don’t know if they have that sort of thing out here or not. The funny thing was that most of the police officers where I grew up were anything but benevolent. If they wanted you to leave town they would beat you and lock you in a freight train. That was the 60’s and I’m sure things have changed there. And no, that not how I ended up here…
Now I must say that since living here I have yet to see a deputy in the county ever act unprofessionally. Every time I have ever had dealings with them I saw them treat everyone with respect and also give large helpings of benefit of the doubt. They’ve even pulled me over twice when I should have been ticketed, and they let me off. One time I even left my drivers license at home and they let me go. They have never been cocky or arrogant.
Anyway, this all comes to mind because I saw a county policeman who had chased a car to a locked gate on a logging road. The bad guy fled the scene, and here was this poor cop running through a clear cut while not dressed appropriately for that sort of service. He had his gun and utility belt and a radio and I’m sure his bullet proof vest probably all sorts of stuff on and I’m guessing the wrong type of shoes for the snaggy brush.
I would have been no help in my berkenstocks, but I did pull over and waited until his back-up arrived. Stuff could happen.
I read in the paper on Thursday that the runner was captured about a mile away.