Tuesday is a catch-up day at the station

Typically, Tuesday at the Sandy Springs Police Department is the first recovery day from Monday. We have a weekend backlog that takes a couple of days to clear.

If we have a major event like a homicide or a crime incident that draws a lot of media focus, it can take a whole day to get all the interviews done, paperwork sent to where it needs to go and follow-up calls returned. Everything else backs up.

Then there’s the voice mail. Here are some of the phone messages from a recent Tuesday morning:“Lt. Rose, I saw a police car drive down my street last night. I wanted to know if something was going on. I live on Roswell Road.

“Good morning. I collect police trading cards. I wanted to know if you would send me any that you have. Thank you.”  (No address or phone number given.)

“Hey! I just got out of jail and found out someone broke into my apartment. I think it was my ex-girlfriend.”

“Good morning. I called you about the police trading cards and realized that I forgot to give you the mailing address. It’s (garbled.) Thank you.”

“Could you tell me when trash pickup is?”

“Steve, call home. The Rotweiller got out and the neighbors are freaking out. It’s hilarious.”

“Uh, hi. I wanted to know if you guys do drug testing for police applicants.”

I’m sitting here in traffic and one of your police cars just passed me and turned on the blue lights to get past the traffic. It’s not fair and I want to report him.”

“Hey, I called a while ago about my apartment. I don’t think it was my ex-girlfriend now cause she’s in jail, too.”

“Okay it looks like the traffic was caused by the accident up ahead — which is where the police car is. Never mind.”

The e-mails are even better.

By the end of the road on Tuesday — between catching up from a usually busy Monday and the phone messages and emails — it’s a good day if you can break even.

21 comments Add your comment

aleci

June 30th, 2009
3:10 pm

u guys have nothing better to do with those badges than twitter, i guess…

Jack

June 30th, 2009
3:30 pm

And yet you can get robbed and they do NOTHING, because they are to busy writing tickets or twittering now I guess to worry about CRIME.

David

June 30th, 2009
3:35 pm

This is useless. really.

Emily

June 30th, 2009
3:55 pm

Ok, Stevie, now you’ve got 4 negative comments about your useless blogging! Doesn’t that tell you something, and mean anything to you? Come on! Get off your computer and start doing your job already. The community of people you’re supposed to be protecting will appreciate it.

Brian the Brain

June 30th, 2009
4:01 pm

Emily,

He is doing his job; his second job. You see, some people are actually motivated enough to do two jobs. Steve chooses to blog during his free time from the force and I’m sure that the AJC pays him. Now, if you’d like to pay Steve to work more I’d advise you go to the next budget hearing and tell them that you are willing to have your taxes raised for that to occur.

James

June 30th, 2009
4:08 pm

Awww hush Brian. Blogging is not a job, but a useless pastime. A recently deceased aunt of mine worked three jobs at once, so don’t you dare say Steve is motivated enough to BLOG. This cop needs to focus on ridding our streets of crime.

Lauren

June 30th, 2009
4:14 pm

I love the message from home saying the rottweiler got out! So hilarious! I can totally relate, I have a rottie and i love when people ask me at the dog park or at a public function if he is mean! hahah “yes, thats why I brought him, because i want a lawsuit!” haha so hilarious! I love it!

tj

June 30th, 2009
4:17 pm

oh, well, I have no problems with Steve blogging, but I do have this one question for the cop… A few days ago, my cell phone was stolen from inside of my car, the phone is a blackberry which has a gps device which can be easily traced, I filed a report, but yet, the police department doesn’t really care to locate my cell phone, (which would be very easy if you just activated the gps and tracked it), it is a phone that costs me lots of money, if you factor in the monthly payments and the actual cost of the phone. Now, if I were to steal a 1.00 candy bar from a store, and it gets captured on thier CCTV system, why in the world would the law enforcement angency care to arrest me?? It seems to me, that you cops are just revenue collectors for our policed state, rather being here to SERVE and PROTECT!!

James

June 30th, 2009
4:22 pm

yeah, tj, that’s just what me and emily think. sorry about your phone – maybe your post will make the cops in your area start searching for it. or maybe they’ll just twitter about it with their buddies…

Atys

June 30th, 2009
5:00 pm

1. If you think this blog is worthless, why are you reading it?
2. I believe Steve is the PIO (Public Information Officer), not a patrol officer. So, fighting crime is a secondary duty. Steve, please correct me if I am wrong.
3. If a phone has GPS, why don’t you contact your service provider and have them trace it? Any reason they would not be able to track it?

Sam

June 30th, 2009
5:06 pm

Lt. Rose is simply trying to educate the public about all the crud police officers put up with which keeps them from focusing on their primary task of putting butts in jail. With that let me try to explain a few other things. Cops work traffic (write tickets) because it keeps accidents (fatal ones too) low, and because cars often contain criminals with dope or stolen property or wanted fugitives…It’s not our job to take care of your property. we do what we can to solve crimes and find stolen items but if people would stop being volunteer victims by leaving valuables in the open and no locking their doors (car and home) it would prevent a great deal thefts…And finally CSI is not real. No we can’t get a finger print off the bottom of a rock in your swimming pool. No we can’t locate a cell phone if it’s not turned on and probably wouldn’t go through the expense of it unless it’s a major crime. TJ, your stolen cell phone probably isn’t connected to a major crime, probably isn’t turned on, and GPS only gives the holder of the phone its position. I know it sucks getting things stolen (we’ve all been victims at some point) but that’s life.
I know a lot of people don’t like Police Officers because for the most part the only time you interact with one is when you’re having a bad day (whether it is because you’re a victim or a suspect. And sometimes we do stupid things that cause people to dislike us but most of us truly just want to help people. So please keep a few things in mind next time you see a cop. We have families that count on us to make it home at the end of our shift. We bleed and get hurt just like everyone else so don’t expect us to treat you with kid gloves when you’re not complying with our commands. If we’re driving fast it’s because we’re trying to get to someone who needs help. We’re guarded when we pull you over because we don’t know who you are, you could be “Mary Poppins” or “Charles Manson”. If we’re a little annoyed that you’ve done something stupid that causes us a lot of work to fix remember we’ve probably just got through dealing with someone who did something stupid that caused us a lot of work to fix.

Tyree

June 30th, 2009
5:15 pm

I just love a man in uniform.

RGB

June 30th, 2009
5:20 pm

These blog entries were as nutty as LT’s voice mail messages.

At least people are consistent.

Dano

July 1st, 2009
12:13 am

Touche Sam … nicely done!

Ally S.

July 1st, 2009
9:43 am

All right, let’s stop bickering like a bunch of 6 year olds, shall we?

Sunshine

July 1st, 2009
11:27 am

Sam has said it all! :-) Thanks, Sam. I also think Lt. Steve is a PIO and good at his job there at work and on the blogs and Facebook. If you don’t like what he says, then don’t read it.

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

July 1st, 2009
2:52 pm

Holy Crap Sam! You must be trying to get that PIO promotion. Nary a single profanity in that very lucid posting! LOL.

JasonH

July 1st, 2009
10:24 pm

The cell phone issue can be answered very easily. For us to track a phone it takes a specialized computer programs that are required for the evidence gathering so that should someone be found with the phone there is enough properly documented evidence to charge them. The software is expensive and despite popular belief police departments do not have endless budgets and do not have all the toys people think we do. Another problem is that the majority of the time cell phone providers are far from helpful and will not provide any assistance or information without a court order which takes several weeks to obtain.

Now ask yourself this, is it more important to use 1 or 2 investigators to track a single cell phone, or use them in investigating other crimes that pertain to the physical safety and well being of the citizens?

And as for your emphasis on the SERVE and PROTECT, it seems to as though you want that only when it is condusive to your own interests. You probably ask “where’s a cop when you need one” when someone goes speeding past you, but then get upset when it is you who gets stopped for speeding when you think you are justified.

Jimbo

July 2nd, 2009
10:05 am

Or TJ, maybe you shouldn’t have left your phone in the car. Wait, that’s something the Lieutenant’s “useless” blog mentions time and again. Folks, the cops can’t be everywhere at once and their customers include everyone in their jurisdiction. They have to triage what’s important and then modify those priorities to meet the inane requirements of the local government. You guys are going to have to take some responsibility for your own security, because there are only something like 20,000 sworn officers in the WHOLE state and nearly ten MILLION people.

KennesawDave

July 5th, 2009
12:28 pm

Hey James,
Got a question for you… If blogging is a “useless pastime” Then why exactly are you participating in one? And in case you people didn’t notice, Lt. Rose is a “media relations and information officer.” Last I checked they didn’t typically have what most would consider normal police duties. John Bankhead does the same thing for the GBI but he’s not an online GBI agent as far as I can tell.

Mam

July 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

Police , firemen, and EMTs deserve our respect. Do you idiots put your life on the line every time you go to work? OR, do you not work at all, just sit around showing your ignorance on computer blogs? Probably the latter. I appreciate all the men and women that protect me and mine. You are my heroes!