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.