10 February 2013

A Good Police Story

I haven't been complimentary toward the Anchorage Police Department often, but I have to report something good.

When I wrecked my truck on Tuesday, I immediately informed the Fire Dept and police personnel that there were two firearms in the truck - both inside zipped cases.

The APD officer first on scene secured both weapons, and told me I could go to HQ later to claim them. Not my favorite thing, but okay.

Later, while I was still being evaluated in the E.R., he stopped by to give me back my license, and spoke with my wife about putting the pistols in her car, instead. He explained that if he had to register them at HQ, it would mean "two and a half or three hours of paperwork", and thanked her profusely for being available to take them home.

I can't tell you how much I appreciated knowing that the pistols would be at home, awaiting my return, instead in police lock-up someplace.

APD, you did right by me, and I appreciate it! Thank you.

12 comments:

armedlaughing said...

Great to hear they're not all incompetent!

gfa

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed, Guffaw. I wasn't worried about "incompetent" as much as I was about "rigid and inflexible".

Stephen said...

That was nice of the them...here, one of my customers when to claim his handgun (unknown circumstances) and the evidence officer had it on his belt and had worn it for weeks. He's lucky, many cops here just steal the weapon.

Rev. Paul said...

Stephen, somehow I'm not surprised. LEOs aren't what they were, even 20 years ago. This guy was an older fellow; I'm not sure I'd have received the same treatment from one of new young pups.

Old NFO said...

Good to hear they were on 'your' side (and paperwork reduction)...

OldAFSarge said...

That is a good police story. Police now (at least the local variety) aren't like they were "back in the day". My experience with RI State Troopers is on a whole different level. Those guys rock. (At least in my experience.)

Rev. Paul said...

NFO, agreed. They could have stood on 'procedure' and insisted on impounding the pistols - and I know that much of the officer's motivation was to avoid the paperwork - but it could have turned out differently.

Rev. Paul said...

Sarge, that's largely true here, too. The State troopers are a different breed from the Muni force. Mostly, anyway.

Ajdshootist said...

Had similar recently,club member died at home his daughter found him called police they said we know he had a FAC we will take you and his guns and ammo to RFD will save you and us huge amount of paper work.Called useing their brains and discretion plus experience.

Rev. Paul said...

Shootist, that sounds right.

Cathy said...

You're a fair man, Rev. Paul.

That speaks volumes.

So glad you're doing great.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Cathy.