Re: Uao and Cell Phone Ticket. Unprofessional Police Conduct
You know, there may be another point of view you are missing. Perhaps the officer did not respond to you the way he/she did simply because “the police officer thought I was one of those people just trying to make his job harder” because “this is how he has been conditioned to respond due to our anti police culture.” Maybe it wasn’t even because “This particular police department doesn't see alot of action, so what would be a routine stop for another jurisdiction is a bigger deal to this department.” There is also the possibility that, as an EMT and fellow first-responder, the officer simply held you to a higher standard and wanted to express that feeling to you. While bad data input resulting in erroneous computer records of suspended licenses and warrants do occur, in my experience they are rare. When your computer record showed a suspended license, it was entirely reasonable for the officer to believe that you were, in fact, driving around on a suspended license because you had been irresponsible in taking care of a traffic citation. Knowledge of irresponsibility in your personal matters makes it hard to have trust in your professional competence. That cop, or his loved ones, may one day be in need of your professional services. I’m sure that the cop would like to have confidence that the EMT providing that care was responsible and detail oriented. Being a bit harsh with you may have simply been his/her way of hammering home the idea that personal responsibility and attention to detail, even in affairs not related to your profession, matters. It is unfortunate that, in your case, the officer’s ire was misplaced.
In the interest of professional harmony, it might be beneficial if you were to seek out that officer and explain what you discovered actually happened regarding the erroneous record of suspension. It might go a long way in repairing that officer’s personal opinion of you. And, please, don’t just responsibly take care of this ticket (as you did with the previous one), but SLOW DOWN and PUT THE DAMN PHONE DOWN! It might just save that cop from having to direct traffic around where your fellow EMT’s are pulling you out of the ditch to practice their professional skills on YOU!
And, by the way, what’s with all the asterisks sprinkled throughout your post?
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.