Author: Anthony LoBalbo

A Cop Never Knows …

HUMOR IN UNIFORM “With respect to the public’s reaction to a comment or service, a police officer never really knows what it will be.” I remember being on patrol one bright Saturday morning when a Porsche passed me in the opposite direction.  I’ve always owned a 911 (since my first one in 1973) so I know the car rather well. I noticed that the front hood was not secured.  It was closed but not completely; there is a safety feature which allows a “catch” to keep the hood from blowing open (many cars have this feature) and that catch...

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Writing the ETERNAL Report

HUMOR IN UNIFORM REPORTS Whenever we respond to a call, fire a weapon, use the defib, and, in some departments, stop a car, a report must be written up and approved by a supervisor. Even though your report is clear, succinct, concise and straightforward, you will find a supervisor somewhere in your department who will want to you to change something.  It’s what they do!!!  Their, as the French say, “raison d’etre” (“reason to be”.) Expect it, don’t be annoyed by it, make them happy or keep rewriting the same report for the next twenty years.   PICKY AND...

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Traffic Court

HUMOR IN UNIFORM KANGAROO COURT, EH? If you issue tickets, UTTs, citations or whatever your department calls “paper”, the Officer must go to court to offer the civilian his or her DAY IN COURT.  Some offenders will have attorneys, but many will come alone defending themselves. I will never understand the mindset of anyone who was issued a ticket who decided to bring a lawyer to traffic court with them.  Unless, the lawyer is your uncle, nephew, neighbor, who owes you a favor, it’s an expensive proposition involving many hundreds of dollars. But it is, as we all know,...

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Interviewing the Driver

HUMOR IN UNIFORM   THE WISE GUY  No one likes to receive a ticket.  But when the Sergeant or Lieutenant says “the boss wants some paper…” we all know what that means.  I remember stopping this female driver who was well above the 30 mph speed limit.  Clearly, she was not having a good day before I stopped her.  I asked for her license, registration and proof-of-insurance.  Everything appeared to be in order. I asked her if she knew why I stopped her.  All she had to say was “…was I speeding?”  My response would have been “…yes.  Slow...

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Tips From a 52-Year American Driver – Now in Florida

HUMOR IN UNIFORM This a debut of a new feature in CopBlue:   “Humor in Uniform,” being authored by retired New York cop, Anthony LoBalbo.  Join us as we share smiles with Anthony. Anthony has migrated south to the Sunshine State and found the driving experience in the South just a little bit different than New York. Drivers pass on the RIGHT, they pass on the LEFT, they pass on a double yellow, they pass around a turn, they pass up a hill, and they pass doing well over the speed limit. WHY? Perhaps it has something to do with...

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