I’m sorry I missed your call; I was in jail on Saturday.

This past Saturday, I was privileged enough to be able to schedule a job-shadow with a Washington County Corrections Deputy. This meant I would be following along side a deputy over the course of an 8 hour shift helping out where able, but mainly just watching and asking questions to gain a better understanding of the job.

For the majority of the night we worked intake where all arrestees are patted down, photographed, given an ID bracelet, and all possessions inventoried and bagged. This all occurs before the arrestee is allowed in any other part of the Jail facility to await their actual booking. Essentially this is the prisoner handoff point from officer/deputy to the jail staff.

Right off the bat when I began the shift, we had one come in. He looked like a runner. Turns out we were all wrong.

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Now, I know exactly what happens when someone breaks into a house and fondles the sleeping adult male occupant:

His shiner was much worse about 30 minutes after the booking photo was taken.

Later in the evening we processed another kid who had been pistol-whipped by an individual to whom he had attempted to sell a stolen truck. Seems the kid had just had his nose fixed by a doctor from another encounter with a different individual. Needless to say, he wasn’t having a good day.

When intake was slow, we also did a fed bed moves of inmates which involved just escorting them from one “pod” to another “pod”. This also included walking an inmate out of the maximum security pod and downgrading him to a lower risk “pod”.

All in all, the shift was busy enough to be interesting, but quiet enough that there aren’t too many stories to tell. I can’t imagine what it is like when the place gets busy. While I found the shift to be quite interesting, relaying those interests would seem minor, insignificant and uninteresting to most people. I did find it amusing that I was asked no less than 5 times and within 30 seconds of meeting the deputies: “So, when are you going to apply?”, with a follow up by 2 of the deputies I ran across again later in the night: “So, you’re going to apply, right?”.

What was even more flattering was the encouragement at the end of the ride-along and job-shadow shifts from both of the deputies I was paired with to apply to the Sheriff’s Reserves. I got the feeling that they wouldn’t have encouraged me if they didn’t have a sense that I would do well in the position.

Next up (outside of the normal Tuesday night classes) will be the K-9 demo on October 27th. Given my track record so far in the Citizen’s Academy classes, I have a feeling I will end up as bait during that class.

And yes, I know you are all dying to see the video of me being tasered. I am still waiting on two classmates to burn the videos to disk. I expect to have that no later than November 6th…. so you’ll all just have to wait… rest assured it will be posted here for you all to enjoy when I do get them.

6 thoughts on “I’m sorry I missed your call; I was in jail on Saturday.

  1. I’m fascinated by all of this. What sparked all the interest in this stuff? I don’t remember you mentioning it in OC… Of course helping break up keggers and pulling over woemn to check out their new boobs isn’t the ideal situation. 😉

    I may have missed it in a post. What brought it on?

    1. Since you asked….

      I made a vague reference to it here: http://acdntlpoet.livejournal.com/115609.html
      But, in re-reading that, I realized I haven’t really delved into it too much around you two, since we met at a time where I had all but forgotten about law enforcement.
      Back in 1996/1997 I had applied for and was well into the process to become an Orange County Sheriff. I had also applied to Santa Rosa PD as well and was working on an application to the US Marshall’s Office. Suffice to say I never followed through with the process for a number of reasons, resulting in my current career path.

      My interest in law enforcement has really always been there, but in the past few years I had pushed it aside as a part of my life which was in the past. My experience with the OC Sheriff’s kind of put me off to the possibility of a career in LE, and so I just forgot about it. Even though I still enjoyed learning all I could about police work, I realized after a while that a job with the OC Sheriff’s Office really wasn’t for me at all.

      When we moved up to Oregon, I was surfing around the Washington County Sheriff’s website, since it is a good place to get an idea of crime rates in the various regions of the county, and I stumbled upon the Citizen’s Academy information. This struck me as a fun and interesting way to learn more about the area and the Sheriff’s Office than I had previously had access to. The Citizen’s Academy is a free course that devotes about 2 hours to each “service” as provided by the Sheriff’s office, ranging from SWAT to court security to Jail programs, and everything in between. It is really just a cool PR stunt to get the public more involved with the office and to make the entire Sheriff’s office more “transparent” so there isn’t the mystique of what goes on behind closed doors.

      The Citizens Academy, once complete, does not provide me with -anything- beyond knowledge. There is no “certification” or anything of that nature. Once it is over, that’s it. All I walk away with is a better understanding of the Sheriff’s Office. Period.

      It may seem like a lot to do just for “Fun” (The Citizen’s Academy runs a total of over 50 hours of “instruction” which began in September and runs through the first week in November including two 8 hour Saturday classes), but I enjoy the ability to see things from a behind the scenes aspect and to interact with the Deputies and Sergeants in more of a volunteer aspect.

      I hope that helps clarify things a bit for you. I totally understand your “confusion”, since I really never went into this part of my life with you or Terri, since it was just part of my past that wasn’t really relevant at the time. It was really always there, but just didn’t come to the forefront at any one time. Perhaps (and I said this in the referenced post above) I’ll write more about that time of my life in the future…. I just need to clear out my head and organize my thoughts on that part of my life from 10 years back a bit before I can put it all down into words.

      1. Re: Since you asked….

        It actually sounds fun. I mean, I’ve always wondered about this type of stuff myself and I grew up around a lot of the law enforcement in my area. The police chief’;s son and I were friends and one of my older brothers friends went from Prison guard at Rahway in NJ to a Voorhees cop… in fact I think he’s a detective now.

        I’m glad you cleared it all up though. I was wondering what was behind the sudden interest but it’s really not that sudden now is it. 🙂

        1. Re: Since you asked….

          Nope, not sudden at all… I’m just talking about it now since I am actively involved in some aspect of it. 🙂

          1. Re: Since you asked….

            Here’s a visual for you… (Punk/Goth/NuRom Sheriff). Not funny or wrong, but slightly mind-altering.

            I’m glad you’ve got a better venue to explore this than OC/LA – good luck with it if it turns into something more serious… though it *would* totally put an end to the illegal absinthe experiments (grin).

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