Ridealong with Oklahoma City police officers
The only constant is change, and policing Oklahoma City is no exception.
The beat cop no longer walks the block, but the patrol officer cruises it in the Ford Police Interceptor. Mounted patrols have been traded for bicycle police. Revolvers have been set aside for Glocks, and billy clubs swapped for collapsible batons.
It is against policy not to wear body armor beneath a police uniform these days, the same gray fabric now worn by policewomen as well as policemen.
They patrol the streets, alleys and waters from sunrise to sunset and until the sun rises once more. Individual officers get days off, but the city police department never takes a holiday.
Ask the officers about the long hours, the stress, the missed events, and they'll shrug it off.
That's the job.
Some aspects of the job remain timeless. The commentator Paul Harvey, a native Oklahoman and the son of a Tulsa police officer, once wrote:
“The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being brutal. If you hit him, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.
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