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Editor's note for Oklahoma City police ridealong stories

In August and September, The Oklahoman's Matt Dinger joined four Oklahoma City police officers on randomly chosen shifts in each of the city's patrol divisions. With two exceptions, Dinger shadowed the officers' every step on the calls for service described, including entering homes and public health facilities. Only two people were arrested in the course of the patrols. Several calls describe medical conditions unique to the afflicted individual, and in the interest of privacy, names have been omitted throughout. Each vignette, while not necessarily including every call for service encountered on the shift, is told in chronological order. There are no composites.

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Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Austin Shroyer, right, and officer Travis Vernier pose for a photo in the mobile office they work out of daily on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla.Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Austin Shroyer, right, and officer Travis Vernier pose for a photo in the mobile office they work out of daily on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla.Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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