It's been a long time since I've shared one of HF's on the job stories with y'all. Since I like to keep things light around here for the most part, here's one of the most unusual that I've heard in a long time that happened last night while HF was on duty.
HF and three other officers responded to an alarm at a local business. They found 4 college-aged males inside and arrested them without incident. They brought them outside and based on the circumstances decided to issue the 4 guys misdemeanor citations with accompanying court dates and then let them go. One by one each offender began crying as they were handed their citations. They began asking the officers how this arrest would affect their future plans for schooling and jobs. Then one of them asked, through his tears,
"Officers, will you pray with us?"
HF's old FTO was among the officers and the sergeant on duty for that night. He responded with a resounding "No!"
The boys looked even more dejected as the sergeant continued,
"We're the police and I don't like to mix religion with my enforcement activities. Haven't you ever heard of separation of church and state? We represent the law. If you want to clear your conscience then go see your religious leaders but I'm not going to kneel down in the middle of the street and pray with you if that's what your after."
The boys looked at each of the officers as if they were pleading for a different response. When they didn't get it, they went back to their car and stood in a circle. Then they all knelt down and started to pray out loud. HF and the other officers watched them until they finished and left the area.
HF's sergeant, who happens to be very religious himself, explained to the officers,
"I have no problem with prayer but officer safety and the impending lawsuit that would inevitably follow if we had prayed with these clowns is not worth the trouble."