Blogger’s Note: The following is what I hope will become a
series here at the Forum. I’ve asked area law enforcement officers
to sum up their days in brief essays. Below is the first one,
written by a (brave) Officer Nick Hoke, of the Poulsbo Police
“Night Patrol in Poulsbo”
By Poulsbo Police Officer Nick Hoke
It’s 10:15 pm and I’m getting ready to go to work. Night shift.
Police patrol from 11 pm to 7 am. I put my uniform on quietly so I
don’t wake my wife. Our two young boys already have 2 hours of
sleep in their beds and I envy them.
I put on my kevlar vest, which is thicker than it needs to be
because I’ve added two extra metal chest plate inserts – one for my
wife and one for my boys. I put on my black leather duty gunbelt.
The belt carries my police radio, cell phone, a taser, an extra
taser cartridge, a .40 caliber handgun, 30 extra bullets,
pocketknife, pepper spray, collapsible baton, and two sets of
handcuffs. Most of those things I never even use but since
somebody’s life might depend it someday, I carry them. I’d rather
have them and not need them than need them and not have them, and I
don’t mind the extra weight.
When I button my shirt up I sometimes wonder if I’ll be taking
it off in the morning, or if it will be cut off by a trauma team at
the emergency room in Harborview.
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