My independent project was done on a whimsical basis. It's thanksgiving eve
and my family and I are all gathered around watching football. The Redskins and
Cowboy's are all tied up, and my uncle is on the verge of having a nervous breakdown.
A diehard Cowboys fan, who can't even remember when was the last time he didn't bet
on a game. Mom and dad are still eating, while my aunt recites a thanksgiving song for
all the uninvited guests. The door bell rings, and what do you know it's the Lowell
Police. Officers Bob Jacob and William Gould stop by on their neighbor-hood patrol.
My aunt invities them in for some coffee, and they end up eating the rest of our
thanksgiving dinner. For some strange reason I think of Sociology.( Do you think they'll
arrest me if I asked them too.) I asked if they had some spare time to indulge me in my
experiment, and they were delighted to do so. (This also gave me a chance to show my
parents I was actually doing something productive in school.) They placed the
hand-cuffs on me and read me my rights. I have to admit the whole thing was quite
funny, but I would never want it to happen in a real situation. The cuffs where killing
me, but I took it like a man. They gave me a ride around the block where I had the
chance to ask them a few questions.
1. What made you want to become a cop?
2. How do you feel about kids and our constant drug problem?
3. Do you think certain laws should apply to certain situations?
4. Do you feel you are making a significant contribution to society?
5. What's the number one crime you constantly encounter?
Bob became a cop because it was a family thing. William became a cop because
he thought he could make a difference, and he lost a brother so I didn't push the subject
any further. As for drugs, both agreed that they enforce no drugs to the letter of the law.
From a joint to an once it's all the same. The repercussions vary, but that's not their job,
they leave it up for the courts to decide what type of steps should be taken. They do
admit at times to scarring kids, saying that their going away for a long time, and basically
just being more lenient. When I asked if they thought killing someone in self defense
was wrong, they replied if you can't call us first then by all means do anything necessary
to escape. Both agreed they feel better when they have done a good nights job, but wish
more could be done to ensure people a right to live as they wish no matter where that
might be. The number one crime in committed in Lowell is drug dealing and abuse. As
a matter of fact Lowell was rated number one in the country in this category. Just
recently the biggest drug bust in New England was reported there. This just goes to show
what these men and women encounter every night when they put on that uniform.