Monday, February 2, 2015
The Boogie Man Is My Friend: Behind The Shield by Kathryn Loving
"Many people have asked me over the years if being a police officer was difficult. I guess at times it was, but I didn't think of it that way. It became a part of me, who I had become.
During my career in law enforcement I think my response may have evolved over the years to a description of "police work is automatic." The latter answer made me pause and think once it spewed of arrogance which was not the meaning I intended. The old man who had asked me the familiar question was puzzled. I guess I had been doing it for so many years that the work had become automatic, but not as a negative connotation. The man was the last person to hear that explanation. That was my last day of work.
To me, automatic meant it was a part of me - it was who I was (in true Popeye speak). Once something is a part of you, you don't have to analyze everything or evaluate each step of the challenges you faced as an officer. You reacted in a natural way with ease and you gave quick responses and intelligent solutions. After I finished police work, I was still posed that question. People are curious by nature of the profession. I began to answer those questions with, "It was perfect for me. I like to help people." It was a somewhat indirect answer to a direct question.
As the years wore on, the more deviant a person was in a case, the more he or she fascinated me. The more bizarre, the more I wanted to be on scene. Extraordinary became the new ordinary. Police work truly is the front row seat to pure entertainment and I bathed in it. I wrote down all those events - some ordinary, some not so. What does that mean since my definition of ordinary might not be the norm? In fact, your extraordinary may be my ordinary. I guess you will have to read the book to find out."
I truly enjoyed this book. I became familiar with this author by reading her blog "The Boogie Man is My Friend" (http://mommafargo.blogspot.com). In this book, she shares some of the escapades that she and her brothers and sisters in blue were involved in. I admire her honesty and courage, she shares her thoughts and actions where alot of officers wouldn't. This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys reading about true crime. I look forward to reading more of her fiction and non-fiction.