It's a peaceful Sunday PM. I've been plowing through the piles that have accumulated on my desk. [insert picture of waste basket full of junk mail] Came across both the 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 insurance id cards required by the state. I heard a couple car doors slam shut out front followed by a loud banging on the security door.
I've heard this before, like when the SandCastle Queen went out for a walk with the dog, then I walked by the door and noticed the dead bolt wasn't (and so I did). But a mental check suggested this wasn't the case. It's 10:45 PM local. The SCSon headed to open the door. I told him to stop and let me verify.
Turns out it was City PD (CPD) come to discuss a concern the SCQueen raised in an email several weeks ago! The email regarded undesirable activities in a community park nearby and requested \CPD support in the form of a occasional drive by using the searchlight to look for people in the park after hours.
The SCQueen went out to discuss the issue with them. They had a long list of excuses for why it wasn't their job (they always do). She came back pissed (I don't blame her). Antis are always saying "just call 911", yet here we have CPD all to often saying "not our job"
After action review, some stuff went well, some we could have done better:
What went well: SCSon did not immediately answer the door.
What could have gone better: I should have asked "wait a minute. do I understand you are banging on my door at a quarter to eleven to discuss a non emergency email sent weeks ago"? Really?
Also I should have called 911 to verify the guys were indeed CPD before opening the door. Finally, CPD could have been "professional" about this non-emergency issue and dealt with it during normal working hours. Banging on the door at 10:45 rings of harassment.
I regret I didn't immediately explain to them that this is not the time for this conversation, the SCQueen is asleep and would love to talk to you during normal business hours tomorrow, come back tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by. (but by then she was awake and on site).
Adrenaline dumped.... none of us will be getting any sleep anytime soon. :-(