Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31, 2014

I did a Halloween patrol at Plymouth Center.  I parallel parked at a small store.  I did encounter a few "crazies", however there were no problems and neither started any conflict.  I helped fix a sign that was fallen, knowing the forecast for this weekend.  Since it was Halloween, I saw some people in costumes trick or treating, my favorite was the Iron Man & Black Widow costumes as the couple entered a Mexican restaurant.  I was going to try for the Waterfront, but the road was closed at the turn, real awkward knowing there was a convenience store nearby at the corner.  As the patrol ended I'm starting to get a better hand on night patrols, as I regained a lot of my confidence knowing I'm doing my job well.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25, 2014

Tonight I did my once a week patrol in Plymouth Center.  I parked in a different spot, which was hard because it was a Saturday night there.  I worked with a skullcap for the first time, so I would remain mysterious but not arouse suspicion, which was [perfect in the night time.  I walked briskly so not arouse suspicion and to get a read of my area.  Since it was near Halloween I heard some screams but nothing much, as it was a family getting a laugh.  I didn't arouse suspicion since they were all smiles which was a good thing.  I covered more area than last time, which improved my confidence.  I ended well, and I'm more than ready for next week.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 14, 2014

My return was spectacular in its own right.  Patrolling at my time, my day, my situation.  And I didn't fail.  After getting through all the butterflies.  I did Plymouth Center.  I head a siren, but chose not to follow as it chose not to stop.  How can it, it was going to another emergencies and it caught the corner of my eye.  Everyone was inside watching football.  At least I saw my Patriots easily beat the Vikings 30-7.  Anyway, I bright side came when I met a lovely homeless woman.  We talked a little, and she played the song "Maggie MacGee" by Janice Joplin, in which you would almost picture the real one singing.  I couldn't give her anything, And I felt bad, but I gave her a hug.  We had the best thing we ever got from each other, friendship.  As I was walking I felt more and more confident, more and more aware.  I was going to go all the way to the end of the street.  But I didn't want to pass the church there, since it was the scene of my last injury.  So I stopped at the bridal shop and turned around.  Nothing much to report afterward.  A good patrol.   Since I might cover only one sector with chances to advance further., I'll probably do it once a week on different days, to give some randomness.  A good development for the future.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 6. 2014

To relieve some early morning stress, I did a civilian patrol of Plymouth Center & the Waterfront.  I had my portable sunglasses mask and a sports cuff to keep me inconspicuous.  I walked down as I past Post Office Square, I noticed some kids having fun on their field trip.  The chaperone was hunger.  I didn't say anything at first, knowing where they were heading might have some restaurants that would be of far distance or out of their price range.  As I cornered a street, past a park (which I think is ideal for patrol in later hours to help those who walk or jog on it, to protect them from muggers & rapists), I noticed the same group as on of the girls was dancing.  I said, "Nice moves."  I thought now only as sincere but to make the person feel comfortable.  I also suggested some eateries, like Ziggy's Pebble's, and Mama Mia's.  The chaperone thanked me, but one of the boys left my hand hanging when they did a hi-fiver. Oh well, no harm no foul.  I wish I was in full uniform so I would be there to give them some souvenir shots.  Then again, it's not me.  I was lucky though, as they were doing construction over by Water Street.  As I crossed another street, I also noted construction.,  There was a traffic officer there.  This was when I was luck I was in semi-uniform.  I wasn't even noticed, which I was lucky.  However, sometimes I hate the word lucky, to much into zealousness.  I noticed a paper bag with unknown stuff in it over by a tanning salon.  It may not be suspicious, but I had to tell them (Remember the Boston Marathon bombing last year).  I told the receptionist inside, leaving her company to check whether or not to call the police.  If I did, I would feel they would've made a bigger deal over something small, so I let the business owner near there decide the proper choice.  Overall, a great patrol.

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014

I did a driving surveillance patrol over by Colony Place.  I parked drive forward, looking at the whole area over by Wal-Mart.  I stayed for about five minutes so I won't look suspicious.  I did all around the plaza.  I didn't do the tire place because of the bright, open window.  It would make me the odd man out.  I looked at the area over where Sam's Club used to be.  There was probably a down power line.  I would make the call to 911, but someone like me calling about that in an abandoned area, would raise more questions.  Overall, a great patrol and a learning experience.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

March 29, 2014

I did a civilian patrol by Plymouth Center.  I noticed a person taking pictures of the First Parish of Plymouth.  Probably an advertiser for the church or the local news photographer.  After a quick coffee break I headed on my walk.  Nothing much to report other than the fact along the way, I noticed an open car door with two people talking on their smartphone, one male one female.  It looked like they were texting and I don't think there was a thing for credit cards on smart-phones so it wasn't anything devious, presumably.  A woman getting ready for her wedding was taking home her wedding gown.  With the weather coming later, I hope it doesn't get ruined. I would've went to the corner, by Massachusetts State Police were at Memorial Hall with lights & sirens on.  I detoured.  Whatever there it was for the best, because I was a civilian & even if I was in my work clothes I haven't developed a rapport so that they can trust me with my knowledge & sleuthing.  I do have detective skills, but all relationships take time to form and develop.  As I crossed on the other side, I noticed a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt looking behind me.  Best to remain silent, especially as he said hello to two men.  I saw my old teacher (name confidential to keep privacy) as we talked about old times and today.  Pretty quiet patrol, but working.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 23, 2014

I patrolled the Waterfront.  As I was getting out, I noticed a traffic officer walking my direction.  I didn't want to make eye contact or there would be complications.  There was construction for a sewer pipe on Water Street.  The weather was brisk for late March.  I covered the dock by the Mayflower II, where I noticed a man in a black leather coat, with a black knit hat with a white circle around it.  I didn't want to get too close to construction so I crossed by Ziggy's.  I walked into the parking lots of Plymouth Bay Winery & the Bradford Inn.  Even though I can't look in, at least my hearing is pretty good.  I noticed people on cell phones at least three different times.  I don't want to jump the gun, but it tends to make one very nervous for those who are different.  As I went past a fountain with lady Pilgrim on there, a family noticed an egg in the fountain.  I do hate it when people prank on national treasures.  A quiet, but good patrol, especially when tourism is going to start this season.