Duck of Justice

The Duck of Justice for 8/3/17: TC’s ‘All metal, no excuses’ encounter at Rise Above Festival

Officer Cotton and his ‘hand-horns’ with Bobby Billings’ posse at the Rise Above Festival.

From the Bangor Police Department

As I exited the plastic and portable palace purporting to be a potty after noting that a non-potable product was percolating from within its depths, I heard the strained voice of a metal band fan.

I rubbed my hands together more vigorously to remove the recently deployed alcohol infused disinfectant just in case the individual was calling out with a need for police assistance.

Wearing the uniform sometimes brings strange comments, you get used to it. I was an alien in their world of headbanging and fist pumping to the driving beat of Halestorm. I could not make out the man’s words.

He came closer. Did he mean to do me harm? Was he angry that I had intruded on his chosen listening post? Everyone knows that cops wreck everything fun.

I knew I was at a tactical disadvantage due to the magical potion being used to cleanse my hands from all that lurks inside of a polymer palace of poo. My paws were slippery, too slippery to engage in this man, clad in a white sleeveless tee shirt. I noted that he had “kind eyes” and I made the decision to use only the verbal judo skills I had earned in a two day class during my rookie year in law enforcement.

He spoke first, “TeeeeeeeeCEEEEEEE, my maaaaan!!!” Did he know me? There was no way he could see my name tag in the fading light. “I love the Facebook page, I read it every day.”

He seemed friendly.

He was also intuitive enough not to try to shake my hand as he had obviously seen where I was coming from.

I found out the man was, “Bobby Billings from the backside of Brewer Lake.” He had a posse. They were enjoying the music of the Rise Above Festival.

All metal, no excuses.

Bobby told me that his friends thought it odd that he was approaching a cop coming out of a porta-potty, but he saw me as friend, not foe. He asked for a photo, I complied.

His group seemed friendly as well. We posed for several pictures. My “hand-horns” seemed poorly presented in this photo, but I think it caught the spirit of the event nicely.

You probably look at this photo and think to yourself that I seem out of place. But I wasn’t. I was among friends.

Grab this week by the “hand-horns.” Agree to photos with people you don’t really know. Watch for Bobby Billings when you come out of a porta-potty.

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.

Once again, it is time to introduce you to one of our new officers.

Officer Monic Christian is a most recent graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. She has been in spending time with our field training officers and just came off her training cycle with Officer Jamie Fanning and her K9 partner, Aki.

Fanning takes advantage of all her trainees and makes sure Aki approves of each one of them.

If you think I am going to slip in a Night Ranger reference, you know me too well. But I didn’t.

Let’s ask Officer Christian our standard questions. She comes across as a quiet and thoughtful individual. We think we can break her.

TC: How do you spend your time off?

MC: I spend most of my days off with family and friends.

TC: Why did you become a police officer?

MC: To keep the community safe, be a positive role model, and besides…it’s the closest thing to becoming a Jedi that I could find.

TC: If you were stuck on a desert island, what are three things you would want to have with you?

MC: Hmm, I think a knife, a boat, and a GPS…boom, I’m off the island.

TC: How would you have ended up on a deserted island?

MC: I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a dream?

TC: My interview

MC: Sorry.

TC: What is the best bit of advice you will leave to your grandchildren?

MC: A quote from Herb Brooks…”Risk something or forever sit on your dreams”

TC: Nice

TC: If I gave you 100 dollars, what would you do with it?

MC: Donate it to an organization that supports families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.

TC: Where are you from?

MC: New York

TC: What are your favorite bands?

MC: I really don’t have any favorites.

TC: Night Ranger?

MC: I do like one of their songs

TC: Sister Christian?

MC: No.

TC: Neither do I, I was going for the easy jokes.

TC: How long do you think you will work here at the Bangor Police Department?

MC: I hope to be here until I retire.

TC: So do I

MC: Want to retire?

TC: My interview

TC: Why did you decide to work here?

MC: I saw there was lots of opportunity for growth in this profession and I really like it here.

TC: Melody Queen of the Front Desk makes brownies every Friday.

MC: That’s just a bonus.

TC: What was your favorite part of the police academy?

MC: I really am happy about the friends I made.

So, a woman of few words but very high standards. We think Officer Christian is going to do fine.

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.

We will be here…with Sister Christian.



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