Niagara Gazette


October 20, 2012

COPS NOTEBOOK: Finally, a surprise


Column by Rick Pfeiffer —

Sitting in the newsroom last night, I caught a radio conversation between a dispatcher and a city officer, about to make a drunken driving arrest. When an officer charges someone with DWI, they also have their car towed and held for 12 hours.

That ensures that if the accused drunk is quickly bailed out, they can’t go back to their car and get behind the wheel. When an officer asks for a tow truck in these cases, they usually ask the dispatcher to send a “hook” because, well, that’s what the truck uses to pull the car they’re towing.

In this case, I heard the officer ask for a “hook” and the dispatcher quickly replied, “Would you like a regular hooker.”

After a slight pause, the officer said, “Ah, yeah. A regular hook will do.” 

Glad to see if we’re using “hookers” here, we’re not going high end.


 Note of thanks

Had the chance to spend some time this week with the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy’s Emergency Vehicle Control instructors as they worked with rookie cops to teach them the tools they need to drive a police car.

If you think that’s easy, think again. I’ll have more on that in an upcoming story.

They trained in a the former Seneca Niagara Casino employees’ parking lot on Buffalo Avenue. That lot is owned by Jerry Williams.

You can’t just do this training anywhere. You need an area large enough to lay out multiple cone courses and smooth enough not to kill something driving at a high rate of speed. 

The instructors said once insurace concerns were squared away, Williams told them to use the lot anyway they needed. And for that they were very thankful.

So, this is a “Thank You” from the academy instructors to Williams.

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