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It was a Monday and roll call was at 0600 hours sharp. The morning always starts out dreary due to the lack of good news. Everything major that happened recently is gone over in extreme detail; a depressing way to start off the day. Once I finally hit the road at 0630, I can make the day what I want it to be.
My city is impoverished. It is full of people who are uneducated, people who don’t understand what is happening around them making them susceptible to being a victim. It is filled with the homeless and drug dealers from everyday users all the way to kingpins of the region. Although there is a lot of crime in my city, most are repeat offenders, the same usual suspects. But I would say one of the most difficult parts of my job is handling domestic violence calls. In my state, law enforcement is required to make an arrest of somebody in all domestic living situations, defined as having a child together, living together, or have been married.