Q: What happens if you arrest a person and they have a pet in their car?

A: It depends on the circumstances of the arrest. If there is someone else in the car that can take control of the animal, then that would be the first choice. The second choice would be calling a family member to pick up the pet. Lastly, without any other choice, we would contact our Animal Control officer who would then house the animal at our city Kennel.

Q: Are all the questions you get kept confidential?

A: Of course not! Does this page look blank?

Q: Is it at all possible for a police officer to be a real estate agent at the same time?

A: Actually, they sure can. Most police officers have second jobs. As with any second or third job, you have to be clear not to mix the two and do private work on the public’s time.

Q: Can you explain what kind of hazing rookie cops go through when they are first hired?

A: No one is hazed at our department. The closest thing to a rite of passage that I know of is young officers tend to get a lot of calls when they first are starting out. This isn’t just dumping on the new guy, but a part of their field training under the guidance of a senior officer. We try to give new officers a variety of different calls during their training period to gain more experience. New officers are going to make mistakes, but with a senior training officer with them, the mistakes will be fewer and can be corrected immediately. Once new officers get on their own and show the senior staff they can be counted on in different situations, they are accepted as an equal.

Q: Can I get into trouble if I carry a backpack that is decorated with weed all over?

A: Seriously, who writes these questions.....? If you want to have a backpack with images of marijuana all over it, knock yourself out. I always like people who advertise their recreational activities. On the other hand, if you are in school, I am sure there is a school policy on backpacks, T-shirts, etc. that can be offensive or show illegal activity.

The winner of last column’s riddle sponsored by St. Andrews Products of Michigan City was Erica Miller of Michigan City. Last column’s riddle was: How did Detective Ashley know who to arrest for shooting Skip? The answer: Skip just told her. He was shot, but no one ever said he was dead!

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is Rick Dekker and our friends at Dekker Vacuum in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card!

Here is a riddle that can keep you guessing, so pull out some paper and give it a try. There are five prison cell doors, one leads to the exit, the others lead to life in prison. They are in a line. The clues tell you which position the cells are in the line. All the clues are true. Each cell door has a clue written on it. The clues read:

The blue cell: This door is two spots away from the cell to freedom.

The red cell: This door is at the far right, and is two spots away from the blue cell.

The purple cell: This door is not next to the cell to freedom.

The green cell: This door is left of the blue cell.

The orange cell: This door is not next to the red or blue cells.

Which color cell door leads to freedom?

The 13th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #1020, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.

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