Q: In light of some of the incidents that have been occurring with police officers and the public all over the country, do you think policeman become policeman to protect people or just because they like the power?

A: It takes a certain type of person to become a police officer. Generally, police officers have “alpha personalities.” If you think about it, passive people usually don’t seek out this career having to deal mainly with the most violent criminal elements in society, and try to stop their anti-social behavior. Most officers are very compassionate in what they do, but by the end of the day police officers usually must be more “hunter” than “nurturer” to do the job. I think that it is very rare for individuals just seeking power to actually get into police work. Most people craving power are bully-types, who are ultimately cowards, and cowards don’t make it in this profession. I believe most men and women seeking a position as an officer are doing so because they have a fundamental desire to help citizens and their community. Our department, for example, performs an extensive background investigation, polygraph examination and physical and psychological exams prior to being employed. Even with these safeguards in place, a few can sneak through. Most of these get weeded out in the training process, but there are some that make it through. As they say, there are bad apples in every profession.

Q: My grandfather recently passed away and while my sister and I were cleaning his house out we found a large amount of old handgun bullets. How can I safely dispose of these old bullets?

A: You may bring your old ammunition to me at the front desk at our department during regular business hours where we will take possession of them and have the ammunition properly disposed of at no charge.

Q: I follow a school bus driving to work every morning. I couldn’t help but notice that the school bus roof is painted white. I looked at other buses and they are all painted this way. Can you explain the reason for this?

A: Why yes I can. School buses, as we all know or remember, are not air conditioned. Because of this, painting the roof white reduces the inside temperature up to 15 degrees on hot days.

Q: Do police officers and firemen get along? It seems like there is a little tension between the two professions?

A: There is a very friendly rivalry between police officers and hose draggers (uh…..firefighters) in our area. We work together all the time and truthfully the firefighters in Michigan City, LaPorte and the volunteer departments in our county are top notch, trained as first responders and always willing to assist. They can cook awfully good too!

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Blue Chip Casino and Event Center of Michigan City was Kara Will of Michigan City. The answer to last column's riddle of where the blonde with the lisp and the man in the coat were located was the Casino at a blackjack table! The shoe of course was a "card shoe."

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is Root Funeral Home in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

There was a burglary Saturday morning at the Root Funeral Home and the police have five suspects. The suspects are Marty, Jim, Tom, Andrew and Bob, who are being questioned by the detectives and they need your help! No two suspects have the same hair color, weight, height, wife's first name or color shoes.

A suspect who has red hair weighs 140 lbs.

Bob is 5-foot 3-inches tall.

The culprit has a wife named Julie.

The suspect who weighs 150 pounds is not the one who is 5-foot 9-inches tall.

The suspect who has a wife named Pam is not the one who has blonde hair.

Jim was wearing orange shoes.

Andrew has black hair.

A suspect has a wife named Betty and weighs 200 pounds.

Tom weighs 210 pounds.

Everyone wears glasses.

The suspect who weighs 200 pounds has no hair.

The suspect who has a wife named Cathy weighs 140 pounds.

Marty has brown hair.

The suspect who has black hair has a wife named Julie.

The suspect who has no hair is not the one who was wearing orange shoes.

Who’s the burglar?

The 5th 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 #333, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.


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