Properly done it is a wonderful attitude adjustment session. The brass always stuck me with the UCLA & Cal State Long Beach 'social science' majors. Apparently they had to do 8 hours with the cops to get the 4 year degree in whatever caring profession they had chosen. Cop disliking sympathetic liberal was an understatement for those 20 something kids. I worked E. or W. Compton afternoon shift at the time and a normal night was a two page log sheet of calls, fights, bodies and such. I started the shift by showing them the microphone, how the shotgun release works and to yell for help if I got shot. Then I claimed that I wanted them to teach me their way of doing things. Ya never know I might learn something, right? So each call was theirs to direct and I would be there behind them all the way. :crazysmile: The rest is a book full of pants wetting history and many requests to be driven back to the station early so they could go (safe space) home.Good advice...& it should be mandatory for all reporters / news media types to ride deep nights for 30 days min in the worst area of town...if the dept. personnel would put up with it & added risk!
While still in Patrol my father-in-law wanted to ride with me one night working evenings. Since he worked as a reserve officer in an out of state big city for a few years I said okay & got the ride approved...he never asked again afterwards saying it scared the hell out of him...worked on me then my wife for years to leave finding me a new job back home later...