By Hal Collier, LAPD retired
Ok, enough of interrupted code-7’s
I’ll finish with a few facts. Some days you worked alone or if you got stupid and promoted to sergeant you almost always ate by yourself. Now, you don’t usually want to eat with the patrol cops because they won’t relax around a supervisor. That’s their time, leave them alone. Now, every once in a while I was asked to eat with them, that’s a sign that you are accepted and an honor.
In my later years, I brown bagged Code-7. Actually I ate better than most cops. I brought in leftovers from my dinner from the night before. When eating at the station, I was not chasing perpetrators. Of course, I was often interrupted by the desk officers asking a question or advice.
Let me leave you with one last thought. If you eat a heavy meal, don’t get in a foot pursuit. Now days, people will have a video tape of you throwing up on You Tube before you finish your shift.