This could be the man to inform us. He's planning on writing. I'll encourage him.
More good stuff:
For the past nine months I have been pushing a sled in one of the poorest and most isolated rural counties in ****. (I also spent five months working as a reserve officer in an urban police department.) I absolutely love being a cop. It has many dull moments but wearing the badge is like having a backstage pass into people's lives.
Working as a rural deputy is often less glamorous than that of urban cops (especially in light of shows like "The Wire"). But it has its own peculiar challenges. I work in a socially, economically, and (importantly) geographically isolated county. My first fight occurred on the top of a mountain at a meth lab explosion. My cover was twenty- five minutes away. Most of my peers in urban departments have never and will likely never find themselves in that kind of situation. [You can say that again!]
I often find myself in the position of a general practitioner. I conduct my investigations from the time I am dispatched till court, since investigators are scant and reserved only for violent felonies. As a deputy I am also a coroner. I have investigated three murders and three suicides in the past nine months.
Most of my colleagues and my favorite sergeants find the 911 dispatch system and the idea of random patrol to be policies and practices out of touch with the reality of the services we can provide. I drive two-to-three hundred miles a night In the process of covering my beats as a result of these systems (ironically high gas prices are forcing the department to think about patrol in a new light). The deputies, among themselves, discuss a response system based on that of Fire & Rescue.
I have finally come to the point where I am no longer the Fucking New Guy on the force and have become largely accepted by colleagues, especially my sergeants and some of the older cops (consisting of crusty **** cops from the 80's, former truck drivers, and an ex-high school teacher). Although still green, I am not constantly confronted by situations that leave me perplexed as to what I am to do.