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by Peter Moskos

June 8, 2008

In support of foot patrol

I received this email last week.
Finished the book a few weeks ago. I've got nine years on the job & it seems to track pretty well with my experience. Got some further thoughts (all good) but I'll save that for another time. My reason for this little message was a piece I came across in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about rookies being assigned to foot patrol.
Interesting personal aside. I started out with the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Police, where everybody walks a foot beat. There's no substitute for the type of demands it makes on a new officer, most all of which are ultimately good. You learn very quickly and very well how to talk to people. A year of high-density foot patrol is equivalent to 8 to 10 years of motorized patrol experience when it comes to interacting with the public. If you're paying attention & doing it right it definitely makes you a better officer.

Sgt. [name withheld on request]

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