I was brand new…
It was 1989 and I had just graduated the police academy. I was 22 years old. I showed up at the station and got a locker and got my shit together and my Field Training Officer took me out for the first time on the street.
It was about 4:00pm… All the school kids were out but the traffic was slow. My FTO was driving of course as I was still just some dumb kid fresh outta my mammas belly who didn’t even know how to wipe my own ass…, so I was told.
I was kinda caught off guard that day. Everywhere we went I had eye contact with every person we passed. It was very disconcerting! Even people passing by in cars were staring at me. Some kid flipped me the bird! Seriously? I asked my FTO if he saw that. I asked him why everyone was staring at us. I did, I seriously asked him. He just looked at me like I was biggest dumbass ever. He said “you are driving around in a police car, get used to it. Everyone stares at you.”
He was right. It took me a while, but I got used to it.