I’m a Liar

How many times have you people heard me say I’d never try to promote?

I’ve told myself and anyone else who’ll listen that I love what I do too much to leave it.  I’m good at what I do and it’s fun.  A lot of fun. Then, my idiot buddy plants a thought in my head and I bring it home to the Wife.  We talk about it.  We pray about it.  Then, on a Sunday (in church, of course), I feel a sense of peace about the decision.

I’m taking the test.  I mean, if Happy Medic can promote, it can’t be all that hard, right?

My thought process follows a certain logic, albeit tainted MC logic, but logic(ish) nonetheless.  I’d stand to get a decent raise which would mean less OT away from the family.  I’ve got a ridiculous amount of training in all things Traffic and I could be a huge asset as a supervisor.  My ultimate goal, of course, would be to get a Traffic Sgt. position in which I’d still get the opportunity to do what I love: Ride and Crush Souls Increase Traffic Safety.

As with anything, there are drawbacks.  Two big ones are easy: no more motorcycle and (possibly) a lousy schedule.  As with anything else in our lives, though, the Wife summed it up nicely when she told me, “Honey, we’ll make it work.”  She’s a peach, that one.

So, my friends, I’d ask for a simple favor.  Be patient with me and my stunted posting.  In addition to preparing for the Sgt. exam, I shall be meeting with the Powers That Be soon regarding our new Social Media policy, as well, so if you like what you read here, feel free to leave a comment so I can show them the benefits of the blog.  My hope is that they see things the way I do with respect to my musing here at MCPD.

The exam is in the Spring, so I will be devoting some time to studying.  If it’s anything like college, I should be around a .12 and cramming about 30 minutes before the midterm.

I promise to keep you apprised about the test and the results of the meeting with PTB!  If you are so inclined, please to keep me in your prayers.  If I’m supposed to do this, I have every confidence that it will happen.  With regard to PTB, I have the same opinion.  If I’m supposed to continue writing, God’ll find a way to work it out.  I feel pretty confident that I can work a mutually beneficial deal regarding the blog…even if it means taking a different tack.

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20 thoughts on “I’m a Liar

  1. You know what they say MC, never say never because once you say you’ll never do something you’ll end up doing it. I gotta be honest I added that last part, it has been interestingly true in my life though. It is healthy and necessary to have goals and growth, well career growth anyway! I wish you luck with the exam I’ll be praying for you that you have a good schedule that will afford you lots of time with your family.

  2. There is proof that social media not only works, it can be used as a tool and a way to build a stronger bond between the police department and the community.

    http://www.facebook.com/TucsonPoliceDepartment

    That is my city PD’s facebook page.

    Your blog and many others like yours give an unique perspective to readers that can’t be found anywhere else.

    Since I found my way here from a link on an MSN article a few years back, it has given me a very positive image of police officers and their departments. With the other blogs you’ve linked where fire and EMS are, I’ve learned a lot about them and walked away with a positive impression and newfound respect of them as well.

    I’m positive the powers that be will recognize your contributions and the appreciation of your readers.

  3. As the saying goes “Twenty years from now you will regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.”

    If the family are agreed and supportive then it must be the right way for you to go. Good luck with it all, and keep us non-twitter folk up to date with your progress here please, cos otherwise you drop off our radar!!

  4. The very best of luck MC and of course I’ll be saying a prayer for your sucess. You have a wealth of experience so why not put it to its best possible use. Just one question – What took you so long? You were having too much fun right? However, I will go into quiet mourning as the study kicks in and your posts go into periodic hybernation.
    As far as your blog goes I hope the powers that be realise what a community service you provide. I may have said it before but I’ll say it again, your posts break down barriers and allow people to see the man that wears the uniform and not just the uniform that the man wears. Now that’s gotta be a good thing. Next time someone gets stopped they might be thinking “Hey I wonder if that’s MC”
    Good luck in all things.

  5. Good luck on the test. I could have written the exact same post last year at about this time. I said I would never try for a promotion, and then when the announcement came out, something clicked and I needed to have it. After 6 months of studying 2 hours a day and a 3 hour class on Saturdays I passed the test last October and I am waiting for my list number. I am so ready, but extremely nervous about my new rank and command. I wish you the best of luck on the test and in your new position when you pass. I also look forward to your future writings in the blog.

  6. Good luck MC. I hope the powers that be ca see that social media is an opportunity to promote your work but only if it is given the freedom to do so.

  7. Hi MC,
    All your blogs are good. Thanks for the entertaining posts containing valuable information and advise. I liked the following best:

    Young ‘uns ain’t gettin’ off easy, either (Parenting advise)

    Criminal Tip of the Day

    I never thought I would say this (advise from a Defence Attorney)

    I could not control my laughter reading the last two. The first is a must-read for all parents and those aspiring to be.

    I have the following suggestions to enhance readability
    1) Include a Search feaure based on keywords. I had a tough time searching for some ol posts.
    2) Having the entire post in a single page, without the Continue Reading button, helps.

    Thanks again for what you do. Wishing you all the very best in your career and life.

  8. Re: Testing
    No worries. Everybody hypes these tests. You’ll pass with flying colors.

    Re: Social Media
    Of course PTB will allow you to continue blogging and using other social media. That’s the smart move. I’ve been following your blog for over two years and you’ve made an effort to stay anonymous. Surely they understand this is all a positive psy-op and the good feelings readers have for you extends to other public safety employees. By extension, PTB has some good will rubbed off on them.

    You’re entertaining while you’re educating.

    A poor decision for PTB would be to lean toward restricting your output to the bureaucratic-committee-approved-pabulum the public is bored by every day. PR statements are carefully season bovine scat. We’re not fooled by them and we don’t take kindly to being handled. It’s good for everyone to be reminded that people in uniform are human. But what do I know, I’m no cop.

    There are only two public statements from government bureaucrats I agree with.
    This one: “Justice is incidental to law and order.” – J. Edgar Hoover

    And this one: “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” – Voltaire

  9. Good luck to you, sir! I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now, and my professional opinion is that you would make an excellent supervisor. Feel free to use me as a reference.

  10. Thanks for both the insight and the co-creation of a Law/EMS get together. The compare and contrast between the two disciplines was great. Or as my brother the cop says:
    We both ride around all day helping people. Occasionally we put people in the back of our vehicles and deliver them to a public building for further care. The world is suspicious of me in my black and white and loves him in his red and white. Go figure, but I still like eating at his house.
    Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense to me either…but he’s always hungry.
    Good luck and keep writing!

  11. I am not a LEO, but have several friends who are. They are quiet and don’t share much, publicly anyway. I have shared your blog with them, and they have become as avid readers as I am. I am also a learner — much from you on the ways and thinking behind that badge. In a good way, of course!

    For the social media policy under consideration — let PTB know that those of us who try to live within the limits of the law do that better by reading from the perspective of those who work as hard and honestly as you do to enforce the laws. There are some laws about which we are unaware, and you have brought some of them to light, which help me be not only more law-abiding, but in a better position to explain such matters to others. I do that a lot, and you have helped me more than you may realize.

    You have so much going for you with your strong family support, faith, dedication to fundraising for KTKC, sense of humor, and decency that it would be a travesty to withhold that from us. So please, PTB who may read this, do whatever you can to support further sharing, learning, and positive perceptions for those of us who benefit from your fine officer.

  12. As a civilian, I find your blog to be one of the most entertaining and informative, along with Momma Fargo’s (which I discovered through your links), and have been reading both sites regularly for a couple of years. The posts show both your dedication to the job, the enjoyment of the work, and sometimes the frustrations, which is one of the most important things for the public to know. A department that tries to muzzle its officers into publishing only “approved”content winds up hurting itself by trying to make everything look bland and peachy keen, with the sterilization of an administrative website, which the public will quickly detect as phoniness.

    The advantage of blogs like yours and Fargo’s is the public gets to see what the police really are– human beings with the same doubts, fears, and love for life as the rest of us. Good luck on the exam, and hope you and your fellow LEOs have many safe days.

  13. Y’know, Motorsergeantblog.com just doesn’t have the same ring to it…

    It doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily.

    But if you think it’s the right thing to do, break a leg…

  14. MC, Best of luck on both fronts. For the PTB crowd, let me tell them that I follow your writings avidly and while I don’ t always agree with you (and I have responded so), I have always enjoyed your writings and perspective. The PBT have nothing to fear in your honesty and humor.
    On the Sgt. exam, who of your readers does not want Soul Crusher with stripes in charge! Jack

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