A few weeks ago, I was dispatched to an alarm at a residence. Totally common and 99% of the time not a legit alarm. I happened to pull up to the residence right behind the homeowner. It appeared her husband had left the side door to the garage unlocked and the wind blew it open and activated the alarm. No biggie. The door from the garage to the house is also unlocked, but closed.
I’m already there and we’re big on public relations, so I decided to check the interior just to make sure everything was kosher. I told the homeowner, “I’m gonna check the inside. Just wait here and I’ll be right back.” I drew my gun, announced my presence and entered the house. Everything was as it should be. That is to say, nothing appeared ransacked or out of order. This house, much like your house, I assume, was not a long hallway with one door at the end. Rather, it had a few twists and turns and multiple rooms.
I say this because once I left the garage, I no longer have a visual on the homeowner. As I get to the last bedroom, I see nothing unusual, so I holster my gun and start to return to the garage. Now I hear movement immediately around the corner and a voice talking. It’s the homeowner. You know, the one I told to stay in the garage. So I don’t shoot her. *Sigh*
I didn’t point my gun at her or anything, but I did deliver a bit of a lecture about doing what the guy with the gun and badge tells you to do. You might not understand the reasoning behind it. That’s okay. You don’t need to. All you need to do is what the guy with the gun and the badge tells you to do. Pretty fucking simple, you ask me.
See, this avoids me (or more likely a more jumpy/less experienced officer) mistaking you for an intruder and putting a nice .40-size hole in your chest. Now, I know this may seem a tad reactionary. I understand. My point here is to educate. Whenever the guy with the gun and badge tells you to do something, just assume it’s either for your safety, his/her safety, or a combination thereof, ‘mkay? Excellent.