Though exempt, police urged to use headsets

Full story: Daily Democrat

Milissa Santos spotted the San Jose cop in the next lane chatting on his cell phone as she drove down Meridian Avenue a couple of weeks ago.
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1 - 16 of 16 Comments Last updated Jul 22, 2011
handsfreeinwoodl and

Petaluma, CA

#1 Aug 7, 2008
Noticed that with CHP two days after the law was in effect which I found ironic that we couldn't do this and that. Makes you wonder what's next law they're going to pass.
C_BASS

United States

#2 Aug 7, 2008
Thats funny cops exempt from law. Woodland police must be exempt from stop signs, using turn signals, following basic traffic laws too. Special group huh!
woodlander

Oakley, CA

#3 Aug 7, 2008
You to have noticed Woodland Police do not follow traffic laws.My mother lives on Lincoln ,they are always ,and I mean always speeding on that street,and I have never seen them with the lights on.
no so fast

United States

#4 Aug 7, 2008
Like the movie Super Bad the police turn on their lights just as they are about to enter a red light
Personal Resp

North Highlands, CA

#5 Aug 7, 2008
Lots of libs on this anonymous blog site. Next time you need the police to come save your rear end, don't call them. Instead call your lib friends and see how much gets done.
Sam

Petaluma, CA

#6 Aug 7, 2008
Personal Resp wrote:
Lots of libs on this anonymous blog site. Next time you need the police to come save your rear end, don't call them. Instead call your lib friends and see how much gets done.
I assume you won't need the police. It's your "Personal Resp"onsibility to protect yourself? Or is it that everyone should be "Personally resp"onsible except Police. They can do whatever they want. Don't throw stones.
stand up

Yuba City, CA

#7 Aug 7, 2008
police are exempt for a reason and if you have read the story you would have known why. You do not do the same police that officer do, so don't expect to get treated the same. Everyone complains that offices drive too fast, but want them to show up at their doors quickly when you need them. I wish these complainers don't don't call the police, so they are free to help me if I need them. I don't complain about how police do their jobs. I hate when people complain when they don't like how police do their jobs.
woodlander

Oakley, CA

#8 Aug 7, 2008
I am saying if they are driving to a emergency please use your red lights then we know you are not just speeding and are on your way to help someone.Not just speeding because you are in a police car.
Citizen of Woodland

United States

#9 Aug 7, 2008
I agree with "woodlander." I have nothing but the HIGHEST respect for ALL police officers...I have been in a situation where I needed them and they immediately showed up....but let's be realistic. I see cops speed ALL THE TIME and if they are going to help someone...why arent their lights turned on?? Isn't that proper procedure...to have your lights on when responding to a call? I also see them run red lights, run stop signs, dont use their blinker and yes talk on the phone...these are all LAWS that common people are supposed to be following...the police should want to set an EXAMPLE...especially to the young kids who are sooo impressionable...if they see the cops breaking the law, then they will assume its ok to break the law as well. Not all cops abuse the power but there are quite a few. I value our police but let's keep it real...they use their "power" to do as they please and because they know they can get away with it.
I wonder

Woodland, CA

#10 Aug 7, 2008
There are a lot of comments about cops speeding without lights on - apparently you guys no nothing about policies....they CAN'T go to every call with lights and sirens. They may be en route to a call that doesn't meet the policy for lights and sirens or a "C3" response. For example, 1 policy is that when rollin' C3 they still need to yield at intersections and sound their "horn" to let on comers know they are about to enter the intersection...I don't understand why so many people assume that all cops are up to no good..If you think a cop is doing something questionable you have every right to call and ask...
get real

Woodland, CA

#11 Aug 8, 2008
if you knew anything about how the police work you'd not be so judgemental. the officers follow policy when they respond without lights at a higher rate of speed, unless they are called c3 for cover or a priority call they are not allowed to use their lights & sirens,,,it is against policy...they do on occasion use a short burst of lights & siren to clear an intersection (for the safety of citizens) when they are enroute to a priority call that is not a c3 call. they also have in ear radio recievers & you cannot use a hands free headset over the top of an exsisting earpiece, and if you put that hands free headset in the other ear you have a safety issue (they wont be able to hear traffic around them). I have been a dispatcher for 13 years & have had to use cell phone for contact for numerous reasons, many times due to the fact that radio frequencys are now available to one & all(the bad guys included) sometimes the information recieved via cell phone is what keeps the officers & citizens from being harmed.
Rodney King

Sacramento, CA

#12 Aug 8, 2008
Why can't we all just get along......
Citizen of Woodland

Davis, CA

#13 Aug 8, 2008
blah blah blah....BE AN EXAMPLE. OBEY THE LAW...even if you are a cop
two over par

Woodland, CA

#14 Aug 8, 2008
citizen of woodland...read the story!! They ARE obeying the law...THEY ARE EXEMPT FROM THE LAW...Police officers have radios with ear jacks for the POLICE RADIO...how in the hell can they also have blue tooth??? Pull your head out of your rear and read the freaking story.
Whiners

Woodland, CA

#15 Aug 9, 2008
Citizen of Woodland wrote:
blah blah blah....BE AN EXAMPLE. OBEY THE LAW...even if you are a cop
You will be the first one to complain when that cop shows up a minutes late to one of your not quite an emergency situations.
magicman

Irvine, CA

#16 Jul 22, 2011
In addition to the other posters, I should mention that LEOs might not want to use an alarm because they need to get to a destination without alerting subjects.

Or, maybe they just don't want to disturb the flow of traffic and force everyone to pull over.

Perhaps they just want to get from point A to point B quicker, what is wrong with that? They have had additional training, and I would think that the less time they spend driving, the more time that they would have to do things more important.

And regarding the original topic of headsets, some departments already issue headsets for the radios, so having another headset in their ear would be a safety issue. Furthermore, headsets are just one more thing that an officer has to remember to place in his ear, charge, or is just additional gear that can be lost or misplaced in a scuffle.

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