Daily Archives: April 18, 2012


Happy to be proven wrong

Posted by Eastside Stories: Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop “Tap, Tap, Tap.” I jolted up, and nearly spilled a half cup of lukewarm Tim Horton’s double-double into my lap. They train you at the police academy to always be alert when you’re on the street. They call it keeping your head on a swivel. If your head’s on a swivel, you’re always on the look-out for the guy on the corner doing a quick drug deal. You’ve always got an eye out for the guy trying door handles, or for the guy up the street who just did the one-eighty because he has a warrant. Most importantly, if your head’s on a swivel, you’re always looking out for dangerous situations, like someone who may want to sneak up from behind and hurt you. Or, in this case, for a 95-pound waif tapping your patrol car window with the point of her umbrella. “What happened?” she asked, pointing her umbrella toward the ribbon of yellow police tape strung up across the entrance to the south lane of the 1oo East Hastings. I’d been parked there for the past hour and a half, making sure nobody got past the tape. It’s a […]