Behind the Badge: On the Street with Lincoln Police

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email

Whether it's taking down drug dealers or slowing down drivers, Lincoln Police officers put their lives on the line every day.

Angela Moorehouse is the latest to take on that responsibility. She's three months into her field training. This is where everything she's taught in the academy comes together.

"It's getting easier," Angela said. "I always find myself in situations I haven't been in yet. It's hard to remember everything because that's 22 weeks of learning things we had to do. But it's definitely getting easier to deal with people."

Any given night starts with routine police work, on this night it's canvassing a neighborhood after a burglary and enforcing traffic laws.

Angela stops a woman for going seven over the speed limit. This time the driver gets off with a warning.

"I felt a warning was warranted in this situation for the 7 over," Angela said.

Angela is ready for anything. She has to be. Even a simple traffic stop can turn into so much more.

She pulls over a car that failed to signal it's lane change. The overwhelming smell of marijuana is the first clue there is more going on inside this car.

"I asked her if there was anything in the car. She did consent to a search of the car," Angela said.

A few minutes later, after a search of the car, Angela finds a glass pipe with marijuana residue. Neither the driver or the passenger have a valid license. Then, there's another twist in the case.

"Her passenger admitted it was his. He had a warrant. We took him and lodged him," Angela said.

The offender ends up in jail on a warrant, something Angela deals with daily.

"There's so much going on. She's driving under suspension, but I can smell the marijuana so I have to know it's OK to search the vehicle, then figure out who it belongs to. There is so much to remember and we learned all that in the academy," Angela said.

Sometimes a routine night is not so routine. This night, the narcotics task force serves a search warrant. Angela is extra back up. The other officers rely on her quick decisions.

Her field training officer Tarvis Banks says she's right where she needs to be.

"Right now she is working through a lot of things, not smooth, but it's there. She knows what she is doing," Banks said. "She knows what she needs to do. It's just the process of making that connection from the classroom work to actual real life application."

With only two months before she's on her own, Angela knows she made the right decision.

"Not everybody gets to do their dream job," Angela said.


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