Thursday, March 15, 2012

It Started As A Stop

Think of a police officer and most people imagine a traffic officer asking for license and registration. As a street officer, this is a regular part of their daily working life. Most of the time traffic stops are done for the purpose enforcement or education. However, sometimes it starts as a basic traffic stop and turns into something so much more.

Recently, an observant officer noticed a vehicle which resembled a suspect vehicle related to an armed robbery series. In an effort to avoid unwanted attention from the officer, the driver failed to maintain a safe following distance from the car in front of him. The officer responded by conducting a traffic stop. That stop went from “routine” to case-cracking. It eventually lead to the arrest of the driver for two different armed robbery cases that occurred in Overland Park.

Funny how something as simple as following too closely can result in the capture of a bad guy.