An officer mentioned to me, “I read your blog post. If you didn’t know, back when RRT started in early 2000s, The department had 6 full squads (15-18 ofc s/squad). With mutual aid, four sheriff’s offices and the state troopers each sent squads.
I talked to a current RRT member who said they can barely muster 3 squads now. I think only the local SO still sends help.
If we still had outside agency help, our RDO wouldn’t have been cancelled. But what else can brass do? They have to cancel days off to supplement RRT with precinct MFF."
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RRT: Rapid Response Team. A hard geared riot squad trained for crowd control.
MFF: Mobile Field Force. When precinct officers equipped with helmets and batons are formed into temporary skirmish squads for crowd control.
RDO. Regular Days Off. An officer ‘s regularly scheduled days off.
On the corner of the precinct, between the sally port and the street, a young transient is sitting in the rain with his back against the building. I’ve talked to him before. He’s 1234. Every one is threatening to him, so he sits next to the precinct to feel safe. Walking over to my car, I greet him.
How ya doin’ tonight?
People treatin’ ya okay?
He meekly says, “No.”
“Officer, do you know if it suppose to rain all night?”
Yup. All night.
He’s huddled down into track jacket. He’ll be soaked and cold by morning.
"I tell you what, I’m going to do you a favor."
I open the trunk and pull out a large evidence bag, the one designed to hold backpacks, and pull out.
I flip open my Benchmade and say, I am going to make slit on the seem, eight from end.
His eyes get big, “Oh, you’re going to make me a poncho!”
I help it on him.
He says, “This is much better. This way, I am going to be dry.”