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Discussion in 'Local Government and Groups' started by Liv'smom, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. SHELLY

    SHELLY SoWal Insider

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    Do NOT let your guard down just because you live in an "undeveloped" area of SoWal.

    The SoWal population includes A LOT of transients--vacationers, maintenance folks, construction workers. You know, by the sinking feeling you felt in your gut when you found out that your 9 & 2 year old children climbed into and out of the car without your knowledge, something was amiss. You've been given the gift of a do-over; you've obviously learned a lesson.

    As much as the cop wanted to be "officer friendly," his lack of judgement needs to be addressed by his superiors. He should be made to visit area schools and pre-schools (on his own time if necessary) and present lectures on "Stranger Danger."

    I also mourn the loss of the safety and security we once felt not so long ago--but like you said, the times HAVE changed. A couple of days ago a man exposed himself to a girl at Destin Target. The nuts are out there, and they come in all varieties: tourists, cops, teachers, wealthy retirees, construction workers, and Florida Congressmen. Sadly, we must put tighter restrictions on our children in order to protect them.
     
  2. Liv'smom

    Liv'smom Beach Lover

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    You got that right sister/brother?!!!
     
  3. peapod1980

    peapod1980 percy

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    ^5, I thought the same thing but was trying to restrain myself. :floor:
     
  4. Mango

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    Wow, this thread got me upset. You have to report this man. What was he doing driving around your neighborhood anyway if there is no one or anything going on?
    Reporting this will ensure that he is watched further. You may prevent this from happening to another child who may not be so lucky. He could be building trust, and then who knows, he shows up at your child's school and because she has seen him before gets in the car with her friends.
    This kind of warning isn't just for children either. Soemtimes adults have to be leery of the police as well.
    I reported an officer that didn't sit right with me (won't get into the details) but had I not ID'ed him, he may not have been caught for commiting a horrific crime.
    Ok, I am done ranting. ;-) Going to take a walk on the beautiful SoWal beach now.
     
  5. Ocean Lover

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    Last Sunday we were at Dylan's football game. The field is in a big open space near the woods and a river. My MIL was there with my 5 year old nephew. It was really hot and there was a nice shady area about 150-200 yards from where we were. She told him to run over there and rest under a tree. At the time I was watching the game and wasn't really paying attention. I saw him walking over there. I told MIL I didn't think that was a very good idea-anyone could come right out of the woods and grab him and we'd never make it there in time to get him even if we were watching. She thought I was crazy. BUT she did call him back. :D I told her you just can't take any chances now a days.
     
  6. Bob

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    When I was a kid, living in the "world's most famous beach", my mother had the bad fortune of being caught in the middle of a 7-11 robbery. The police had the horrendously poor judgement of driving one of the suspects to our neighborhood, dragging him "literally" out of the squad car, and standing him up in our front yard. The boneheaded explanation was that they needed a quick ID. My father was so upset, I thought he was going to be arrested. I believe this "officer" needs a written reprimand and an interview with a professional who could screen him for pedophile tendecies. Walton County should also have a letter of warning from your attorney.
     
  7. Allifunn

    Allifunn FunnChef - AlisonCooks.com

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    EXACTLY!!!
    EXACTLY!!!!
    Mother & daughter think alike...and they are GREAT parents!!!!:D
     
  8. Diane4145

    Diane4145 Beach Fanatic

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    The officer may very well have had good intentions, but he CAN'T do that!:bang: With idiots impersonating an officer, etc... this is unacceptable! I also would've been mortified, as a parent! Geez, I am! I wanted to send Sheriff Johnson this SOWAL link, but couldn't. I think that it was due to my computer and script issues. Here is their website, for you to contact him. http://waltonso.org It might be beneficial for the Sheriff, to see these postings! Like someone else mentioned, a deputy could even be accused of a molestation!:eek:
     
  9. scrltbegonya

    scrltbegonya Beach Fanatic

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    I'm not sure I agree...would you rather have them sitting at the local donut shop? They should be driving around making sure things are status quo. Being pro-active.

    That is, assuming they are GOOD COPS, driving around doing GOOD things and watching for BAD INCIDENTS - not causing them.
     
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  10. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Excellent idea. It seems that everyone is giving this "officer" the benefit of the doubt. We are a fairly nice society, so that is not unusual, but what if this guy is a sexual predator, who just happens to be a cop?
     
  11. SHELLY

    SHELLY SoWal Insider

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    Driving around making sure things are "status quo" doesn't mean you "invite" a little girl and her 2 year-old brother into your squad car to blow the siren. The fact that SoWal is peppered with "cartoon villages" doesn't mean that its police officers should become caricature cops from the 1950's.

    The pro-active approach would have been for the cop to go up to the door of the house and gently remind the occupants that it may not be wise to have the young children playing unsupervised on the front lawn.

    Another post hit it right on the head...many sad endings begin with a slow "grooming" process of the children to the point where they eventually willing go along with their new "friend."

    Liv'smom, you've done the right thing by going with your gut and reporting this incident--give the kids an extra hug, say a silent prayer of thanks, and put it behind you.
     
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  12. scrltbegonya

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  13. Diane4145

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    It's kinda hard to imagine a parent, with this viewpoint!:dunno: Are you one? An officer can do a great job and participate in his community, without this serious lapse in judgement! No matter how ya paint this, it's unacceptable in today's day and age!:nono1:
     
  14. scrltbegonya

    scrltbegonya Beach Fanatic

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    Do I have to be a parent to be concerned? I am in no way disqualifying the fact that it was a bad choice on the cop's part. I wouldn't want him soliciting car rides, siren thrills, etc to my children, my neighbor's kids or even my dog. BUT, I am saying that they have every right and should drive around to make sure things are good in the hood - given they are good cops with good intentions. As I said before, That is, assuming they are GOOD COPS, driving around doing GOOD things and watching for BAD INCIDENTS - not causing them
     
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  15. water baby

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    Honestly, if the guy was just honestly being a 'nice guy,' I don't see any reason why he would be upset with you wondering about your child's safety. Think about it, you make a call informing your local police dept. about what happened, and it was completely innocent, no problem. He'd probably be glad you are a responsible parent. On the other hand, you don't make the call and it happens to someone else's child, with a less positive outcome. Which situation would you rather live with? Personally, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
     
  16. InletBchDweller

    InletBchDweller SoWal Insider

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    Wow! What a thread! After living in Inlet Beach for 6 years and vacationing here since 1977 this is home to me. The neighborhood has changed (IMHO)... the most in the past 2 years. (development)
    To be honest I have never once been frightened in this neighborhood, and believe me there are some strange ones that live here full time. I have ALWAYS been happy with the Sherrifs presence in/on our street. They patrol the neighborhood, stop and talk to residents, etc. I always thought of it as a good thing and still do.
    BUT, I COMPLETELY understand your concern, and tommorow little IBD is getting a talk. I do let her ride her bike on our driveway when I am inside and this has raised me to think about how sad it is that our kids cant play like we used to.:sosad:
    I think the Sheriff's office should be called just to let them know.
    Please let us know what you find out.....
     
  17. Paula

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    Liv's mom. Definitely call the sheriff's department and let them know. And please tell us what the sheiff's office says about the situation and let them know the date and time and location so they can track down the officer.

    We've told our kids not to go with a police officer or even a security guard even at a mall/school because they could be fake officers or security guards. They should go to someone in charge at the store/principal's office and they should call us first. We tell them we'd stand by them if they got in trouble for not going with a guard/officer. I don't really know what they would do, but we've done our best to warn them. It's too bad we have to think like this, but after reading about sexual abuse in the churches, schools, and some people posing as officers to rob people or whatever, you can't be too careful. And, there are convicted sexual predators living in too many communities, including in vacation communities.

    Oprah did a show once where she went to a park while parents were with their kids and, while the kids were playing behind them in the play yard, she asked the parents if they thought their kids would go with a stranger. Most parents said "no" and that they had told the kids to stay away from strangers. in the background, one of Oprah's staff members pretended to be someone asking the kids to come to his car to see the puppies (or something like that). Most kids went, even as their parents were saying they told their kids not to go with strangers. It was a very scary show.
     
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  18. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Well said. :clap_1:
     
  19. yippie

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    The Bubba Patrol at it's finest moment!

    No one has to take an intellegence test to become a deputy around here. Of all people, the law enforcement should never approach a child like that. It is all over the papers about child abductions, etc. If the deputy had an sense, he would realize it would frighten a parent for him to do that!!

    If he really wanted to show the children his patrol car, then he / she should have come knocked on your door, or ask the children to go get you.

    There have been several deputy's get in trouble for various things.

    I would trip over the furniture to get to the phone to report this person!
     
  20. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Better still, have a Sheriff's Unit at a fair or other public event and allow kids to see all the bells and whistles in a public forum. Maybe even bring a fire truck.

    It ain't rocket sience.
     

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