Red Line

We have a few areas on base that people are not allowed into without specific forms of identification.  Some of these areas are marked by red lines.  We actually had a guy drive across one of these red lines last night.  And he gives us attitude for it.  Excuse me? What is with the attitude?! The guy was the one stupid enough not to notice the red line. 

He said it had been several months since the last time he had been over there.  Granted, things have changed a little bit, but how does one not notice the plane that would not have been there before? He said no one tried to warn him or stop him from crossing the red line.  Well, I assumed the red line was rather obvious.  Plus, myself and the other patrol nearby were preoccupied with other duties at the time.  Sure, we were close, but we were busy.  Also, it is not our job to babysit people to make sure they do not cross this red line.  If we can stop them, great, but it is not really high on our priorities.  If the guy breaks red, then he has our undivided attention.  That does not seem fair, does it? Well, that is how things work.  He claimed the area was poorly lit.  How? I have no problem seeing the red line.  It cannot get any brighter out there unless they put more stadium lights out there, which I do not want.

If the other patrol had told me he was given attitude from the beginning, I would have taken the idiot up to the desk and processed him up there instead of doing him a favor and doing all the paperwork on scene.  Every now and again, I get so frustrated with the knuckleheads we deal with in our job, that I just want to get the paperwork done and hand the person off to their chain of command.  Still, I am thinking of either adding things on if they want to give attitude, or making them rather uncomfortable.  I doubt this idiot would have liked being up at the Law Enforcement Desk and answering to my flight chief and the desk sergeants, too.

At least the leadership seemed happy that we stopped him quickly and got him out of the area.  He did not get far.  That made things a bit easier.  This incident showed me a couple of things I need to bring up to the new troops we have, too.  Gotta love hindsight.

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About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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