When we were in Birmingham over Labor Day we ate dinner at this tiny family owned Italian restaurant in the Mountain Brook area. Locals were in and out. Everyone knew everyone's name. This officer comes in and gets his order. While he is waiting he is visiting with the hostess. Sam was mesmerized by him and asked him a question about what was on his belt. That led to an invitation to the police station the next day for a private tour. Now...we weren't expecting much. Zeb and I actually almost didn't take him. I AM SO GLAD WE DID!!! Thank you so much Officer Sulenski. You have made his year!
The first part of the tour was in the jail command room. From this room they can open and shut doors in the jail and they observe the people in the jail.
These are the evidence lockers.
The gun room (can't remember what he called it)
This is in the swat team room. We learned that the swat car is an old ambulance. This man was the breecher. (the guy who bangs down the doors) He showed Sam all the various equipment that a Swat team member needs.
And he waited on Sam to check his car in for the day.
He taught Sam to walk around the car and make sure there are no new dents.
To check the back to make sure there are cones, a fire extinguisher, and a tool to unlock cars.
They had to check the sirens and the lights too, of course!
He gave Sam this cool "real" badge and told him that if he was going to wear it he had to promise to "always tell the truth and to make good choices."
showing off his badge
Sam was appalled that I had only packed his T-shirt and not his full uniform for the trip. The very first thing he did when we got home was to uniform up! He's ready!