Murphy's Law for Law Enforcement New uniforms and ties attract catsup and gravy stains. Court will be scheduled in the middle of your days off. Hot calls will only come over the air 10 minutes before the end of your shift. You will never get the urge to use the bathroom until you have left the station. Surprise inspections will only occur after you have been in a foot pursuit through mud. The Mayor will get a traffic ticket the day before your department negotiates for a salary increase. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Also the harder they punch, kick and choke. Never search a dark warehouse with a cop whose nickname is "Boom-Boom". If you park your patrol car in the exact center of the Gobi desert, within 5 minutes someone will pull up and ask for direction. Coffee machines only brake down on the graveyard shift. Pens never leak onto old uniform shirts. You will only forget to go to court when the case is presided over by the meanest Judge in town. To error is human, to forgive is against department policy. You will find a "police discount" one day before payday. Shatterproof flashlights seldom are. You will remain in perfect health until your days off. Glow in the dark sights are just as visible to you as they are to the crook hiding behind you. No patrol car assigned to you will be clean and never have a full tank of gas. Wearing white socks makes boot zippers break. The oldest squad car won't be retired. It will be assigned to you. Coffee jitters will never bother you until firearm qualification day. Flashlight batteries never die in the daylight hours. Your mouthiest traffic violator will be related to the sheriff. You will score no higher than fourth on a promotion exam with only three positions. If the crooks are within pistol range, so are you. The speed you respond to a fight in progress is inversely proportional to how long you have been an officer. Perfect 10's only show up to talk when you are busy. Bullet proof vests might be. The number of citizen that approach you during lunch is inversely proportional to the amount of time you have to eat. Your portable radio will never fail until you are involved in a foot pursuit. Vehicle pursuits always progress from areas of low traffic density to high traffic density. Your pen will only run out of ink when you are ready to write a ticket. NCIC will be down anytime you see a car listed on a hot sheet. Old squad cars never die, they just smell that way. You will never get a bomb threat call until the squad is away on training. The experience of your DA is inversely proportional to the importance of the case he is prosecuting. Word processors only delete reports when they are nearly done. Your bullet proof vest was supplied by the lowest bidder. You receive a subpoena for a major felony case for the first day of your paid for, non-refundable vacation. In a physical confrontation involving more than one officer, any impact weapon used will strike cops more times than crooks. Do unto others, but do it first. Eat right, Exercise, Die anyway. You will be caller into work on your day off when your family has planned a party at the lake. Your squad car will only break down when you are outside your beat. Waterproof boots aren't. You will be flagged down by a citizen when you are on your way to the PD with a bad case of diareah. You will only be stopped for speeding off duty when you have forgotten your badge and DL Freebees will only arrive at the station on your days off. There will be no parking spaces around the court house when you are running late to appear. There is an inverse relationship between the number of auto club stickers on a rear bumper and how well the person drives. You are ALWAYS downwind from pepper spray. You will only be subpoenaed to court at 0900 hrs in the morning after working an 18 hour day. To err is human, just do it in front of as few people as possible! Anyone that flirts with you on-duty won't even recognize you off-duty. The hardest job for a Hostage Negotiator is to negotiate with the crisis committee! No one's idea is a good idea until it becomes another's idea...usually the Chief's If your patrol car's air is out the suspect will smell worse than a wet dog. On the nights where you have to go grocery shopping in uniform, you will get pissed on by a drunk. When your in a hurry, that is when all slow and "lack of attention" drivers are driving on the road. You always have a big use of force on your Friday before your vacation. Never respond to a domestic with anyone braver than you If your raid is going well, you're at the wrong house The one time you cuss on the radio, your chief will be listening Your overheads and siren will only fail during a pursuit You will only roll through a stop sign when your Chief is sitting at the other side of the intersection K-9 unites only do stupid thing's in public The day you let your girlfriend ride out with you, your wife comes by the station to visit. Court will be cancelled only after you have changed all your plans to be there. You will be decorated for stupidity, and busted for brilliant work. When closing the Sally Port door, if a fellow officers car is under it pushing the stop button will only slow it down. Field experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire. Anything that you do can get you shot - including doing nothing! The first sip from the first coffee of your shift always triggers the dispatcher to send you on a call usually an emergency or something that will cause the coffee to go cold before you can return to it. You will only lock yourself out of your cruiser when a Supervisor is on scene, about to arrive on scene or is the only person available to fetch the spare set of keys from the station. Putting in a request to go home early is the best way to jinx yourself and end up on overtime. It will always be busy as hell when you don't feel like doing anything and will always be dead as heck when you are out looking for something to do. Just when you are thinking about making a pit stop in case they call you for an emergency they'll call you for an emergency. Crime only occurs on days that end in y You will only talk bad about another officer when they are standing behind you. The more a weapon costs, the farther you will have to send it away to be repaired. You will run out of road flares on the foggiest or darkest night of the year Don't think of it as being outnumbered and surrounded, think of it as a really low risk of ammunition wastage. When placing cuffs on a suspect, you will always close them to the point that it takes half an hour to back them up so blood can circulate. The one time you wake up late and don't have time to iron your uniform is the one time the chief comes to roll call. Your transmission will work just fine, until you get into a chase. The only time Chief's come out from behind their desk is to overreact! After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done. You will only get a citizen complaint when your video camera or tape recorder is broken. Your cars AM/FM radio will only go out when you have had only 4 hours of sleep before your shift. Your radar will only malfunction when you see a car you know is going over 100 MPH You will always get a "Hot" call at the same moment you realize your weapon is still in the gun locker back at the jail. For every good deed done there is a Lawyer to undo it.