First Responder Series: Law Enforcement
3 Things Your Law Enforcement First Responders Want You to Know
Today starts our series for September, “3 Things your First Responders Want You to Know.” We are starting off with our law enforcement first responders and our guest blogger is Lt. Cliff Ziesemer with Thurston County Sheriff’s Office in Thurston County, WA. In his many years in law enforcement, Lt. Ziesemer has come across some valuable tips that can help everyone. Today he is giving the public a firsthand look at 3 things that law enforcement want you to know.
- Emergencies vs. Non-Emergencies: If you are a victim to a crime or a witness to a crime, please call 911 if it is an emergency; for non-emergency situations, call the business line. Law enforcement officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year in every community to respond to your calls. Also, call the police if you see something suspicious that is out of the ordinary where you are at. A person lurking around your neighbor’s home that you have never seen before, or someone going through mailboxes are just a few examples to call 911. Each police office in our country has a non-emergency phone number, this can be called instead of 911 for less critical incidents that still need to be handled. By calling the non-emergency line when necessary, you free up the 911 lines for emergencies.
- Crime Prevention: Lock your homes and cars and remove valuables from your car, even when parked in your driveway. It only takes a few seconds for someone to steal your valuables. Also, turn outside lights on during the night to deter criminals; the more light that is around your home, the more easily a criminal is seen. Know who your neighbors are, know what they drive and when they are usually not at home. Some think this is being nosey, but in all actuality, it is being a good neighbor. Most home invasions are noticed by neighbors. Thanks to observant neighbors, it is not unusual for police to respond to these types of calls and catch criminals in the act.
- Witness: Your law enforcement cannot be in every neighborhood at the same time, so the citizens become the eyes and ears. If you see a crime or something suspicious, be a good witness by watching and listening from a safe distance. Try to use your camera on your cell phone, if you can, in a safe manner to record what you see and present it to law enforcement when they arrive.
Citizen safety and security is something that the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and every law enforcement officer takes very seriously. They are here to protect our communities and make a positive impact on our society. Thank you to Lt. Ziesemer for providing us with tips that will help the public to better prevent emergencies and know what to do in the event they experience one. Saying thank you is a great start to showing our appreciation for the everyday heroes of our community. Join us tomorrow as Chief Harrell gives us 3 things that fire first responders want us to know.