IllE Gateway • volume xcviii number 10
Furnished with a molded plastic seat and drains
in the floor in case of blood, urine, or Listerite
vomit, your worry if you get arrested shouldn't
be the upcoming charges, but whether you’ll ever
feel your ass again after the ride to the station.
Only hours earlier, a man had been picked up on campus for several
province-wide warrants. Although he wasn’t a shirt less, drunken hillbilly,
the night had suddenly become more TV-worthy.
Once again, it's time to head out. this time with Sgt Roth. Now an MBA
grad student, lie’s worked for CSS since the early '90s. As we head out into
the dark night, I can’t help but notice the looks that drunk co-eds give the
passing cop car. Tension is high—something almost laughable consider¬
ing that many officers for CSS are surpris¬
ingly easygoing i n their jobs and probably
enjoyed the antics of the cops in Super (ITATq T_ —
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checking out Michener Park, an off- 1 rtrtA AAA
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By midnight, we've arrived at the RV, UcUPiwi
and my hopes are lifted. The vehicle is
old and somewhat tattered, and painted
brown and beige—a trailer park special.
Ryan and 1 exchange glances and get out of the vehicle, expecting a good
show. However, once again, the situation is hardly Hollywood-esque: it’s
just a tennis player with an early-morning game. Although I remain suspi¬
cious more out of hope for action titan anything else, Sgt Roth just tells the
man to unplug the RV and move into a better-lit area.
At 12:18am. a guy is caught urinating right outside the CSS office. Sgt
Roth just shakes his head. With other officers on the scene, we lease to
check up on the frat houses. The Dekes' party is already over. Turns out I
was right: frats really are lame.
By 12:30am, with little to do. we hit HUB on foot. As the end of the
LRT line, it’s well-known to CSS for late night "sleepers." and I find myself
wishing for a hobo. Sadly, only the cleaning crew remains.
To break the boredom. Sgt Roth staris telling some of the many stories
from his long career. As we pass Humanities, lie recalls arresting a man on
the roof of the building. It turns out he was a university staff member with
a video camera "borrowed" from Business, making some home movies of
girls in their HUB apartments.
"It was really awkward arresting a staff person, someone that I knew,
for that.” Roth recalls
The night continues on quietly, and Sgt Roth begins pointing out tlte
various love-nests around campus. Although the fourth floor of Rutherford
instantly comes to mind. Sgt Roth has
stumbled on homy undergrads all over
campus, including in the top floor
Stairwell of Tory, and, naturally, those
steaming up their cars—especially
on the top floors of the Windsor and
Education Carparks. I thank him for all
By i :23am. die storytelling is put
on pause as we stumble across over a
vehicle going the wrong way down
a one-way street in East Campus
Village—apparently a popular occur¬
rence tonight. Sgt Roth flashes the lights
and pulls die kid’s license to check for
outstanding warrants or a suspended
license. He's clean, and is let go with¬
out a tickec
As we finish, a motion alarm sounds
in RATT. We swerve into action and
meet up with another officer. Dallas,
on the main floor of SUB before get¬
ting in the elevator. The elevator doors
open, and Sgt Roth and Dallas search
the now-empty, bar. Sadly, it was a
false alarm. The only offence in RATT that night was slow service.
Sgt Roth calls a 10-8 on the radio at 2am. Time for a coffee break. And
for Ryan and me, the night is over.
We head to the only coffee place still open on campus at 2 in the morn¬
ing: Tim Hortons, naturally. Despite the stereotype, most only order a
strong coffee. Although our night is done, there's still five hours left in the
shift for Sgt Roth and the other officers of E Section.
The men and women of CSS don't reflect any of the preconceived ste¬
reotypes I had of them. Far from arrogant rent-a-cops. they're experienced
professionals who legitimately enjoy and care about what they do without
any sort of malicious intent. In fact, during the night, not a single ticket was
banded out for any infraction.
"We're not here to screw anyone,” says Officer Clay, another- member of
Section E. "We’re here to keep [students] safe and their stuff safe." G
■ STAYING SAFE ON CAMPUS
1 REALIZE that the campus does not exist in
its own little bubble. Although it may be your
home for eight months of the year, it's still in
the middlecf the city. Serious crimes, such as
assault or robbery, rarely happen on campus,
but you should still use common sense, as they
are frequent in Edmonton.
2 USE the programs designed to keep you
safe. Safewalk operates from 7pm-12:30am
Monday through Thursday, and can be
reached at 4-WAIK-ME. Safewalk will escort
you in or around campus. If you can't reach
Safewalk. CSS will escort you across campus,
although you might have to wait for a bit. The
Lone Worker Program is operated by CSS. If
you're working alone on campus, you can
register with CSS. and they'll check up on you
either via phone or in person to ensure you're
okay. It runs from 10pm-7am Monday through
Friday, and 24 hours on weekends and holi¬
days and can be reached at 492-5252.
3 WALK in groups. Before you go out, tell
someone where you're going and when to
expect you back.
■ AVOIDING A TICKET
1 DON'T be a jackass. This may be self explan¬
atory. but giving a ticket is at the officer's direc¬
tion, and they have no wish to ticket a nice guy.
On the other hand, they're still people, and
nobody likes a jerk. Sometimes, kissing ass is
better than losing $150.
2 DON'T get nervous when the officer returns
to his car. For every traffic stop, they return to
the car to check for suspended licenses, pro¬
vincial warrants, and to see whether you've
had a run-in with them before. This is routine
and completely normal.
3 DON’T PANIC if it's your first run-in with
5-0, you're almost definitely in the clear. Even
if it's happened once before, you're probably
still good. Just relax and wait for the officer to
return with the news. It's the people who are
stopped so frequently that the officers know
them by name that have to be more careful