Having spent fourteen years as a judge, fifteen years training law enforcement officers, and fourteen years as a consultant on law enforcement practices and procedures in civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts, I know a good police officer when I see one. On Friday night I experienced policing that far exceeded the norm.
That evening I attended a dinner with some church friends. In returning home around nine o'clock I discovered that my 13-year-old dachshund, Dee Dee, was missing. It was obvious that because of her age and because of her diminished vision from cataracts, and being confused, she wandered off in the dark and could not find her way home. Neighbors and I searched the neighborhood to no avail. In the wee hours of the morning Sergeant Tony Gray called me inquiring if I was missing a little dog. Officer Jamie Ferrie had discovered Dee Dee on Lexington Road near the Bowling Alley and had her in custody. This was over a half a mile from where I live on Boone Trail. Dee Dee was returned to me within minutes, her tail wagging vigorously.