Oct 10, 2012, 03:54 PM
Saturday's Interaction w/ Police
I ventured out on Saturday to do a little MDing at a local park. I was cool and overcast with an occasional spitting of rain. The park was empty which was nice. I saw a patrol car pull in the lot, drive past me... turn around... stop at my truck... stop and then walk over to where I was. I had checked the city's website for rules against MDing and didn't see anything but I was still a bit nervous.
I had amassed a bag full of junk.. cans, parts of cans, pop tops, pull tabs, nails, screws, and even foil wrappers. The officer comes over and I take off my headphones, smile and wave hello. I said "Hey Officer" and he asks what I'm doing? "So far today it's been cleaning up all this trash" as I hold up my collection. He asked if I had dug all that up? "Yep except for the stuff I found on the surface. But I'm careful about filling the holes and replacing the divots when I dig." He smiled and said I can see that and thanks for pitching in to help.
The rain started a little heavier so I dropped off my trash and called it a day.
Oct 10, 2012, 03:57 PM
I LIKE SHINY THINGS
Oct 10, 2012, 04:39 PM
I thought while reading this it would be a bad ending but I was wrong. Nice surprise with an officer stopping and not hassling you. Wish they were all that way to us mding.
Oct 10, 2012, 04:39 PM
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Oct 10, 2012, 07:06 PM
I was pleased how it turned out. I was expecting to be kicked out even though I found nothing against MDing in the park. I am half tempted to keep a bag of trashy finds so I have something to show if it happens again!
Oct 10, 2012, 07:21 PM
jfeeney , excellent manners and detecting etiquette sir . A tip of the hat to you .
Oct 10, 2012, 08:11 PM
There's a lot of parks I've hunted, where we've had cops (or rangers, etc...) come up and see what we're doing. Like perhaps because we're hunting after dark, and they come to see what a person is doing in the park at night, etc.... And like your experience, most of the time, it's just curiosity. Oddly though, sometimes this happens in a place where, conversely, if you had asked enough desk-bound people, with the right combinations of buzz-words, perhaps you'd have gotten a "no", if you'd asked. But reality is, so long as you're not being a nuisance, no one would care.
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Oct 10, 2012, 08:59 PM
Glad it turned out that way. I have a lot of compassion for Law Enforcement but unfortunately many of the officers forget that their job is to uphold the constitution and enforce laws .....not create or alter them as they see fit. A good officer treats the public in exactly the same way he would want his family treated. Just like many things we do in life a few bad ones ruin the how the public view them all. Remember to cover them holes and pick up the trash and we all will be seen in a better light. Thanks for the good example you set.
Oct 10, 2012, 09:29 PM
Nice reply, you fended him off with kindness instead of being offended that he was asking about your activities. Hopefully because of that officer you live in a safer place ,good job. Happy hunting
Oct 10, 2012, 09:37 PM
You got lucky and had a run in with the rare breed of cop.Not many of them around anymore.Theyre being phased out.
Oct 10, 2012, 10:09 PM
Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!
I beg to differ with you, Red. As a career cop I know most will not hassle a detectorist. When I was a newbie, I hunted the Natl. Park, Jamestown, VA. I didn't know! As I came back to the parking lot, with detector in hand, the ranger asked if I found anything. I pulled out bottle caps, pieces of glass, food wrappers, .... and a great big gold earring! All he said was "Get outta here." The trash IS important! All should be so picked up. Better for all of us. TTC
The ground at home was covered with snow and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my Daddy called me a vet. . Still in Saigon, Charlie Daniels Band
Oct 10, 2012, 11:37 PM
Well done JF!
Really good story and thanks for sharing.
Originally Posted by jfeeney
I had this terrible feeling you were going to get harassed or ticketed so I am thrilled you got a pat on the back. I am following your lead and doing the same thing at my favorite dig sites.
Oct 11, 2012, 10:54 AM
That has happened several times to me over the years, it pays to pick up trash.
Two rules in life: Don't sweat the small stuff.
It's all small stuff.
Oct 11, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Oct 11, 2012, 12:18 PM
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When you have a lot of trash that you found in your pouch it goes a long way to ease tensions when you are detecting a place where maybe MD's aren't allowed. Doesn't hurt to carry a garbage bag with trash in it that you picked up too.
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