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Cruiser Surfing--The New Police Sport!

D.C. resident Jason Lamberton, a former faculty member at Gallaudet University, happened to be looking out his window when what should come rolling down the street but a caravan of Metropolitan Police cruisers, with a uniformed cop riding atop the hood of the lead car. Yeeee-hah!

Lamberton grabbed his new camera, a Christmas gift from mom and dad, and managed to shoot a few snaps of the joy ride, which he promptly posted to his blog.

Who says Washington is a wonkish town?

By Marc Fisher |  January 18, 2006; 8:13 PM ET
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At 17th and S on Saturday, I saw a firefighter standing on top of the engine while they were at a call there. It wasn't moving. Saturday was really windy, and he looked to be enjoying trying to stay on top of the engine in the breeze. Alas, I didn't have my camera, so no picture. Must be a new challenge for those in uniform in the city.

Posted by: kate | January 19, 2006 11:05 AM

I would really liked to know if these police officers were fired from their jobs. Obviously they don't take their jobs seriously, they really need to stop acting like clowns.
This would never happen in Fairfax

Posted by: Sager | January 20, 2006 3:39 PM

A little fun on the job is the least of our concerns about the police. I think this kind of humanizes them.

There's a LOT of things that never happen in Fairfax.

Posted by: DCGuy | January 27, 2006 1:08 PM

Turns out he had finished a pursuit and was being lifted back to his squad car. You know his buddy said 'Hop on! C'mon!' Cut 'em some slack. He was going back to his squad car and had a little fun with it. These guys face bullets every day, lets not make thier jobs any more grim.

Posted by: NECapHill | January 27, 2006 1:16 PM


A deaf friend of mine who used to work for the police department here in DC gave me some insider info- her old boss at the precinct told her that six officers got suspended without pay for a month, and 2 received charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and a loss of rank. Wow!

Posted by: jasonlamby | January 30, 2006 4:53 AM


What if a car hit the cruiser when it ran the stop sign, killing the surfing cop? That would be much, much grimer than not cutting them some slack. 8th street doesn't have a stop sign where it intersects I street, which has a stop sign. The cops ran that stop sign. Different than a 4-way stop sign. Thank God that that cop had fun on that joyride rather than getting hurt or worse.

The reason I don't find it amusing like many others is because of my childhood friend who did the same thing and almost died. Moreover, think of the DC kids, if they see a cop surfing a car, I guarantee you that some of them will try the same thing. Cops are supposed to be role models, not joyriders.

Posted by: jasonlamby | January 30, 2006 4:58 AM

I HAVE LIVED IN FORT LAUDERDALE FOR 20 YRS.
THERE HAS NOTHING BUT A PROFESSIONAL TRAFFIC STRICT ORGINAANIZATION. I HAVE DONE WORK FOR THE POLICE STATION AND THEY ARE NOTHING BUT PROFESSIONAL. I HAVE HAD SOME PROBLEMS HAVING CRIMES INVESTIGATED.
AFTER THE ELIMINATION OF NICK NAVARROW
AS POLICE CHIEF. THE OFFICERS ARE VERY GOOD. IT HAS BECOME A VERY BUSY GROWING CITY. THE BROWARD SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS TAKEN OVER THE SMALLER TOWNS LOCAL POLICE.

Posted by: DONALD FOLDERAUER | May 1, 2006 8:17 AM

THE BROWARD COUNTY TAKE OVER OF SMALLER TOWNS POLICE WAS AT THE REQUEST OF THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS,THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH 911 AND NOT SENDING THE CLOSEST UNIT TO THE PROBLEM SAME WITH THE FIRE DEPT.I SAW A GIRL WHO FELL ON HER MOPED WENT TO THE DRUG STORE GOT BOTTLED WATER,PERXOIDE,TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT AND RETURNED BEFORE THE E.M.T.'S ARRIVED WHILE I WAS POURING WATER AND PERXOIDE ON HER LEG,THEY PULLED UP AND ACTED LIKE WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? THE SAME THING YOU GUYS WOULD,BUT FOR FREE,I GAVE THE GIRL SOME BIG GAUSE BANDGES AND TOLD HER TO GET VITAMIN E CAPSULES AND PUT IT ON THE WOUND SO IT WOULDN'T DRY UP AND BLEED. SO THEY USE EVERYONES EQUIPMENT AND KEPT MOST OFFICERS IN THEIR OWN OLD DISTRICT. THE MONEY THAT USUALLY WENT TO THE SMALL TOWN P.D.S AND FIRE GOES TO THE B.S.O.AND BROWARD FIRE DEPT. THE INTEGRETED THING IS O.K. BUT ONLY IF THE 911 OPERATORS HAD A COMMON FREQUENCY YHAT WAS MONITORED BY THE POLICE SUBSTATIONS AND BE ABLE TO REPORT THAT THEY HAVE UNITS IN THE AREA. I HAVE SAID ,PUT 2 GUYS IN A VOLKSWAGON WITH FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY CALL FOR HELP, NOT SEND THE ENTIRE FORCE FOR A FENDER BENDER,YOU FELT LUCKY IF YOU COULD PASS A FENDER BENDER BEFORE THE POLICE ARRIVE. IF PEOPLE ARE HURT ORDINARY PEOPLE WILL HELP. AMERICA IS A VERY CARING SOCIETY IF SOMEONE IS HURT THE COLOR OF SKIN DOSEN'T BOTHER YOU AS MUCH AS THE COLOR OF BLOOD.THE PROBLEM WITH EX POLICE CHEIF NICK NAVARROW (WHO OWNS A PRIVATE DECTIVE AND A VISIBLE SECURITY FORCE WITH MAKED CARS AND HIS OWN OFFICERS). NICK WAS FOR NICK ,THERE WAS A COMMERCIAL ON T.V. WITH HIM IN A BOAT HOLDING ON TO THE BIMINI TOP WITH ONE HAND AND A 9.MM HANDGUN IN THE OTHER HAND BESIDE HIS FACE,WE DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS LOADED BUT THE COMMERCIAL GAVE THE LOOK OF APPRENDING CRIMINALS AT SEA. FIRST YOU DON'T HOLD A HANDGUN NEVT TO YOUR FACE WHILE IN A BOUNCING BOAT. THE OTHER PROBLEM WAS THE FACT THAT HE HAD
CRACK COCAINE MANUFACTURED AT THE POLICE STATION TO USE ON STING OPERATIONS. WOULDN'T IT BE SIMPLER TO ASK FOR SOME EVIDENCE FROM A PREVIOUS ARREST TO USE AS BAIT? THE WHOLE DRUG STING THING IS BAD FROM THE STAND POINT THAT THE GOOD AND THE BAD GUYS ARE ARMED EQUALLY ,BOTH HAVE INFORMANTS BULLET-PROOF VESTS AND HIGH POWERED ASSULT RIFLES,NIGHT VISION AND THE BAD GUYS HAVE KIDS ON BICYLES AND CELL PHONES TO CALL ,IF SOMETHING IG GOING DOWN.
THE POLICE HAVE HELICOPTERS.THEN EVERYONE GETS SHOT. THERE WAS AN INCIDENT THAT THE FORT LAUDERDALE POLICE TRIED TO ARREST A GAY PEDIFILE WHO WAS KNOWNED TO BE ARMED HAD AIDS AND DIDN'T CARE IF HE LIVED OR DIED BECAUSE OF AIDS. THE POLICE SEND 2 GUYS OVER TO ARREST HIM,SO HE OPENED FIRE. AFTER THE SWAT FORCE PUT HIM TO REST. THERE WERE MORE POLICE CARS AROUND HIS HOUSE FOR A WEEK. THE YARD AND DRIVEWAY WAS FILLED WITH CARS. IF ALL OF THEM WERE THERE DURING THE ARREST SOME ONE MAY HAVE GOTTEN HURT BUT THE OVERWHELMING ODDS OF YOU IN A HOUSE WHIH POLICE CARS EVERYWHERE. THE GUY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SHOT HIMSELF. WHY WERE THERE SO MANY POLICE AFTER THE KILLINGS? WHEN THE FORENSICS TEAM IS ALL THEY NEEDED 1 VAN AND 1 CAR AND A BUNCH OF YELLOW TAPE AROUND THE YARD. THEY HAD ALREADY REMOVED ALL THE GUYS COMPUTER EQUIPMENT. IN FORT LAUDERDALE YOU CAN DRINK ON THE SIDEWALK ON A1A THE COSTAL HIGHWAY. BUT NOT ACROSS THE STREET ON THE BEACH. THEY CLOSE ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC TO CREATE A TRAFFIC JAM TO MAKE PEOPLE NOT WANT TO GO TO THE BEACH AT NIGHT. FOR A DRIVE WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN SO YOU CAN ENJOY THE OCEAN.THE BIG BOOM BOX RICE BURNING CARS. ALL YOU CAN HOPE FOR IS CHROMOSOME CHANGE DUE TO THE EXCESSIVE BASS .I LIVED ON THE BEACH AREA AND THE POLICE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE BEACH AREA. WHICH FOR THE MOST PART OWNED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS THE FIGHTING ILINI.
THE WHOLE AREA IS ON A 99 YEAR LEASE. WHEN THE 99 YEARS ARE UP. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO BUILD WHERE THE MA AND PA RENTALS AND HOTEL ROOMS ARE NOW? PROBABLY CASINOS TO MAKE FORT LAUDERDALE MORE APPEALING THAN SOUTH BEACH MIAMI. THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPTS. THE GEARS DON'T MESH. THEY ARE TRYING A DIFRENT 11 TYPE CALL NOT 411 OR 911, BUT SOMETHING ELSE FOR LOW LEVEL PROBLEMS. INSTEAD OF DIALING 911 TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT ROAD. FAST CARS THE HIGH PERFORMANCE MOTORCYCLES
THAT PEOPLE WHO DON'T DRINK DON'T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE AT HIGH SPEEDS. ONE FOOT ON THE BRAKE AND ONE ON THE GAS,SAMMY HAGAR SAID.BECAUSE EVEN THE POLICE CAN'T DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT . ON I-95 WHEN CHANGE OF SHIFT OCCURS ABOUT 3:00 P.M., GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THAT POLICE CAR ,HE'S ON A MISSON WITH THE TIME CLOCK.WATCH OUT THAT COP ON YOUR BUMPER DISEN'T WANT TO PULL YOU OVER BUT GET HE HELL OUT OF MY WAY.
IF YOU GRT PISSED AND GET OFF THE ROAD BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD AND A BIG TRUCK IS ON YOUR BUMPER STOP SIGN AFTER STOP SIGN THEN THET GET AN ATTITUDE SO WHILE THEY ARE CALLING FOR A UNIFORED UNIT I AM ON MY CELL PHONE CALLING FOR MY COP TO ARRIVE DON'T EXPECT A FAIR DEAL UNLESS YOU CALL ALSO AND LET THEM TALK IT OUT BECAUSE THE COP IN A UNMARKED TRUCK WAS LATE FOR A MEETING. WHEN THEY ARE WRONG THEY RUN AWAY, ALL YOU KNOW IS IT WAS A COP IN A RED FORD BLAZER RIDING MY BUMPER LIKE HE WANTED TO DRIVE OVER YOU. I WAS ON A 2 WAY RADIO AND GOT PULLED OVER THE COP SAID STAY OFF THE PHONE, AND DON'T TELL ME YOU WERE NOT,I HAVE BEEN A POLICE OFFICER A LONG TIME. I FELT LIKE GIVING HIM THE RADIO AND TELLING HIM TO SAY THAT TO MY EMPLOYER ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRESS A BUTTON. IDIOT

Posted by: donald folderauer | June 3, 2006 3:44 PM

I AM SORRY ABOUT MY WRITING SKILLS ,NO SPELL CHECK ON THIS SITE.

Posted by: donald folderauer | June 3, 2006 3:57 PM

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