A Day in the life of a Police Officer
Day Shift 6am-6pm: “You just never know what to expect”
I had the privilege of riding first with Officer Higens. She's 1 of the 6 women working on the 113 member Bolingbrook PD. She works day shifts so her typical week is two 12 hour days working from 6am-6pm, two days off. She’s the only female who works her shift besides her sergeant.
Once I pose with the police car for a couple pictures we’re off…around the corner to the back parking lot. I didn’t join Ofc. Higens until 12:30 so she had already been on duty for 6 and half hours. At the beginning of the day shift, all officers report for role call at the station to go over which beat they’re covering for their shifts and anything pertinent that happened outside of their shifts or since they met last. After that officers are on their own to patrol their beats. By the way, the village is divided up into geographical areas called "beats" and each officer is accountable for that area during their shift. We’ll be covering Beat 5 today.