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Equitable justice means everyone is treated same

Equitable justice is symbolized by Lady Justice. Since the 15th century, Lady Justice’s blindfold has depicted impartiality toward those under the rule of law. No matter the status, money or power, the law shall be dispensed without prejudice.

Every so often we hear: “Don’t you have anything better to do?” Sometimes our response is, “Yes, sir/ma’am, I hear what you’re saying, I understand that you know a very important person.”

We are entrusted to enforce the laws and maintain public order. This responsibility is irrespective of who we come in contact with.

Trust me when I tell you officers have a whole mess of stuff to work on. Our boss expects and requires us to work. So, if we have a reason to make contact with you, it’s probably because someone called us or we’re doing our job. At times it may seem like we’re not busy, but can anyone measure the deterrence of an armed, uniformed police officer?

As insignificant as it may seem, when you get pulled over for a minor traffic violation, just think. The Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was busted for a broken taillight. No big deal, right?

To keep Boulder City being Boulder City, we can’t do it alone; we need your support and help, too. If you see something suspicious, call it in. I promise, we will impartially investigate all circumstances.

“Control, 269 we’ll be 10-8 with a ride along.”

Sunday, Oct. 13. Monday morning is around the corner; school will be in session. Officers are out with a juvenile at the homes next to Boulder Boats. It’s past curfew. Stepdad reports his juvenile stepdaughter is out with a boy, and refuses to come home. Oh no, she didn’t! After talking with the 6-foot-4-inch officer, the young woman decides to go home — with a curfew citation.

Monday, Oct. 14. Officer pulls over a speeder on U.S. Highway 93 and Veterans Memorial Drive. A check of the vehicle’s registration uncovers the car was reported stolen in Virginia. The sole occupant/driver is arrested. Come to Vegas on vacation, but leave on probation.

Tuesday, Oct. 15. Boom, bang, yelling. Officers respond to the area of Fifth Street, near the school, after receiving a 911 call. Domestic disturbances are always tenuous calls for service. The allegation of physical violence was made, evidence supporting the charge led to the arrest of one of the parties involved. Arguments will happen, but before it gets physical, take a walk.

Wednesday, Oct. 16. What the heck is going on? Why is traffic backed up? It’s 7 p.m. and rush hour is over. A vehicle versus a bus accident. on U.S. 93 near U.S. 95 causes both vehicles to become engulfed in a fireball. We arrive and begin to investigate. Thank goodness, no one is injured.

Thursday, Oct. 17. A resident on lakeside calls to report a fraud. The officer takes the report regarding a subject opening up an energy account in the residence’s name. This is a good time to mention to check your credit accounts and try to protect your identity as best as possible.

Friday, Oct. 18. Officers arrive at Boulder City Hospital regarding a theft. The hospital’s addition is coming along, but the construction crew reports some copper lines were stolen last night. A report is filed and, hopefully, the cameras will lead to some clues.

Saturday, Oct. 19. What a B.E.A.utiful day. The triathletes are everywhere. We get a call regarding a fight. The caller reports two subjects are fighting over a bicycle near Ash and Birch streets. Officers arrive to find a triathlete and the intoxicated roommate. The argument was over living arrangements. The roommate’s liquid courage led to the argument’s escalation. Both parties agreed to separate.

As we get closer to the holidays, I’d like to remind everyone to be patient and be careful. It was a good week and I hope everyone has a great week ahead. I’ll be waiting for you all next week, don’t be late!

Officer Jeffrey Grasso is a 10-year veteran of the Boulder City Police Department. He previously served as police officer in south Florida for four years.

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