Here are a few of the things I encountered.
Disturbing: While working the Visitation Phones where family and friends can call and schedule appointments to visit their loved ones, a lady called and asked me a rather odd question.
Her question was, "Is it okay if I bring my daughter in to visit her brother?"
Now the way she phrased it was odd so I asked "Why wouldn't it be okay?"
Her response, "Well my son is in jail for molesting her and I just want to bring her by so that she knows her brother still loves her even though he is in jail because of her."
I was very proud of my response. "Please hold."
I managed to not cuss her out or hang up on her. It got denied and by the time I returned to work the next day, a lovely note had been added to the computers, "If Ms. Stupid brings her child with her on VD, please notify the Sheriff as he will arrest her himself for child endangerment.
Funny: I was working the night shift answering the phones in the front office. The rules were simple.
1. Don't talk to the inmates. They have the guards to talk to. (Sometimes the inmates call home and set up a 3-way call to the front office so they can argue about the charges.)
2. The phones are answered as a courtesy for the public. If they start cursing, ask them to stop and then hang up on them. This last rule made for short entertainment as some people can't stop cursing.
One night this gentleman spent twenty minutes trying to get through a short Q&A about his son because he would start cursing and my coworker would warn him and then hang up on him. His son got arrested for Public Drunk and Remaining in a Closed Park after Dark. $90 fine. He was in for a detox and would be released in 6 hrs provided he's sober. Dad wants to bond him out right away. Paying the fine gets you out in 5 hrs. Big diff right?
Well his dad is pissed and from what he was saying, it sounded like the officer could have charged him with a lot more and my coworker told him this. She also told him which agency had the fines, the city pd, and where he could pay the fine, across the street. That would seem like the end of the deal right?
Wrong. Dude shows up at the county jail about an hour later and is now loud and obnoxious and cursing at us in the lobby.
He was again given the same information that he got on the phone: "Go across the street, pay the fine, come back and wait about an hour at this point and he'll be released. The county didn't arrest him, the city did, this is the holding facility, blah, blah blah."
Finally the deputy at the door intervened told the dude to stop yelling and go across the street to the city as he had already been told. And the deputy even warned him that the people across the street aren't nearly as tolerant as the county was. So dude and his really quiet wife leave.
Well about 20 minutes later, I was in the Processing area doing the money and paperwork pickup when the city drags this gentleman in. He is shackled and hogtied and was sprayed with this foaming CS stuff the local pd liked using.
The report was unusually detailed for this dude. He walked into the precinct and yelled at the desk Sgt, "I want my son out of jail you f-ing pig!"
Dude says "H*** no!"
Sgt: "Okay, you are under arrest."
Failure to Obey Lawful Command, Disturbing the Peace, Cursing in Public (throwaway charge, can't enforce).
Dude goes: "H*** no!" and runs.
Attempting to elude.
Two separate officers gave chase and a struggle ensues.
Resisting Arrest, Assault on a Peace Officer times 2.
K-9 officer Rex became involved.
Assault on a Peace Officer(law dog).
After the suspect was restrained and handcuffed, damage was discovered to 2 police cruisers.
Damage to City Property (Cruiser #s)
It was ended with the amount of the fine which was like a 100 times what his son's was. The desk SGT added a request that the fine be paid in full prior to release. A payment plan was NOT to be accepted for this individual.
Stupid: There was a phone available for people to make one call for a ride home after they get released. Its right in front of us and people would say the stupidest things.
Lady called home: Hey baby, come pick me up. And bring the stuff. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU SMOKED MY CRACK?!?
Dead silence and the deputy asking, "What was that about crack ma'am?"
She goes, "I'll be out front hon." Hangs up and very quickly leaves the building.