Rookie Cop Chapter 1

Rookie Cop 1 of 9

Pat McGaha

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I was starting my career as a Shreveport police officer after recently being discharged from my four years of service in the Marines.

I made it through two basic police training academies. First within S.P.D. and the other at L.S.U. Baton Rouge. Next was my training in the field as a street officer. I was assigned to ride with senior officer D.E. Stevens, aka Dog. I learned more from him in a matter of weeks on the streets of the Cedar Grove neighborhood than everything I was taught in the academies combined.

D.E. was a real country boy. He was raised on a big farm in Pleasant Hill, LA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. We quickly bonded and became life-long friends. Such bonding seems common in law enforcement as rookies realize their lives are in the hands of their field training officer and vice versa.

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