Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ride Along with Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.


Ride along means spending a shift (usually an 8 hour shift) with a police officer to understand and observe their duties and day to day activity. I was always curious about this and wanted to do it.

I happened to meet the Chief of Los Angeles County's Sheriff Department in one of the conferences.
As much as she liked an engineer, I liked to ask about sheriff's work. So I asked her if she could arrange a ride-along for me. She immediately redirected me to a Sargent who got me scheduled at the East Los Angeles Sheriff Station. Viola!



They asked me to provide my CA driver's licence which they keep until the shift is complete and sign a waiver form which states that during ride-along there may be threat or danger to your life and that they are not liable to any loss.

While waiting at the station, I saw a lot of people coming to find out about their family members who have been arrested and detained. They wanted to know the reason for their custody. Most of them happened to be Latinos. They would use a black phone to dial an extension where they could talk to the jailer and get direction for the next steps.

There is a deputy explorer program where new applicants can go and apply. The URL for it is explorers.lasd.org.


My shift was supposed to be from 2 pm to 10 pm covering East LA areas (which I guess is supposed to be dangerous side of LA!). The deputy came to get me from the front of the station and there began the journey!
She showed her laptop deployed in the car (Panasonic with DOS system along with AT&T wireless  - Both the companies I have worked for!) which had various tabs and codes, like (O) meant observation when they would have to stop suspicious people on the streets. With the new law, after every observation they are supposed to fill in some 20 questions about the person they cited. This is mostly for tacking, reporting and analytics purposes. When they turned on the siren, it gets tracked too. She explained how she has two walkie talkies - one for the district and other for the county (which had a central operator)
I noticed a gun in between the two seat. She said it was a loaded shot-gun.

Then came a message on a screen that we had to drive to a place where 4 males and 1 female were fighting on the street and there was a gun involved. The system also had a detailed description of one of the person describing what he looked like, what was he wearing. 6 police cars were deployed to this location. But by the time we reached the fight was over and the place was cleared. No fun.

We took a lunch break and talked to another deputy while discussing various loopholes in the law! ;)

Later in the evening, we went to a Hispanic house where a guy had an allegation for not feeding and taking care of his grandparent. Some spooky place it was. While driving through that neighborhood, we crossed a house where the music was too loud and these people were all partying. They were told to lower the music. A drunk Latino guy came out right next to our car window which was rolled down (yes it was next to my face!) to ask if music was the only problem. It was intimidating but we were fine.

We went to Maywood, Commerce and some areas around that. All throughout the deputy was super friendly. She was a trump supporter and I was not. But then I wanna in her car and she is a police office with a loaded gun. 👀 Just Kidding. She was open to have a healthy political discussion.

Overall, it was a great experience! Worth doing it once in your life. :)

If you would like to try it, go to:

http://www.joinlapd.com/pdf/LAPD%20Ride-Along.pdf




Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tumhari pyaari, Shaayari

Main teri ho naa saki to kya, Aaj bhi teri shaayari ban jaati hoon..
Un shabdon ke uljhe hue dhaagon se, ab joojh na paati hoon..
In alfazon mein teri naraazgi bhi hai..
kabhi dekha to dua hai, aur kabhi meri barbaadi bhi hai..
Ae musaafir ab aur tu safar na kar..
yahi hai teri manzil, kisi aur ki dua na kar...
teri zindagi ka hissa bhi hoon aur ek gehra raaz bhi
dil ka ehsaas kabhi, gham-e-shaayari ka taaj bhi..
kadwahat ke aalam mein yeh mohabbat shehad ban jaati hai..
inn lehron ka shor bhi hai, fir bhi sannate ko mehsoos karwati hai..
yaad aata hai woh milon chalna chandni ki chaadar tale..
kisi ko khabar na thi, warna aaj humari misaal ban jati veh..

Monday, December 4, 2017

Subah ka intezaar tha

Phir se zindagi thodi si dagmagaayi hai..
Jaane kiska nashaa chadha tha mujhe..
Hosh mein aaye to aas-paas koi na tha..
Apni hi dhun mein chal rahe the kahin..
Aankh kholi thi jab dekha is jag ko..
Kohra hi chhaya tha har jagah.Woh oas ki boondein thi ya,Aakhon se chalke aanson..Gham-e-shyaam nikal gayi..fir hui ek nayi subah..

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dad...

It feels like it happened just yesterday..
As I remember every second so crystal clear
The time slowed down, the voices less heard,
I could hear my heartbeat but rest of the body all numb.
Some things could make sense but most couldn't,
Because I couldn't accept the fact that the battle was over and defeat was marked.
It's over.
But then I started seeing you everywhere..
More than I could see you before..
In the reflection off the back of the gleaming spoon..
In a gesture my sister makes..
In the arch of my lips when I'm stressed..
Through the brush strokes of paintings you have made..
In the tone of my mother, the strongest person you made..
You are still around in our every breath..
There were valleys and peaks I crossed this year,
Felt like you helped me climb the mountains with no fear..
A rebel, a fighter you taught us to be..
You are still in our hearts and mind.. and will always be..
Love,
Your Daughter

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Inn baaton ka ant nahi koi..

Is thandi shyaam ki rut mein Dil mastana hai
Kaagaz ki kashti hai.. 
Nadiyaa Mein doob jaana... 
Dekhtein jab teri tasveer 
Tab se Dil hua deewana hai..
Kabhi hoti ek sheher ki shart
Aur kabhi kundliyon ka dera 
Fir bhi sudhre na yeh zamana hai..
Jo kari hai shart-e-mohabbat 
Aaj usko hi nibhana hai.. 
Sookh gaya hai tera gala
Awaaz bhi ho gayi zakhmi.. 
Fir bhi baatein nahi hain ruktien 
Chaahe ho koi bhi toofan, ab is kashti ko chalana hai
Rishte ke iss naazuk se pull ko paar karana hai..

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jab ek dost door chala jata hai...

Yeh karwan ek naya mod laya hai..
ek dost aaj apne desh wapis gaya hai..
badh gaye hain tere ghar ke fasle mere dost..
par aaj bhi tu yahan hai..
kuch saal se shuru hui mulakatein..
woh ghatiya se joke aur woh lambi baatein
bhar gaya tu itni saari yaadein..
saale ab kaun karega teen baje hamari problems solve?
kaun dikhaayega woh "Gary Gulman" ke episodes..
mere phone ka bill bhi baaki hai.. bhar dena saale..
rona rulana fir haske hasana..
ab India phone karna padega..
International jo ho gaya hai humara yaar..
bhejenge tujhe dollar wale bill..
chuka dena warna....... tu wapis to mil!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Humko mohabbat nahi tumse...

Humko mohabbat nahi tumse...
mohabbat ko ho gayi mohabbat hai aaj..
jab dekha humne tumhari nazaron mein..
aa gayi ho jaise kayamat kash..

na dhoodhte hain ab koi manzil..
na jaate hain apna raasta..
na rahe saawal aur na koi jawaab..
bas reh gaya is mohabbat ka wasta..

mohabbat muqaddar hai koi khwaab nahi..
jismein sabhi sawaalon ka jawaab nahi..
thaam kar haath chalna tum mere..
tab dikhega andhera.. kaali adhuri raat nahi..