By Ethan Williams ‘20

Friday, on the graveyard shift, I went on a ride-along with the Oak Lawn Police. I cannot release the officer’s name for privacy reasons.

We started with a calm Friday night, we went to the local Dunkin Donuts and got some black coffee. We had a very slow 1-2 a.m. After that, the action took a turn for the better. We went from call to call to call.

From reckless drivers, to a break in in progress, to a DUI,we had it all within 2 hours.

Then it slowed down at 4 a.m. and we took lunch. We went to Dunkin Donuts again and got a few sandwiches and some coffee. After that, we ran radar on the side of the road and pulled over a few people and gave written warnings. Then we ended our shift at 8 a.m.

This ride-along gave me a good insight on the future career that I am pursuing. I met many Oak Lawn Police officers and made awesome relationships.