Officer Jim Cooney responds to a disturbance near a downtown club. A man was kicked out of a cab by the driver for insufficient funds in front of an establishment. The man, apparently looking for meth, then proceeds to get into an altercation with a nearby group of people and gets taken down by an individual in a wheelchair.
Officer Jim Cooney responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex about a man running around with a knife threatening people and throwing beer cans off the balcony. When he arrives he discovers the man feuding with his neighbors, threatening them and stabbing their door with a knife.
|Agency||Springfield, MO Police Department|
|Why Law Enforcement||I always had an interest in Law Enforcement. While playing baseball in college I majored in Criminal Justice. I also did an internship with the Florida Wildlife Commission while in college. After playing some minor league baseball I decided to apply to some police departments. I was hired with the Boynton Beach Police Dept in Oct ’05, and worked there for 5.5 years before our family relocated and I joined SPD.|
|First Arrest||I was working with the Boynton Beach PD in South Florida. I’m pretty sure it was my first day on FTO. I had a very proactive FTO and he knew the area and its citizens very well. We pulled into a convenience store, and he pointed at a female subject and stated “go arrest her, she’s trespass warned from here”. I was pretty nervous, but put her in handcuffs quickly and she was compliant. She may have had some drug paraphernalia on her but I can’t remember. It was kind of a blur.|
|Best part of the job||I love the camaraderie between the other officers. If you are working with a good group of guys/girls, you get a team feeling, which is what I am used to from growing up playing baseball. I also like interacting with all types of people. Dealing with the small portion of the population that are bad people all of the time does get you a little jaded, but it is every now and then when you get to help a good person that keeps you going.|
|Hobbies||I love boating, scuba diving, fishing……pretty much anything involving water. Most of my time is occupied by playing with my kids. My wife and I also have been doing Crossfit for approx 1 year and have enjoyed it.|
|Favorite Quote||work related: “Evil prevails when good men fail to act” and “We’re gonna get him the help he needs” lol|
life: “A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be”.