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December 08, 2017 10:00 PM

Life On Patrol

Sioux Falls

Every day, no matter the weather, officers are patrolling Sioux Falls streets. Each day brings something different and usually unpredictable. 

Officer Greg Logan's been with the force for 11 years, but he knows today won't be like yesterday. 

His assigned route takes him from Minnesota Avenue to the Big Sioux River and from Russell down to 26th Street. 

"It's a little bit more active in terms of stuff that we have to deal with on a day to day basis," said Logan. 

I hopped in with Officer Logan to take a 30 minute ride on duty. Five minutes in and he's found his first car to stop.

"We're going to have to stop Merlyn here," Logan said. 

Logan: Hi there, Sir. 
M: Goodmorning. 
Logan: The reason I stopped is your plates are a little expired. 
M: They are? 
Logan: They actually expired in February of this year. Are you aware of that? I don't think you are. 
M: No!

No harm here. Merlyn and Officer Logan are on their way. 

But Logan's next call is not as friendly. He's off to the Arena Motel for a report of an intoxicated person.
 
"I'm not surprised anymore. People drink all hours of the day. It doesn't matter what hour of the day, they'll drink," said Logan. 

This call needs backup. 

"We prefer to have two officers go with us, just for safety sake. So in this case I'm here ahead of my cover officer, so I'm going to hang back and wait," Logan said. 

Logan: Hi. 
Jonny: Hello, Sir. 
Logan: What's going on. 
Jonny: How you doing? 
Logan: I'm doing good. What happened to your nose? 
Jonny: It kind of got busted. 

Logan: Felix wanted you out of there. You want to go to the sobering center? 
Jonny: Yeah. 

"They don't really see this side of it. This is the day to day stuff you deal with in your career," said Logan. 

Even though the day-to-day is different, at the end of the day, Logan's goal stays the same. 

"The people that we deal with on a day-to-day basis They might not be happy with the services they get because it's not what they want to do. But overall, at the end of the day, they know that they can trust us," Logan said. 


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