Officer Sean Bennett spent most of his quiet Tuesday evening shift patrolling the streets of the Rose Park and Glendale neighborhoods of Salt Lake City, Utah. From hang up 9-1-1 phone calls to house visits, it was an average night for Bennett. However, that wasn’t the case after 8 p.m. when two important 911 phone calls came through, and his evening went from quiet to exciting.
The two stops involve a hang up 911 phone call and a motel owner who wanted a schizophrenic resident to be removed from his property.
“This is a pretty normal night,” Bennett said.
Bennett said he is a newly appointed officer or Pioneer precinct of the Salt Lake City Police Department with only a year as an official as of September 2014.
“You have to go through the academy, which is 6 months long and then 13 weeks of FTO [Field Training Officer],” he said of the training required to be an officer.
He said he though the training was well done for the most part. However, the one thing he would change about the training would be the scenarios the officers in training were put in.
“Just have the type of scenarios that smell like cat piss, have homeless and drunk people, then we would be all set and ready to go,” he said.
Continuing to drive through the streets of the Rose Park and Glendale neighborhoods, Bennett responded to a hang up 911 phone call at a grocery store’s parking lot.
“Most of the hang up 911 calls are on accident, but when we call back and no one answers, that’s when we get suspicious and have to respond.”
At the stoplight just across the street from the parking lot, Bennett notices a male and female crossing the street with a rather infuriated female following them close behind on the telephone. The male and female are holding hands, and then the male gave Bennett a threatening look.
“Did you see that look? It was most likely them who called. We can’t do much about it now except double check the parking lot,” he concluded, proceeding to the grocery store’s parking lot only to find nothing suspicious.
The next call Bennett decided to respond to was a phone call from the Salt Lake City Inn Motel in Salt Lake City. The owner was complaining about a schizophrenic woman that he wanted out of his motel immediately. Within five minutes, Bennett arrived at the scene with Officer Billy. Billy informed Bennett with what has been happening. Billy said that this schizophrenic woman was claiming that her son had been dragged into her bathroom, been electrocuted in the bathtub, had been thrown in to the back of a police car which drove to Magna, Utah to where he is now being crushed in a dump.
“We’ve been dealing with her all night,” said Officer Billy.
A man came up the metal stairs and said, “Please just get her out of my motel. She has been causing too much disturbance.”
Bennett and Billy step aside to have a conversation. They return and conclude that since she has been misleading and inaccurate with her stories all evening and considering her medical history, they are going to Pink Sheet her and send her to the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. According to the Salt Lake City Police Department website, the definition of Pink Sheet is, “An Emergency Application for Involuntary Commitment Without Certification from completed peace officer or Mental Health Officer requesting temporary commitment of a person.” After Officer Bennett and Officer Billy made a few phone calls, an ambulance arrived soon after to take the suspect to UNI.
By the end of the night, Bennett was disappointed nothing exciting happened. He concluded the night saying, “Maybe tomorrow something exciting will happen.”
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