I just got this missive about cops from Captain Nick Gottuso, a Police Department Captain in Hillsborough, California. Nick is also one of the Commanders of a SWAT team composed of about 50 officers from local police departments on the San Francisco Peninsula, and heads up their sniper squad. You can see him above, in full uniform beside the SWAT truck. Nick was the coach on one of my daughter’s soccer teams and I get to know him as I was an assistant coach -- he is a great guy.
Nick is also a great shot. I once asked him why some of the coins on his
key chain had bullet holes in the side rather than middle, and wondered if he
had missed. He answered that he had put the bullet on the side because it made
it easier to get on the key chain. Nick
loves his job as much as anyone I know.
And you can understand why when he tells about the things he
does, like being involved in hostage stand-offs, and the smaller but important
things he does every day. For example, he was
involved in catching a thief who stole something from one of my colleague’s
know Nick, and how much he loves and identifies with his job, I was especially
struck by this note he sent around (the origin is unclear, I’d love to give
credit to the person who wrote it, so if you know, please chime-in).
Let me know what you think. Here is Nick’s preface: "For those of you who are Cops, you
will find this very true. For those of you who aren't... this gives you a
little insight as to why we are, the way we are.”
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're
too busy to talk to them for a week.