Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

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Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

Postby grumble » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:18 am

Had just gotten off work at about 7:15pm and I guess I was in a bit of a hurry to get home. Got pulled over by an officer from Plano PD as I was headed north on Coit between Parker & Spring Creek. The officer was as professional and courteous as he could be. The amount of the infraction warranted a ticket, but I only received a verbal warning. Needless to say I'm very happy with the encounter. The young man even made mention that he appreciated how I handled the stop and that it makes him less apprehensive once he sees the CHL. A small amount of chit-chat and I was on my way. This particular Plano PD officer gets two thumbs up.

Now a question for the LEO's: I was heading north on Coit when he pulled in behind me and lit me up. Since Coit is a major thoroughfare, I slowed and proceeded to turn right at the next residential street, then pulled over when he had room to pull in behind me. My thought process was to get out of the heavy traffic flow where it would be safer for all involved. Now as I said, the officer was pleasant and didn't give me any indication that I'd done anything wrong. After getting home, I began to wonder if me turning onto the side street could have been viewed as being LESS safe for the officer? I was always taught to "get stuff out of the way of moving traffic" but, especially in the dark, could this have added some level of concern to him?

Thoughts are appreciated. And yes, I was asked if I was armed, I replied "yes sir, in my right waistband" -and no he didn't make any further mention or ask me to disarm.
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Re: Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

Postby Ed4032 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:54 am

This is very typical of the Plano cops. The best there is in my opinion.

Not sure about the turn onto a residental street.
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Re: Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

Postby Keith B » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:28 am

Glad you had a good encounter.

As for where you stopped, unless you drove a considerable distance and passed open parking lots to pull into then you did the right thing. They have a good spotlight and if you have the window down, dome light on, ID's in hand and both hands in plain view when they approach, then all should be good.
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Re: Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

Postby grumble » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:03 pm

Keith B wrote:Glad you had a good encounter.

As for where you stopped, unless you drove a considerable distance and passed open parking lots to pull into then you did the right thing. They have a good spotlight and if you have the window down, dome light on, ID's in hand and both hands in plain view when they approach, then all should be good.


Thanks, Keith - it would have been a good encounter even if I had been ticketed. They get kudos.
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Re: Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

Postby gemini » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:04 pm

Guys are so fast to post stuff here...... anyway, if this is already mentioned it's worth mentioning again.
I just watched a story on the channel 11 5:00 news. Seems a Plano PD officer stopped a guy for out of date
registration, the guy has 2 kids, is having trouble feeding kids and making bills etc. The officer wrote the guy a ticket,
but, inside the folded ticket was a $100 bill...... to help the guy out. Wow! Super nice gesture.
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Re: Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

Postby TexasCajun » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:10 pm

You should add your experience to the following poll/thread.

http://www.texaschlforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=60179
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Re: Plano PD - Professional & Courteous

Postby RX8er » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:55 am

I grew up in East Plano (Park and Shilo) from 73-91 before I left for the AF. Great city!! I would agree that they are very courteous. But, to add to that, I can't say that I have ever really had any issues with any PD. I've seen and read many stories though... I know most will agree that the experience, most of the time, is driven by the occupants of the automobile and not the officer.
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