There have been numerous posts on this blog about when law enforcement officers appear to exceed their duty and become an agent for harrassment, false arrest, and oblivious to the concept of probable cause.
When someone does something right, I think we should give them equal time.
I recently had an encounter with a law enforcement agent, Conservation Officer Josh Carr, who patrols the Stanley County area. I was hunting Walk-In areas north of Hayes with three companions on the Residents Only Season Opener.
We had all walked a long distance and were concluding our walk when Officer Carr saw us coming to the end. He asked if he could offer a ride to our vehicles about 300 yards to the south. One of my hunting companions accepted and the rest of us walked the remaining distance in hopes our dogs would scare up a bird.
It was a slow hunting day. Each of us had walked several miles through some relatively thick cover and some tall, easy to negotiate grass. One Prairie Chicken met his maker and the pheasants eluded us.
By the time we had reached the vehicles, Officer Carr was having a pleasant conversation with the hunter who accepted the ride. Officer Carr asked the rest of us how our hunt was going and even suggested places that might be more productive the following day. He clarified some ambiguous regulations for several of us. And then, he politely asked to see our hunting licenses.
This young man could not have been more of a gentleman and set an excellent example of how a law enforcement officer can do his job without behaving like an ass. He is a credit to South Dakota and I'm sure that law-abiding tourist hunters who encounter him will take away from the experience positive thoughts about their visit to South Dakota.
I wish he would give public relations seminars to every highway patrol officer in the state.