Springmeyer never saw herself as a police officer growing up, and she certainly didn't see herself as one of
Towards the end of her
But in 2001, law enforcement piqued her interest after she took a criminal justice class at
Springmeyer then joined the
Information collected during calls to
The dispatch software is so vital to
"The city has grown, but the department hasn't," she said.
Springmeyer also said that she does less patrolling than she used to, and that taking calls takes up most of her time.
Still, she said, once in a while she cruises
That was not the case for her Wednesday shift, when she took call after call
In a single day, she covered calls ranging from checking on a child to dealing with a restaurant not allowing a service dog inside.
Springmeyer also handled two "5150s," the code for a call involving a person showing signs of a mental health issue.
The subject of one such call on Wednesday had to be detained after her family claimed that she threatened them. Springmeyer drove the subject to
Springmeyer said there has been an uptick in these kinds of calls over the years, and that losing one officer, even for only 30 minutes to an hour, leaves a hole in the shift that can't easily be filled.
Even so, not all these calls end with officers taking a trip to
"Just because someone is different doesn't give us the right to take their liberties away," Springmeyer said.
One of the hardest things Springmeyer has to deal with, she says, are fatal accidents involving children. She said every officer has had to respond to such an accident at least once in their career.
Springmeyer is married and is the mother of a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old.
She says her job takes away a lot of time from her family, and that holidays become just another day when you're on the force.
"It takes an understanding spouse," Springmeyer said. "It's very hard on your family."
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