Students in Mrs. Nickel's 5th grade class at Erma Reese Elementary School had some questions about the Lodi Police Department. Aspiring police officer Talia Piombo, daughter of Lt. Chris Piombo, found the answers.
Q: Do cops wear earmuffs in the shooting room?
A: Yes, they wear earmuffs because the gun is so loud it can hurt your ears really bad.
Q: How many people does it take to hold a battering ram?
A: It only takes one person, but it is usually the strongest person on the SWAT team. They need to get the door open on the first try.
Q: Why is 9-1-1 the police phone number in an emergency?
A: They came up with 9-1-1 a long time ago. The 9 is on the other side of the phone from the 1 so it's harder for people to make a mistake and call 9-1-1.
Q: What types of things do cops have on their belts?
A: They have a gun, handcuffs, ammunition magazines, keys, pepper spray, baton and a radio. It weighs a lot.
Q: What do people in the jail eat?
A: They eat Hot Pockets and orange juice every meal.
Q: How come you can't skateboard in Lodi?
A: You can skateboard, just not in the downtown area. That way you don't run into someone coming out of a store or restaurant.
Q: How many volts does a taser gun have?
A: 10,000 volts. Two fishhooks come out of the gun and they shock you.
Q: Do police officers have to eat in a cafeteria like we do?
A: No, they have a cafeteria at the station but most of them eat at home or In-N-Out Burger.
Q: What kinds of dogs do they use for K-9's?
A: They use German Shepards and Belgian Malinois. Most of the dogs are black and brown. The Malinois is really small and really fast.
Q: Do police officers have rocket launchers?
A: No, only in the movies.
Talia Piombo is a fifth-grader at Reese Elementary School and the daughter of Lodi police officer Lt. Chris Piombo.