On Saturday night, I was sitting in my car when I heard dispatch say, “The RP (reporting party) paid for sex and didn’t get any. He wants to report prostitution activity.”
Who calls the police about that?
Now, that’s not something you hear on the radio everyday! I was one block away from the call and decided to head over there to see what the story was. Before I drove away, I typed to one of the responding units and said, “I gotta see this.”
When I arrived at the motel, I parked near the front office. It was a two-story building that was at least 30 years old and stood in the shadow of the huge hotels across the street.
My friend Sean arrived about the same time. As he got out of his car he said, “I thought you were kidding when you said you had to see this.”
Another officer went into the office and spoke to the clerk about the room in question. While we waited, I asked, “Where’s the guy who called?”
“It was a refused RP,” Sean said.
That was disappointing to hear. That was part of the reason why I went. Since I was already there I decided to have a little fun with dispatch. I keyed the microphone and asked, “Did the RP say if they had a receipt?”
There was a pause as the dispatcher asked me, “10-9,” which is radio code for repeat.
“Did the RP say if they had a receipt for the transaction?”
“The RP was refused.”
It was worth the attempt at humor because we laughed on the call. After that we went to motel room. As we walked up the stairs we passed tired looking tourist and I wondered if they had any idea about the prostitute who was ripping people off down the hall from them. I guess that’s the sort of thing that makes a vacation interesting for some people.
Of course, there was no answer at the door. Maybe it was our uniforms or the fact that we didn’t know the secret door knock. Since there was no answer it was time to move on to another call.
As I drove away I thought how funny it would be to put an add on Craigslist about the room. The add could have the motel’s address and the prostitute’s room number with a little warning like, “The cops already know about this place.”
I bet that would put a dent on business. Oh, the things you wish you could do……