Recently one of our officers was approached by a motorcyclist.
Roman, from Russia, is on a long-term trip to tour the world. He started in New England in May and is wandering around. He stops every few weeks and works odd jobs to re-up his finances and then takes off again to explore. Roman was a Moscow, Russia motorcycle police officer for the past sixteen years until his recent retirement as a captain. He enjoys stopping at U.S. police departments, meeting officers, doing ride-alongs (most exciting? Philadelphia!), and trading police memorabilia. He and Eureka Officer Mark Meftah hit it off, as Mark is also a long-distance motorcycle rider. Mark gave Roman a tour of the station and town, traded patches with him, and hosted Roman for the night at his home.
Roman pointed out that a lot of things about police work are the same, regardless of the place you do it in. He showed photos of his agency and dispatch center, and they were quite similar to EPD's dispatch center. When he drove a cruiser, he drove a Ford Crown Victoria set up very similarly to EPD's - although now Moscow mostly uses a version of the Ford Focus as cruisers. His police motorcycle was a BMW RT, which EPD used until several years ago. He laughed that "bad guys" and the often overwhelming and time consuming criminal justice process are pretty much universal, too. He described the "beat system" of police patrols, which Eureka also uses, and noted that he and his men's "beat" was the roadways inside the third "ring" of Moscow's circular streets. He was very interested in the American police duty belt, as Moscow police only carry 4 things: a pistol, a spare magazine, a pair of handcuffs, and a radio.
He is currently out exploring the north coast! If you see a grinning guy wearing a white leather jacket on a blue motorcycle with "From Russia with Love" stickered on the back, flag him down and say hello to Roman!