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Ask an Officer: What's a Typical Day for an Officer?

Officer Wayne Twombly answers questions from readers

Have a question you've always wanted to ask someone in law enforcement? Officer Wayne Twombly of the Fair Oaks Police District, which encompasses Oakton, will answer your question through our Ask an Officer feature. Readers submit questions and Officer Twombly responds. Send questions to Nicole.Trifone@patch.com or submit them in the comments section below.

Here is this week's question:

Describe a typical day in the life of a police officer. Most of us see officers when they're driving alone in their police cars. But how many hours are spent in the car and how many hours are spent elsewhere? 

Some have described our day as sometimes 95% boredom and 5% sheer terror. Our day can vary. We answer calls for service to the citizens, which can vary in difficulty greatly. We are always trying to be observant of what's going on around us, and to be a deterrent, whenever possible. We spend a great deal of time in our vehicles. It's our office.  

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