Always pass on what you have learned.
Wise words from Yoda and minded by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office new Patrol Services Captain, Dan Joyce. Two months ago, Dan moved his family to Colorado from Arizona, where he served in the Goodyear Police Department. That’s when the sheriff called and asked Dan to join his command staff. He now leads six patrol teams, the field training program, and crime analysts.
“The chance to work with someone like Tyler who I know and respect, and to make changes and improvements for the men and women on the line was too good to pass up,” said Dan Joyce, who’s served in law enforcement for 19 years.
Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda
Dan’s new office is decorated with a replica of his police vehicle from his former department, models of other police cars, elaborate Legos Star Wars starfighters and gunships, and figures of the legendary Jedi Master Yoda. A big fan, he is. Dan admits he’s seen the original Star Wars movie about 100 times.
Dan has a bar in the basement of his home that’s named ‘Dagobar’ and decorated after the planet where Yoda died. That’s ‘DagoBah’ for you Star Wars fans. The license plates on his car read ‘Yoda YZ’, (Yoda wise.) And over time, he’s earned the nickname from his colleagues. That’s partly because he loves the character he calls “wise, and in touch with the force,” and partly because Dan has embodied the same traits in high-stress, life-saving situations. Despite the nickname, Dan’s favorite Star Wars hero is actually Obi-Wan Kenobi. “He’s defeated Darth Vadar twice!” says Dan. “He’s the ultimate good guy.”
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away…
Dan’s career in law enforcement began with the Northglenn Police Department in 2000. He worked his way up from a patrol officer to master police officer/acting sergeant to an undercover narcotics detective embedded with the North Metro Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Agency. While at Northglenn, he met rookie Tyler Brown, not knowing the friendship would one day bring them together in command. In 2011, Dan took a job with the Goodyear Police Department in Arizona and served there until late last year. So moving back to Colorado was actually coming home for him and his wife and kids. He’s glad to be back, doing what he loves.
I love everything about law enforcement. The old cliché of wanting to help people is true. While the job can be somber at times, for the most part, it’s an adventure every day,” said the captain. “Wearing a badge is like having a ticket to the greatest show on earth.”
Blink! Blink! Use that turn signal!
Have you ever been driving behind someone, then all of a sudden they abruptly slow down and turn? You might think, “Gee that would have been nice to know you were turning.”
It’s called a turn signal.
Every vehicle is equipped with a turn signal lever attached to the left side of the steering column just a small hand adjustment away. Movement of this lever causes lights outside on the front and rear of your vehicle to blink on either the right or left side of your vehicle. Keep reading to see how to make this happen.
Push the lever DOWN to show other drivers you’re changing lanes to the left or are turning left. Push the lever UP when you’re changing lanes to the right or making a right turn.
Keep it on
If you are making that lane change or turning a corner on any non-highway roads, you must make those lights blink for a minimum of 100 feet and be sure it is safe before you change that lane or turn that corner.
On highways where the speed limit is 40 MPH or faster, you have to have your blinker on for a minimum of 200 feet before changing lanes or turning a corner. Again, please check first to make sure it is safe to turn.
If you fail to make those lights blink, you can draw the attention of your friendly neighborhood police officer, sheriff’s deputy or state trooper. They may turn on their pretty red and blue flashing lights and pull you over. They may give you a ticket for two points off your driver’s license and a starting fine of $75.00.
All kidding aside, using your turn signals can prevent an accident and property damage or personal injury to you or other drivers as well as road rage.
Using your turn signal is not a courtesy, IT’S THE LAW!