: from the Latin phrase:
misan (to miss), th (ancient spelling; singular article), rope (as current usage) i.e.; one who is unable to grasp a lifeline when thrown!
[quote=In CA, the California Highway Patrol is a traffic enforcement agency. That's their focus. Unless in a rural area and backing up a Deputy Sheriff or local LE, they never respond to radio calls. They won't even investigate a shooting that happened on a freeway - it's left to the locals. They do what they know and are evaluated on. Traffic Divisions or units are the same way - with the exception that they will back up their fellow cops on a regular basis.
I'll never forget the CHP Sgt who pulled me over for talking on my cell phone. He was completely frustrated and was trying to justify writing me a ticket for it. I was talking to a witness on a homicide/arson case but he just couldn't leave it alone.
He finally blurted out "you're an investigator, you're not a real cop!!!"
I calmly replied "Lemme see...homicide - cell phone ticket...homicide - cell phone ticket....hmmmmmm - uh, yeah" I told him about section 165 of the CA Vehicle Code (CHP Bible) which makes me and my car exempt, just like a marked unit, and drove away. I carry copies of the section now to hand out - 3 times so far.[/QUOTE]
A similar situation happened years ago in Montreal.
The Quebec Provincial Police patrols strictly work highway enforcement around Montreal. A Montreal cop was on his way, warrant in hand, to hit a Chinese gambling operation. He was speeding (what a surprise!) and was stopped and lectured by a Priovincial officer while the rest of the operation was on hold.