Officer Tim Glover has told WTSP that he has been in the position of sending red light notices to his friends, firefighters, co-workers, colleagues, and highway patrolmen.
In other words, Officer Tim Glover has kept a tight shift with his job of monitoring red light running. The real test of character and complete fairness came when Officer Glover was reviewing camera footage from September. As usual, he was focusing on the vehicles that had ran red lights in Haines City, and he spotted a police cruiser.
As he was reviewing camera footage, he felt concerned that he will have to write a ticket for a colleague. He then saw the intersection and remembered that it is part of his route. At that point, Officer Glover realized that he drove the vehicle he had seen running a red light.
He went to the parking lot to check for the markings on his Dodge Charger police cruiser just to be sure. As he suspected, the car was only driven by him at the time of the incident. Since this happened in a small town, things could have been covered up easily, especially since Officer Glover is in charge of issuing fines to people that run red lights.
Instead of being a hypocrite, he did not excuse himself in any way, and went to his superior’s office to notify him of the situation. Glover’s boss also deserves respect here, as he did not propose an alternative that was unfair, so he fined his subordinate.
Just like that, a lunch break took a turn for the expensive, as the officer will have to pay over $160 for the error. Officer Glover said that he is going to make sure he will never repeat this mistake.
We admire this officer and his boss for doing the right thing and taking responsibility for their actions and errors. This is precisely the kind of spirit that people expect from the police officers and government workers that are supposed to serve them.
If this story did not impress you, ask yourself when was the last time you made a blunder at work and how you acted when you realized the event. Then imagine telling your boss when you could have just put things under wraps.