First responders still respond during the holidays

Posted at 10:19 PM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 00:28:17-05

Our first responders work everyday of the year and that includes the holidays. A Nampa Police Department patrol officer tells us, there's no normal day on the job.

Nampa Police patrol officer Aaron Coleman has been with the department for almost 17 years.

"You come into work and you're going."

Coleman says the holidays bring a lot of stress on people.

"People that are struggling, there's that stress of not having enough money to buy Christmas gifts or bills that are coming due or things of that nature, New Years, it's still there, we see unfortunately this time of year, a lot more domestics. A lot more alcohol related stuff. Definitely see a hug spike in suicidal people. Luckily the majority of them are just looking for help," said Aaron Coleman, Nampa Police officer.

During the holiday season, he's out on the roads looking for anything unusual.

"Right now, he is a perfect driver. He is doing exactly 35 miles per hour."

Coleman says sometimes it's an opportunity to educate.

"It's also a young couple in the car with a small kiddo, so I'll give him a little lecture on having the things that they need to have and I'll give him a warning because I don't want to give them a ticket on Christmas."

He says his goal is to relate to and hopefully help someone out.

"Christmas time, I'm not necessarily looking for someone to get in trouble or looking for you know to put someone in jail. It's actually the last thing I want to do on Christmas."

Coleman says they see a lot more theft so they patrol around big box store mores often.