April 19, 2006 By Robert Plain Ashland Daily Tidings Krystal Carter woke up in the lobby of the Ashland Police Department this morning. It wasnt where she planned to spend the night, but she was pleased with the accomodations all the s
Krystal Carter woke up in the lobby of the Ashland Police Department this morning.
t where she planned to spend the night, but she was pleased with the accomodations all the same.
A resident of Yreka who doesn&
t drive, Carter came to Ashland to fill a pain medicine prescription. When she was unable to hitch a ride back home Tuesday night, she called the Ashland police.
As a transsexual female, Carter said being on the road at night isn&
t always the safest place for her, noting that on several occasions she has experienced unwanted sexual advances while hitchhiking.
Officer Matt Caswell responded to Carter&
s call and, recognizing her predicament, came up with a solution.
He said there were several shelters in Medford, but it&
s not really safe to hitchhike there at night,&
she said. &
So he let me stay in the lobby of the police department to stay warm.&
She said while she was there, police provided her with a Wendy&
s hamburger and some chicken nuggets because she hadn&
t had the opportunity to get anything to eat.
It sure makes me feel good when a police officer goes out of his way to help someone,&
she said, in a letter she wrote to Chief Mike Bianca during her stay. &
I was comfortable and warm all night. Officer Caswell&
s actions proved the meaning of &
145;protect and serve.&
Ashland Police Chief Mike Bianca said of the situation, &
That was compassionate policing, even better than community policing. It was problem solving. That person had a problem and we solved it. Our lobby is open 24 hours, and has access to a bathroom and it was a good idea on the part of the officer to offer her a place to weather out the night hours.&
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