Insp. Bradley Sheridan puts on the brakes as he peers down the driveway of a Port Moody apartment complex.
"Are those truck headlights?" he asks his reporter passenger, in the darkness of a Saturday evening.
The Port Moody cop is on the lookout for a small suspicious Nissan spotted by another officer, with a record of being involved in drug dealing.
Sheridan is patrolling an area near Balmoral Drive, where the vehicle was last spotted.
Just to be on the safe side, he turns down the driveway to the apartment to see if the taillights are indeed those of a truck.
As he approaches in the patrol car, it's clear the lights are not from the Nissan.
But Sheridan's vigilance is not in vain. A moment later, out on the adjacent street, pops the older model Nissan with the right plates.
The lights go on.
The driver, a young-looking man, pulls over in short order just outside the complex.
Sheridan cautiously approaches the car and asks the man to step out.
A few seconds later, the Port Moody cop is joined by a fellow officer for a discussion with the driver. The officers suspect the driver, who is from Vancouver and has a record, is in the area to sell drugs.
They recognized a known heroin user in the area prior to the pull-over and are trying to put the two together.
"I don't play the game," the young man dressed in jeans and a T-shirt tells the two cops, adding he's been working for the last five years.
He tells the police he was in the area visiting his son.
Sheridan suspects he might also be drinking - an unusual occurrence for someone on the job dealing smack - so the driver gets the breathalyzer.
The test turns up clean, and without any evidence, the young man is let go.
Sheridan thinks the driver shoved his drugs in a water bottle he had stuffed between his legs as he pulled over.
It's one of a number of stops and files handled by Sheridan and the group of men and women in blue on shift during a recent Saturday night.
While Sheridan hits the road just after nightfall, his fellow officers have already started working on a few files.
Throughout the night, the crew will back each other up for myriad calls, from traffic stops to fireworks being blown off at a wedding.
While stopping a suspected drug dealer does have the potential to create the most tension, the evening also provides some lighter moments.
After patrolling a few parks in the College Park area of town, Sheridan and fellow officer Const. Brent Morson decide to check on another elementary school nearby.
Sitting on a bench near the playground is a young couple. The couple had just finished smoking pot as the police arrived.
The cops decided to do a quick search of the pair. The young woman wants to light up a cigarette but is told to wait.
During the search, the Surrey man boasts he hasn't had a drag from a smoke in 10 days.
"How long without weed? Two minutes? Morson jokingly asks.
The couple is eventually told to leave the school grounds without any charges.
The next stop becomes a prime example how a simple discussion can escalate to a near arrest.
Sheridan eyes two men sitting on the grass on Murray Street near Rocky Point Park.
The two older men, who were slurring their words, had clearly been drinking. A couple of empty beer cans were strewn about the grass.
After checking their I.D, Sheridan, who is now joined by Morson, tells the men they
need to get into a cab and go home.
A cab is called and is on the way.
One of the men, with a guitar strapped to his back, wants to serenade the cops while they wait.
Meantime, Morson pours out a few remaining beers from a plastic bag.
It sets off one of the men, who is now worked up in a tirade, swearing at the officers. By now the cab has come, and his friend is urging him to get inside.
The drunken man refuses to get in the cab with his friend, opting to walk home. As he leaves, he continues to swear at the officers.
Sheridan said the man was close to being arrested.
Though the seasoned officer acknowledged pouring out the beer helped escalate the situation, he insisted it was the right thing to do. "Clearly they both had enough for tonight," Sheridan said.
It wouldn't be the last time that Port Moody police deal with some people who've had a little too much to drink.
For the next few hours, Sheridan looks into a fireworks call, and makes a few traffic
"They say police work is 95 per cent downtime and paperwork and five per cent craziness," Sheridan said.
The craziness never really rears its head on this evening.
The time in between calls is a chance to write up files and send out a few tweets.
Sheridan, who worked homicide for a couple of years, is the main person behind the department's Twitter account. Over the last few years, the account has been used for what the department has called tweet-alongs.
The tweets are usually the humorous musings of Sheridan based on the files from that particular evening. The @PortMoodyPD account has more than 4,000 followers and appears to be getting positive reviews from the general public and the department's brass.
After midnight, the attention turns to the bars. The police are asked to just check in at the St. James Well in Newport Village.
There have been some rumblings that trouble could be brewing between a few patrons, so staff want the police on hand at closing just to be on the safe side.
As it turns out, the bar patrons disperse without an issue. But there's always one
guy who can't help but embarrass himself. On this night, a slightly drunk individual decides to ask one of the female officers out on a date. She politely declines, seemingly laughing it off.
But this guy is persistent. Sheridan steps in and tells the man it's time to go home.
"It's not fair for her to have to deal with that," he said, after stepping in for his fellow officer.
It's now early morning, and the rest of the team is off to a few more bars and calls, while Sheridan heads back to police headquarters on St. Johns Street to do more paperwork.
"It's hard to say if this is a typical night because there is no such thing," he says.
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