Ride-along with Lieutenant Eric Paul / by Rugile Kaladyte

On Tuesday, April 22nd, I had the pleasure of joining Lieutenant Eric Paul on another ride-along; I have been working with Paul since last semester and am continuing my multimedia story about him. My focus on this particular ride-along was gathering ambient audio of the police office, his car, and the streets of Rochester.

Listening to suggestions made on my current version of the multimedia piece, I proposed spending more time with Paul at home to capture a greater sense of his family and relationship with his wife. Fortunately, Paul appeared excited with the idea and I am eager to work with him and his family. While the action-packed career provides interesting photographs, the real story lives in his family and their reactions to his chosen career. Paul has worked as a police officer for the city of Rochester for 26 years; he has been a lieutenant for the last 11 years. He plans to retire this year and we have discussed working together until those final days to tell his story.
 

Lieutenant Eric Paul poses with his gun while police officers collect video footage from a connivence store's security camera on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Rochester, N.Y. The video captured footage of a suspect involved in a shooting earlier  that day. The shooting was drug related and five shots were fired.

Lieutenant Eric Paul poses with his gun while police officers collect video footage from a connivence store's security camera on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Rochester, N.Y. The video captured footage of a suspect involved in a shooting earlier  that day. The shooting was drug related and five shots were fired.

Back at the office, Lieutenant Paul and others attempt to identify the suspect of the shooting. The suspect left the connivence store signing a receipt which was used to trace the suspect's name.

Back at the office, Lieutenant Paul and others attempt to identify the suspect of the shooting. The suspect left the connivence store signing a receipt which was used to trace the suspect's name.

Lieutenant Paul stands after stopping a car and making arrests of those leaving the address of the suspect. The four were quickly released after it was discovered that they were visiting a floor of the house different than of the one the suspect lived on.

Lieutenant Paul stands after stopping a car and making arrests of those leaving the address of the suspect. The four were quickly released after it was discovered that they were visiting a floor of the house different than of the one the suspect lived on.