I used to love working the overnight shift, from 10pm to 6 am, and worked this as my regular shift the last 10 months or so on the job. The hospital at night, is a different creature. During the day, it’s a small city in its own right, between the main hospital, children’s hospital, cancer center, research centers, out-patient clinics, the population of the medical campus would easily swell to over 20,000. But at night, the place would become a ghost town. The was no bullshit on the night shift, so if something happened, it was usually something legit. But there were also long stretches were nothing happened either, so naturally, being a bunch of young guys, we tried to make things happen from time to time.
One of our sources of entertainment on midnights, was to catch people “parking in cars”. There was this rather secluded parking lot, lot M-29, way down at the bottom of a hill, that only had one way in and out, so it gave the sense that it was really secluded and private. However, there was a well hidden CCTV camera in that lot which happened to feed into our dispatch center. So naturally dispatch kept a tight watch on this lot for “suspicious activity”. When windows on a car would become “suspiciously fogged”, one of our officers on bike patrol would be dispatched to stealthily cruise down there unseen and “investigate”. Few things on the job were as entertaining or comical as doing the stereotypical knock on the window with the flash light. Although, it did become awkward at times when we would catch staff from the hospital down there. Especially, staff with people other than their spouses…. Nobody ever got in trouble from these encounters but it did lead to a lack of eye contact from time to time when passing caught lovebirds in the hallways of the hospital.