The Victoria Napolitano Bookstore Pretty, Powerful & Polite written by Victoria - Page 2
I pulled out my make-up case and commenced put-
ting on my lipstick. I took a quick look in the tiny
mirror on the inside of my Victoria Secret compact.
Chaplin Morris laughed out loud.
“Victoria,” he exclaimed. “What are you doing put-
ting on lipstick? This is a domestic call not a mod-
Telling him to pipe down and look professional. I
closed the trunk and started toward the house. Look-
ing over my shoulder I smiled and said, “You always
have to look good.”
As I walked into the house the arguing stopped im-
Smiling to diffuse the tension, I asked what was go-
ing on here.
After a moment of silence and confused looks at each
other. They all started talking at once.
“Hold it,” I said. “I can only listen to one person at
a time. Now let’s see if we can do that again, okay?”
T h e
Three P’s for the Professional Woman and Man
As a San Jose Police Patrol officer, I was assigned a
ride along A ride along simply means someone
would spend a shift in my car observing everything I
dealt with on that day. My ride along for the day hap-
pened to be the San Jose Police Department Chaplin.
A call came in to check out a low priority disturbance
call. As we drove over the Chaplin Richard Morris
and I discussed what the disturbance might be about.
Arriving on scene, I walked to the back of my pa-
trol car followed by my “shadow for a day” Chaplain
The good news is, I calmed everyone down and it
turned out to be a typical misunderstanding.
On the way back to the patrol car the Chaplin said,
“you know everyone was staring at you.”
I just smiled and laughed. I could have been sarcastic
and made a crack about my gun and badge, but I de-
cided to let it go.
To this day, the Chaplin remembers that incident and
he tells everyone else who will listen.
I may not be a patrol officer, but I do choose to work
and live by my three P’s. I do it because it works every