Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes
The average citizen, even the average patrol
officer, often fails to realize what type of
criminal element is driving down the interstate
highways of our country. If you do not work
highway interdiction, or as some call criminal
interdiction then this element doesn't really
exist to you, all you see are thousands of cars
driving on the road daily.
Over the years that I worked the highway, not
only did I seize thousands of pounds of dope,
hundreds of thousands of dollars in dope money,
but also ran across just about every type of
criminal imaginable. While looking for dope,
the list of other types of criminals and
Stolen vehicles were recovered, child molesters
with kiddie porn loaded down in the trunks were
arrested, bank robbers with automatic weapons
and bullet proof vests were taken into custody,
white supremist transporting guns across state
lines, murder suspects, rape suspects and
others were all caught when they felt they were
safest, in-transit on the highway, several
states away from their fugitive state.
My point is that without interdiction officers,
these criminals WOULD be safe on the highways.
Your average traffic cop or beat officer will
not work the interstate thus leaving these
scumbags to drive right on by them, as long as
they aren't speeding, of course.
It's up to our troopers, county Mounties, and
local boys to get on the interstate if one
rolls through your jurisdiction and find these
felons on the run. Because if you don't, they
may just stop off in your town to gas up or use
the restroom, and commit a violent crime in the
process. Learning to develop your interdiction
skills and your investigative skills is a must
if you wish to do more than run a radar gun
during your career.
Trust me, I can tell you that the adrenaline
rush of a good foot chase, car chase or opening
a trunk and seeing 200 pounds of coke is a lot
more exciting than writing Mr. Rogers a
speeding ticket for 45 in a 35.
About the Author
Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes has over 17 years of law enforcement experience. He has a BA in Criminal Justice and is currently completing his master’s degree
in Public Administration. Additionally,
he is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas; has a Master Police Peace Officer Certificate from
the State of Texas; and, has a Police Instructor’s Licenses from the State of Texas.
Currently, Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes is a member of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office (Texas) where he is a
senior sergeant in the patrol operations. Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes is the author
of Secrets of Successful
Highway Interdiction. According to
Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes, “After 17 years of highway drug interdiction, 500 felony arrests, 5,100 pounds in drug seizures,
and over $20 million (drugs, cash and vehicles), I have learned a lot of drug-busting techniques that I want to share with
you.” His book, Secrets of Successful Highway Interdiction, contains eleven chapters on Highway Drug Interdiction.