Herbert Hudson: Policeman


Captain Hudson, Commander of the Groveton District Station, was a senior at Mt. Vernon High School when he dropped out with four months left. He went into the paratroopers, spending 27 months in Japan and Korea. After his discharge he went back and finished high school. He tried his hand in construction work for 2 1/2 years before deciding to join the Fairfax County Police Department primarily because of a need for financial security.

When asked about similarities between today's youth and the youth when he first joined the force, he said, "The most similar crime of the youth of today and when I first joined the force is vandalism and burglaries. Kids have always done it and the worst part is it can't be predicted."

The major difference between the youth when he joined the force and today's youth is drugs and alcohol. If a minoris found in possession of drugs, he or she will be prosecuted. He knows if someone wants to smoke marijuana or drink alcohol they'll do it. They will find a way to obtain it.

When asked if he personally favors the legalization of marijuana, he said, "I don't believe there've been enough studies conducted. Some so-called experts on the subject of marijuana who once advocated removing penal ties for its possession and use have since changed their position." He thinks that alcohol and cigarettes are dangerous. He does smoke and drink some.

Does he resent people who dislike him for his authority? He doesn't resent these people and when asked about being called a "pig," he said he doesn't mind - he's been called worse. He also says that the Groveton substation probably has the highest arrest record in the county. Most arrests come from the Route 1 corridor, the arrests being drunk driving and drunk in public related incidents such as fighting due to the number of bars on Route 1.

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