Lukas Musiot is fascinated by the differences in law enforcement in America, when compared to his native country of Germany.
"(Tomball) is pretty much like my hometown," he said. "It's smaller, but we don't have the equipment like Tomball has."
Musiot spent three weeks in Tomball as part of an internship for his studies in Germany. He is training to become a police officer, specializing in the use of a gyroplane similar to what Tomball has. Unfortunately the Tomball craft was damaged in a small crash several weeks ago, so Musiot was unable to fly in it. He did, however, get to ride in both the Department of Public Safety and Harris County Sheriff's Office helicopters during his time here.
"The first time he was on the helicopter there was an armed robbery at a smoke shop where the owner shot two suspects as they fled," said Tomball police officer and pilot Keith Bitz. "He got to see some things right away."
"It was awesome to see how it all works," he said.
Musiot, who is already licensed to fly a gyroplane in Germany, said he was searching for agencies that used them, when he came across Tomball."I called (Tomball Police Chief Robert Hauck) and asked for an internship and he said of course," Musiot said.
Musiot has spent nearly three years in the German equivalent of the police academy, where he will finish with the rank of detective.
He said the differences between the styles of law enforcement are numerous. They do not have the self-defense and suppression equipment that a typical American agency has and they are not allowed to carry their sidearms with them following their shift, Musiot said.
"You have to be a licensed hunter or sport shooter to own a gun," he said.
He also said he is amazed at the different type of agencies in America, as police in Germany are solely run by either the federal or state governments.
"It's amazing to see all the towns have police, the constables, the sheriff, there are so many different ones," Musiot said.
He said he will go back to Germany with a lot more knowledge of his profession and with a gratitude for the town that hosted him.
"Tomball is a very nice town with a lot of history," he said. "I didn't realize the connection it had with Germany until I got here."
"I've had a good look at how police can work if given enough money for the correct equipment," he added.