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Protecting the vulnerable

Tempo

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Rank: Special Constable

Length of service: 6 Months

Duty time: 1700-0200

 

All times are estimates due to PNB not being handy...

 

1700: Get kitted up and head down to briefing. Say hello to early turn who are now finishing up. Begin briefing, one in the bin who was arrested by the night turn for drink drive who blew 162 on the intox machine… he is still unfit for interview!

The section I am on with are good and always make me feel welcome, I supply the cakes for the briefing…with some tesco finest belgian cookies! (I highly recommend) 

 

1745: After checking emails etc we head out. I am crewed with a regular who I have been with a number of times and have a good laugh with while on duty.

 

1900: Comms shout our callsign up for a job concerning a young girl with learning difficulties who lives out of our patch with foster parents. The foster parents have called in worried for her welfare as she has not returned home from school as expected. Her sister has said that she was seen getting into the vehicle of her biological parents, who we find live on our patch.

We are made aware there is an order against any contact from the biological parents with this girl and under no circumstances should she be with them at this moment in time. A history of abuse between the father and the young girl is uncovered and seems a very complex situation, all we know is that we have a duty to protect this young girl and she will be coming with us no matter what tonight.

After conducting some research on the address we go code 5. My colleague says to me under no certain terms the young girl will be coming with us out of that house no matter what and asks if I am okay if it does “go” as it has potential to do so. I nod and respond “not a problem!” and swiftly throw my bag into the back of the car.

We turn up to the address and a male no taller than 5’2 answers the door, This we establish is the biological father, the mother is in the living room with the older brother of the young girl all sitting on the sofa watching television. I introduce myself and my colleague and ask if we can come in to have a chat. He responds with “I have been expecting you lot!” He continues as we enter into the house explaining how there is a ongoing court case concerning where this young girl will be living. We knew all of this already after being checking the log but listen to his side of the story.

My colleague brings the male into the kitchen which is at the rear of the property to talk to him in further out of earshot of the rest of the family as I sit with the young girl and begin to talk to her…the living room is taken up by only her and myself now as the older brother has gone upstairs to his bedroom and the mother exited the house in tears claiming to go to her friends house as she can’t deal with this ass we “are taking her little girl away again” This worries me, who is she going to come back with? but I focus on the young girl and begin to talk to her about what is on the television. She says she wants to be a police officer one day… She repeats what the biological father says that she took a bus directly from school to get here, all of her own accord and she wants to live with her biological mother father and brother and how her foster parents are awful to her. 

I hear the male in the kitchen begin to raise his voice to my colleague as he sets the kettle to boil 

“I only want a effin cuppa!!!" he states all I can imagine is this male throwing this boiling water at either me or my colleague, lets move this conversation into the living room.

My colleague has explained what will be happening this evening… This young girl is coming with us and there is no two ways about it and we believe he has taken her here today from school. He refutes this and becomes aggressive again “bloody ask her!! she said how she got here didn’t you love?!” the young girl looks frightened and just says "yeah, I got the bus like I said"

At this point I hear an almighty smash from upstairs…where the older brother has been for the past 20 minutes in relative silence we hear him scream out “You are not taking my sister again!!! you scum!” My colleague draws his captor and I draw mine in the living room as we hear him make his way to the stairs. We anticipate the worst and I ready myself for a roll around, my captor drawn I shake it and hold it behind my right leg, I glance to my right to see the little girl looking terrified…I give her a smile and reassure her things are going to be okay… well I hope they will be at  least.

A nearby unit with taser shouts up and asks if we need assistance we gladly accept the shout and they make the 10 minute ride over.

Things begin to die down just before the back up unit arrives. The older brother makes his way downstairs and apologies for his behaviour saying he is just upset and doesn’t want to lose his sister again…I take him into the kitchen to talk one to one and explain there is a way to go about these things and this isn’t it as there is a court process to follow, he nods in agreement and sips on his tea. 

The female officer explains to the young girl what will happen tonight that we are here to protect her and she has to go back to her foster parents. The male is standing behind the female colleague looking at the little girl and begins to but in and it is clear he is trying to influence her.

No more, we are leaving. The male begins to rant at how we are scum and worse than peadophiles he tries to stop us leaving and promptly receives a shove out of the way… we get out of the front door and the girls mood changes immediately.

She is no longer the scared little girl who we saw in the living room in the house that is behind me she becomes cheery and I got a sense of relief from her to be out of there. She explains how she was picked up from school, and how the whole story about the bus was what she was told to say.  It also becomes apparent that there has been contact through social media from the male for a long time now which constituted grooming. 

This will all be followed up but right now our priority was the safety and wellbeing of this young girl.

 

2230: The girl is now safe at her foster parents house. We make our way back to our patch to get some well needed food! We bump into a male on the main street of the town we patrol he is sleeping on the side of the road. I get out and begin to talk to him and run him through the system. He is well known and came out of prison that day. He has been released to the nearby probation accommodation but is unsure where it is so we give him a lift over and wish him all the best in his new beginning as he put it.

 

0200: Book off duty after sorting paperwork etc from the main job of the evening. 

 

Hope this was a good read, A duty which left me with real satisfaction and has stuck out to me as a highlight so far in my time as a special. 

Tempo.


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These are the jobs people sign up for.  It may not be one of the most 'exciting' of duties as you weren't blatting around on blues and two's but you probably helped someone more on this job than you would have nicking a shoplifter

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Curious, but why do you need to interview a drink driver?

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Agreed - the only time I would consider an interview vaguely appropriate would be for drunk in charge to consider whether the statutory defence is raised or not. Other than that, I would not interview and would argue that it is a breach of PACE to do so.

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Indiana Jones

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Did the OP mean unfit to be charged maybe?

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You need to interview drink drivers if you've not seen them driving.

 

I went to a report of a HGV that had jack knifed and when I got there spoke to the driver, smelt alcohol so breath test him and he blew over. I didn't see him driving but the vehicle didn't just magically appear there so he was interviewed.

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This just shows what a difference the job can do.  One can only imagine what the could have happened if the girl was left in the house. Thank you for what you do :).

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