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Badges and Awards

We are very pleased to announce that the Awards and Badges have now returned to the forum. Some of you will see that you already have some awards or achievements in your forum posts.  Those who already have them will have got them as a result of the transfer over from the old site all that time ago, however, a lot of you won't have them. If you do have them or when you do get them they will display either on the left under your name or at the bottom of each post.  Awards are on the left and achievements will be along the bottom.  You can also see all the award and achievements you or anyone else has by looking at their profile and you can see what awards are available and who has them by clicking here: http://police.community/awards/ So how do you get them I hear you ask.  It's easy.  For the most part you just ask for it.  Some of them we can verify such as serving officer status, the badges such as Long Service or Jubilee medals we will award on request based on trust, if you say you got them then we will award then.  If you shouldn't have them then you really do need to be asking yourself just how sad is it that you want to display a badge on a forum signifying an award?  Add on to that the fact that eventually you'll likely be sussed as not really deserving of it and then that's just embarrassing when you are outed. In the very near future there will be many more added and these will be for things like post counts and Likes etc.  These will be automated and will be with us soon. If you want a badge then they can be awarded by any of the full mods so all you need to do is send them a message or speak to them in the chat room (when available) and they will do the rest for you. Let us know what you think Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Single Crewed Night Shift

I've been operational as a full time PC for about five months, after having four months of training, and two years as a SC prior to joining up. I still love every day, I still look forward to going in and pulling on my stab vest, and it feels exactly like it did as a SC, except that I get a wage each month and I get a lot more point to point radio calls (either social or supervisory lol). Some people will say there's a lot more paperwork, there's a lot more to it etc. but I exposed myself to a lot as a special, so I guess I really did get a lot out of it which made the transition to regular very smooth. I've been to a lot of incidents, the most high profile being this one, but none really seem interesting or unique enough to write about. I fancied writing one though so here is one of my first night shifts after becoming independent.   Your rank: PC
Your planned duty hours: 2200-0700   2200 - Briefing. Single crewed but I manage to get the ANPR vehicle to take out. Lots of driving, vehicle checks, nothing of note. 0200 - Parked up in a lay by so as to read the number plates of passing vehicles. Even though it's early in the morning this is quite a well used road. 0210 - Just as I am thinking my luck is out I am about to pull out to go back to the station to grab a bite to eat when I see headlights in my rear view mirror. They are bearing down on me pretty fast, bearing in mind I am in a 40 mph speed limit. I wait for it to pass and then pull out behind it, just to see how (if at all) the driving changes now I'm behind it. The vehicle doesn't slow down and, if anything, continues to accelerate. The vehicle is moving side to side and crossing the centre white lines. As the 40mph limit drops to a 30mph we are now travelling at 60mph, coming into a slight right hand bend. The vehicle is carrying straight on and I'm thinking is he going to take the bend or not, when he suddenly swerves right to stay on the road. The speed comes down somewhat as a result and at this point I activate the blue lights to stop the vehicle however it continues without illuminating any brake lights. There are no other vehicles around, nor are there any pedestrians. Round the bend we are approaching a roundabout and I am thinking "why has this guy not stopped, can he not see the police car? Is that why he was driving like an idiot?" As we approach the traffic light controlled roundabout (red lights showing) the vehicle stops in lane one and so I pull up next to it, telling him to stop the car round the corner in a safe position. Just as I am pulling up level with the driver the lights go green, the vehicle suddenly accelerates away and turns left at the roundabout, however takes the corner so wide he has crossed over into lane two. At this point I realise to myself that the vehicle is failing to stop - I managed to get the VRM of the vehicle and inform the control room that the vehicle is failing to stop and turn off the blue lights due to my driving authority.... however almost immediately the vehicles turns off to the left into a cul-de-sac. I know that this is a dead end and so I pull in behind him and see the vehicle left abandoned in the middle of the road. I pull up behind the vehicle and go to the driver side however there is no person in the driving seat. There is a front seat passenger and I suspected that he had been the driver and had changed seats - unfortunately I had not seen the driver as he had pulled off before I could get level back at the lights. I arrest the passenger and walk him to vehicle... the passenger's reply to caution is "I wasn't driving. The driver is hiding in the boot". At some point during this I had updated control and other units were making their way to me. With the passenger in the back of my car I went to the other vehicle and opened the boot and, low and behold, there is a male laying in the boot. There was no parcel shelf and so it was quite plausible for the driver to have climbed over the back seats in the time that I had lost sight of the vehicle. The male is playing dumb and is 'asleep' so I am rousing him, just as one other unit pulls up behind my car. Foolishly (learning point!) I turn around to see who it is and at this point the male in the boot bolts up and runs off, so I give chase.... after firstly slipping over on the grass I am chasing this male; it's dark, no street lighting, he's intent on escaping and he's bigger (stocky) than me. I am shouting "police stop" at him however he is continuing to run away until he turns down a dead end with a large metal fence at the bottom. I am gaining on him and the male turns around. I draw my baton and warn him however he comes towards me. I strike him once to the upper leg, which has the desired effect and I can take the male to the floor. A few seconds later an officer from the other crew joins me and we handcuff him.   Back at custody both males gave positive breath tests. The passenger gave a witness statement and the guy hiding in the boot coughed to being the driver. He was charged with failing to stop and drink driving. Due to previous convictions he was sentenced to an immediate custodial sentence of 22 weeks and given a 52 month driving ban. 0300 - Arrive custody Clerical 0745 - Cease duty

DB11

DB11

 

Free Chat For All

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. For the duration of the Christmas and New Year period the chat room is now open to all PolCom members and not just the VIP's It will close again the weekend after the New Years Celebrations. Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

A busy night

Rank SC Service 12 months (to the day - today is the anniversary of Attestation) Shift: 2100-0700 Saturday Night Duty: Response 2045:  Arrive and see who is about.  It is a 'Super Saturday' where accumulated hours owed are called in.  They happen every 5 weeks and mean extra bodies.  The problem is two cars are tied up on a warrant so with 2 Specials swelling the ranks further we head out Six-Up in the van (crazy numbers for our town). 2120:  Arrive at an address to carry out a Fail To Attend warrant, but the individual is not there, her location is given to us and passed over to the relevant division.  Have a bit of a cruise around. 2200:  Call to a domestic.  Woman in a house next door to another family member being looked after by good neighbours.  Bit complicated but she lives over town and was heading for her relative after a fight with her partner, but only got as far a the neighbour.  We go to her flat, there is blood on the door but no partner.  We eventually get his mobile number and he agrees to meet us at her flat.  We go back and knock up the chap in the next flat.  The blood is explained as he has had a right pasting.  Turns out he got it defending the girl.  The partner is clearly giving us the run-around until 0100 when he is sighted at the hospital where she's being treated.  We pile up and he is eventually located and arrested.  I switch to a car with another officer. 0120:  Called to an address where another long running serial is reaching a climax.  A lad is being sought for all sorts of things and officers are in his home address.  There are eventually three crews, traffic and ARV en-route when lad is found hiding, mum assaults two officers and in the melee a PAVA canister valve gets snapped off and one of the traffic officers gets it all over himself (thankfully not in the eyes).  I was on back garden watch as he's been known to exit via the first floor windows.  Laddo and mum are brought out making a right fuss and we get two vans up for them.  Change cars. 0140:   Called to a confusing welfare issue - we knock on the door and the young lady answers...without any clothes on...She realises her 'mistake', closes the door, grabs a towel and we share a laugh about it.  The welfare issue (third party) is sorted and all are accounted for, safe and well. 0220: Called to criminal damage - diverted to a teenage welfare issue, dealt with as elder sister is present, over 18 and responsible.  The family are known and we know what solutions work. 0300:  Into town for chucking out - going reasonably well until a problem crops up.  I know the lad kicking off quite well and am surprised to see him in such a state.  I try and try to get him to leave but he finally pushes it too far and two colleagues take him in, as much for  his own safety as anything else. 0410:  Refs, taken very quickly. 0430:  Called back to the 0220 job.  Mum has turned up - known to be difficult.  In fact she is reasonable.  She knows my partner and tells us she's having treatment for he various issues and , tonight at least, seems to want to help (which is good as I've met her when she has been less cooperative and it wasn't pleasant).  The teenager is eventually dropped at Nan's and by about 0530 we are back in the nick where everyone is busy doing statements and preparing handover files.  I do what I can to be helpful, it seems that I've got all the necessary mobile numbers from the earlier jobs - the regulars have fancy data tablets but the specials' PNB is sometimes the easiest way to get info down quickly. 0700:  Finish and drop into MacD's where eldest daughter is working early shift for a hot choc. Home and bed.   So I've been a special for a year.  Well over 500 hours in 2015 and the crews I work with regularly tell me that they are happy to see me - I hope they aren't just being polite.  Here's to another year and the 'festive' season, especially Friday 18th, the real 'Black Friday'!!

MajorDisaster

MajorDisaster

 

First ever day out

Hello! So for those who don't know, I'm a student officer with West Midlands. The people up high had decided that it was about time for our first taste of real policing so they booked us an attachment day with real officers doing real things. For my own entertainment as much as yours, I thought I'd make a little post about my first experiences. Date: 19/11/2015
TOD: 0830-1630
Attachment to Neighbourhood Team I arrive at the big city station and immediately find there are about 10 parking spaces to share between about 200 people. Therefore I spend the next 40 minutes panicked and trying to find a space in an area I am totally unfamiliar with whilst manoeuvring the car around alleyways I would pretty much struggle to walk through, never mind drive. There are three others from my class joining me on this attachment and between us we take a lucky pick of which door is the right entrance. We got it wrong. Eventually, however, we find some CS spray and someone arrives to pick us up. We drive down to the local neighbourhood team's station, which was literally nothing more than a glorified portacabin. Introductions around all the team and they seem a really good bunch who know what they're doing and love doing it. I was amazed to see the various nominals posted around the room who were all so young! We are then briefed for the day. The plan was we would join a speed operation. Good timing, as just the week before we'd had a quick go with the speed laser in traffic training. PC Rain was on duty, but we decided to give it a go anyway. Half an hour later, after the full briefing, set up and the monumental task of hunting for the right paperwork, we sit in the van ready to roll out the gate when there's a change of plan. Sergeant gets a call on his radio and we are reassigned. One of my colleagues goes on the speed op as planned, but with reduced numbers. The other two of my colleagues are going to help with executing a search warrant on a complicated alleged historical sex abuse case. Me and the guy looking after me were chosen to start work on a high risk missing person. We go into the office to start our initial research of this missing person. After ten minutes of searching various systems and making loads of useful notes, we're told that actually we'd been given the wrong name. So we do it all again, this time for the correct missing person. I'd recently been trained in use of the missing person database we have, whereas my tutor hadn't, so I ended up teaching him a lot about that. Turns out our misper has a list of medical conditions as long as my arm. Armed with as much information as we could muster in the office, we set off. First call is to check his home address. No reply from the door and so given his medical complications, we’re given authority to force entry Section 17 in order to see if he is inside. It was a small house, only three rooms and all of them pretty messy. He wasn’t in, but all of his medications were. Not good news. Desperate to gain a lead, we start house to house enquiries nearby. I take one side of the road and my colleague takes the other. On the very first door I knock at, a lovely old lady answers the door and she makes no reaction or reply to what I’m saying to her. This gives me a bit of a funny feeling that something doesn’t seem quite right, and just then she drops to the floor like a bag of bricks. I’m slightly impressed I had the reaction quick enough to catch her just before she hits the floor and so my colleague joins me and we get her inside. We ask for an ambulance despite her protests. Long story short, this poor woman was feeling weak and frail and was on various medications which did not seem to have worked. We were also concerned that she was showing some initial signs of confusion onset, which the medics agreed with, so we did all the necessary bits and bobs for a referral to social services. Luckily she had an angel of a neighbour who could support her once she came back out of hospital. Typical, I thought - first day out, first house I come to and something as unexpected as this happens. What an introduction to policing! Having got the lady wheeled off in the much more capable hands of the lovely paramedics, and then getting myself back to task, we continue house to house enquiries. Eventually a few people mention the same name and in the absence of many other leads, we decide to check it out. We hunt for the nearest working PC (which can be quite a battle!) and after running a few intelligence checks we find this name linked through an intelligence log to an address. Excited by this new information, but also full of trepidation at the time elapsed and the medical condition of this person, we rally the troops and eagerly set off to search. I should point out that we were not quite blessed with an exact address, but rather the name of a tower block, which meant a hundred doors or so over six floors to start checking each and every one of them. By some stroke of luck, the first few doors we try have apparently seen our person hanging around the staircases. One person reckon they know which flat precisely and they give us a number. The seven of us traipse up six flights of stairs and I find myself realising for the first time that with all this police kit on, it’s easily an extra couple of stone to my weight, and this would take some getting used to! Of course, the flat in question is right on the top floor and the lifts are out of order so I’m ready for a short nap once we stumble up to the top floor. I was a little horrified to see the edges of the walkways, on which only a thin piece of wood around four feet high stood between us and a six storey drop. Envisioning some elaborate horrible scenario of an angry lunatic bursting out of a random flat and flinging us easily over the barrier, I was practically hugging the wall and sidestepping down to find the right door. Eventually we get there and there’s a sense of nervous excitement in the air as we knock. We make repeated verbal appeals but to no success. Just as I’m about to resign myself, someone inside calls out. “Who is it?” “It’s the police, come to the door please. We’re worried about you, we’d like to speak to you.” Again, a few moments of nervous silence, ended by the relieving sound of the door being unlocked from within. Our missing person opens the door and whilst being as discreet as possible, we all share sly celebrations with each other under our breath and a subtle pat on the back. With a little more talking, our missing person agrees to come down and be assessed by ambulance due to his various medical ailments and missed doctor’s appointments. (When the ambulance arrives it’s the same crew as earlier and they make cheeky comments about me being the bad luck charm!). A colleague of mine takes the chap to one side as we wait for the ambulance and carries out a full missing person debriefing session, which is vitally important to help us understand more about why this person went missing and how we can help them and others in the future.  The guy then goes along to hospital after precautionary advice from the paramedics. I glance at my watch and I’m disappointed to see it’s already time for my shift to end. We are driven back to our central station from where we make our own home. I spent the rest of the night buzzing. I accept that, especially to many of you more experienced officers, my day’s activities were not too exciting or ground-breaking and may even be seen by some as mundane and testing, but I really enjoyed it. The true cliché feeling of knowing you’ve helped someone, potentially saved lives today, and the first true feeling of how people deal with you in uniform – these are all emotions I think I could get used to. Bring on day two.

Bluebird

Bluebird

 

A windy one!

Rank: SC Experience; 11 Months Duty: 2100-0700 Saturday Night All timing from PNB. 2040: Arrive and say hello to the Sarge and the one officer in the report room.  I'd done a shift earlier in the week with this Code and I'd told them I'd be in.  There is still an issue with vehicles.  One car's coolant leak has come back and the small cage van hasn't been returned from repair as expected, so the Sarge is working out who will go where. 2050: Custody call down for an officer to charge someone and after a consult it is decided there is nothing to prevent me doing it.  I'd not charged anyone before so the Custody Sgt explains the process and shows me the layout of the forms.  Laddo comes out,abuses everyone, is charged, abuses everyone some more and is put away again still abusing everyone. 2100:  The rest of the code are in and two sips into a cuppa a call arrives and three of us pile into the big van and head for the town square.  A 14 yo girl is very intoxicated and her male friend is being aggressively protective.  We manage to peel him off her and monitor while ambulance are en-route.  Another unit arrives and the young lad kicks off - I'm not sure that he couldn't have been led away and calmed down, but one of the other crew decide to arrest for D&D so I assist as I have an arm at that point. 2110:  As the ambulance is parked in a narrow part of the street I'm directing traffic down a side road, telling people that hopefully we won't be long and their first action should be a spin round the town for 5 minutes.  The one way system means that the top of town is off limits until the road is open.  One motorist is less than happy! Him: I need to get to the top of High Street Me:  Sorry, you can't right now, go round and hopefully we'll be gone by the time you get back. Him: But I need to get up there NOW! Me:  Well, you can't, you've got to go down Bridge Street for now. Him: Can't I squeeze past the ambulance? Me: No, go down bridge Street. Him: Why do I have to go down there? Me: [with a smile] Because I'm telling you to Him: YOUCAN'TTALKTOMELIKETHATWHAT'SYOURNUMBERI'MGOINGTOREPORTYOU!!!!!!  Me: [pointing at my slide on the arm of my fleece] 7***, have a nice evening. That's another first for the evening, my first angry number demand. 2200:  Welfare check, but it turns out the lady is fine and the gentleman doesn't recognised when he's being ignored. 2220:  Another officer and I take a spare cage van out to the next City to pick up a prisoner and some evidence (not connected).  The prisoner is a choice specimen and the evidence is a lot of cannabis, which make the van smell wonderful.  The round trip is about 120 miles he drives there and I drive back! 0200: Food break. 0230:  Into town with the Sarge and the van.  Over the next hour we deal with various verbal disagreements, search a very cocky young chap (without result) drive a drunk driver's car to the nick (first time I've driven a GTi in 15 years - mine smelled better!).  One officer is tied up in custody on 136 watch while others deal with various losses of bodily functions among the 'guests'.  While we are doing this the wind and rain arrive in force and town disperses relatively quickly. 0400:  I drive the spare van down to it's daytime home ten miles away and one of the local officers drives me back. Complete some paperwork. 0545:  The Sarge and I go back into town to deal with a verbal spat - it takes a bit of sorting out but eventually between taxis and giving one girl a lift up the road we restore order. 0700: Knock off. A very varied and interesting shift.

MajorDisaster

MajorDisaster

 

All kitted up and ready to go..

So I arrived at the station for my first ever shift as a fully attested special constable. Although my rank still stands as "trainee" special constable, it still feels good to finally be allowed out on the streets.  So it was a Sunday afternoon at 14.45. I made my way to the second floor of Maidstone police station and knocked on the LDPT (local district police team) sergeants office. I informed the SGT who I was and he told me to go wait in the office in the next room. 10 minutes went by, which felt like an hour. He called me into the briefing room and my first ever police briefing had begun. Who got told of some potential wanted people and I got told who I'd be crewed with. We got a vehicle and off we went. My crew mate was a regular PC and a great one at that. Very funny and welcoming. We done a bit of "hunting", as he liked to call it, and mainly went to the more rougher parts of Maidstone to see what we could find.  To sum up the evening, I carried out a s23 MDA persons search, s1 Pace persons search and assisted my colleagues in the vehicle searches for both the above. We also had a failure to stop however this didn't make off at speed. When the guy finally stopped he blamed it on the blue Xmas lights hanging off his mirror and claimed he didn't see us. (Ok then!) After a stern warning, we could smell alcohol coming from him and noticed a can of Stella in the driver side door. A breath test revealed 23mgs of alcohol in his breathe, very lucky indeed.  Overall, a very good first shift and looking forward to my morning shift on Tuesday. 

danswans

danswans

 

VIP Live Support

In line with our ambition to continually improve and develop the services we here at Police Community offer to our members we realised that we need to improve the 'Priority Support' we offer to our VIP members and with this in mind we have been working hard to develop and integrate a solution that will do just that. For those of you that know the team and have been members for a fair bit of time, you will notice how committed the team are and that they are always online, well almost always! With this in mind we are able to offer Live dedicated support to our VIP members so that they can speak with a member of the team instantly if there are any issues that you need to raise or discuss. When no member of the team is available the 'VIP Live Support' will not display however if one of the team is online it will be available to access down the right hand side of the screen. I have currently disabled Live Chat on mobile devices. We hope that you will find it a useful addition included for FREE within your existing VIP packages and I guess it leaves me to say we will look forward to chatting with you live time in the future. Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Our 1st Birthday

Good Evening This time last year I opened the doors of Police Community for the very first time and welcomed each and every one of today's membership to join in our new forum. Since embarking on the journey to create the forum I have been overwhelmed by the level of support and engagement our members have had.  In that 12 month period we have been supported by our sponsors @Gladstoneboots LTD and @Police-Supplies who had the foresight to see the true potential of Police Community and were quick to offer up their sponsorship which has allowed us to deliver on some projects and developments that we wanted to bring to our members so I thank both of them and hope to continue working in partnership for the foreseeable future. Of course, to make a forum like Police Community a true success there are some key individuals that help both on the frontend but also in the background. The moderation team led by @Cheetah have been truly fantastic in the time, commitment and support they have shown myself and @Chief Rat. Without that support we would not be able to keep the forum focused, the content fresh and relevant and ultimately give the forum the edge over our competitors from our forum descending into chaos. They ensure we have a sense of purpose and for moderating over 10,000 posts per month, a huge thank you from me to each and every one of the team. Lastly, where do I start,  Over 1800 Members, Over 120,000 posts and Over 45,000 topics in the last 12 months our members have truly grown Police Community to be a very successful 1st year forum. You have welcomed new members, been supportive of others looking to join the police service and have created some very interesting debates along the way. Those of you that were given your VIP status for year one have already started to show your support by renewing your subscription and starting to support Police Community financially. Clearly I hope many more of you will continue to show your support in whatever way you can. As we move into our second year and start to grow even larger I am sure we will all enjoy the use of the forum, continue to engage frequently and let's maintain that robust debate. My commitment to you is that in return I will continue to develop, build and enhance your user experience as collaboratively we work to make Police Community the leading police forum in the UK. Happy Halloween and Thank You Chief Bakes Founder of Police Community  

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Latest Forum Software

As you should all have noticed the forum software has now been updated to the latest version. There have been one or two changes and these have caused a couple of issues for some of our members.  With this in mind this blog post should hopefully help you out with a couple of things. Notifications
As some of you will have noticed you may have started receiving more notifications (emails).  This is in part to how the site was originally set up by the authors of the software and it was automatically set to receive notifications when you contributed to a thread, whilst you may have been subscribed it didn't send a message.  This was amended some time ago so that you don't by default automatically follow threads you contribute to.  Because you may have historically been following some and it has all been sorted with this latest release you may have found that you are now receiving a number of emails/notifications.  If you want to stop this with just a couple of clicks then that is easy.  Go into your profile and click on your notifications settings, once the screen opens you need to uncheck the two buttons as shown below   Make sure you then check or uncheck as necessary the buttons for what you receive notifications on     That's it, you should no longer receive the notifications.  We apologise if this has caused you some problems.   New Content
New content has changed extensively and is now referred to as an Activity Stream.  Just as before you can change what appears in your activity stream but unlike before once you leave the site and come back it will have gone back to the default.  This is where you can now create your own activity stream and set that as your default. At the top of the screen click on Activity, then select the Activity Stream drop down and at the bottom of here select 'Create New Stream'   From here you can give you stream a name and choose the settings you want       Once you have made your choices and saved it you can go into your stream from the drop as shown above, whilst in there you will see a circle with a tick in it beside your streams name, click this and it becomes your default, it even gets added to the top of each page for ease   So that is a stream for me to use, however, you can share a stream with anybody simply by letting them know the number in the url or by sharing the url (if you have some enhanced permissions then only you will see those, you can only see what you are entitled to see).  So with that in mind if you want to know what my Activity Stream is like then here it is for you to save as your own http://police.community/discover/7/ If you have any comment or questions regarding this then please feel free to make comments below. Cheetah
Team Police Community

Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Life and Death

Rank: Special Constable Length of service: 3 months Duty time: 1500-2200   All times are estimates:   1500: all kitted up head on down to the briefing room. Say Hi to the skipper and a few of the guys who are in and ready for briefing. Find who I am crewed with, Ive been with him before and he is a good laugh   1540: First call of the day…comes through as an assault so make our way towards on blues.   1550: Arrive. Greeted by a large group of people in the street claiming the male who has been assaulted was attempting to steal from a near by building site and the workers did not take to kindly to this so decided to give him a bit of a pasting for it. I take some details of some witnesses in case they are needed. Turns out the male has had a bit of an accident during the whole incident and managed to soil himself. He claimed that he was only in the building site to go to the toilet but the workers claim he was seen trying to take a drill from the site. Long story short neither party wanted to take it any further so colleague got a signature from the male who was assaulted and have a few words with the builders. All in order so we are on our way!   1740: Asked to make our way to a sudden death. This would be my first call of this nature.   1750: Arrive at the address. Friends of the deceased are there and are understandably upset after finding their friend deceased. We make our way inside and are greeted by a paramedic who arrived before us and has confirmed the male has passed away. Paramedic passes us the paper work we needed and he is on his way. Colleague lets me take the lead on the job and I complete the relevant paper work for the coroner as he called for the undertaker to come, I placed the tag onto the male and made some enquires as to who was the next of kin.    1845: Undertakers arrive. Give them the paperwork they need and then gave them some assistance with moving the deceased into the bag so he can be transported. Undertakers make their way off. We secure the property with a friend of the deceased and make our way off too.   1910: Refs break, I was starving! got myself a nice curry and a fanta.   1930: Back at the station to email the paperwork to the coroners office etc…   2200: Book off duty!    Hope this was a good read Tempo.

Tempo

Tempo

 

Finding my feet

Rank: Special Constable Length of service: 3 months  Duty time:1800HRS-0115HRS   1800: Get to the station and say hi to the skipper and a few of the guys who are on this evening. I had never been on with the section who were on, but they all seemed nice and welcoming! Go and kit up and get crewed with a regular. About to check briefing but we are called up to deal with a disturbance at a property nearby. Arrive to the property to find a female at the door who is angry about claims she is due to be a grandmother which when she has arrived to the address of her son and his girlfriend the claims have been denied...among all this she has claimed to be assaulted where the other party are claiming she has forced entry. Female is advised to move along as there are better ways to get to the bottom of her questions. Told she can make a allegation if she so wishes but can expect one to come straight back at her if thats the case! She duly agrees to move along and is escorted to her home by her son. 1910: Respond to a call of a male who claims to have people outside his address who are being threatening...Colleague says the male is known to us and has a a history of MH issues. Arrive to the address and first thing that I see is a stanley knife by where the male was sitting...that can move straight away! He explains how he is hearing males outside his house at all hours saying his name and explaining in great detail what he is doing in his home, the stanley was there incase anybody tries to get into his address. Reassure the male that there were no males outside his property when we arrived and say we will make sure to patrol around the area. Explain that he is to call 999 if anybody tries to gain entry to his property and we will be right around. The male claimed to be taking his medication due to be a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and explained how he was not going to harm himself or others. My colleague put in information to the MH team in regards to the male to follow up with him. 2000: Back at the station briefly as colleague needed to follow up some crimes he had...I used the time to update my PDP. 2030: Called to respond to two males being detained by security staff at a supermarket after being caught shoplifting. One of the males was said to have assaulted a member of staff and is being highly aggressive Blue light run to the call(adrenaline running a bit :P)...arrive to one male being cooperative and being supervised by two of the store staff in a side room. The other male was being detained on the floor with three staff lay on him to make sure he was going nowhere! myself and my colleague take control of the male who is swearing an awful lot but is begining to calm down now we are dealing with him, result! my colleague cuffs him and we bring him to another side room. My colleague places him under arrest on sus shoplifting, the male takes a disliking to a female officer and is promptly told to shut up and is swiftly lead to the back of the van! We talk briefly about the second male and decide to bring him in also. Another officer asks if i wish to make the arrest and i gladly oblige! we make our way in and I place the male under arrest on sus shoplifting, he comes without issue and is placed into the back of a car and escorted to custody. 2130: Arrive to custody and book my prisoner in. 2230: Complete a arrest statement with the help of a awesome regular officer who was really helpful! print it off and hand to my colleague who will be heading up the interviews. I am asked if i wish to sit in on the interview of the male I arrested to which I say yes. 2300: Section have their meal for the evening...I just have some water as I had ate before coming out to shift but quickly regret this as the kebabs smelt so good! 0010: Interview begins with the male who I arrested, He fully admits the offences and the interview lasts no longer than five minutes. It was still good to see how the interview process works though and how my colleague put questions across to the male. 0030: Decision is made on both males on how they will be dealt with. The male who was at first aggressive is RJ'd along with a cannabis warning after a further search at custody found the smallest amount of cannabis on his person know to man, it was found out a bit later on he had not assaulted any of the staff but "looked like he may assault someone!". Male 2 is cautioned for the offence as he had similar previous so could not be RJ'd. I found this a really good experience as it was the first time to see a crime through from arrest to the end...even if it wasnt the crime of the century   All in all a pretty productive shift   0115: book off duty. hope this was worth a read! Tempo

Tempo

Tempo

 

PURSUIT :D Traffic attachment 2 and 3 of 3

during day 2 we just seized some vehicles and did some TORs , Bit boring to describe that for a few hours ( but i enjoyed it ) Day 3: Rank:SC      Length of Service:3 months       Planned Hours:0700x1500      Type of Shift:Traffic 0700; Gear up at breifing, get out callsign and my colleague/prep the car **** head out for an operation  ****car known for someone wanted and recent fail to stops is spotted and we begin responding along with other units. **** arrive at a location to await dispatch from helicopter **** dispatched to go stop car, car fails to stop and we and another unit begin pursuit went a long time following directions from helicopter (would of not been possible without the heli), eventually car the person was caught and arrested. As much as I'd love to go into more detail of how AWESOME the pursuit was, also i've removed times/details    lost track of time between now and approximately 1300 when we were booking him into custody...there was a long wait.  1430 back to the office to compelte paperwork 1550 paperwork complete home time   Traffic cops got nothing on me after this, the drivers of the vehicle(s) showed some incredible skill and resiliance, traffic do actually do something     Most exhilerating shift ive ever had... by far. How i refer to being a special ; "it's like watching traffic cops, except then someone asks you what to do". Well this was literally my traffic cops day    

Eebs

Eebs

 

Traffic attachment 1 of 3 .. I like traffic

Rank:SC      Length of Service:3 months       Planned Hours:0700x1500      Type of Shift:Traffic the Bobby I was with said this was a slow shift even with us trying to be proactive. 0650: arrive to kit up and sign on before briefing  0700 grab our vehicle and kit it out, check everything's working  0715 joint special ops briefing 0730 briefing ends 07:45 quick catch up and were off 0815 arrive on the south bank of the force where we are today and drop some stuff off at the local Nick, and head up to park on some popular roads to monitor. 09:20 been around a few spots and a bit of a drive when we find a chap without a seatbelt, pull him over and issue a ticket (TOR). 10:25 head off to see if we can catch some speeders, get the speed gun out when.. 10:30 call of debris lane 2 on the motorway so we head off for that, the torque on the bmws is immense. In the time you overtake a few cars you're almost topping triple figures. 10:40 empty motorway and we hit 155, first time I've done this so I had a nice grin on my face.. 10:45 rolling road block on and road checked, debris has cleared itself to off the carriage way, resume with patrol back to our speed gun spot  12:00 nothing found so refs 12:45 resume patrol with another patrol in convey, heading to a popular road to try some get MOT/Tax/Insureance hits, drive around then head back to the nick 1500 arrive at the Nick and go home     pretty boring shift but was a lot different and I really enjoyed it   12:00 refs 12:45 head back out

Eebs

Eebs

 

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Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Will - Fun with a Freeman

Rank: S/Sgt
Region: Metland
Length of Service: 2 years
Planned Hours: 1600-0200 assisting response After reading so much about them on this forum (mainly from bensonby!) I recently had the pleasure of meeting a "freeman of the land" so thought I'd write it up... 1530 - Arrive at the station with 2 MSC colleagues. Kit up, grab a callsign and a panda and out we go. 1630 - An I-graded call comes out of a man wielding a knife. We're on the same road (that never happens) so I use the full extent of my basic driver exemptions to carry out an area search. With other units involved, questionable intel coming back from the informant and no trace 10 minutes later, we come to the aid of a fist-waving cyclist who points out a van driver who allegedly just tried side-swiping him. 1650 - We get the van stopped near the forecourt of a petrol station and the fun begins. I introduce myself and go through normal proceedings. He's refusing to get out the van, turn the engine off or provide any sort of documention, pointing out that as a human he is not obliged to comply to any of these statute laws. I weep a little at where I can see this going, holding nothing but distain for the cyclist for pointing out this van (I joke). 1710 - 20 minutes later and having recited half of the Road Traffic Act - to be questioned in return about my own religious beliefs and whether I am acting under my oath - he finally concedes and provides his driving licence. A check with PNC and the MIB reveals he is uninsured (another weep on my part). He greets the news that his van will be seized by winding up the window and ensuring the doors are already locked. Well played, Sir. I was mindful that until this point he wasn't obliged to exit the vehicle, and vaguely recalling a thread I read on here debating powers to enter the vehicle. 1750 - My colleague plays "good cop" (at this point, guess which one I am) to try and coerce him out while I seek advice from the duty traffic Sergeant around powers to remove him for the purpose of a seizure. After deliberation I'm told that this would constitute an offence of obstruction, therefore necessary force could be used to effect the arrest. I was already picturing myself on YouTube smashing the window of a parked van with a "compliant" driver inside. 1800 - Moments after I requested recovery, and with my colleague still trying to talk him down, the driver decides he's had enough and simply drives off down the main road. Excellent. I shout it up and an IRV is behind him 30 seconds later, confirming it as a Fail To Stop and reporting the pursuit speed as fluctuating between the public-endangering speeds of 10 and 15mph. A couple of other units (including the area car) are now involved and after a few minutes of commotion, it's reported that he's been stopped and detained. 1810 - Having been making our way from afar in slow(ish) time, we arrive at the van to find the passenger window smashed in and the driver detained on the pavement - even less happy than before but making sure to ask everyone if they are acting under their oath. I take great pleasure in arresting for obstruct police, fail to stop, driving with no insurance and theft of motor vehicle (based on his resistance, being uninsured and not being able to speak to the owner) and off we head in a Met taxi. 1820 - The custody Sergeant enjoys this gentleman as much as I have, and after 45 minutes of to-ing and fro-ing and him refusing any details (reminding us we're breaching his human rights) he is escorted into a cell. 1900 - Paperwork 2000 - Paperwork 2030 - I inform CID for the case to be picked up by CPU on early turn - I don't envy them 2100 - We're asked to turn out to an RTC - moped vs lamppost. Second on scene we help the ambulance crew and one of my colleagues heads off to hospital for continuity (the joys of being a Special at the bottom of the food chain). 2200 - Resume patrol and we precariously help half the borough with an area search at a firearms/shots fired call. I circulate the sighting of a male who is possibly ident and leave the ARV's to do their business. 0000 - We pick up our colleague from hospital and head towards a report of several hundred teenagers congregating/causing a nuisance on a playing field next to a large residential block. We arrive with a couple of other units and wade through the cloud of cannabis smoke and mouthy (drunk) teenagers to disperse the group. All of a sudden they all start sprinting towards a nearby empty warehouse which they've managed to gain entry to. The next hour is spent inside this warehouse facing off against a huge group of kids.  0100 - After a few occasions of the atmosphere feeling like it was going to turn nasty they all left voluntarily, citing us all as fun sponges. Moments later a couple of TSG serials turned up - good timing. 0200 - Home time I'm keen to hear how any of you would have dealt with the traffic stop differently - like I say it was a first for me and having it escalate into a "pursuit" clearly wasn't ideal. I'll post the outcome once the case is closed. Will

Will

Will

 

Out on section

Rank: Special Constable Length of service: 1 month Planned duty time 1700HRS-0300HRS   All times are estimates:   1645: Arrive at station to get kitted up, this will be my second shift out on section with regulars and I have never met the section before so get myself sorted then make my way down to the briefing room as early shift is about to leave. Introduce myself to the team and the sarg. Find who I am crewed with, he is a ex special and a good laugh! Get my order in for the chinese later in the evening - Chicken curry, Chips and egg fried rice box meal!   1730: First job - a abandoned 999 call. Dispatched as a prompt, get to the address and everything is in order, child has picked up the phone and dialled 999 but when the operator has answered she has panicked and dropped the phone! words of advice given and on our way.   1800: On to the next job, a woman has been having issues with her ex partner who she has not heard from in the past year or so but has came out of the woodwork. On the way to the job my colleague says he will let me take the lead on this one if I like which I am happy to do!  As we are on route to the RP comms call up to say the RP has just called again to report another incident that has happened today so the log is updated to a prompt. Arrive at the address and have a chat with the lady, she is with a new partner and wants nothing to do with her ex. I go through DASH form with her which was good experience for me to complete my first one!   1900: At the station putting all the paperwork together for the previous call and email it off.   1940: Circulation comes through of a sus DUI we are in the area of the registered keepers address so make our way toward but the vehicle is not there, area search no trace.   2030: Respond to a sus drink driver at a wedding. Arrive to the wedding to find the male in question with his car parked up. He is in the foyer of the venue with his keys waving them around, my colleague and myself ask him to sit down and have a chat with us he isn’t really having it and is talking about how he wishes safeguards to be put in place for his daughter from the mother. No real evidence of drink driving, but the call is now coming to be a domestic incident between the male in question and his partner who are making allegations against each other, the male heavily in drink. Male is given strong words to leave the party now. He gets our shoulder numbers, still unsure as to why! and before coming very close to going in the bin for the evening for breach of the peace finally gets into a lift and makes his way home. Colleague decides to complete DASH with the mother while I get some details of the children for 121A form.   2200: Finally done with the job, all paperwork completed and emailed off!   2345: Boy racer type comes flying around the corner, follow him and decide to pull him over due to the manner of his driving and also his exhaust looks a bit dodgy. I run the vehicle through PNC and all comes back okay (later find out from a colleague the car should have came up as having a s59 order against it) words of advice given. i.e. stop buying all of halfords stock and putting it on your car as it isn’t a good look! only joking haha.   0010: Respond to a call of alleged damage to vehicles on a street, 4 youths with hoodies seen to hit wing mirrors of a number of cars and make their way into the town centre. We are close to respond.  Area search, no trace for the youths but go to have a look at the cars and only one vehicle seems to have sustained some damage to the nearside wing mirror. Take vehicle details into PNB and close the log.   0040: No sooner are we done a circulation comes through of a sus drink driver making his way down the main A road in the area, coming our direction, with the registered keepers address just around the corner. We call up saying we will wait near the registered keepers address. The vehicle also comes up as having no MOT or Insurance…what a catch this could be!   0050: Strategically position ourselves near the address, I’m thinking to myself this is pretty cool, I’m not ashamed to admit it! haha.   0110: Have a look at the address to see if the vehicle has made its way back another way, no trace. Have a look around the area to see if it may be in a hedge or somewhere but no trace. Call up to say we have had no luck, boo!!!   0130: Called to assist with a prisoner escort, make our way over. Domestic incident, both parties are being brought in as both have sustained injuries and have made allegations against each other.   0150: Arrive at custody, Male is cooperative. I don’t really get involved just watch the guys way of booking in.   0250: After a coffee, book off shift! very good shift for me personally and really happy to be out on section. Hope this was a good read  

Tempo

Tempo

 

The County Show

Rank:SC Experience: 9 Months Duty: Two days at the County Show. The County Show is the premier annual event in our neck of the woods - it runs for three days but I only did the first two.  Summary of how it went. Day 1:  0730 - Meet up at Station with NPT Sgt, Special Sgt and several other officers.  We go up to the show ground and locate the police tent.  We are sharing with the PCC rep, a drug outreach charity, a military charity and the council crime prevention dept.  There are things for the kids, dressing up stuff, two officers who are on light duties are making up thumbprint keyrings - a great idea and very popular.  Outside is a JCB with police markings and a blue light bar and, thanks BBC Wales, a full size TARDIS.  There is also some recruiting literature for the Specials. My Special colleague and I spend most of the day on foot patrol.  It is very hot and we get through a lot of water.  The stands are very busy but we stop and talk here and there.  We and out hundreds of wristbands that parents can write their number on and attach to their offspring in case they get lost.  Two hand bags are reunited with their owners and a missing child is located.  One dog is found in a car and the owner responds to a PA broadcast which includes the information that if not released shortly we would be putting the window in - thankfully the dog is gone by the time we get back to the vehicle. I left about 1600 though some of my colleagues stayed on until 1800. Day 2:  Much the same but the weather is foul.  It is hoofing it down.  This is not good for the stallholders but it is better for us - we talk to them and have ore time to stop and chat to those punters who have braved the weather.  We get tea and biscuits from one stall then more from the Mothers' Union.  By lunchtime the weather is brightening up and it is a bit busier.  A lost teenager is located, then... 1600 - A call up, a stallholder has reported someone that he has seen lurking round the fairground performing 'an act of public indecency' on himself (guess).  We are nearby and as we arrive I spot a chap matching the description - the stall holder has a picture and points him out too.  I catch up with the lad, detain, arrest, caution and cuff.  It is clear he  has some learning difficulties but he understands what is going on.  The NPT van is brought round and a regular and I head for custody where he is booked in.  His parents address is in his wallet so they are contacted.  I go upstairs and do a short statement.  One of the others will get the informant's statement. 1700 - Knock off. The others were  coming back in as I left. Two excellent days that hopefully reflect well on the Force in general and the Specials too.  We were able to help boost numbers and we got the arrest.   Me and one of the PCSOs with our latest mode of transport!

MajorDisaster

MajorDisaster

 

Interviews: A view from across the desk.

Hello all, As many of the posts on this forum relate to recruitment, I thought I'd make a blog entry about my experiences as an SC interviewer in my force. Hopefully this will be useful to those of you who are thinking about applying or currently waiting for your assessment centres, specifically those applying as an SC. I have been on both sides of the table for SC interviews, I remember mine well & remember the feeling of being sat in the waiting room, flinching every time the door opened dreading the time they'd call my name but also wishing it was over and done with; I remember being in the interview room, the sense of panic when the questions differ from what you've prepared for and I remember the nervous next few days waiting for an email saying yes or no. Now I'm on the other side of the desk, it's all too easy to say "don't be nervous", "be yourself" or any other cliche line but hopefully by reading this blog post you'll be able to avoid some little mistakes which unfortunately lead to people failing. Please bear in mind, my experiences relate to interviewing Special Constables in one force. While some points may be applicable in other areas, things will vary by force and will differ for PC applicants. My points will relate to general pros & cons I've found to be relatively common which trip people up, this is not a "how to pass" or "secret guide to..." & I'll not be discussing specific questions/criteria you may be assessed on. Any advice given is not scripture & therefore if you go on to use it, you do so at your own risk.   1) Know what you've applied for! - Sounds simple, right? You'd be surprised! You wouldn't go to a 'normal' job interview if you didn't know what the job was & what you'd be doing, and just because this is voluntary (for you SCs), that doesn't change. I've interviewed people who claim to have done loads of research, who have friends/family in the job, been Police Cadets, but then don't know that SCs have identical powers to regular officers, can arrest/search people, the hours commitment or even what sort of general work the police do! This is an easy way to fail! If you want to be a Special Constable, how do you expect me to pass you if you don't even know what a Special Constable is?! DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!! I can't state that enough! Whatever the force, you will most likely be sent a load of material before your assessment, read it, read it & read it again! Have a look at your forces website, specifically the Specials page if that's what you're applying for, and find out as much as you can about them. By all means speak to friends & family in the job, use these forums & wikipedia or whatever, but always go with what the official websites/material say. 2) Know your "drivers"! - I don't mean Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button, I mean 'competencies' or essentially the criteria you are being assessed against. The specifics of these will vary by force but I'd be surprised if you weren't sent some kind of framework/criteria prior to your interview, which outlined what you be asked about or what you will need to demonstrate in your interview & throughout your career. This is another thing to read and read again as getting to know these will make your interview less of shock. In my force, all our questions are based around these drivers meaning if you know them inside out, none of the questions I ask should seem odd. Often drivers/competencies will involve several different aspects, be prepared to be holistic about it but potentially really specific about one aspect too. The best way to describe this is "trees" (bear with me!): Say I want to interview you about trees. I could ask a general question about them & cover the all basics of trees, or I could ask you specifically about the roots, the trunk, the branches, the leaves & so on. Now, you may have seen you were going to be interviewed about trees so you've prepared a nice overview answer but, you don't know much about their roots specifically. Turns out my question is about the roots, I don't want to hear your prepared general answer or about the branches. I only care for the roots. Make sense? Don't make this mistake. Make sure you know about & are comfortable with ALL aspects of the criteria because you don't know how specific my question is going to be.  3) Think about your examples! - The vast majority of police assessment centres are "competency based". This means I'll be asking you to prove to me that you meet the specific criteria. To do this, I don't need general, wishy-washy answers about how you feel about something, who you are as a person or how you think you'd deal with certain situations.  I need you to give me specific examples of when/how you have done something that meets ALL the points of the questions. I emphasise "all" because if I ask the question to tell me a time when you've successfully done XYZ, I want to hear "a time" i.e one example, when "you've" i.e. I don't care what other people did, "successfully" i.e. you may have done XYZ but if it didn't work don't use it, "done XYZ" i.e not just X or not just Y, I want to see all three. Think about these before the day and get them right. Often people will use the wrong examples for the wrong criteria and try desperately to make them fit & will then use another example for a different question which would have covered the previous criteria perfectly. I will not correct you & cannot use the answer to one question as evidence for another (unless you use the same example for both questions which is acceptable in some forces). I have to go with the specific answer you gave so it's worth getting right. 4) Avoid using "we"! - This is often seen if using examples of where you've worked in a group but is still pretty common during entire interviews. Even if the question is about teamwork, this is YOUR interview & I want to hear about specifically what YOU did, I don't care about anyone else. Using "we" doesn't do you any favours & can lead to you not actually answering the question & therefore losing marks. On that note... 5) Listen to & answer the question! - Again, sounds obvious but many, many people don't! If you don't hear or don't understand any part of the question, ask me to repeat it. I can do so as many times as you like & can even rephrase it if it doesn't make sense to you. Asking me to do this does not lose your marks & ensures you hit all the points you need to. The question is all I care about. Do not waffle, go off on a tangent, give me a load of corporate spiel or generalised answers, it won't do you any favours and won't get you any marks. You can say you're the pope, the dalai lama, mother teresa & superman all rolled into one, that's great... but it doesn't answer my question & is therefore of no use to me. If the question asks for a specific example, give me one. If it asks how you'd deal/have dealt with a specific scenario, do not deviate from that scenario because that's not what I asked. I appreciate it's a fine balance you need to strike, if you do not demonstrate what you've been asked (either by saying too much irrelevant stuff or simply not enough at all), I cannot prompt you other than asking to clarify the specific points of the question.  6) Take your time! - Many of the above issues simply come from people panicking. Although I'll have a lot of recruits to interview & can't wait for you all day, there is no rush. Taking a bit of time to think about your answer before you speak will do you wonders & will avoid you blurting out whatever comes into your head that is vaguely related to the question!  7) Don't talk about stuff you don't know! - You answering my questions impresses me, you don't need to try and talk "job" if you don't know what you're on about. Unless asked for (& certainly not in my force), I do not need you to quote legislation to me, talk about jurisdiction, the fact you know the difference between different types of police vehicles, what different ranks can/can't do etc etc. I'm not expecting you to be a police officer, I'm expecting you to answer my questions to show you have potential to become one. Often people will read stuff online that is simply wrong and quote it in an interview to impress me... it doesn't. Unless it's relevant I will not correct you, I'll just think you're a little bit silly 8) Don't take your past for granted! - Have you been a cadet? Served in another force as a PCSO, Special or even Regular. That's great! I look forward to you smashing all the questions by having relevant examples to give. Please don't assume past policing experience is a golden ticket to getting in, it isn't! I have failed people who evidently have done no preparation after they assumed that because they can use acronyms, talk "job" to me & have had a warrant card in the past, that they'll get in. I take every recruit as they come. Yes, policing experience puts you at an advantage by a) probably having gone through a similar process already and b) it should give you excellent relevant examples to the questions I'll be asking but that's it. Unless you use that experience to demonstrate that & answer my questions, I cannot pass you. Don't be arrogant!  9) Don't lie! - In many forces you are interviewed by serving officers... don't try and lie to police officers or even HR for that matter, it doesn't end well.  It's obvious and easily unravelled, if you do we can & will check! If you miss out & fail at the interview stage because you haven't provided satisfactory answers, you are welcome to try again. If you get found out for lying, you can forget any future career in the police on honesty & integrity grounds. Don't risk it! 10) Don't be disheartened! - If the worst happens & you fail at interview stage, that does not mean you are not suitable for the job. True, some people just simply don't cut it but in a lot of interviews that fail I find myself getting frustrated, not at you but for you. Much of want you're saying is great, but as per the points above, either you've not said it in the right place or not used it in the correct way to answer the very specific question you may be asked. If the force you're applying to does offer feedback, please take it on board, use the experience you've just had, review what you had planned & try again... please! I almost enjoy passing people who I see a second time more than I do first-timers!   Hopefully that all proves useful to someone! If you'd like to ask me any general questions about interviews, please do so below or PM me. As I've said above though, I cannot & will not give specifics about your assessment day. Best of luck to those currently in the recruitment process!   Regards, HPE    

HPE

HPE

 

Warrants op

0800.  Meet up in local station with Sgt, the area drug DC,  a uniformed PC, dog handler and three other specials.  Get a briefing on the two search warrants we will be executing - there were supposed to be three but one has been postponed. 0900.  Door answered and in we go.  Mum and toddler are fine, laddo is spark out on the sofa.  We wake him up.  He is not really with it.  The drug dog goes through without any particular indication so we begin searching.  I find a wrap of cannabis between the DVD cases, which the mum claims.  She is taken down to the station to receive a cannabis warning.  We also find a used grinder and a large stash of 'herbal resin' pouches.  Laddo claims they are his supply for the week - if they were then he is a miracle of science.  They are seized-the DC explains that if they test as legal and there is no corroboration that he is supplying then they will be returned.  Various phones are also seized. 1130.  We are back at the nick for a break and then head out to our second address.  A drive-by suggested that there was no-one home so the ARU are called and happily attend with the 'Big Red Key'.  The drug dog indicates in the living room (I use the term living loosely  - this place is beyond description).  We find a grinder, a cannabis plant and various other bits that make it worthwhile.  Eventually a woman with two young children comes back - I assume she is the gran, but the DC knows her and tells me she is not yet 40 - I am seldom lost for words but this is one of those times - This woman is ten years younger than me and looks twenty years older.  She goes mental at us and her kids end up calming her down.  Her partner turns up and is mellow - he takes ownership of the plant and agrees to come in tomorrow to give a statement. We depart.  Back at the nick various markers are updated for child welfare etc. 1400.  We depart.  One of my Special colleagues, who is Temp S/Sgt and I go back to our home station where we have secured that most precious of commodities...NEW LOCKERS!!!!  Four big lockers - eventually we will double up but for the moment we can have one each (Luuuuuxurrrrry) and a set of Pava/Tetra lockers.  The only problem is they are over by the Traffic office - across the courtyard, down the stairs and round several sharp bends - (the lift is U/S as well).  Our colleagues assist in true spirit of policing...They hold the doors and make "To me...To you" comments!  We get them in position, Label them up and I shift my gear over. 1530.  Knock off.  A very successful day where the Special Constabulary did what it does best.  We provided bodies on the ground.

MajorDisaster

MajorDisaster

 

Saturday nights

Rank: SC Service 8 Months Duty: 1900-0400 ; Response All timings appropriate. 1830.  Arrive and grab my gear.  The duty inspectors are handing over and are very pleased to see me as they are strapped.  I start self briefing. 1840.  The sarge asks me to go from Big Town BT (where I am) to Small Town ST about ten miles away as there is exactly one officer there for the next couple of hours, then only two more.  I don't mind so I grab 'duty clapped out fiesta' (every nick has one!!) and head off. 1930.  I've arrived at ST and have the nick to myself - fortunately I recall the combination to the door.  My buddy arrives, we haven't met before but he is very friendly and we head off once he has finished his paperwork and we have had a natter with the PCSOs who have come back ready to finish. He's on to 0300 so I plan to finish then too. 2030-2130.  I meet one of ST's best known families.  The scion of the clan (alcoholic) has had a barney with his on/off girlfriend (druggie).  We shuttle between the two and discover that it is six and two threes and all parties are advised to keep away from each other for a bit. 2130.  Back to the nick via Tesco for a sandwich and catch up with the night pair. 2200-0200.  Not much going on - we attend several noise complaints including a run up to BT as they are all busy. 0210.  As we pull back into BT and grab a brew a call comes in ref a CrimDam at the club down the road.  Local pond life has been ejected and punched out the rear windscreen of a car which by coincidence belongs to the chef on pie & chip duty in the club.  We get him back to the nick to take a statement and the night crew find and arrest aforementioned pond life and take him off to BT custody. 0255.  Statement finished and ready to book off...in comes a call to a domestic.  Night crew have been 'borrowed' by the Sarge in BT for  a job so off we go.  Long and short of it - we arrest the male party to prevent BoP and take him to custody.  He's compliant and we get him processed and head back ready to book off, when... 0400.  As we pull up by the nick a call to the other club in ST where it's all spilling out onto the street (they have a 0500-0600 licence).  We arrive and start helping the door staff break up the various squabbles.  Night crew and ARU arrive and we start making headway.  Local hard case is herded away before he can kick off and super gobby girl who is complain that she has been called a 'fat whore' is dealt with firmly but fairly (that is told to ****** off home). 0500.  I finally book off and drive back to BT, home and bed.

MajorDisaster

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Shortest Tour of Duty

The following recollection is purely approximate and occurred several weeks ago. Facts and certain details may be altered or omitted due to memory constraints and data protection. The following what I did on duty post is short and unique to a situation about an off-duty intervention. Rank: Special Constable
Length of Service: 1.5 years
Type of Shift: Unplanned
Location: Merseyside Police 1240 Booked off-duty after completing a module for the PNC from my training centre. It was a hot summers day and I was driving my personal vehicle back home. Visibility was great and I had my windows down with soft music to complement a rare weather event. 1250 No more than ten minutes into my drive, in the far distance I caught a mobile patrol van blocking the opposite oncoming lane of the road with blue lights on. Traffic was light and on a semi-residential street with two-lanes in each direction; the nearside lane was blocked on each side by parked vehicles. Focusing on a distant object, I can sort of make out the infamous body armour and white shirt of a police officer, sprinting. I slow down on the brakes, checking my rear mirrors before doing so and analyse the situation. It was clear now, an officer was pursuing a male who was running in the middle of the road. At this time there were no vehicles on the road apart from the police van and my vehicle.  I flipped the hazards on and It didn't take long before the foot pursuit of the suspect was within a 200 meters. At this point made a decision to decamp and assist but before doing so I did contemplate using my vehicle to block the path of the running suspect. This was not within my powers and policy to take this action after dynamically risk assessment based on the NDM.  I quickly turned off the engine and decamped to assist, not forgetting my keys. My adrenaline was in full-release mode and I started sprinting towards the suspect shouting "OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER. STOP NOW!" The uniformed officer was about 15 meters behind the male and as I closed in on the male after yelling my warning, head on in the middle of the road, I went in for a tackle. I grappled onto his rucksack, which slipped away unfortunately and began to spring after him. Without any kit or body armour to slow me down, I felt like Usain Bolt. A second grapple was successful and I tripped the male to the asphalt onto his back. Screaming like a maniac, ordering him to stop resisting and face the floor. At this point he was reaching for something in his waistband. Before he could get anything, the officer decided to do a rugby dive and saddle his back like a horse and the both of us restrained him. He was subsequently handcuffed to the rear and after a brief conversation between the both of them, I gathered that the male fled after being detained section 1 PACE search. The officer continued with GOWISEL(Y) and a PCSO came running over out of breath and started to record details on their PNB. Forgetful me, forgot to show my warrant card and informed everyone that I was a police officer. I noted the time down on my wrist with a pen and the collar number of those present.  The search ended with a lock-knife being discovered in his waist-band (yes the one he was reaching for), several ID documents, credit cards and about £700 in cash. He was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and suspicion of possession of articles used for fraud (s4 fraud act). 1330 Trip to custody involving a lengthy MG11, use of force statement and a full PNB entry. Shortly followed by a phone-call to the duty special supervision to inform them of my actions and emailing my supervision briefly explaining circumstances. Couple weeks later, I was invited to a meeting with my supervision. Discussed at length not to obstruct public roads with my vehicle according to my MG11 and not to intervene unnecessarily whilst off-duty due to threat to police officers. 

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