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To duty, or not to duty

So, in the spirit of the 'what I did on duty' blogs, I thought I'd fill you in on perhaps my shortest duty ever which occurred only yesterday. I've no doubt that some of you will feel that I acted unnecessarily but I'm satisfied with my actions. All times are approximate as I really wasn't expecting to keep track of time:
15:45 - I've been out for a walk with the dog. We went for a wade in the river and I'm a passenger in the car on the way home. I've just finished looping up her long lead and hoop it over my shoulder so that I don't have to carry it and fight with the dog when we get her out the car. It's a glorious sunny day and traffic in town is relatively heavy for a sunny Saturday afternoon thanks to some event or another in town. 15:46 - We pull up at some traffic lights. We're in lane two, in the knowledge that lane one quickly becomes obstructed with parked cars just after the junction. I hear something playing unnecessarily loud music pull up to our left and have a glance up. It's a blue Astra or Vectra; I get confused with the older models. I think nothing of it and we pull off from the junction. 15:47 - No distance at all down the road, and I can see what's about to happen. We're following a nice black Mercedes, very new, very clean and clearly well looked after. It's in lane two with us. Vectra boy is in lane one and is desperate to make progress, whatever the cost! He puts a sprint in down lane one, quickly approaching some parked cars, clearly trying to undertake the Mercedes. The Mercedes driver is having none of it and puts his own sprint in to close the gap. Neither of them will let this go lightly, and I start to make a comment to my driver, who gives me the "if you get involved..." look. Both cars slow down a little, but with next to no warning, Vectra really sticks his foot down and swings the wheel right, shoving his way right in front of Mercedes. Mercedes has to slam the brakes on, shortly followed by us. Vectra had left about one and a half car widths between the parked car in lane one and Mercedes to mark a dart for it, and he'd somehow been successful. Bemused, I begin to make another comment, but realise that we're not moving, and neither are Vectra and Mercedes. I notice Vectra start to drive off and feel satisfied that nothing will come of this, although I find that my hand is already on my seatbelt release - just in case. Suddenly, Mercedes opens his door and cusses at Vectra; nothing outrageous, but clearly inappropriate. What Mercedes doesn't realise is that rather than stick his car, which is clearly an automatic, into 'park', he's stuck it in reverse and it's now slowly rolling its way towards us. Mercedes realises his error and jumps back into his car foot first. He slams the brakes on, probably at the same time that Vectra does, who's heard Mercedes shout and is really not impressed. Vectra flies out of his car and takes six of the twelves paces towards Mercedes in record time. I fling my seatbelt off, mindful that I am in fact on my own, but satisfied that we're A) close enough to the nick, B) in a public enough place that if things go really wrong I'll get at least some help and C) suitably covered by CCTV that I can put in an appearance. I flick my seatbelt off, open the door and I'm not quite out of the car before a nice loud bellow of "POLICE OFFICER, GET BACK IN YOUR CAR, NOW!" erupts from my lungs. It clearly has some effect, as there's the order of a few seconds where everyone just stands still and there's an awful silence. Keeping myself behind the car door, I point the finger at both drivers and instruct both to get in and walk away. I'm already of the mind-set that whilst Vectra has clearly driven carelessly, Mercedes could've just been the bigger man and let him into the lane, and that frankly they're as bad as each other. I simply want each driver back in their car and going home as quickly as possible. Vectra mutters something at Mercedes, who replies to the effect of "watch it mate, there's a police officer there." Mercedes is clearly more respectful, and is aged perhaps late forties, early fifties. Vectra on the other hand looks like he's got a chip on his shoulder and is aged perhaps in his early to mid twenties. Satisfied that neither of them are brick outbuildings, I leave the safety of the car door and step towards the nearside of the Mercedes. I implore both of them to just get back in their cars and go home. Mercedes starts to state that he's annoyed at Vectra and I interrupt him, saying that I know, I'll have a quick word, I've seen it happen, but if they want to talk about it they'll pull into the convenient parking space on the left and act like adults rather than have a shouting match in the street. Mercedes seems to want none of it, and starts to get back in his car. Vectra starts to walk back and I start to catch up with him. He turns to me with the "I'm going to protest like a little child" face on that a number of us are familiar with, and starts to whine that he "HASN'T DUN NUFFIN". I give him the look, and find suitable words of advice: calm down. Satisfied that both drivers are getting back in their cars, I walk back to my driver who is clearly unimpressed with my intervention and feels perhaps a little embarrassed at being associated as a Police WAG. On the way back to the car, I realise that I still have the 10m dog lead around my shoulders - I wonder for a fleeting moment if they thought I was a dog handler, complete with dog! 15:49 - The whole thing is over in next to no time. Whilst I've identified myself as Police, no names were given or warrant cards shown and I'm satisfied that the incident was resolved with minimal effort. On the way back home, I start to shake a little, and realise that I've had rather a dose of adrenaline. Having not been on shift for what feels like aeons, and living so far from my duty station, I'm not sure if I've missed it or not!

Adamski

Adamski

 

Change

So I'm finishing my probation. Rookie/Sprog/Probie/Student Officer, whatever you call it - I am no longer. I first joined the police family 7 years ago (I hate that term but it's the easiest way to deflect criticisms of 'You haven't got 7 years in'). I was 18 and far from an angel. I had some brushes with the police but never for anything serious and I obviously had no criminal record. It was 2008 and I was wrangling with my decision 2 years prior to discharge from the army during basic training due to a relationship issue and immaturity at dealing with home sickness. My school friends were all off to University but I had identified that whilst I have an ability, and indeed a thirst for learning, this wasn't a route I wished to go down. I was working in retail banking and I was causing stirs there. I was not in any 'potential' scheme yet had gone from a cashier to the sales team in a year and at the ripe age of 18 had already acted up as the cash manager for a week on one occasion and the sun branch manager in two occasions. Noses were put out of joint by this as some staff had remained as cashiers for 15 years without the same opportunities. Whilst acting as cash manager I had one cashier refuse to do as asked but I didn't let it bother me too much as she was as green with jealousy as could be. However, I had recently been passed over for a promotion due to a girl transferring in who was on a graduate scheme and I also lost out on a course to another graduate scheme member. I had transferred branches at the recommendation of the area manager for my own development however it actually stifled my development. The previous 'old school' branch manager who had seen my potential and rewarded it with development opportunities and the odd pub lunch was replaced with a manager who was only 5 years my senior but a graduate and who openly stated she didn't see what was so special about me. I was gradually managed, managed and managed some more. Pub lunches were forbidden for me. I wasn't part of the clique here. I was given a higher sales target than for my grade without any pay incentive but denied the chance to do as much customer sales work as I was used to - instead I was to 'provide leads' for the sales team. One day - when I brought in a particularly lucrative shares portfolio transfer from a customer I had been building a relationship with over a few weeks - it was taken from me. Not only did this annoy me, it damaged my already dwindling sales figures taking me out of a good bonus zone for the first time. I was incensed. I rang my area manager who told me he was taking a promotion and that I should speak to the incoming area manager. Well, suffice to say his successor was a 'You're 18 get over it' kind of manager. I stewed. I stewed some more. I typed my resignation up on the computer, walked into my manager and handed it in. She had won. I worked my notice and left to the prospect of unemployment. Handily enough I started a new temp call centre job on the same money within 5 days and at the same time interviewed for a recruitment consultancy role which gave good sales commission. During my downtime at the call centre (I was working overtime meaning 12 hour shifts 6 days a week and a shift a week at my dads pub which all in all brought me a tidy take home of £650 a week!) I started looking at other jobs. I was awaiting a callback about the recruitment consultancy job and was diversifying my search. The company 'launch' overtime at the call centre dried up after a month. I went back to 8 hour Monday to Friday work and my take home pay plummeted to about £320 a week. A close family member is a copper and I had always watched the Bill thinking it seemed like a good laugh. My interactions with the police over my youth hadn't been all good but I had the luck of meeting several really good coppers who kept my faith in the police alive. I saw an advert for BTP PCSOs. I asked my family member and he said from what he knew BTP PCSOs were a bit more involved than normal ones. I researched BTP and was actually amazed at how much they did - I was always aware they existed from my days travelling to Arsenal as a youth. I wasn't sure if I wanted to be a PC so I threw in an application. I kept having to give more information and get forms filled but this was no more involved than any other interview process I had been through so I persevered. I went for an interview and assessment which caused me no issues and then I heard nothing. I received a call from the recruitment consultants. I met a manager where we negotiated a salary package. It was a novel experience negotiating a package. I did my darnedest to make it seem like it was totally what I expected, but I was in honesty amazed. I felt elated to leave with an agreement for £23,000 basic for Mon-Friday 37.5 hours week, my annual train travel paid for and a bonus scheme which would pay me up to £45,000 for hitting target and then uncapped percentage on anything exceeding the target. Whilst the money on the table was pretty good it also had the appeal of the provision of a small expense account after my 3 month probation was up. Pub lunches would be back on the cards. I couldn't believe my luck. I was 18 and I was living the good life! My friends at uni were eating beans on toast and I would soon be living the hustle and bustle life. I was given a start day the following Monday away (1 week notice at call centre) to meet my sales manager where I would sign my contract and be inducted. I handed my notice in at the call centre and they stated that i didn't have to work my notice if I was happy to take my holiday owed. I had plenty of cash in the bank so I took the offer and was escorted off the premises. All was well and simple. Until I got a phone call. It was a lady named Selima. She was calling from the British Transport Police and she wondered if I might be available to start at short notice the following Monday. The same Monday I was going to start my high flying job. I asked how long I had to reply. She kindly gave me until the end of the day. I rang probably everyone in my phone book asking their opinion. In my own mind the sensible decision was to take the recruitment consultancy - the hours, the pay, the progression, the status, the social life...it was the clear choice for an 18 year old who seemed to be on a winning streak in life! So, predictably with me, I rang Selima back and said yes I'd like to join the BTP! To this day I don't know why I did. I had certainly watched back to back episodes of Rail Cops to learn more. I accosted our own Headset 57 on several occasions to ask questions about the job. But I can't say that it was my 'dream'. That 'dream' still very much lived, admittedly at the back of my brain, in the army. A lengthy pack arrived first class within a day or so with contracts and joining instructions and a singlet excel warrant to Tadworth in Surrey. I rang the recruitment consultancy and explained my position. I was thanked for ringing and the manager explained that his wife was a special constable and that she had described the police as a real eye opener. He wished me luck and down the phone went. The following Sunday I travelled alone to Tadworth  rail station with my suitcase and met PC Bob Bartholomew there to get the minibus to Tadworth. In such a short time I was already hooked and absolutely buzzing for the future that awaited me. 7 years of policing later and I look back on that phone call from Selima. I wonder how much I would be earning now as a recruitment consultant in London. What car would I be driving? Would I already have my own home and a tidy mortgage? Would I say yes again if I went back and took that call again? You'd better believe it. ************ This blog post is deliberately NOT particularly police related. It's to remind me and others of what the police is. It's a group of people who all have different backgrounds. Some, indeed many, of us are not in the job that suited us best at the time we joined. Some of us didn't even grow up wanting to be police men and women. Many of us could have enjoyed much better Ts and Cs and possibly a bigger paycheck without risks to our health and even lives. But talking 7 years after the fact I'm still job pi**ed. Policing has changed for the worse even in my very short time. Pay and conditions worse. Morale (collective) worse. Reputation worse. Stress worse. Officer safety worse. But until those in charge make it unbearable you're all stuck with me and I will continue to throw my enthusiasm in to try and do 'the job' the way I think it should be done.    

MerseyLLB

MerseyLLB

 

My first response blog

Rank:SC      Length of Service: 2 Months      Planned Hours:1400x2300      Type of Shift:Response (IRT) 1400: Arrive in breifing to have a superintendant drop by, brieifing complete, and he begins to discuss force model and any questions we may have.  14:30 inspector comes in to tell us we have a few calls waiting, we all grab our vehicles and sgt reads out who we're paired with. I'm working with someone i've never worked with before (I'm yet to ever work with the same person twice :P) Lovely guy and excellent to work with :P, We're in the new van!  We head out, ours was a non-urgent call to someone reportedly assaulted and was with the ambulance service, we had not received any more info than possible assault but not confirmed by crew in attendance. 14:50 Arrive on scene to find no injured party or ambulance. Member of the public approaches us and tells us that they were taken away around 10 minutes ago, update comms and they tell us they're at the hospital. We go off to the hopital and speak to the person (15:10) Injury appeared old and not recent, and they were unsure of how it had happened, given advice of how to proceed if they remember any details of the incident. Resume patrol around area. 16:15 still on patrol around in our area, Get called to a house where the delivery person had found the door open, they shouted upstairs but no reply. We get cancelled en-route as the family had been contacted and they were found, resume patrol  16:00 attempt to do some paper work in a local nick, login to the computers to get called to a Domestic that happened over half an hour ago, over an hour away in rush hour... Begin the long journey non-blues. The IP had left the property and was no longer a threat. 16:45 Stood down as unit from another station were in attendance. 17:30 back at the nick again trying to do paperwork, login and straight out as we're called up again. Misper reporting wanting to commit suicide, En-route we're updated family were picking him up, all safe and well, stood down around the corner to return to duties.   18:00 attempt to go back to the nick... Get around the corner and we're called to someone who was on the phone to the 999 operator saying they wanted to end their life and they were in the process of self harming. All times after this are approx as i lost track of time  My first call to a self harmer/attempted suicide, so im going in clueless on this one. At the same time calls went up for a suicide in the next town over, we were not resourced for this. 18:30 Arrive en scene to knock at the door, no answer. We open the front door and find the person laying on the sofa right infront of the door with a knife to their throat. My collegue immediately draws his Taser and has a good shot on the person. After what felt like a lifetime of trying to talk to the suspect, put the knife down we're here to talk and help ect, they attempted to put the knife into their throat, then realised it was a taser and put the knife down. The first thing they said was 'you're really cute', Weird i know, they didn't say it in a sexual way so i wasn't offended  Me and my collegue get talking to the person( me and my collegue share the same first name, always a good ice breaker  ) while talking to the male it appears there are many more issues than first appear. Family and mental health issues as well as PTSD from serving in the forces (I've been attracting these jobs lately). They were continually making threats towards themselves/others, We talk/walk around for a good two hours before the ambulance shows up. They becomes abit agitated at times and said he had been drinking/taken a small overdose.  20:30 Ambulance arrive and do basic Obs, ECG shows minor abnormalitiy, after much convincing and an 'agreement' between my collegue and the person we got him to the ambulance, and that was still a struggle. My collegue was excellent with them, while he would happily talk with me and we had a laugh at times he could talk to him much more   21:00 arrive at the hospital and they do their thing, we stay with him talking to them, turns out the person and collegue were both knew people in the town where they were from so we had a good laugh/talk with him, but he was still getting iritated at times. 21:15 Minor set back and the person kicked off, attempting to leave, S136'd and we remain with them to make sure they stay for treatment. Didn't have any problems after this as we were all happy talking, things got a little heated once when talking about what had happened to them, but in the end a night shift came over to cover us, hand shakes done and goodbyes said we go on our way   22:30 Crew turn up to releive us, Refs time   23:00 arrive at nick to do crime reports from earlier and finish up some paper work 00:15 finally go home for my dinner   Apologises if this is terrible, there are a few details i missed out purposely in an attempt to keep everyone anonamous as you do. If i've revealed too much do edit/delete my post as approrpiate. And it's my first shift blog so go easy on me"

Eebs

Eebs

 

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Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Delinquents & Domestics - WIDOD 1

Rank: Special Sgt Length of Service: 3yrs  Planned Hours: 1400-2300 (Late Turn) Type of Shift: Response   1230: Arrive at the station early as have a fair amount of admin to do for my team and upcoming meetings/training days etc. Manage to locate the infamous station fork and have a bit of lunch as of course, no guarantee I'll be eating later. After all that, go and kit up & as there's a few other SCs on the same shift, go to the skippers office to let the late turn Sgt know we're out today & give all our details etc. Massive thanks from the Sgt as his team was short so he'll make good use of us 1400: Find the other SCs and head to the briefing room and meet the team, who I work with fairly regularly. Briefed by the Sgt and given our postings, all specials are in IRVs (Immediate Response Vehicles) so smiles all round - who doesn't like blue lights & fast cards !  Introductions made with the PC I'm paired with as I've not worked with him before, he goes to book out his taser & I try and source us a vehicle. Early turn had a busy shift so vehicles are a bit thin on the ground at the station.  1445: Manage to get a vehicle & head out. PC I was with was a great laugh & one of the best I'd worked with, incredibly proactive which was excellent & something I enjoy rather than sitting around just waiting for calls to come out. We head to one of the local council estates that's seen a rise in pretty much everything recently, burglary, theft, car crime, assaults/VWI's & general antisocial behaviour. Stopped & spoke to a few groups of well-known guys, weren't doing anything particular, just a quick chat & so they know we're out and about. Continue having a look around the less glamorous areas of our ground.  1530: Immediate call (blue lights etc for the non-police amongst you) to an 'abandoned call' with child screaming & disturbance heard in the background. On scene and no sign of disturbance at the address, door answered by young girl covered head-to-toe in flour who'd been baking with her Mum, on seeing us the Mum almost broke down in tears before we even said anything as her husband was out and she assumed the worst... which was odd! Turned out her 8 year old son had a friend over, decided to play with the house phone and dialled 999 to see what would happen. Not sure if the kid or the Mum was more embarrassed but gave words of advice given to the kid about how/when to use 999 & tried to get across the seriousness of hoax calls while not putting him off calling 999 if he's genuinely in trouble. He got the message & left him with his Mum who I'm sure had a few more words!  1545: Almost as soon as we left the last job, another immediate call, PI RTC (Personal Injury Road Traffic Collision) on the other end of the ground, ourselves along with several other units start making our way. Bus v Moped so you can imagine how that turned out...! As we were quite a way away, ambulance & fire (due to leaked fuel) were already on scene. Scene itself was being dealt with so we assisted with road closures and directing traffic until signs were brought by Traffic. Injured party taken off to hospital, scene handed over to Traffic and some PCSOs came to man the cordons so we could get back to calls.  1645: 'Substantial' call (relatively serious but doesn't warrant an immediate response) to some young guys on a council estate throwing food from their tower block and nearly hitting passers by. While en route, get updated that they'd now thrown a knife down towards people so got upgraded to Immediate. Knives are one of the things that still really get the adrenaline running for me but we were on scene pretty quickly. Some young local kids come up to us as we pull in, who'd for some reason picked up the knife and tried to pass it through the car window to me, blade first! Quickly got told to put in on the floor & then spoke to them about what had happened, they pointed us up to the window where the suspects were last seen. The tower block had two sets of stairs on either side with a short corridor between them where the flats were. I went up one set of stairs & the PC the other, met up where the suspects had been seen but no evidence of anything there, knocked on a few flat doors of the floor we were on but no answer (quelle surprise). We then both walked to the stairs the PC had taken, to a strong smell of cannabis that wasn't there before and got stronger the higher we went. As we turned the corner to the last flight of stairs to the top floor, our two suspects were stood there having a spliff. Both then legged it through the corridor and began running down the other stairs I originally came up to begin with. I gave chase after them & the PC went down the stairs we were on to prevent them cutting across. Love a good foot chase but doing it down the almost-sprial stairs of a tower block was something else, got very dizzy very quickly. They had the head start on me but could hear them only a couple flights below me, ran nearly halfway down the block when I heard a loud bang on the floor below. Was convinced it was them slamming the door open and cutting across to the other set of stairs so legged it across the corridor, swung open the door to the other stairs & nearly collided with the PC !! He'd not heard anyone on that side of the building so was my mistake! Got to the ground floor and they were no where to be seen. The young kids outside pointed us in the direction they'd ran so got in the car and had a search for them but was a loss loss. Slightly disappointing but some you win and some you lose! 1730: See a moped appear to turn one way, see us behind him, then quickly turn the other way and ride off at speed. Run the VRM and registered keeper is one of our well known thieves/burglars. Signal for him to stop, fully expecting him to make a go for it but surprisingly he pulls over. Had a chat and he stated he was "just out for a ride" which we weren't very happy with. Ran all his details and checked moped over but everything checked out so he was good to go. 1800: Substantial call to theft from motor vehicle, a number plate stolen from a car. Turns out it wasn't recent and the owner rarely uses the car, hasn't used it for a few weeks and only noticed the number plate was missing today. Evidence on the car it had been forced off but no CCTV in the area and neither owner/neighbours had seen anything so just needed reporting.  1900: Back to the station to book in the knife, put on intel report re the moped stop, crime report for number plate & have some refs.  2000: Another vehicle stop after driver decided it'd be a good idea to go straight through a red light despite the marked police car right behind him! Not a very pleasant man, "shouldn't we be out catching murderers & rapists" etc etc. Ran checks & it turned out his insurance had expired too so seized his car, reported him for no insurance & the red light and took great delight in directing him to the nearest bus stop.  2130: Recovery arrived to collect the vehicle. Just as we got back into the car, an immediate call came out literally just around the corner for a domestic in progress, on scene in seconds. Shan't go into details at this stage as case is still open but essentially as we arrive, the guy still assaulting wife! I arrest the guy for domestic GBH & take him to custody. PC remains with the victim and takes statements etc. Quite a nasty job & one that'll stay with me for a long time. Lots of writing required so the next few hours are spent dealing with the relevant paperwork but felt good to genuinely get the victim out of that situation. 0000: Book off, head home and try to get some sleep while replaying the last job over & over in my head.   Overall a decent shift. Who says Specials just do fetes and parades  haha

HPE

HPE

 

Day 1

Rank: Special Shift: Response The previous week I collected most my operation uniform, minus my CS and radio from the central store at the forces HQ. I had taken it home opened it all and possibly tried it all on my bedroom. I looked like a police officer but I didn’t feel like one! Finally after what seemed like the longest week ever I was driving to the station for the first time, I drove through the metal gates and parked. I got all the gear id been given and attempted to carry it all towards the station, not that I knew where the door was. I found someone and just followed them, it’s a small station really but at the time it felt huge. I introduced myself and found my tutor officer who showed me were all my stuff goes and gave me tour of the station. I got kitted up and followed my tutor into the briefing room. It was like the first day of school, except everyone seemed to like me, to my face at least. After introductions the sergeant gave the briefing and off out we went, first job was to get my CS and radio conveniently from two stations on opposite sides of the force, still it was my first time in a police car so it wasn’t all that bad. At this point I still felt a con artist, people looking at me assuming that I was a cop… fools. Once I’d collected the bits I needed we headed back to the station I was based at. The intention was to get coffee and go through my folder with my tutor when some cops who were not in the briefing asked if we could assist with an arrest attempt as there are only two of them in today. Perfect my tutor seemed to think, I was less sure. Anyway we went outside and it transpired the other cops worked on an offender management team they and now we were off in the van to try and lift a wanted man who was a known fighter and runner. At the address we cover the back and the others go to the front. The man did think about running as he opened the back door, however he saw us and was sensible enough to go back in and let us all in. I watch and try my best to learn ‘the way to do it’. We get dropped off at our station as the van goes to custody. I get properly introduced to the rest of the section and had some coffee with everyone. I don’t know why but I though they’d all be anti-specials and miserable and grumpy. Turns out not one of them are and welcome me onto the team. We head out in the car to tour the area and look for anything suspect. Almost straight away we get a job on the radio, a domestic, and it’s my first blue light run. My adrenalins pumping and I feel like I’m ready for anything and everything. That’s until we pull up and I remember I still have no real idea what I’m doing. It turns out it’s a verbal argument of access to a child and nothing major, however it’s in at the deep end as I do my first (of many) domestic forms under the guidance of my tutor. We resume and drive around some more, and then some more. My tutor has me check almost every vehicle we pass to get my radio confidence up, much to the annoyance of the control room operator. We eventually return to the station and look through my folder and wait for change over time.  Still I feel like I’ve learnt a lot but I’ve also realised training school was less helpful than I expected and that I knew very little. I put my kit away in my locker and just before I went I introduced  myself to the local inspector and advised my sergeant and tutor that I’d be in for the next two shifts as casually as I could. Secretly I really enjoyed myself and seamed to get on with the team really well, and couldn’t wait to be back.

ForceHQ

ForceHQ

 

Coached Patrol

Shift: Saturday Coached Patrol Rank: Special Constable Length of Service: 3 years Planned duty: 1400-0200 Unfortunately I haven't bothered trying to estimate timings as it was such a busy shift we were here there and everywhere! Having recently got my driving ticket I like running coached patrol shifts for newer officers to help them achieve evidence for their PACs and SOROC (read SOLAP for anyone who isn't Met). I arrived before the start of the shift to get ready and book on and saw the two student officers who would be coming out with me and my oppo. We would be out in a Q car to help with getting some traffic process for the new guys. As they also needed an arrest each I also picked up a few arrest enquiries and a couple of taskings to help the Borough out. Once we were all ready to go, I checked in with the response skipper to let him know we were out and about and headed off to our first arrest enquiry. 2 minutes round the corner I spot a moped rider who was missing an L plate and texting whilst riding. A quick U-turn and lighting him up with the blues later  we have our first seizure as the male was riding on a revoked provisional due to having racked up several points at court previously for no insurance - and you guessed it - he hadn't learnt his lesson and bothered to get insurance this time either! Thankfully recovery were pretty speedy (a complete god send as I know we've all waited hours before!) and we were back enroute to the arrest enquiry. Unfortunately our man wasn't there, but I did manage to speak to him on the phone and he agreed to arrange an appointment to come in and be arrested on Monday. Not the result I was hoping for, but there were some relieved sighs from the student officers who hadn't made an arrest before! We moved on to the second arrest enquiry which as we didn't have a home address for the suspect we were attending his work place, a kebab shop. Cue panicky thoughts about being cut into donner sized pieces of meat with that bloody sword they use to cut the kebab... We decided that my oppo and a student would go in first and the other student and I would wait outside just out of sight in case it kicked off. As they went into the shop I noticed a member of public walk out to take a call and start walking quickly in the opposite direction. (He didn't see us, but was looking through the glass at the other officers). The he started jogging... Then he started running...! For what was the first of many times that shift I gave it legs after the suspect, shouting for the other pair to follow as I ran past the door. We rounded the corner into the car park to see the male trying to reverse his car out of the car park. Whilst my oppo tried to open the car door I drew my asp and at the top of my lungs politely informed the male I would do significant damage to his motor vehicle if he did not stop immediately and exit the vehicle... Or something similar He got out and was cuffed and nicked by one of the students. Upon being searched a box cutter was found in his pockets and he was further arrested for points and blades. A good result all round and the first pair of officers traveled with him back to custody. I decided that I would give another arrest enquiry a try as he wasn't expected to be in and we were after some intel to try and locate him. He wasn't in, but his Mum persuaded him to come home. I can't remember the last time I'd met such a delightful and polite suspect. </sarcasm> After much failed negotiations to coax him inside for the umpteenth time he clocked on to why we were there and gave it legs into the estate. (Are you noticing a pattern here? I am definitely not a fan of running either!) Long story short, with the help of NPAS and several response units he was tracked into a hiding place a good mile away from where we started over a fair few fences! Another one in custody for the MSC Following that we attended a few calls and assisted with the night time economy for the rest of the shift, but it wasn't as comical as the earlier part. Safe to say we slept well that night!

Posh

Posh

 

Aid to Westminster

Shift: Friday Night Time Economy Rank: Special Constable Length of Service: 3 years Planned duty: 1900-0300 Due to lots of aid across boroughs in the MPS I found myself in Westminster on a recent Friday, where 125 Specials were deployed to police the night time economy. Unfortunately a slightly shirt shift as I only booked on last minute and had to be up early the following day. 1900 - Arrive at local nick, pick up a car and head into central picking up a mate I'd be working with that night enroute. Our tasking was to provide media support for the evening and generate as much activity we could on social media using the @MPSSpecials twitter channel. (Give us a follow!) 2100-2130 - Briefing at Westminster - get a couple of good snaps from the top floor of the Specials being paraded in the yard prior to deployment. 2131 - Walk out of the back gate to get something from the car and notice two males making observations of who is going in and out and looking very suspicious. Having stopped and accounted them and built up some substantial grounds I conducted my first ever terrorism search. Negative result, but they both got nicked for being illegal entrants to the UK having arrived on lorries that morning! 2135-2300 - Queue for custody, although there is no one in front of us... At the risk of getting an email inviting me to a meeting without biscuits we'll say no more about it! 2300-2330 - Prisoner booked in, notes written and handed over to UKBF. 2330-0200 - Answered a few calls, got a few more photos and most enjoyably met a bunch of really great Specials from all over the Met. 0200-0300 - Drive back to the nick, dropping off my oppo enroute and booked off for the night.   Hopefully this wasn't too boring to read, but it will certainly be a memorable shift for me just for the search!

Posh

Posh

 

Second shift, First arrest!

Hi guys, so here is a write up from my second shift that I have recently had and thought I would share with you all as it was quite an eventful one!   Rank: Special Constable Length of Service: Second shift Planned duty: 1500HRS - 2300HRS   All times are estimates as PNB is not to hand.   1500HRS: Arrive at station…forget the code for the changing room…OOPS! pop down to the response room and see the person who I am crewed with in there so have a quick word and get told the combination so go to kit up quick to catch briefing.   1520: Briefing completed. DS comes in and asks if my colleague and myself would like to go and complete an arrest on a female wanted for questioning over an alleged assault that has taken place and caused some serious injuries to the other party, we say yes! Go to get briefed on circs and all that, run the person and address through systems for warning markers, previous etc then pop down to custody to let them know we will be bringing one in within the hour and how it will be my first.   1600: Get a marked car and begin to make our way to the address, nerves beginning to kick in as we have decided I will take the arrest! go through the procedure and the custody routine.   1620: get to the address and knock on the door, the female answers and lets us in but needs to get dressed, she is compliant and we wait on her landing for her. She comes out ready and I make the arrest and deliver a caution which came out so fast I didn’t even understand it myself at the time so when I asked her if she understood and she said “yes” it was quite a shock! All of this happens just before the female breaks into tears due to the fact she was under arrest (I don’t blame her, it can’t be nice to have your liberty taken away from you) We wait for her to secure her property and get to the car to put the cuffs on and do a quick search. Some teenager is snooping around asking whats going on he is swiftly told to move on.   1650: Arrive at custody, sweating quite a lot! booking in goes well even though I was very nervous! wait with the DP to get booked in and wait for a female DO to come to do a more thorough search and we are then let loose.   1720: DS asks for a arrest statement so get on writing that up which was good experience for me, get it checked over by the SGT who brushes it up a little. Print another copy for my PDP file as it will come in handy.   1830: REFS! mcdonalds which consists of a chicken legend and coffee.   1915: Back on patrol. respond to a call of a male in distress and begin to make our way   1930: Arrive to the address, quite out in the sticks! two dogs running around which makes me edgey as I must admit I’m not the biggest fan of dogs! but they are playful and not nasty. We begin talking to the male who is complaining of chest paints and talks about his mental health, claims to have PTSD, Depression amongst other issues and is shaking a lot and clutching at his chest the whole time. We decide to get a ambulance called so I make the call through my radio.   1945: Paramedic responder car arrives, very quickly too! finds the male to have a heart rate of 175, very high! Ambulance still en route.   1955: Ambulance arrives, looks like the fella is off to hospital for the night to get himself sorted! we wait around for them to leave then head off ourselves.   2115: Go code 5 for a reported RTC involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. Arrive on scene to find no trace of either… call the number of the RP who is heavily in drink and says the problem is sorted! and is a mile and a half down the road now. Lovely. Close the log on that one!   2210: Respond to a call from a Female saying a motorbike is loitering around her property and keeps looking into the drive. Worried as has had a bike stolen recently. We respond and make a note for the neighbourhood team and have a look around the area for said bike but no luck.   2230: DAMN! just as we were going to go back to the station to write some stuff up and book off we are called to respond to a incident involving a dog that has been sold over the facebooks. We arrive and I begin to talk to the couple who have had the dog off of the other party involved after posting a Facebook ad asking for a dog to rehome. The original owners respond and offer a dog and say they will allow the couple to have the dog for the night to see how it settles. The evening comes and the original couple text saying they want to meet as they want the dog back (I think, it was quite confusing!) so they meet at a public location and decide to call the police. After much deliberation my colleague decides, after speaking with a superior, that the dog should go back into the possession of the original owners as they have all of the relevant paperwork still and there is nothing really in paper to support the other couple. Words of advice given to both parties and we head back!   23:30 Book off duty  

Tempo

Tempo

 

New Moderator - R5!

Folks I would like to welcome to the Moderation Team @R5! who has been a great supporter of the forum and stood out to the team as being an excellent candidate for the position of Moderator. I'm sure you will give R5! a very warm welcome and ensure that the same level of respect etc is shown towards R5! as you do the rest of the team.  Best Wishes Chief Bakes

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New Moderator - Rosemary

Folks I would like to welcome to the Moderation Team @Rosemary who has been a great supporter of the forum and stood out to the team as being an excellent candidate for the position of Moderator. I'm sure you will give Rosemary a very warm welcome and ensure that the same level of respect etc is shown towards Rosemary as you do the rest of the team.  Best Wishes Chief Bakes

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Chief Bakes

 

New Moderator - Uppy

Folks I would like to welcome to the Moderation Team @Uppy who has been a great supporter of the forum and stood out to the team as being an excellent candidate for the position of Moderator. I'm sure you will give Uppy a very warm welcome and ensure that the same level of respect etc is shown towards Uppy as you do the rest of the team.  Best Wishes Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

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My First Duty as a Special Constable

Rank: Special Constable Planned duty time: 0830HRS-1630HRS Length of service: First duty   So I have recently had my first duty, I have had good fun reading other members blogs on this site so I thought I would begin to put down some things from my shifts for others to read and also for myself to read back in the future perhaps. Do bare with me I'm not a talented writer and this is the first one!  All times are estimates as my PNB is at the station. 0830: Meet with fellow special that I will be crewed with, he has been great and has made the settling in at the station really painless so I was feeling pretty clam about the upcoming shift we went though some of the paper work I will need to get together such as stop and search forms, DASH forms etc. 0900: Check emails. Talk to some of the regs that are on duty and let the sergeant know we are around today and will be taking up foot patrol in the town. Check briefing for any nasties that we could maybe see on our travels and note down details. 0930: Begin foot patrol, the public are very happy and surprised to see two police officers actually walking through the town, we engage with members of the public giving directions and just general chit chat. It was nice to see the public feeling reassured to see a officer presence which is becoming less and less these days. 1100: Foot patrol takes us through the graveyard a hot spot in the town for drug and alcohol use. Lo and behold as we walk through we find two males sitting behind one of the out buildings with a open bottle of cider and a few other cans with them, both heavily in drink but compliant. We get them to pour the alcohol away and clean the area they have been in, turns out one of the males was at court only the day before on shoplifting charges and was giving a suspended sentence for the second time. Colleague runs them both through PNC, neither are wanted but markers on one of the males due to having uncapped needles on him in the past and a history of drug misuse for this we decide to search him under s23 MDA. Colleague completes the search and I completed the form which was good for me.  1200: Head back to the station to give sergeant the paperwork from the search and to make sure it was completed correctly, thankfully it was! ask if we can get a car to go over to the next town over, there is one available so we take it. 1230: refs break consisting of a large chicken pasty and a bottle of water...now we just need to find somewhere to eat it! while we are finding a place to park to eat loads of reports of RTC's in the area are coming through, probably due to the conditions and people not driving appropriately for them. 1315: Head over to the other town and show our face at the station, talk to the sergeant there and get briefed on persons of interest in the area at the moment 2 took our interest in particular one was a female who has been in the town around school kicking out times heavily in drink causing problems and another was a male who is a prolific shoplifter in the area at the moment. We decide to start a foot patrol in the town on the off chance they may be around. 1400: No trace on either POI, once again public are happy to see police on patrol engaging with them. Head back to the station and decide we are going to go back to the main station. 1410: serious RTC comes over the radio possible fatalities, we call up saying we can go code 5 as we are only 10 minutes away. We go code 5 and make our way to the collision. 1425: Code 6. 2 vehicle collision on a busy A road between a hatchback travelling eastbound and a tipper truck which was travelling westbound, it seems the truck has had a mechanical issue and the driver has said that he couldnt keep it from going into the opposite carriageway and has hit the hatchback with his nearside hitting the offside of the hatchback. Speak to sergeant on scene who asks us to begin with controlling traffic with my colleague and myself going either end of the collision and directing them through between us. 1450: Fire/Ambulance leave the scene. Eastbound carriage is still shut but westbound carriage is now open. The amount of rubber neckers is unbelievable and some more accidents almost happen! 1555: Recovery vehicles arrive for the vehicles. 1612: Highways arrive to clear the carriageway and fix the road which has taken some damage from the collision. 1635: Leave scene, have to go to a local station to drop of some cones that were used in the scene  1710: return to the station  1730: Book off duty! I will add there where thankfully no fatalities at the RTC and only minor injures were sustained in the end which was very lucky judging by the state of the hatchback. I had a really good first duty and learnt that even when it is "Q" anything can come in at any time as it did with this serious RTC. I learnt alot today and cant wait to get back out there! Hopefully this was at least barely readable and interesting!    

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Mid Month Saturday Night (with added rain)

A quick Government Health Warning to you Regulars out there.  Us Specials compare notes in detail about you.  We talk about who we like to work with, who is good in a scrap, who makes the best brews/cakes and which pairings always manage to be deployed in far flung villages while the pubs and clubs are kicking out.  One of the things we also rate is the quality of your Response driving – it’s very subjective seeing as we only have A to B grading but even so it varies between “Have we actually got our lights on because we aren’t going any faster” to “SHIIIIIIIIIIIT I’M GOING TO DIE”.  This becomes relevant later on, so to the account of last night, a mid-month Saturday night in town.   1900 – Arrive in the station.  The Skipper tells me that one of the clubs has an ‘event’ on and there has been a bit of personnel movement around the county.  He suggests I go with two officers (male and female – this too is relevant later).  I know them both though I’ve only worked with the man before – if you add their ages together they are still 5 years younger than me!   1940-2000 – The Inspector wants a high profile presence in town tonight so we do an early walk through and call in the various pubs.  Not too many folk out yet and the mood is good, one ‘lady of a certain age’ seems to take a shine to me and I have trouble getting rid of her.  The old ‘finger to the ear-piece and distant look’  trick gets me away!   2000+  Immediate call to an incomplete 999 in a village about 10 miles away – possible domestic.  So, the young man is driving (complete with very daft haircut, the youth of today (sighs)).  I am very impressed, smooth, rapid – we  hit 110 mph at one point (rural) but I never felt unsafe and some very difficult stretches that cause a lot of accidents were taken at sensible speed.   We arrive and after some confusion over the address (three streets start at the same junction and there are no numbers on the doors) we gain entry.  A young woman with three children under 7.  She is very anti-police and won’t tell us anything.  She seems to have a real problem with my male colleague.  I do a quick search, all is clean, reasonably tidy, there is food in the fridge and the children seem well cared for.  The mum is kicking off and eventually I manage to get the two younger children to come with me into the kitchen where they get themselves a drink.  The toddler finds a new game running round me and jumping over my boots – good job I have big feet.  This gives my female colleague a chance to get some details from the mum.  She point blank refuses to give the name of her partner but eventually tells us what the argument was about (same old same old, use your imagination).  She is going to stay with friends but refuses to tell us where.  The taxi has arrived so I go and get the driver’s details and ask him to make a note of where she goes.   Ultimately, we are satisfied that the woman and her children are safe, so she goes on her way.  My male colleague and I agree that without having had a woman officer present we would probably have ended up arresting her and getting social services involved.  We head back to the station to update the system.  I call the cabbie but he can only give us the road he dropped her on.  All relevant systems are updated – she is ‘known’ so we add her new address and flag it up for the various support and protection agencies to follow up.   2200. Urgent run to a local fast food emporium to pick up refs – tonight its….Chinese!  My crewmates, the Skipper and the Inspector eat while the Boss regales us with tales of his time on the ferries (vomit, vomit and more vomit) and the problem of his dog’s clogged rear hair (somehow we manage to eat our food!).   2230.  Another Inspector from the south of the county arrives bringing two of my Special colleagues with him.  We divvy ourselves up, along with two of the night crew and go boots down in town.  By this time we have been joined by PC Rain.  It is, to coin a phrase, p***ing down!   2300-0400   In town.  I deal with the following – in roughly this order.   Rain.   Numerous encounters with my ‘woman of a certain age’.  I swear the mad bint is stalking me.  I end up almost running away!   Rain.   Bloke falls down the steps of the night club and knocks himself out.  Ambulance arrives and he looks in a poor state.  The inspector later calls and asks for CCTV as it is looking bad.  20 minutes later we get the all clear as he has recovered faster than Lazarus and wants to come back out.   Did I mention that it was raining.   Drunk teenager on a bus night out whose mother has got a strop on with her mates who found her and are trying to help.  Mum is told to wind it in and take her daughter home.   It rains some more, take shelter under the Street Pastors’ umbrellas – fantastic folk.   Three way tiff (2 Male, 1 Female) where one of the males is turning very nasty but decides to walk off in a huff.  The female accidentally kicks the skipper which raises a smile, especially when she does it again.  Who says sergeants have no sense of humour?   One amorous couple are politely asked to wait until they get home, or at least into a taxi before they remove each other’s clothing – it is after all still piddling down.   It stops raining…then start again.   I get a tap on the shoulder from a chap who explains that he is on a scavenger hunt and a selfie with a copper is worth good points.  At this moment he recognises me – we worked together for a few months last year.  I oblige and he goes away happy.   It carries on raining.   A group of older, impeccably dressed and exceedingly p***ed ladies and gents form an incongruous picture as they process down the street to their minibus.  Hammered they may have been, but they were at least dressed for the elements and were very polite.   Rain.   Just as it looks like winding down a comatose female appears being carried by a bouncer and her friend (where were they taking her?)  She is very out of it and the nearest ambulance is 30 minutes away.  ARU are hanging round and as they have the trauma kit we put her in a car with one of them and off they go to hospital where colossal alcohol intake is diagnosed (no ####, Sherlock!).   0415.  Off duty.  The high profile tactics seem to have paid off as we had no arrests which is a rarity for town on a Saturday night and yes, there was a callsign that managed to be ‘busy’ out in the sticks all night and never appeared in town!   0445.  Get home, hang up my goretex hi-viz and my hat to dry and go to bed.

MajorDisaster

MajorDisaster

 

Testing, Testing, 123

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Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Pay Day Saturday Night in Town!

So, here we go with another Saturday night shift. Timings reasonably accurate - taken from PNB 1930 - On duty, with the legendary Joe, and two ladies whom we will call L1 and L2 to save their blushes (Joe is beyond saving!) 1945 - Immediate call so jump in with L1 and head to a carpark where a group of pre-teens have come across an older chap who has taken a tumble and has a cut above the eye.  They have called 999 and given rudimentary first aid.  He is a little drunk and takes some persuading to go with the medics but eventually goes off to get cleaned up.  The youngsters are thanked for their help. 2020 - MISPER, adult male, turns out not to be missing at all but fit and well at his home address! 2050 - MISPER 2, juvenile absconded from foster home.  We go and search his natural family home, they are very helpful and have seen him on an authorised visit that day.  they offer some suggestions as to where he might be.  We pass those on. (he turned up later on near his foster home). 2130 - As we are heading back to the nick we are diverted to a male causing a disturbance.  We find a drunk youth who has been refused entry by his Mum and he has kicked off.  He won't calm down so I arrest for D&D.  My presentation at the custody desk gets the seal of approval from Joe who helped me take him in as that particular custody sgt is known for requiring exact detail. 2220 - Refs followed by statement for my arrest.  My special inspector is in and heads off to a domestic where he gets an arrest and one of the Special Sgts from another part of the county is also in custody with an arrest - a good night for the Specials! 2319 - Call to a melee on one of the 'less salubrious' estates.  The next half hour is a bit surreal.  Two cars arrive, me and Joe and L1 & L2.  The only thing that is clear is that a lad has been thumped and the assailant who is identified has done a runner.  Joe and L1 run after him, L2 sees a likely suspect and runs after  him.  More units are inbound but I spend an 'interesting' few minutes in the middle of what I can only describe as a 30 strong mass audition for the Jeremy Kyle Show.  One person tries to take responsibility for the assault despite the witnesses and the victim saying he was nothing to do with it.  The crowd then turn on this individual who refuses the offer of being transported out of harms way.  He gets gobbier by the second and finishes up being nicked for S5.  The assailant is arrested and with the timely intervention of PC Rain we eventually get away.  Back tot he nick to finish earlier paperwork and assist bagging up evidence of the assault. 0130 - Call into town with L2 where traffic are with a lad who has been pushed/fallen though a shop door window.  We look round for a possible attacker but without success.  We stay in town for a bit though the continuing rain is helping keep a lid on things. 0210 - A badly parked car is blocking in several bouncers who can't go home - oh dear!  We call it in.  Back to the nick and straight out with the sarge to reports of a domestic in the street.  No sign but we are then flagged down by a woman who is nervous about entering her property due to a man loitering.  I see her in ok and we talk to the chap who it is obvious is having mental issues.  I won't go into details, but I manage to strike up a rapport with him.  He is staying with his mum nearby and between talking to her and his friend on the phone we decide S136 is in order.  Joe an L2 come down to help but he is reasonably happy.   0300 - Called back into town by the unit watching the busted door and waiting for duty chippy to come and fix it.  Joe stays with the S136, L2 and I head down where we find a male who has been assaulted and is horizontal with a head wound.  There is a lot of blood about.  The ambulance turns up and they take over the management of the casualty while we gather what info we can.  This takes some time and the lads friends and workmates are milling around being more of a pain than a help.  Lots of activity in town as a report has come in of an alleged serious sexual assault. 0400 - Back to the nick and  book off. All in all I think I changed vehicles about 6 times and barely stopped!  

MajorDisaster

MajorDisaster

 

Saturday Night Time Economy

Saturday Night, Response, 2000-0400.  All timings approx 2000:  Get in in a bit of a rush but looking forward to it as Code B are on and they are very Special Friendly - also one particular officer (Joe) is on and there's never a dull moment when I'm paired with him-at this point however he is out with RPU and some of the others are on another task so... 2015: Another officer and I head off with a Sgt from the south of the county to look for a specific habitual drink driver.  On the way a car pulls out suddenly on us so we pull him over.  My colleague breath tests him while I do the check.  A moment's excitement when it comes back as no insurance or MOT, but he produces an MoT certificate dated two days ago and it turns out he has Traders insurance.  He blows zero so is sent on his way with advice to be careful in the future.  We do not find our target but on the way back we do a Licence Check on a local pub that has had noise problems.  All is in order and the girl singing in the bar was actually quite good. 2100:  Status 4 - I'd taken a chinese in which matched what the rest of the two codes now in were having (the other code are slightly less SC Friendly but individually are still ok).  We hear that the NPT Sgt who had been in coordinating an Op has passed his Inspector's board so there is much congratulating and good natured p***taking. 2200:  The duty inspector wants boots on the ground in pairs for town patrol, as Joe is tied up with a traffic job I hang around for a bit catching up on the e brief and some bits and bobs. 2245: Joe comes back and we grab the cage van, park up in town and start our wanderings.  We run into the other pair and head down to the skate park, now in darkness.  There we sneak up on 4 lads who are having a smoke.  One is very sus and Joe searches him while we sniff round the others (literally).  They are fine, and not too drunk but our dodgy one (who has plenty of previous) is getting gobby and only the intervention of his mates stops him getting nicked.  They decide to head back into town. 0030.  There are still only a few hundred in town.  The clubs are only about a quarter full.  One of the local weirdos is causing trouble but is sent on  his way and we head back into the main square. 0100.  The other pair on patrol take the van back up to the nick for a brew and we agree we'll stroll back in slow time, but as we are about to set off Joe spots a scrote about to relieve himself in a doorway.  In the ensuing discussion the lad gets sufficiently gobby that he is nicked under S5.  We get the girls to bring the van back for him, but it is getting a bit antsy as his friends are being very difficult.  As luck would have it another CS and a traffic unit happen to arrive in town and order is restored.  Our boy's girlfriend is furious - with him or us it is impossible to tell (all will be revealed later). 0115.  We head off to the nick to process our lad, as we pass the Leisure Centre we are flagged down by a car who tells us 'he's up there' - Who?  Turns out he'd phoned in a man smashing up a car but we hadn't heard the call in the hoo ha in town.  Other units are coming down - it's only 200 yards from the nick - but by coincidence we are first on scene.  We head up where he directs and end up running down a street to find the attacker.  I arrest and caution at which point he coughs.  He'd walloped his ex's windscreen with a hammer (recovered).  Joe processes our S5 (Q: Have you ever been arrested before? A :yes Q:When? A: Last night!!!!) and I process our Crim Dam.  Upstairs for a brew, and short statements. The inspector is well pleased as officially Joe and I managed two arrests in under 5 minutes.  Specials getting arrests are flagged up as the Chief Constable likes us and is recruiting actively! 0230.  Files completed we head back into town for chucking out.  I see several of my students - I call them The Usual Suspects, though they are not bad lads.  One of them got punched and has bled well on his shirt but he isn't bothered by it being a rugby player and well anaesthetised.  I get him to peel back his lip but it isn't serious.   There's a bit of banter flying round but there are a few niggles surfacing and we put the word out for some extra bodies.   We eventually finish up with about ten officers - more than I have seen before at that time (not many by big city standards but quite a few from our rural perspective) including two student officers and a traffic unit. 0315.  Sure enough - big kick off.  Battling parties separated and two nicked.  I go back up the station with one of them and help process him in.  About this time there is a call for officers to go round the front where a woman is kicking off.  It turns out to be the girlfriend of the lad we nicked earlier.  I seems it was us she was p***ed off at and she ends up reunited with him, well in the same cell block after being arrested! That causes much chortling in the custody suite. 0345:  Finish booking in all and sundry, back upstairs and book off.

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Rank SC Length of service 6 months Shift: 0900-1600 Response 0830: get in and the sarge asks me to go to another station ten miles away as his officers are all over the place.  He has two students with tutors who are with assessors, four in custody on prisoner observation (including two on "poo watch" - some people get all the best jobs), so I team up with a chap I've worked with before and we head down to his location for a brew.  The sarge there breaks the good news to us that the Chief Constable is visiting the nick later so it would be a  good thing if we are out doing stuff and not making the station look untidy. 0930:  As my buddy has sone admin to do the sarge ask me if I would like to do a school visit with one of the NPT PCSOs so off we go to the local infants' school 'nurture group'.  6 five year olds from problem families who seem like nice enough kids, especially as they come with tea and bikkies.  We spend half an hour with them as t hey try on our hats and talk about...well it was hard to tell really but they had a good time.  We left at break time so the whole playground came to wave us off so my partner who had come to pick us up gave it large with the lights and siren as we pulled off. 1015:  We drop off the PCSO and head off to see if we can gather some int on a possible drug user, but are sidetracked by a call for an arrest op.  We RV with ARU (there if forced entry needed), CID who are coords, dogs, the sarge and another couple of officers.  The chap we are after is wanted in another part of the country for a particularly nasty attack and is rated as a 'badass'.  We go round and position ourselves at various doors and windows but in fact he comes quietly.  turns out he was someone I'd sat with in A&E last saturday when he was in for D&I but we didn't have the int on him then.  Take him back and book him in. 1200:  Call for a unit to an RTC in a village, just so happens we are closest so we go.  No casualties but the road is blocked where a white van has come round a sharp bend on a narrow road and his a mum and three year old in their car.  No injuries other than shakes but neither vehicle is going anywhere.  It's the van driver's first day on the job and the boss hung up on him after the first phonecall.  We measure up and draw diagrams while the insurance companies arrange recovery.  The rod is finally opened just in time for the school run.  My oppo runs me back to my station where I knock off at about 1530.   Again nothing outrageously exciting but a good mix - nice to see the children and then a more serious side of things later on

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Last shift before my transfer

My last shift for a while due to resigning to go home from Uni forever! Was a decent one and will hopefully be back soon albeit with another force Rank: Special Constable Length of Service: 1yr 3mths Planned Hours: 1500-0000 Type of Shift: Immediate Response   1520: Arrive at the nick, no cakes because I've been in my last uni exam so its prearranged lateness!! Kit up and go to meet my tutor who I've worked with for most of my short service who I would now call more of a friend than a colleague and stick my stuff in the car 1540: Straight out on the hunt for a free brew 1600: Park up for a brew and get earmarked with a Grade 2 Domestic - 10 year old lad and his nan have had a to do. 1620: Turn up, colleague talks to nan and I go to find lad who is sulking 20 yards down the road. He's basically kicked off over her not giving him chewing gum, she's put him outside the front and he's booted the rear light of her car smashing it. Have a chat with him and he's all attitude for the time being. However he accepts that he's done wrong and shouldn't have kicked the car. He's only turned 10 a month ago so I explain to him that he's not a kid anymore and that this time we might be able to sort it but in the future he could be getting arrested and that the cells are not a nice place to be. He's reluctant to go back to the house but eventually persuade him and he has a chat with my colleague which prompts the waterworks. Arrange for him to go round to his friends for a few hours to cool off and take details for a youth referral. No DV report due to his age not meeting the criteria so happy days. 1645: Come clear and go for a drive, get sent to a report of 4 males threatening informants dad. We were apparently called to the address the day before to sort a civil dispute with next door so imagine it could be related. As we turn up in the road a car drives past us with 4 big lads on board. Go into address and dad says they weren't offering any violence, just telling him to back off from next door but that his daughter has overreacted but nevertheless give him advice to ring us if they come back. Go next door and surprise surprise the lady there knows nothing about it and would NEVER do such a thing. We give her words of advice re not sending heavies round to next door if it was her or her husband.  Check the car that passed us and it comes back to an address round the corner so we float round. No car there and no answer to knocking so decide to leave it for now.  1710: Volunteer for a concern for safety job. Son who lives out of force hasn't heard from mum in a while so wants us to go and do a welfare check. 1720: On route to concern safety and a grade 1 domestic comes in near the concern safety. Son is apparently holding mum with a pitchfork to her throat. We break to go and deal. 1725: Arrive at scene, it's on a farm in the middle of nowhere so it takes a good minute or so to find once we're in the vicinity. Turns out it's nothing like reported. Wanted male has been staying at the farm. Farm worker has told him he can't stay anymore so he has responded by throwing bricks at farm worker and another lad there. Then went and picked up a particularly fetching pink pitchfork and has thrown this at them. Offender has then run off and collected a home made knife and small pick axe and come back to threaten them with these. When he's seen them on the phone to us he's scarpered. Description circulated and heli and dogs on the way!! If found he's coming in for affray. 1740: Statements from the two workers who have been threatened. 1820: Statements finished. One patrol thinks he has spotted offender somewhere but turns out it's not him. Dog man has gone down windy country lanes to the river and has let the landshark loose. He shouts up saying one running along the river bank, about half a mile away. Said he's been hiding in the bushes and flown off as soon as he saw the car! Particular comical moment when patrol is rattling on about this lad he's seen and dog man shouts up telling him to shut up and clear the air because it would seem obvious that it's probably the guy sprinting away... 1825: Everyone floods the area all along the river and looks to pen him in. There looks to be a while where he's gone to ground because no one can find him. By this time helicopter is floating around 1840: Patrol shouts up to say one is running past him matching the description but he may just be a jogger seeing as it's a popular jogging route... 1841: Yeah it's him, officer has approached him and he's jumped the barrier towards the river and shouted if you come near me I'll end it. Just as officer says I'm not coming he jumps down a good drop onto the bushes in the river bed and sits up saying he'll go in the water. Intimating all sorts of self harm with rocks but not actually doing anything. 1845: Everyone flying down towards him. Dogs are going in. Chopper is still about. Negotiator on his way. Trumpton on the way with their boat. Paramedics coming as well. Talk about team effort! All we need is for him to jump on a train and BTP can get involved too  1855: We arrive at the end of the river RV point. Discuss tactics with F&R and plan the best course of action. They're saying they can't get their boat in this side of the water due to tide.  1905: Just as all seems lost, out of the blue someone shouts up on the radio one detained. Not sure quite how they managed it but he's been locked up for affray and is on his way in. 1910: F&R and paramedics stood down, back to bed for Trumpton!! 1915: He says he's dropped the knife and axe before even leaving the farm so we head back up to have a look. 2100: Finish searching the farm, we've found the knife but unf not the axe. Seize the knife and pitchfork and head for chinese before it shuts!! 2130: Refs and paperwork back at the station for the days work 2300: Day's work done, start sorting my resignation. Fill the forms and send them to my coordinator. Put all my kit back in my locker and sort that side of things. Book PAVA into property and bag up a coat which got covered in blood when I gave it to a scantily dressed victim of a wounding when he was stood in the cold street at 2am. 2345: Let the door shut behind me without my warrant and access cards. It's a good end to what has been a fantastic experience - I'm going to miss it for until I'm in another force but I've loved my time and can't thank everyone enough for what they've taught me  

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14 hours

A particularly lengthy tour of duty I recently did down to my bad judgement, however my most independent yet! Writing this to procrastinate from my uni revision so hope it's a good read!! Rank: Special Constable Length of Service: 1yr 2mths Planned Hours: 1500-0000 Type of Shift: Immediate Response 1430: Leave for the nick and kit up, go into the reports room and check emails, last shifts lock up's outcome and make sure a particularly tricky customer from a few weeks still hasn't made a complaint (malicious of course) ((He hadn't)) 1500: Briefing, I worked with this team as part of a 10 week placement so I know the majority of them well and I am crewed with a PC I've worked with before 1520: Leave briefing after cakes are distributed, someones birthday rather than any offences committed!! Go and check I'm in the callsign and load up the van. 1530: Straight out to a 15 year old shoplifter, he's compliant 1540: Arrive at the store and meet the shoplifter, he's chatting away to us and the security staff. Decided to nick 2 orange canvas hats despite having the means to pay for them at home. Fully admits it and has no previous for theft. Decide that an RJ is the best course of action. 1600: Load numbnuts into the van and get ready to drive him home for a dressing down in front of dad. He's still in good spirits so I'm wondering whether parents are going to be on our side or his! As we're pulling out of the top of the road my colleague notices someone in the town centre who is wanted for a burglary. He jumps out and grips the guy although he's hobbling on a bad ankle - going nowhere fast. Shout up for another van and I'm sat with shoplifter in the back who is not too pleased that his lift home is taking longer than expected. I advise him that if he doesn't want to sit in a police van he shouldn't steal stuff, which he accepts is a valid point. 1620: Other van turns up and burglar is loaded up for his ride to custody. Shoplifter rings dad and tells him there's been a change of plan, he's coming into the police station to meet us. 1630: Arrive back at the nick. Shoplifter comes with me and sits in one of the VA rooms to wait for dad. My colleague goes to book in his burglar in custody. 1645: Dad arrives. He is an all round good egg and is absolutely horrified at his sons actions. I prompt son to go through and relay the ins and outs of his misdoings to dad in front of my body cam. I explain the RJ scheme to dad and tell him that the store are happy to go along with it, that the disposal may show up on any enhanced CRB check but it looks a lot better than a caution or charge and that it leaves son to be punished as dad sees fit. Dad assures me that son will be suitably chastised and shakes my hand. I make clear to son in no certain terms that another bobby on another day and he would have been sat in a cell right now rather than our very recently febreezed VA room. They go on their merry way with son getting a right earful! 1700: Meet my colleague back in custody. He gives me the bad news first - I'm dealing with the job. The good news is that he will help! I familiarise myself with the handover before preparing my written disclosure and interview plan as well as booking duty solicitor for the interview. It's a pretty open and shut job -  the lad is caught staring straight down a CCTV camera and left his phone on the premises - which he later decided to ring up and report as stolen to us! I find out the reason why he was hobbling when I watch a CCTV clip of him falling from the first floor window of the premises that he's burgling! 1745: Radio off in interview. I've interviewed with the solicitor before so I'm expecting a prepared statement and no comment. His client ends up just going no comment without any statement. His head is in his hands by the end of the interview but I'm not sure whether this was down to the impending sense of doom or the pain in his ankle. 1810: Go through return from interview with custody and find out he's 2 months from the end of a 2 year suspended sentence, he's going back to prison but doesn't know it yet!! 1820: Go back through to report room and go into the Sergeant's to ask for charging authorisation as it is an indictable offence. They take one look at the evidence against him and put pen to paper 1830: Take my piece of paper through to custody and get matey boy charged. For some reason decide to put the now caution in the middle of the charge - I was doing so well!! Anyway all gets done and custody sgt breaks the bad news to DP that he's going back to prison. He just wants some medical attention for his ankle - custody sgtasks how long it's been like that and he says he did it last Wednesday but is hesitant to say how. I wait until he's gone back to his cell before informing the sgt that funnily enough someone fell out of a first floor window last Wednesday and that it may or may not be the same guy! 1840: Back into the report room and find my colleague waiting for me with a pizza. I'm absolutely starving so decide to make good use of my refs before starting on the file. 1930: Refs over. I take my seat in the report room and begin filling the forms out for the remand file. 2330: After a long few hours typing, we get the nod to go home. I decide I haven't had enough and that I'm going to jump in the carrier with another colleague of mine from the nights team who is working until 3. 2345: SECOND REFS!! Down to maccies and I'm content with a McFlurry to top the pizza. 0030: Back on patrol. It's a bit Q at the moment but I'm happy just to have a laugh with my old tutor and his special colleague who is out on his first shift. 0100: Grade 1 job comes in. Reports of 4 or 5 fighting in the street. I'm ready for a bit of excitement so I shout us up to go and we fly down to it! 0105: At scene. Not quite as reported, 4 month pregnant heavily intoxicated lady has been removed from a house party after the news she was having an abortion didn't go down too well with her friends and she kicked off about it. She seems to be under the impression she's being locked up for assault and is screaming about how she wants everyone in the house coming in as well, although I inform her that this isn't happening because it's a lawful ejection from the property. She's still effing and blinding and there's a particularly golden moment when she takes her top off to show the new special her 'injuries'. The look of horror on his face was a picture. I promptly order her to dress herself at which point she complies, but then goes round towards the house and directs her abuse at the occupants. I take her back round by the van and for the first time in my 15 month career find a situation where I can tell her firmly to wind her neck in. She's still going on and on and so we decide to put her in the van and give her a lift home. I'm not optimistic. 0155: We travel in convoy with the van to her home address and get her back out. She's initially calmed down but soon starts up again and demands our collar numbers so she can complain about us not locking the other party up. I write her the log number on a scrap of paper and give it to her explaining that if she rings up we'll all be on the log. She says something along the lines of "That's not a flipping collar number **** off" and even after all the chances she's had, I tell her to give me the paper. She refuses to do this so I give her one last chance to go to bed before she comes in with us. Another "**** off" makes my mind up. 0210: One arrested for D&D. I'm in the zone and decide even though she's in a van with another female officer, I'm locking her up. I get a lift back to custody where I meet my colleagues who have transported this lovely lady - now referred to as "the banshee" due to her howling in the van. Apologise to the reg who transported her for taking the lockup and she replies that on the contrary she didn't want to deal so she's glad I did!!! I'm regretting it now 0220: She gets out the van and she's just as pleasant. Complaining about how she's getting us all sacked for arresting her for asking for her collar number. She comes to the custody desk and starts ranting and raving at the custody sgt. I like this sgt and just mouth D&D and that's all he needs, she's not helped her cause at the desk. More female officers arrive in custody to give a chuck up and she's taken to her cell without a risk assessment.  0240: 3 female officers emerge from the cell with a full outfit. They promptly inform the sgt to add arrests for 2 police assaults to the record and he duly obliged. She decided that custody was a good place to have a swing at a few cops. 0250: I finish booking in the banshee's property and go through to the report room where I am heroically thanked by the team for bringing her in! It's gone from a statement in her custody record for a D&D to a full handover for 2 police assaults and the said D&D - MARVELLOUS! 0300: Start on the handover, 2 crime reports and updating the log 0430: Give the handover the big sell to the sgt and he's happy to sign it off. Home at last. 0500: Dekit and get a lift home. Get back into bed and book off duty at 14 hours. It's just getting light outside... 0600: Sleep.  

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