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Bank Holiday Night Response

OK, my first blog entry. Rank: SC Experience:6 Months Duty: Response, 1900-0400, Sunday night of a Bank Holiday weekend - all timings approx. 1900:  Get in and do the self brief and some paperwork.  The Sgt has been working away so it's the first time I've met him though I know the others on duty. 1940:  Just as a coffee arrives a call comes in from a single crewed officer who has detained three men and a van round the back of a shopping block - sus theft by finding.  The Sarge and I go  down in the van and a traffic unit comes in as well.  All three have been arrested and I drive their rather ramshackle van with the evidence in it back to the nick.  Help in booking two of them in than the arresting office, Sarge and I go out to do S18 searches.  Can only get access to one property, the occupants are OK and I know one of them.  Nothing suspicious found but yet again I wonder how people can allow their homes to get into such a state. 2100:  Back to the nick for a brew and a butty.  My S/Insp has come in to do some paperwork and we talk about a few things.  He decides to come out on patrol, so we grab a vehicle and book on.  Just as we are going out of the Station a call comes in to a domestic.  Although we are not response trained it is not far away and we are first on scene (by about 15 seconds).  We find a woman who Private Eye might describe as  'Tired and Emotional' sitting in the drive.  I take her and sit her in the car while my Insp and two others go inside.  After about 10 minutes of her insane ramblings "my sister gets away with it because she works for MI5" (turns out the sister works in a local supermarket) my Insp comes out and arrests her for assault.  Seems she turned up at a family party already hammered and clocked her sister one in the eye.  Back to the nick and book her in - have to hang around for ten minutes while a female officer comes over to do the search.  S/Insp does a statement and I do a neat PNB write up for the file. 2300:  Paperwork finished as a call from a single crewed officer in town comes in for help breaking up a scrap.  By the time we get there another crew is on hand and one miscreant is cuffed and led off.  The usual moans and groans from Joe Q Public, all of which receive the same response 'phone 101 in the morning and tell then all about it'. 2345:  After a spell of the usual stuff the doormen at the big club tell us they have had a handbag theft which was caught on CCTV and they have the victim and suspects inside.  We do some preliminary questions to establish identity and view the footage - pretty blatant.  After a radio call with the Sarge the van crew come down and three ladies are arrested on sus of theft.  One of the regulars agrees to do the file so Insp and I do PNB entries. 0130:  Back into town - very busy but not much trouble.  One lad claims to have been thumped but not much else beyond the normal stuff.  I go back to the club to get copies of the CCTV.  As I'm coming out there is a girl being loaded into the back of a patrol car apparently having a fit - my Insp goes with her to AnE where the doctor clocks her as faking it, the give away is when he produces an enormous needle and she shies away.  She is left to find her own way home. 0300:  Chuck out time and for once it goes smoothly (good job as custody is now full and next nearest is over an hour away).  I see a bunch of my students who are having a good time and a very well endowed young lady bends down in front of me to pick up her cigarette and  (just) manages to avoid having a wardrobe malfunction - my parting comment was 'For God's sake, love, don't sneeze'.  One minor casualty receives first aid, not serious but a slip over and a split lip. 0400:  Back to finish off the paperwork and head for home at 0430, just as the birds are giving it root-toot.

MajorDisaster

MajorDisaster

 

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Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

What I Did On Duty

Rank: Special Constable
Length of service: 18 months
Planned hours: 2100-0600
Location: Metropolitan Police Service

All timings are approximate

2100- Arrive at the nick and kit up. Meet up with my colleague for the night, he has a last few items for his IPS status to achieve. We are working with the night shift response team. Briefing complete and waiting for a late turn car to come in so we can head out. It’s a week day evening and I’s probably going to be pretty quiet tonight. PC Rain is also forecast!

2200- We are heading over to the borough patrol base to book out an IRV and book in some seized articles for a NPT officer. They found a cannabis grow house.

The IRV for us had a nail in one of the tyres. Damn! I 54 the car and arrange for the tyre fitter to come out and sort the issue. Not waiting the 2 hours for them though. We book out a Q-car instead. It’s an inconspicuous Estate vehicle.

2300- Straight out of the patrol base onto the dual carriageway that runs through our borough. We are in lane 1 (of 3) and a vehicle is making quick progress. We are already doing the speed limit. As it passes I move into lane 3 and illuminate the blues. The car immediately stamps on the brakes and moves over to lane 1. My colleague motions for the driver to follow us off at the next junction.
Checks run through PNC. He’s a taxi driver, all in order. We let him on his way after a good talking too.

2315- My operator is after several things to complete his SOROC and achieve IPS status. Stop & search of people and vehicles mainly. We start dropping in at the known locations where we usually find drug taking etc. Dead as a dodo. Even this Q-car can’t help us sneaking up on people tonight it seems…

There are a few I & S grades during this time quickly taken up by our other colleagues. Not a lot happening tonight as I expected.

0100- ‘S grade’ finally comes in we can use. Theft from M/V. We make our way and pull up by the car in question. We have a quick look over it before knocking at the address. My colleague has the lead here. I hand him a sheet which details the point plan of what he needs to cover and he’s on his own. (Unless he really gets stuck)

The vehicle owner is with his wife at her parents address. Turns out a rear door was ajar when he remotely “locked” the car. Well it didn’t lock. Rucksack on the back seat had everything a fraudster would dream of to make fake identify and fraud credit applications.
D/L Passport, bank statements, company info. You name it, thus bag had it. The guy’s wife wasn’t impressed one bit. After the statement and necessaries were done, my colleague suggested a fraud helpline to answer the chaps questions in more detail as what to do next. Scored points with me that’s for sure. SOCO booked for an AM appointment.

We had a walk around some of the local roads and alleyways to see if by some miracle the bag had been dumped nearby, but to no avail.

0140- ‘I Grade.’ Domestic, not too far away. We sprint back to the car and start making some ground. Halfway there another unit also calls up for the job.

0144- The other unit TOAs just as we are a few corners away. The house is woken up. Seems there has been no disturbance at all. The HO says that maybe a neighbor has called in spite of a small neighbor dispute. The man and his wife are both at the door, look fine. Just sleepy and shocked to see 4 officers at their door.

0200- Time for refs.

0230- Back to ASB hotspots for some more stops and searches. In several of the carparks there are cars with people in, but they all have reasonable excuses and no tell-tale signs of drug paraphernalia.

We are well and truly in the ‘dead zone’ now. The streets and roads are deserted and there hasn’t been a call for a while.

0330- We head in to the PB to add the Theft from M/V report on. Mid-way through and a suspects on comes out on the ‘I grade.’
5 or so units all put up for it and make way. I decide we are not needed unless called for and stay to finish the report. But notify the duty Sgt that if needed we can head straight over if required.
I99 can’t attend, but a dog van is assigned. The area is very vast. A large enclosed area owned by a car manufacture.

0440- My colleague asks if we can head back out again for the last hour or so, he’s desperate for a search. Still nothing. The local roads are still quiet. The dual carriageway mentioned earlier is a main trunk route into the city. It is beginning to slowly increase in traffic volume as the minutes pass by.

0530- Return to the PB to book in the Q-car. Will try and get it again, hopefully on a Friday or weekend evening when the ASB spots would be well used. Travel back to our lockers at a different nick.

0630- De-kitted, SOROC parts signed. Final check for any missing item memos on the M/V report and we book off together.



We’ll have another try for the stop & searches next time. Thanks for reading

jamieMET

jamieMET

 

What I Did On Duty

Rank: Special Constable Length of service: 12 months Planned hours: 0800-2000 Location: Metropolitan Police Service   All timings are approximate   0800- Arrive at the nick and kit up. I’m part of a serial today policing a local stadium for a big football match. West Ham United V Southampton. K.O is at 1300hrs but we need to get to the borough and brief, as well as police the local area before the match. MSC officers are providing all serials, however L2 PO officers are on standby to respond to calls of fighting or escalating violence if required.   1000- We arrive at the local PS for our briefing. Several officers in my serial have never done this before so should be a good learning curve for them. After a bit of waiting around while the serial Sgts have their own briefing, we are all called into the brief room and it begins.   Strategic points are highlighted, as well as key info such as supporter tension areas, cash machines etc. We also go over specific hooligan and football related legislation as a refresher of additional powers that could be used, as well as firework legislation.   The final note is to remember the entire borough is a no-alcohol zone, to stay safe and enjoy the event.   1100- We head out in the van and park up nearby to Upton Park LUL station. We are joined by up to 10 more vans full of officers from the briefing who will also be patrolling this patch. As we head off on foot, we split into pairs and space ourselves out as we begin our patrol up and down. We are responsible for a 0.5 mile section of Green Street, which runs directly outside the stadium to the LUL station.   The pavements are packed already. Merchandise sales, visitors and residents all trying to keep on the narrow walkways. The road isn’t closed, so a steady stream of vehicles travels in both directions.   On our half of the road a local shop is very busy. A look closer and there are big signs telling people not to buy their alcohol, but they still openly sell it. (Why wouldn’t they? Must be making a killing on match days!) A little time is spent here announcing a “no alcohol zone, it will be confiscated.” When the next pair arrive at the shop, myself and my partner move forward toward the end of the street.   We arrive at the junction with Barking Road. A tension spot. There is a C/Ins there with a L2 PO serial. After a brief chat we turn around and begin heading back up towards the LUL station.   1140- Back near the shop. Myself and my colleague I’m partnered with stop a few lads with open vessels (Stella cans to you and me) We highlight the problem, and they hand over the beers easy enough. 5090s completed for the alcohol seizures.   Soon after a different bloke walks straight out of the shop and pulls open the can. I stop him and tell him the problem, being a no-alcohol zone. He takes exception to this and tries to run off. I follow him out into the road and grab a hold of him. He takes me down to the floor and we’re rolling about over a can of beer. *Sigh   My partner gets on the radio and two officers from another serial rush over and help me up with this guy. They get him in cuffs and we clear from the road. It turns out this guy is French and didn’t really know what I was saying. His English was pretty poor. These two other officers pat this guy down and we get his ID. My partner runs checks on him and his mobiles while we have him stopped.   After several minutes we finally get the message across. He’s still not happy and wants us to give him his money back for the beer he’s wasted. Tough luck. A final word of advice and he’s released.   1230- 30 minutes to K.O and the majority of the fans are now in the stadium. However many stragglers and late comers are rushing toward to make K.O. At this point we are back up near the LUL station and our van. We spot two lads urinating between the vans up a wall. A little startled to hear my voice, they quickly put their bits away. 2 tickets completed for public urination after the person checks came back clear. Expensive pee. The toilet aren’t too far from here.   1301- We had strict instructions to rejoin our serial at a specific gate for K.O. We were about 5 minutes away on foot and quickly made our way to our position. The huge doors were closed. So a bang on the door and the steward lets us in from the inside.   1315- West Ham have scored already and we’re first for refs! I’m more interested in feeding than the football so I’m delighted were on break first. (When does that ever happen?) We finish up and head to a position in the far corner. We are led through narrow passageways under the stands to save walking the pitch edge.   I’ve never been to a football game before, the atmosphere is truly amazing I must say. It feels so huge and loud. Especially being down on pitch level.   We’re told not to watch the game, but keep an eye out into the stands for any possible trouble. I’m not liking the idea of heading up into there. Thankfully the stewards go in first unless it’s a big mess and bring the trouble makers to us. Same for any pitch streakers/invaders. They are tasked to run around like wallys chasing them rather than us. Anyway we work out a way to keep an eye on the game and the stands in turn. We’re all happy.   1350- After some extra time the half time whistle is blown. Over the steward PR reports of known WHU trouble makers are in one of the bar areas under the stand we are at. We head in as a complete serial. This is probably the worst part. There is approximately 8 of us in here with how ever many hundreds of merry supporters. It’s very cramped and we hold shoulders to stay together and push through to where we are needed. Very intimidating I must admit. The bustling, and loud noise. You can hardly hear your colleague shouting to keep together. The trouble makers are discreetly pointed out but they are playing nice today. Maybe us being there quickly has persuaded them no fighting in the bar area today. And boy were we glad! I’d imagine it to be carnage if that happened!   1410- (Approximate time) and the second half has started. We’re now down the other side of the stand and we can’t see the supporters from here. Only those across the pitch, and nothing we can do about those if they we’re to kick off. We can relax a little and stand and watch the entire second half.   West Ham went on to win 3-1.   1450- 5 minutes before the actual final whistle we head back out through the narrow passageway, out the huge gate and back to the main road. We need to get to the LUL station and keep the peace ready for the supporters piling up and trying to get on the trains. BTP have the station building and the platforms, we have everywhere between. Lucky them.   We form up along the side street where the riot vans are all parked. The idea is that as each gateway becomes swamped the steward closes the gate and the crowd move down to the next one. This saves fence hopping to avoid long queues walking the long way. I have to jump in a help the steward close the gate opposite me, there was a large crush! A bit of verbal domination and many decide to start running to the next gate!   We’re here for around 2 hours. The swell of the crowd stays large for most of this time. Many ask for a photo with me and their kids, which is nice.   There is also the underlying problem with beers again. Any open cans are removed and seized. Supporters think they have a few tricks to smuggle them past, but we are wise to these.   1507- Several Grade I calls are announced of ‘sporadic fighting’ at some locations within a few minutes of each other. The L2 officers mobilize in their vehicles. Upon arrival at each location they announce there is nobody there and must just be hoax calls.   1700- The lead Inspector calls us all outside of the LUL station. A congratulation is in order for the way we handled the event. It was the first MSC only football aid for a long time, and he was very happy with how we handled it. Probably partly to the home supporters being happy with a win. I’d imagine there would have been more trouble had they lost.   1730- After a quick soft drink and de-kit. We load up back into our van and head for our home borough.   1800- After arriving back at our nick Intel reports collated from the day and seizure notes added into the system we end the shift together around an hour later. An hour early, result!

jamieMET

jamieMET

 

What I Did On Duty

Rank: Special Constable Length of service: 12 months Planned hours: 2100-0600 Location: Metropolitan Police Service   All timings are approximate   2100- Arrive at the nick and meet up with my regular colleague. We do many shifts together double crewed, and tonight is no different. We are working with the night shift response team. Kit up and briefing complete, last few e-mails dealt with and we are ready to head out as the ‘early’ car   2200- Head straight out to a collapsed male in a bus stop. We arrive and speak to the MOPs who saw what happened. I deal with enquiries while my colleague is treating the male as we await LAS. About 10 mins later a response unit arrives and he’s hooked up to the gadgets to monitor him. Hes getting a little agitated before going unconscious. Into the recovery position and away the LAS bus to arrive and cart him to the local hospital.   2300- Were now floating about waiting for something nearby to our current position to come out. The remainder of the night shift have swapped over with late turn and are also on patrol now.   2330- Head to a well-known ASB & drugs hotspot we visit regularly. We can see a car parked there as we approach from the main road. As we turn in the headlights are off and we crawl up toward the parked car. A few hundred metres later and we’re pretty close to the target car. The lights go back on and we can see the 5 occupants inside. Colleague jumps out and there is a big whiff of cannabis.   Two males upfront, three barely dressed females in the back. I shout up and ask for another unit female crewed to come and give a hand with the search. The front passenger stated he hadn’t long smoked a joint. Grounds were given and both of the chaps and the car were searched as the unit arrived to assist. An area car arrived double female crewed. Perfect! The girls were all drug less and after name checks were allowed on their way. An intel report added later for the passenger and vehicle.   2400- Its pub kick out time. We don’t have a pub/club district at all on this borough, we still have our fair share of alcohol related incidents.   Two calls come out at the same time, one in the town centre outside a well-known pub of a fight, and one just around the corner for an aggressive female in the street. The area car goes for the town centre as it’s further and they have taser, and we take the closer call.   0004- After locating the street, it just begins mid-way along an existing street (weird) we see a victim who flags us down. He states a lady was “possessed” and damaging cars, shouting her head off. He point further down the road and states she has gone down there.   We advance slowly in the car and my colleague spots her lying face down on the bonnet of a parked vehicle. We pull up to the side and jump out. Colleague tries rousing her before she awakes and lifts her off the bonnet. I kid you not it was like something out of a zombie movie. Immediately began shrieking and waving her arms about. Ok well I guess we have found our suspect. I stick with her while my colleague goes back up the street to identify any damage to the cars alleged. While hes gone this female has taken a dislike to me and head-butts me in the chest armor.   I don’t really want to arrest her just yet (big mistake) I put her down to the floor gently as I don’t really want her falling over and hurting herself. Shes drunk as a skunk! Eurgh, while I do this she gobs at me all over the front of my armor, and all on my trousers! “Fudge!” I shout. Shes now trying to eat me! I wasn’t wrong about the zombie idea afterall! I restrain her and before I can slap some cuffs on her, shes still thrashing about and gets a few kicks on me! Im now shouting for my colleague to come back over, it’s far safer for her and us if I’m not doing this alone. I sense a figure come over, but it’s not my colleague. It’s some unknown guy who’s now trying to get me off of this woman. Seconds after my colleague is back over and pulls this guy off me and pushes him away. We get the cuffs on this woman and shes arrested for criminal damage and assault police.   It turns out this fella is her boyfriend. He keeps buzzing around us protesting her innocence. A prisoner van is on the way and we wait with her pinned on the floor comfortably. This guy is beginning to edge toward getting himself nicked in a-mo. The CS comes out and I shout for him to “Back off or you’re gunna get sprayed, now BACK OFF!” He finally gets the message and disappears.   0030- The vans here and shes loaded in the back. The cell is on the next borough so I follow the van while my buddy is watching my prisoner for me. Shes kicking off in the cage and we have to stop to sort her out for the rest of the journey.   0100- We’re seen by the custody skipper and the DP is not happy we’re there with her, claiming we’ve done all sorted to her etc. Custody skipper asks us to stand back and let the DDOs deal with her for us. She takes exception to this and royally kicks off. Shes carried into the cell, and staff cell extracted out after the secondary search is completed.   0130- Shes not head-butting the cells. *Sigh* I know where this is going. Custody call for LAS as shes going at it pretty hard. Looks like we’re now going to be a hospital guard for the rest of the night.   0150- Two LAS crews are here now (what a waste) and we’re just about to head to the local hospital. It’s like a 2 minute ride. Thankfully I’m following in the car again. Shes protesting that the LAS staff have done some nasty things to her also. A few minutes rest from her for me was great!   0200- The next several hours are truly horrible. I don’t even wish to type about it. I’m sure you can imagine. A drunk female hurling abuse at you and stuff, other patients nearby while we wait for the doctor to come and check the head wounds.   0400- DP is now offering sexual favours to have the hand-cuffs off. “I’ll behave if you take them off, promise” *Wink* Yeah sure, never heard that one before. Finally the doctor is here. Shes pretty strict with the DP which I secretly find hilarious.   0440- The results are back and shes being discharged. Behaving pretty pleasantly now, mustn’t realize she is off back to the nick and not home now.   0500- The vans back and we take her back to custody. She books in like a human this time, not a possessed zombie, must be sobering up finally. I take her back to her cell and shes out like a light before I’ve finished speaking with the custody skipper just a few minutes later. While this is happening, my colleague has already started the reports.   0700- After seeking some advice, not wanting to mess anything up, we book off at 0700. Not too bad considering. Just a shame so many hours are wasted at the hospital.       AS this was a little while back, the DP pleaded guilty to all counts of the criminal damage, and 2 for assault police. She went down for a little while. Result.

jamieMET

jamieMET

 

What I Did On Duty

Rank: Special Constable Length of service: 12 months Planned hours: 0900-1700 Location: Metropolitan Police Service   All timings are approximate   0800- Arrive at the nick and kit up. Meet up with who I will be patrolling with for the shift. As there are more officers than required, we are split into effectively two teams. One team will be patrolling the market, while the other will be staying with the IRV and taking CADs. The team would be rotated throughout the shift.   0900- IRV is booked out and we head down to the local market. We have been tasked to combat an increase of shoplifting from market traders by a well-known factor of the local community. Community engagement and show a decent, but not overly aggressive presence.   Things start of quite slowly. Us in the IRV head to a good location to look out for driving offences in this period. My colleague I’m currently with needs a FPN toward his IPS status anyway. Not long after they spot a driver go past us on their mobile. The vehicle is stopped and my colleague carries out all of the necessary checks. FPN-E issues for using a mobile while driving.   1000- We make our working area slightly larger in the car, but are still only a short drive back to the market. As we crest a bridge over the underground line, a Blue Subaru passes us in the opposite direction with an unsecured back of soil sat on the bonnet. Seriously?? The car is turned around and we follow the vehicle for a short while running initial checks in the MDT. Vehicle stopped in a layby. I assist my colleague with this stop as the driver is pretty irate that he’s actually been caught. It turns out he didn’t want any loose soil getting all over the interior of his car. He did not appreciate my concern of him stamping on the brakes at the zebra crossing just over the crest of the bridge and that the soil bag would possibly become a deadly projectile for a pedestrian. I recall he was reported for insecure load (and possibly due care, cant remember.)   1130- With two FPNs in the bag we head back to meet our colleagues still at the market and swap over. There hasn’t been anything notable and they all seem keen on the idea of taking turns with the IRV.   1200- It seems the borough has finally woken up and there are several outstanding CADs the response team haven’t got anyone to deal with now. The operator sends the closest one down to us and it’s a Domestic to report from last night.   1210- Arrive at the address and are greeted by a female occupier. I let my new colleague take the lead again as this could go toward their own progress. Story heard and booklet completed. WE leave the female with a VC card and say our goodbyes.   1300- *I Grade* We are closest and begin to make our way. A young male has been assaulted and mobile phone taken outside the underground station with the crested road bridge we were near earlier.   1304- We arrive just behind the area car. We are asked to stay at the scene and await the arrival of the robbery team (I was amazed they was on shift at this hour!)   1308- Quite soon after the robbery squad arrived and took over with the victim. I handed our initial EAB over and they headed off to conduct an area search with the victim. We were de-assigned and headed back to the market once again.     1330- Slow drive back taking in some ASB hotspots which were all deserted we met up together and had lunch. Exchanged events so far and worked out who was next in the IRV. The sun was beating down, and the market which is pretty substantial was crowded, but there wasn’t much going on for the officers to deal with. A lost child who was quickly relocated. (A merlin for later for that officer) and just a few youths causing a nuisance asked to leave by the on side stewards.   1400- Next colleague now, again looking for a few specific items toward their IPS progress also. An S grade comes out not too far away, another domestic.   1405- Same as before. I take the back seat and only step in if my colleague needed a slight prod in the correct direction. The story goes the male partner had returned home late this morning still drunk from the night before (must have been a heavy one!) and didn’t like his missus asking where he had been all night. An argument ensued and the neighbours thought he was beating the life out of her. The female refused to give a statement as it ‘was only an argument.’ It was classified a non-crime domestic and we left after some strong words for both of them.   1520- My colleague is after a stop & search so back to the ASB hotspots we go. The airwaves are ‘Q’ for now so we’re not needed for a CAD.   1525- We pull into the first. A strange car park in the middle of a huge field. There are quite a few cars on it as we approach. Well it is weekend football after all. As we swing around the parked cars, there is a Black Fiesta 4 up and looks like the driver is rolling a cigarette. They haven’t seen us yet and I jump out of my seat, and open the driver’s door to say hello before he even really looks up. In his hands is a 4” paper he is about to lick and roll. I can see the cannabis buds sprinkled through it. I whip it out of his hands and it all goes into an evidence bag from my pouch. All 4 are detained Sec23, brought out two at a time as myself and my colleague search one each. Then the vehicle gets a good going over. Only a grinder and empty small re-seal bag where this must have just come from. Good news for the driver, it’s his first offence. My colleague issues a cannabis warning, and we seize their cannabis for evidence/destruction.        1600- Head back to the market again and collect the officers. As we are leaving the operator circulates that several linked CADs have just came in nearby of a large group of motorcycles pulling wheelies and making a nuisance. We are in the traffic to turn right and they make the turn from the left behind them. Most of the bikes boot it off, superbikes we had no chance anyway. A pair of mopeds were still ahead of us and ran a red light. The lights have changed as we approach the stop line and I hit the blues. They both pull up and I stop alongside them.   16??- Both drivers are ticketed for running a red ATS by myself. The explain they are part of a bike ‘club’ who met in West London and rode over to here to muck about on this ‘disused road.’ Well this disused road is far from. It runs through an industrial area and is still quite busy, with HGVs and cars. I strongly suggest they clear off home or they won’t be making the journey by wheels if they are seen again.   There is a long sweeping left bend ahead of us. Several of the superbikes keep coming around it, before turning and heading back. As we slowly creep around. There must be 100+ bikes. Many… many more than we previously saw turning in. I get straight on the PR and update the operator with what’s happening. Basically the road has become a drag strip. There are idiots drag racing their bikes against each other, others doing wheelies and burnouts, all between HGVs and cars. Some of these riders were also wearing no lids. Utterly unbelievable!   16??- Again I updated control and they organise for several units to head down to assist dispersing them or deal if necessary. To the left is a turning down to a warehouse. We pull in out of the road and go to turn around and head out. One of the riders with no lid rides past and stops in front of the car. Begins doing a burnout wheelie thing. I really have no idea how he managed it. I shouted out of the car “at least put a lid on, don’t be insane!” He stops ahead of me and begins to rev the bike before launching toward the IRV. We slowly started to make our way out of the side turning as the traffic units began to arrive and disperse the bikers.   16??- We are relieved by traffic and head back to the nick. A lot of paper work to complete and I think we finished later than planned. Plenty of Intel found and submitted for future bike meets planned at the same location on their social media. Offer any assistance with the various reports and statements being completed by my colleagues, and we’re done.   1830- Car booked back in and de-kit for home.

jamieMET

jamieMET

 

What I Did On Duty

Rank: Special Constable Length of service: 12 months Planned hours: 1400-2200 Location: Metropolitan Police Service Type of shift: Borough action day     1200- Arrive at the nick and kit up early as I have some intel reports to add with a non-IPS officer that will be parading with me today. I also had to create a report for an incident I attended a few nights ago which wasn’t at the time deemed appropriate for a report, but a supervisor had decided it was. So all of that was completed and a clean slate ready for todays shift.   1400- There is a borough wide operation today, engaging with the public, attending pre-planned raids and operations. We travel by train from our station to the patrol base as the IRV I had reserved has been given away to a PCSO. Been told to return in an hour or so and it should be back.   1440- Arrive at the patrol base and find the Sgt and inspector running the ops, and they have no knowledge that we are assisting today. Great. Receive rushed tasking’s for the town centre, high visibility patrols as it is a well-known ASB and drugs hotspot. It is also very transient, a station for the mainline, underground line and several bus routes. We head back to our station to get that vehicle as it will be handy if we are called to assist between our tasking.   1540- Arrive back, no such luck, someone else had nabbed they keys. Sgt is apologetic, but I explain not to worry as they obviously needed it more than we did. My colleague runs through what he need to gain toward IPS status. There is a busy junction controlled by traffic signals just by the nick as I decide we should spend some time here in high-vis and try to spot some traffic offences for him. Several minutes later we have a Luton tail van stopped as the driver was wearing no belt. Shortly after the driver is dealt with, another motorist is stopped for the same offence. Most worryingly she stated that she was on the school run and was soon to have her kids in the car. Another FPN issued by my colleague and words of advice given regarding belting up.   1630- We are back on location in the town centre. Greet the NPT PCSOs that have a stall outside the rail station for the community engagement. They are helping with marking bikes, and offering burglary prevention advice. We begin a slow foot patrol covering known hang out area that frequent drug users. Nobody in sight. This is beginning to look like a slow shift I think.   1700- *Emergency activation* It’s the PCSOs at the rail station, stating that a male has either been assaulted in the street or hit by a vehicle. I call in my position after the broadcast and me and my colleague sprint the 500 metre distance we were at the time. Shouting for people to move the whole time, the pavements are full of commuters by this time.   1701- We arrive at the station, I can see the high-vis jackets in the road and make my way over. Im faced with a male laying in the middle of the road, hes still conscious at this point (thank god) but maybe not so… hes disorientated and keeps trying to sit up. While slipping on some gloves the PCSO begins to explain what he has managed to get out of the male so far. It appears he has been struck by the bus, which was stopped just behind us.   This all seems to roll into one as I obviously had quite a lot going on and it’s still a slight blur.   The remainder of the PCSOs were directed by myself to stop the traffic as buses and taxis were still trying to weave around us. We were pretty much in the middle of the two way carriageway.   I was now keeping the victim on the floor, he had a huge gash on the left side of his head. I was applying pressure directly to the wound with my hand while also controlling his head.   The operator was nagging for updates, so I explained to my colleague what I wanted and he broadcast everything perfectly. LAS were on route along with multiple units to handle the crowds which were now beginning to circle around us, and the traffic.   17??- Thankfully a dog unit responding to an ‘I grade’ nearby cancelled and diverted. He was the first on scene and came over with a substantial first aid kit. I was glad to have some experienced help. I run through what we already knew and what had been done so far. My colleague applied a bandage to the chaps head. I re applied pressure and kept on the hold. The dog officer then went through the chaps pockets looking for any ID as by now he was just rambling and not making any sense at all.   17??- Responding units began to arrive and relieved my colleague and the PCSOs. The response ambulance also arrived at this time and I gave the handover.   1715- LAS bus arrives. There are now hundreds of people on the pavements each side of the road with their camera phones out. I did not have time to notice, but apparently many were like this straight after this guy was hit by the bus. He is being treated as life changing, the road is kept closed and the duty Inspector is on his way down.   1730- I find my colleague who with the assistance of a PC is now collecting accounts into a CARB from the bus driver and a witness of what happened. The driver stated that he was moving along the road, and another bus was approaching him in the other direction. Then all he saw was a figure sprinting across the road to beat both of the busses passing each other. Well obviously this guy wasn’t as fast as he thought, and is luck he didn’t get hit and go under the bus before it stopped. Luckily he bounced off the front and into the middle of the road.   1800- Victim is updated to be stable and no longer life threatening. The paramedic told us that he would of eventually bled out had we not quickly applied the pressure to the large wound on his head. The Insp gives the call to re-open the road and clear the scene. A rather large pool of clotted blood now all over the road, and is washed away by several bottles of water donated by the newsagent owner opposite. We speak to a few more PCs who attended before we leave and collect any further CARB booklets to put the report on. Another thankyou to the dog handler and we head back to our nick.   1840- Stop in and order a chicken shish kebab from the shop a few along from the nick and retire to dinner before putting the reports on for the day.   2000- One of our S/Sgts has dropped in to complete some admin, so we explain what we got involved with today. He congratulates us both on our hard work.   2100- Reports finished, and de-kit. Head home an hour early as we are both drained

jamieMET

jamieMET

 

What I Did On Duty

Rank - Special Constable
Service – First Duty
Location – Metropolitan Police Service
Duty - 2000-0400

All times are approximate

1830- Arrive at the PS to find my locker and get changed for the first time. Then up to the office to check my access to the various computer systems has been activated, along with having my e-mail client sorted out. One password wasn’t received so I had to speak with tech support to get the final default password sent over. I was now biding my time looking over the evenings briefing as my s/sgt arrived with another ‘first’ shift SC. After collecting a pool radio and being handed my baton the three of us head off to the local patrol base.

2000– Arrive at the PB to meet the two IPS SC’s who will be with us on this shift (One is TheKnightRS)  issued CS and PNB so head to the writing room to re-read the briefing and copy into my PNB. This took a little while for us two probies to get through the briefing and our call sign was now being called to attend for a MisPer.

2100– Head out direct to the address, which we initially believed to be the missing persons. However upon arrival, it turned out to be his friends mothers house, he actually stays in a foster home. Questions were asked of their whereabouts as we were genuinely worried for them, made it clear they weren’t in any trouble. During this the radio was alive with reports of a firearm sighting locally as we we’re now keeping an ear to ensure we wasn’t too close.

2140– We leave the MisPer address and head out on patrol looking for vehicles to stop. The s/sgt was keen to get us probies on the radio to boost confidence and start getting some more of our modules completed. We were now toward the north of the borough circling around the firearm location when we had a quick refs break before heard one of the Trojan units had been involved in a PolCol.

2210- Our call sign was requested to attend and complete the CARB booklet. The marked jeep was in a mess at the front, having mounted the pavement performing a hard stop, apparently slid on the damp surface straight into a street cabinet. The item turned out to be a lighter shaped as a pistol I think. A traffic Sgt was in attendance and deemed the vehicle un-roadworthy, Trojan called up for a new vehicle to be brought down to them just as we left them to it.

2225– We head off from the PolCol to resume vehicle checks. The roads are beginning to quiet down, but there is no shortage of vehicles with a tail or headlight out. Easy enough reason if there is one! The first vehicle we actually go for on my request I had spotted earlier. An old Astra, didn’t look in great condition, and the driver was giving us a long look as he passed us on a cross roads while we waited at the red lights. The driver swung us around and we paced after the Astra which had sped off down a dead end. He’s parked up next to a small block of flats so we box him in and pile out just as they exit the car. We all take an occupant and go through their details and check over the radio. I’m a little wobbly and make a few mistakes on the radio. (Will perfect it on the next stop) My occupant a young lad is all clear no trace, he tells me his dad is a PC on the next force over. Surprisingly the car is clean and all legal, less the rear tail light has a small crack but we advise and warn.

2300– We are now back on the hunt for some more stops. Over the radio is yet another suspected firearm spotted by CCTV, reason item in bag being used to make gun like motions. Dispatch is organizing units to attend and fill the reported area. While this is happening, CCTV comes back and states it is actually just a 2L fizzy pop bottle in a bag. “Phew” lol!

Now in a part of the borough known for prostitution, we are approaching a specific location for some high visibility presence. We are stopping for reds on a roundabout and we notice a small car over the stop line. He’s noticed us and is trying to reverse back behind the line to the dismay of the car behind, now tooting and flashing headlights. Messing about maybe?

2305- We pull up ahead and allow them both past, they are following close together, giving us the impression they are travelling in convoy. We’re about to go for a compliant stop on both when the rear vehicle turns off, we set our sights on the lead car. He stops immediately and is very apologetic. Everything is ok so again let off with a warning.

2320– Now in the prostitution area it is pretty quiet, just one girl on the street corner. The s/sgt speaks to her briefly and prompts her to go home. She heads over to the bus stop so we decide to hang around to ensure she goes. While down a side street one of the IPS SC’s spots an unattended pram. Fearing the worst we head back around. I draw the short straw and dismount to check. It has a big dirty looking duvet over the top, I draw my baton to lift it over and prod inside. “Phew” just empty water bottles. We decide to head back to the patrol base as we are close for new batteries. Complete PNB for use of the baton.

2340– Just leaving the PB and an immediate for all units comes over from dispatch. A male is fighting and causing criminal damage to a pub to the north of the borough. So we jead in the direction. By the time we get there the male has been reported getting on a red bus so it ends up a total loss.

0010– While back on patrol, yet again sat at red lights on a crossroads, our lights have just change to green as a taxi crosses our patch from the right. Pretty blatant offence committed to me so I ask the s/sgt to follow him for a stop. Vehicle is stopped in a residential street not far from his address. Everything is clean and comes back as no trace. I’m told not to issue a FPN-E as we can’t be sure his lights weren’t also green.

0025– Immediately after we are in the far north of the borough on burglar prevention in a known hot-spot when my fellow probie spots a van travelling at speed. We follow and perform a stop down the road as its held up by a red light. I didn’t get out of the vehicle for this one, instead observing with the s/sgt. At first the driver seems pretty anti-police with his body language, but he’s soon come round and is pretty compliant. He says he is a builder and is out looking for potential sites. Pretty suspect when travelling at speed and at this time of night. So his details will be added later for intel.  

0105- Astra stopped for having a headlight and rear red bulb out. I and TheKnightRS deal with the driver while the other two stand by the vehicle. I’m slightly confused with this one, the registered keeper doesn’t match the driver details. Radio assists me and confirms the driver is insured and vehicle not stolen. Driver states he only bought the car around a week ago, and has sent off the new keeper section. Everything is ok for me but I maybe missed something. TKRS caught a whiff of cannabis on the male. I performed the search and completed the 5090. The other two completed a search of the vehicle. Only a grinder found, no drugs inside. Male said he was just on way home from friends who had been smoking. We leave the male on his way and resume checking known burglary hot-spots.

Well I couldn’t believe my luck really, working with a great team on my first night and it’s been pretty busy too!

0150– Active message aggravated burglary in progress all units to attend. We head in the direction. We’re not positive on the exact location on this long road. We miss initial arrests to local officers. Damn! We hop out for foot search to grab any remaining. Dogs and I99 are called in to assist as 5 of up to 9 suspects are still outstanding. The area is now flooded with all units. RT cars, IRV cars, a TSG van full and two dog units and us. I99 arrives 4 minutes after being called and notes several heat sources still in the search area. We hold positions in case the offenders make a dash away from the dogs. As the search area becomes smaller, units start to leave. I99 requests our call sign stays with the dogs as the helicopter is called away.

0400– Search area is complete with no more found. Dog units thank us for waiting in the cold, but to be honest we stayed in case there was an arrest to be had.
Or shift is now officially over, so we head back to the prostitution known area to refill the vehicle for the next shift.

0420– IPS colleague spots a female being called up a side street towards a vehicle. We swing it around and block the vehicle in while the front seat passenger is mid convo with the female. Turns out it’s another taxi. So we all hop out to check everyone out and account. The female was Eastern European and claimed no English. We eventually communicated with her for her basics. No prostitution previous, just bail conditions not to visit a certain store in the next town. We tell her to go home and let the taxi away as the two males were no trace.

0450– Literally yards away the s/sgt was looking into strange noises coming from a Focus on a car sales lot. Could not work out the noise but decided it wasn’t unsafe so we left the area back to the PB to complete all of the paperwork.

0605– Paperwork complete, we thank our new colleagues for looking after us, and us two probies head back to the other station with the s/sgt to return the vehicle and get changed.

0630– Leave the station for the 20 odd minute drive home to bed.

jamieMET

jamieMET

 

Community Leads

As you should all hopefully now have noticed our communities set up in the force specific areas are beginning to grow very nicely.  This is in no small part thanks to the brilliant community leads we have that are running and managing those communities. In total we have 49 communities on the forum but so far only 20 of them have a community lead.  We really want the other 29 areas to have a community lead of their own so if you want to be a part of the team managing the forum then this is your opportunity.  The communities are there for the community lead to run pretty much how they like.  They have quite sweeping powers in their own communities including the ability to create new areas, create password protected areas, manage other members in their community and promote others to assist them with moderation of their community along with many more. Traditionally the starting point for future full modship on the site has started with being one of our mini mods and now that opportunity starts with being a community lead. Below is a list of the areas that still have a vacancy for a community lead so if you are interested and want to help grow the forum and to have a say in how the forum is run then please raise a support ticket selecting 'Community Lead Application' as the department and don't forget to tell us which area you want to run. If you have any questions at all then feel free to ask here or send me a PM City of London Police -- Vacancy  Civil Nuclear Constabulary -- Vacancy  Cleveland Police -- Vacancy  Cumbria Constabulary -- Vacancy  Derbyshire Constabulary -- Vacancy  Devon & Cornwall Police -- Vacancy  Dorset Police -- Vacancy  Durham Constabulary -- Vacancy  Essex Police -- Vacancy  Gloucestershire Constabulary -- Vacancy  Gwent Police / Heddlu Gwent -- Vacancy  Hampshire Constabulary -- Vacancy    Isle of Man Constabulary -- Vacancy  Leicestershire Police -- Vacancy  Lincolnshire Police -- Vacancy  Norfolk Constabulary -- Vacancy  North Wales Police / Heddlu Gogledd Cymru -- Vacancy  North Yorkshire Police -- Vacancy  Northamptonshire Police -- Vacancy  Northumbria Police -- Vacancy  Nottinghamshire Police -- Vacancy  Police Service of Northern Ireland -- Vacancy  South Wales Police / Heddlu De Cymru -- Vacancy  Staffordshire Police -- Vacancy  Suffolk Constabulary -- Vacancy  Sussex Police -- Vacancy  Warwickshire Police -- Vacancy  Miscellaneous Forces -- Vacancy    Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Use Of Force Crests As Avatars

Use of force crests as avatars Unless you have express written permission form the force in question we are not able to use any force logos, crests or insignias in any back ground pictures or as avatars etc.  If you do get written permission from a force then we will need to see a copy of that. This isn't me being a killjoy as we have in fact in the past been asked to remove them by forces, it is their property and they are protecting it.  If any forces want to come on board with us that will always be welcomed but in the meantime we have to respect their property. Cheers

Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Tapatalk Beta Release

Folks I know some of you used tapatalk quite a lot prior to the upgrade and are wanting it back asap. We want it back for all of you too and with this in mind I have decided to install the BETA release of the tapatalk plugin. Tapatalk will again work on this site but please be mindful certain aspects will be broken, it is a beta and not final release. Any bugs with tapatalk are not a fault on our side, they are purely an issue with the plugin. As tapatalk release updates to the beta to correct bugs we will update the forum so we are more often than not running on the very latest release. Please feel free to give me a nudge in this blog if they release an update that you think I might have missed.  SO .... The bottom line .... it is installed, some of it works, some of it doesn't but I felt you would rather have something than nothing. If you do find issues please report them to tapatalk directly here https://support.tapatalk.com/threads/tapatalk-for-ips4-beta-feedback.30366/ - the more reports they get of issues the quicker it will get resolved so please do give them your feedback. Don't forget that the fully responsive design of the latest forum software will mean that you are able to revert to your mobile browser at any time and use the site in its full glory.  Best Wishes Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

What else can we add?

What else can we add?  Could there possibly be anything else to add? It's just a mere two weeks since we upgraded the site, originally it was going to be this weekend but wanting to be the best and most up to date UK Police related site we grasped an opportunity to upgrade sooner. The upgrade wasn't without it's hiccups but nothing we couldn't cope with and everything should be working now.  We are so confident with the site and the new platform that we are adding things all the time, some of them small tweaks that you can see, some of them bigger things like the communities and some of them in the background to keep us safe and secure. One of the biggest changes to any iteration of the site is the new Force Communities.  Areas that are designed as a one stop shop for everything about a specific force.  Our wonderful Community Leads are beavering away in the background to create new and interesting content for the Force Communities some of it you can see and some of it you can't.  That's right, you can't see some of the content in a force specific community.  You can't see it because you aren't a member of that force, that's how specialised the Force Community areas are, they can even make private areas for verified members of a force.  This is something we don't believe that any other site offers and is quite unique to us.   The communities are proving to be so popular we are looking at ways of expanding these to other parts of our forum so keep your eyes peeled for any new announcements from Chief Bakes. So just two weeks into the new software and we have ensured we keep as up to date as possible with forum software and all the apps and gadgets that we can.   To answer my opening questions, yes there is more we can add so as the site continues to grow and grow and get better and better stick around, keep watching, because who knows what may be coming next.  

Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Instant Notifications

Most users across the site will rely on notifications to help to keep them up to date and informed on new content that has perhaps been posted in response to their own thread, or if a post has been liked etc. The downside to notifications was that they are only checked for new notifications on each page load. We have now introduced Instant Notifications. This means that when you receive a notification it will instantly show without you needing to reload the page. This of course is particularly useful if you are busy composing a topic or post and someone else replies to some content you are following that is relevant to the post you are making. You will now see the red notification icon appear at the top of the page during any active session once it is received. It does not re-load the page to check but is done using our push notification feature. As always I look forward to any feedback from you on this or any other item in our blogs. Enjoy!

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Profile Photo - Required For All Users

Here on Police Community we are constantly looking to improve the look and feel of the website, one of the most visual aspects of the forum is profile images and it is for this reason that we no longer wish to allow users to not have a profile image.  With immediate effect we are asking all users to add a profile image, of course this does not need to be an image of you personally, it needs to be a profile image that you choose but it can be of anything appropriate.  Users who do not currently have an image will see a popup that will appear on every page load until they add a profile image onto their account. If you already have a profile image then you do not need to do anything and you will not see the popup appear. Thank you in advance for your co-operation. Police Community Team

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

New Forum Layouts

We have now introduced for our VIP and Lifetime VIP members the ability to change their forum layout from the standard Default view.  VIP and Lifetime VIP users will now be able to choose to move the sidebar from the right to the left of the page, they will also be able to choose from the standard list view to an all new grid view layout. Swapping themes is quick, easy and simple to do. At the bottom of any page on the site simply select the dropdown icon next to the word 'Theme' in the footer of the site to change your theme. There is no limit on the number of times you can adjust your layout and my personal view is that the Grid layout is particularly useful when accessing the site from a mobile device. On the main computer I personally prefer to have the list view 'Default' layout. Now you have the flexibility to choose. All layout options are totally responsive and will work across all device platforms adjusting to your screen size making Police Community a great place to use whilst on the go.

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

NEW - Force Community Areas

The Launch Of Communities Here On Police Community We are really excited to announce the launch of our brand new Force Community Areas. These brand new and innovative additions to the forum are here to replace the standard force specific areas that we currently have. You will notice that on the front of the forum area you will now see links to our Force Specific Communities which are available for use as of now. Communities provide each community lead the opportunity to fully customise their own area so that it is meaningful for that force area. Each community can grow in size and evolve over time adding new and exciting features and areas as is felt appropriate. You will see "Communities" available from the main menu or you can click on any of them from the main forum index page to jump straight into that specific community area.  What Do I Need To Know? You are already registered on the main forum so there is no registration process within a community, your police community account will give you access. All communities allow you to visit, read and enjoy what is within however to contribute and take part you need to 'Join' a community The community lead for that area will be displayed on the main community landing page - they are your first point of contact for issues within that area. Each community lead can appoint moderators to help them in that area Community leads can expand all areas of the community they are responsible for and customise most aspects of it. How do I join a community? This is the simplest of all - you just click the Join option on the community landing page  Joining a community is automatic with no approval process required for the Force Specific Areas. We hope you like what we have done with Police Communities here on Police Community and we hope you support and contribute to these areas much more now there is a significant amount of flexibility in terms of what can be done. The Police Community Team would like to thank all of our Mini Mods that have supported the Force Specific areas to date and that have now agreed to migrate to become Community Leads. We are looking for more community leads so if you think you have what it takes to manage your very own area of our forum then please get in touch by raising a support ticket. We would love to hear from you. The communities that are still available are those ones where I (Chief Bakes) is showing as the Community Lead. Please Note: We will aim to transfer all existing content from the force specific areas across to the new communities throughout this week, once the content is transferred the community leads will then allocate the threads to the most appropriate forum area within their community. In the meantime we will start to switch off the facility for New Topics which will no longer be permitted in the old force specific areas however replies will continue to be allowed for existing threads meaning that all new content needs to be created in the new communities. Once everything has transferred then the Force Specific area will be disabled. Best Wishes Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Better and better

So we go from strength to strength.  First we had an absolutely terrific start and now at only 6 months in we've already upgraded to the latest available forum software.  It's an ongoing thing simply because this upgrade isn't just some updated software on top of the old one but a completely new set.  A huge amount of work has been ongoing for a while to plan for this and the go live day was frenetic work for a number of us to ensure we could get it up and running as quickly as possible but without compromising the site. So one week after the new software went live it's been updated and we have enabled some more features.  It hasn't been without it's small issues but nothing we couldn't cope with.  The change from the old software was huge and entailed setting everybody up again from scratch hence why it took all day and hence why we are still making the necessary changes. Even more exciting is that there are more new things to come.  In the coming weeks you are going to see lots of new add on's appearing and this is going to ensure we remain the most popular policing forum for UK policing. Hard to believe I know but this place is just going to get better and better. Why would you go anywhere else?

Chief Cheetah

Chief Cheetah

 

Pokes

Just a very quick blog post to show the ability to poke other members has been introduced on the forum. Its just a fun and friendly way of helping you interact with others. Simply hover over a users name and hit the poke button on their profile card. You never know you might get poked back It is open and available to all members and there is a poke management page available by clicking on your user menu (top right corner of the forum) and select Manage Pokes or just click HERE Enjoy !!!

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

VIP Features - Member Moods, Emoticons & Enhanced Editor

Our VIP members are very important to the continued success of Police Community. Without that contribution to our online home we would not be able to keep this place going in the same way. As a result we are keen to demonstrate how we are striving to make your use of the forum much improved on a standard user account so that you feel you are rewarded for your contribution to Police Community. We have introduced a number of unique VIP only features and there are more to come .... Member Moods As the world of social media and online communities grow we have seen a few things be core to any successful platform. One of theses is for the member to be able to express how they are currently feeling. Here at Police Community we are calling this Moods. VIP Members will be able to update their mood any time and expand the default text to be specific to them. Simply click on the Moods icon in the top right corner of the forum header and set your mood. Your mood will then show on all your posts in the profile card next to each post. Moods are visible to all members but only VIP members can have or change a mood. Once your mood is selected it will appear on your profile card as follows; Enhanced Editor Whilst using the site the editor changes slightly dependant upon what device you are using at the time. On a desktop machine you will get a very different browser editor whilst using our forum to that you will see on a tablet and further still on a mobile device. We have taken this one step further. Standard members will see a standard toolbar in the editor across the site where VIP members will have many more options available in their editor just to make things easier for you. A standard member's editor looks as follows; A VIP Members editor will look as follows; Emoticons Ok - so we all enjoy using emoticons, it's become part of the way we communicate online. Our standard members will still have access to the 'Classic' emoticons we had before but we have introduced many more categories and modern emoticons available to VIP account holders. Simply click the emoticon icon in any editor and click on the category drop down menu that appears. More will be added in the fullness of time to enhance our VIP members online experience. A standard member will see; A VIP Member will see; Upgrading your account is easy and in reality costs hardly anything. Just £5 will give you a one years VIP Membership, that is less than 2p per day but all these contributions help to keep Police Community moving forward and developing further. You can of course sign up to our Lifetime VIP Membership for a one off fee of just £30 View Membership Plans By Clicking 'Membership' From The Main Menu  

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Feature Requests & Bug Tracker

As a result of the upgrade of the forum and to provide a platform moving forward we have now developed a Bug Tracker and Feature Request section on our website. All members can post in these and they provide one central repository to ensure nothing gets missed. Bug Tracker As with any upgrade and moving forward any software platform, there is always a risk that things behave in a way that is not intended. Errors will no doubt always be present and this is where the Bug Tracker comes in. Simply visit the Bug Tracker from the 'Support' menu and log your issue on there. We will aim to resolve it for you as quickly as we can and if we need to escalate it to the developers of the software then we will. Please do not raise support issues that are specific to your account. In these circumstances continue using the support system. No personal information should be supplied in the Bug Tracker as it is publically available and is intended for issues that are affecting multiple users. Feature Requests The way things work and the logic used across the site may not be the way you would have hoped. You may also have a great idea for new features in a specific area of the site or to appear site wide. In these circumstances create a Feature Request entry and we will consider it, implementing where we can.

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Cheetah Has Been Promoted

Over the last 6 months since the introduction of Police Community it has been a busy time and one which has needed all hands to the pumps. In reality all of the Moderation Team have helped myself and @Chief Rat extensively however one Moderator has stepped up to the plate and has really committed a significant amount of his own personal time to devote to the forum and help it grow. He has been the first to offer his services to take on additional responsibilities. Running a community as active as this needs a great team which I genuinely believe we have in our Moderators, with that comes the need for someone to Lead the Moderation Team. For the eagle eyed members amongst you, some will have noticed that @Cheetah has now changed colour to Orange. Cheetah has now been promoted with immediate effect to Lead Moderator in recognition of his hard work and commitment to Police Community.  Well done and thank you for your support @Cheetah Best Wishes Chief Bakes
Administrator
Police Community Team

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

Mentions

One of the new features available to all members is to use the mentions facility when you want to alert another member to your post. It really is as simple as typing there name proceeded by the @ symbol. If I wanted to alert Chief Rat to this thread then I would simply type @Chief Rat and he will receive a notification that he has been mentioned in a post. This feature is available to all members site wide and will hopefully become part of the way in which you will use Police Community.

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

 

New Blog Feature Available

Individual and collaborative community-centric blogging How can people use Police Community Blog? There's a wide range of uses for community blogging. Here's a few of the ways our customers use it. Share opinions - You can share free-form opinions on all kinds of subjects, in a space you can control. Forum Announcements - Community staff use blog entries to share announcements about what's happening Group collaboration - Sub-groups can share thoughts and updates by using the multiple editors feature in the Police Community Blog Featured Blogs We will call out particularly interesting blog entries by using the Feature option in Police Community Blog's. Featuring an entry displays it prominently on our Forum homepage to give it extra visibility. Collaborative blogging With the Editors feature, you can create group blogs that several people (or more) can contribute to in a single space. Let sub-teams share updates on their latest developments, or enable special guests to post entries to one of your established blogs - and more. Visit Blogs from the main menu to visit the blog section and start your own blog on our Police Community Forum today to give you and your creative writing style maximum exposure.

Chief Bakes

Chief Bakes

About us

Police Community was originally founded in 2014 by two serving Police Officers.

In 2016 it was incorporated as a limited company called RAW Digital Media Limited and then purchased 3 other forums; Police Specials, UK Police Online and Police UK to form the largest policing discussion forum network in the UK.

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