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Former Special Constable - now full time Police Constable on response. For a selection of my duties as a Special please see here

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A Little Bit Of Traffic

Your rank: PC
Your planned duty hours: 1300-2200

This is just a duty report from a shift recently where I managed to get a little bit of traffic in, nothing special but just fancied writing it up.

 1300 - Was working on my SOLAP as I am still a probationer however a grade one call comes in of a female self harming with a knife. All early shift crews are tied up so me and another officer jump in together and respond to it. A local officer was nearby and arrived before us as he had knowledge of the female. Upon arrival her friend had taken the blade from her and the female was just sat on the floor. A fair bit of blood but superficial cuts. Apparently it was all over her boyfriend and she had convinced herself that he was cheating on her. Bandaged her up and ambulance were unable to give an ETA so her friend took her down to the hospital as she was happy to go to the hospital and said that she didn't want to kill herself it was just a coping mechanism. Local officer says that he will complete the paperwork and so we resume.

1445 - RTC car vs. child. About a 20 minute response run but ambulance were already on scene as they took the initial call. Initial investigation suggested that the circumstances were beyond the driver's control as numerous witnesses (including the child's mother) stated that the child ran from behind a parked van right into the path of the car. Fortunately no serious injuries as the car was travelling at low speed anyway due to being in a built up area on a quiet estate. A number of people were complaining about the state of parking on the estate and that it was only a matter of time before something like this happened but they were advised about contacting the council if they felt parking was an issue.

1600 - A local pub have phoned up to say that two males inside, who are already barred, are being abusive, threatening and refusing to leave. Upon arrival a male in the car park says "Get those f###ing pair of c###s out of here, now" so straight away tensions are high. He's told to let us do our job and that his attitude isn't helping anyone. Inside the pub two males are at the bar, drinking, and are at the centre of arguments taking place. A few sarcastic comments are heard, directed towards us, along the lines of it's about time we showed up (our arrival time was less than five minutes from the job being put out!) but the barmaid asks the two to leave in our presence and they just keep saying why. Encourage them to drink up and leave but just as we are getting somewhere one of the other punters stands up and starts goading them, which goes down about as well as you'd imagine. Then we manage to usher the two males out, one of which turns to me and is saying I've assaulted him because I've got no right to push him and that the other bloke in the pub was only acting hard because we'd arrived and he wanted to knock him out. I told him that his presence was causing a breach of the peace and he gets his mobile phone out and starts recording me telling me that he is going to complain about me and what's my number. I said that's fine because everything's been recorded by me and I point to my bodyworn video. He just goes "oh" and his face drops and he puts his phone away :lol:

Outside is a lot of encouragement because the punters are now coming out of the pub goading the two that we have managed to remove. The barmaid is not helping and everyone seems to want to come outside for a cigarette. We eventually get the two to leave and ask the town CCTV to monitor them. Speak to the barmaid and explain how we don't appreciate her making our job harder when she wanted us to help. A report was submitted to the council licensing team.

1630 - Only a few minutes after we had asked the other two to leave CCTV shouts up and states that they are involved in a fight on the high street. We whizz round the corner and one of them has ran off but the other is just stood there. Two people are getting into a car and CCTV says that they were involved in the fight so we block them in to ascertain what has happened. A lot of public interest at this point as it's the main road, part of the carriageway is blocked so vehicles are having to drive round, and there is a lot of foot traffic. The person in the car says that the other two caused it because they've just been kicked out of the pub round the corner... hang on, so how did they know that? I believe that someone in the pub has called the people in the car and got them to come round and "sort it out" so to speak. CCTV watches the cameras back and the vehicle did indeed pull up next to the two males, both driver and front seat passenger got out and grabbed/punched one of the males, before he threw some punches back in self defence and ran off. Considered bringing them in for an affray but on camera no member of public seems affected by what happened and no one made themselves known to us. After consultation with the sergeant it was recorded as an assault on the male that had left the pub but with no complaint or support of a prosecution from the suspect.

1945 - On routine patrol and coming towards a junction on a minor road into a main road and a white van zooms passed in a 30mph limit. Start to follow him and he seems blissfully unaware of our presence as he is going nearly 50mph; he also has a brake light out and so he is pulled over when it is safe to do so. He explains that he is a delivery driver and has come from another city about an hour away. A check with PNC shows that no insurance is held on the vehicle and when I ask the driver about his insurance he just says that he doesn't know anything about it as he just drives but that as far as he is aware the vehicle is insured. I asked him to call someone that could assist and so he rings who he tells me is his boss. Now, unbeknown to him, his speaker is quite loud on the phone... both me and my crew mate hear the voice on the other end say a number of things such as "what have you told them? have you told them it's insured? have you said that you've borrowed it or that it's a hire vehicle? don't tell them anything else" so alarm bells are ringing, especially when he denies that was said. He gives the phone to me and the person tells me that he is the owner and that the van is insured on the company policy, but he cannot tell me which company, what the policy number is, or even when the insurance was taken out. He then says to me "can't you just give him a 7 day producer and we'll get it sorted out". A check with MIB also shows insurance not held so I've come to the decision to seize the van under section  165 and to report the driver. The van has perishable goods on it and the delivery was only down the road so my crewmate drives the van down there and lets them offload the goods whilst waiting for the recovery vehicle. Vehicle recovered and driver left to find his way back home.


2100 - A report of a HGV in a dangerous position on a route just off of the motorway. Upon arrival the lorry has jack knifed just after a bend and so the road is closed from the motorway roundabout to the other side of the bend as traffic was coming very fast and having to brake suddenly so as to not smash into the side of the HGV. The driver tells me that he was trying to turn around to park up in the layby for the night. Whilst waiting for recovery to come and put the lorry back straight the driver comes up to me and says that he is really sorry about all this and I can smell alcohol. Oh man! So I get the breathbox and the driver blows over 100 at the roadside. I arrest the male for drink drive however there are no crews to either transport the prisoner or to relieve us from the road closure. This means that we have to wait with the guy until the HGV can be put into the layby for the night.

2245 - Arrive at custody... as you can see a very long wait so I am conscious in case the driver has dropped but he still blows over 90.


0100 - Cease duty


A More Typical Duty

This is a more typical duty that I have done recently


Your rank: PC
Your planned duty hours: 0700-1700

0700 - Briefing. Double crewed, only double crew to cover the area.

0800 - Call received from a lady stating that she had been made aware of a lifeline activation at her elderly mother's address. Upon her arrival all of the doors are locked and her spare key is useless because there is a key in the other side of the door. Mum has had a history of falls in the last 12 months, and upon looking through the window can see her mum lay on the floor in the hall. Calls police to assist in gaining entry.

0830 - Upon police arrival we decide to smash the bottom panel of glass in the back door, messy but cheapest and easiest to replace. Elderly female is alert, conscious and breathing but is unable to move and can feel pain around her hip and back. Call is put in to ambulance.

0930 - After an hour of feeling pretty helpless (gave her a pillow and some blankets to make her feel more comfortable) and making small talk paramedics finally arrive (it had been graded a red 2 eight minute response time they told us when putting the call in :lol:). Left the female in the care of paramedics and daughter said that she knew of a glazier that could replace the glass.

1000 - Incoming aircraft emergency at the nearby international airport is put out for information only on the local talkgroup. Headquarters resources were attending but we were made aware in case it came to something and we were required.

1300 - Call received from a female stating that her partner had recently been discharged from the mental health unit and was now back home self harming and trying to slit his own throat. We asked about taser however the risk assessment was that the subject only posed a threat to himself and not others therefore local officers to attend and it would be reassessed if we were met with a threat. Whilst en route control told me that the male in question had been sectioned just before Christmas after putting a knife down his throat and trying to swallow it. The location is a row of three storey flats, each accessed by a balcony as opposed to being a tower block. Upon arrival see a male stood in the doorway of the incident address (second storey). Upon seeing us he goes back inside and closes the door. By the time we get up to his storey he has come back outside and is stood on the balcony. I approach him, in company with my crew mate, and he is compliant and engages with us. My crew mate then see's a female at the bottom of the stairway and goes to speak to her, who it transpires was the caller. After a few minutes of me speaking to the male he tells me that he had woken up that morning and felt in a bad way (mentally) and that he just wanted to hurt himself, he doesn't know why. I asked him what he did and he told me that he smashed a glass over his head and then tried to cut his throat with it however it was too blunt and would not pierce the skin. He had no injuries when I looked. After a few minutes my crewmate comes back up and then arrests the male for domestic assault. Unbeknown to me a domestic argument had taken place and the male had said if she tries to leave he would try to kill himself; she duly left and that is when the glass smashing incident took place. Following the female's call to the police he had then gone outside into the hallway area and headbutted her.

Female is not willing to support a prosecution or give a statement, if anything she felt annoyed that she had called police to help her partner (self harm) and we were arresting him. Although at least one benefit would be that he would receive a mental health assessment in custody and would not be able to self harm.

1530 - Clerical

1700 - Cease Duty


Single Crewed Night Shift

I've been operational as a full time PC for about five months, after having four months of training, and two years as a SC prior to joining up. I still love every day, I still look forward to going in and pulling on my stab vest, and it feels exactly like it did as a SC, except that I get a wage each month and I get a lot more point to point radio calls (either social or supervisory lol). Some people will say there's a lot more paperwork, there's a lot more to it etc. but I exposed myself to a lot as a special, so I guess I really did get a lot out of it which made the transition to regular very smooth.

I've been to a lot of incidents, the most high profile being this one, but none really seem interesting or unique enough to write about. I fancied writing one though so here is one of my first night shifts after becoming independent.


Your rank: PC
Your planned duty hours: 2200-0700


2200 - Briefing. Single crewed but I manage to get the ANPR vehicle to take out.

Lots of driving, vehicle checks, nothing of note.

0200 - Parked up in a lay by so as to read the number plates of passing vehicles. Even though it's early in the morning this is quite a well used road.

0210 - Just as I am thinking my luck is out I am about to pull out to go back to the station to grab a bite to eat when I see headlights in my rear view mirror. They are bearing down on me pretty fast, bearing in mind I am in a 40 mph speed limit. I wait for it to pass and then pull out behind it, just to see how (if at all) the driving changes now I'm behind it. The vehicle doesn't slow down and, if anything, continues to accelerate. The vehicle is moving side to side and crossing the centre white lines. As the 40mph limit drops to a 30mph we are now travelling at 60mph, coming into a slight right hand bend. The vehicle is carrying straight on and I'm thinking is he going to take the bend or not, when he suddenly swerves right to stay on the road. The speed comes down somewhat as a result and at this point I activate the blue lights to stop the vehicle however it continues without illuminating any brake lights. There are no other vehicles around, nor are there any pedestrians. Round the bend we are approaching a roundabout and I am thinking "why has this guy not stopped, can he not see the police car? Is that why he was driving like an idiot?" As we approach the traffic light controlled roundabout (red lights showing) the vehicle stops in lane one and so I pull up next to it, telling him to stop the car round the corner in a safe position. Just as I am pulling up level with the driver the lights go green, the vehicle suddenly accelerates away and turns left at the roundabout, however takes the corner so wide he has crossed over into lane two. At this point I realise to myself that the vehicle is failing to stop - I managed to get the VRM of the vehicle and inform the control room that the vehicle is failing to stop and turn off the blue lights due to my driving authority.... however almost immediately the vehicles turns off to the left into a cul-de-sac. I know that this is a dead end and so I pull in behind him and see the vehicle left abandoned in the middle of the road.

I pull up behind the vehicle and go to the driver side however there is no person in the driving seat. There is a front seat passenger and I suspected that he had been the driver and had changed seats - unfortunately I had not seen the driver as he had pulled off before I could get level back at the lights. I arrest the passenger and walk him to vehicle... the passenger's reply to caution is "I wasn't driving. The driver is hiding in the boot". At some point during this I had updated control and other units were making their way to me. With the passenger in the back of my car I went to the other vehicle and opened the boot and, low and behold, there is a male laying in the boot. There was no parcel shelf and so it was quite plausible for the driver to have climbed over the back seats in the time that I had lost sight of the vehicle. The male is playing dumb and is 'asleep' so I am rousing him, just as one other unit pulls up behind my car. Foolishly (learning point!) I turn around to see who it is and at this point the male in the boot bolts up and runs off, so I give chase.... after firstly slipping over on the grass :( I am chasing this male; it's dark, no street lighting, he's intent on escaping and he's bigger (stocky) than me. I am shouting "police stop" at him however he is continuing to run away until he turns down a dead end with a large metal fence at the bottom. I am gaining on him and the male turns around. I draw my baton and warn him however he comes towards me. I strike him once to the upper leg, which has the desired effect and I can take the male to the floor. A few seconds later an officer from the other crew joins me and we handcuff him.


Back at custody both males gave positive breath tests. The passenger gave a witness statement and the guy hiding in the boot coughed to being the driver. He was charged with failing to stop and drink driving. Due to previous convictions he was sentenced to an immediate custodial sentence of 22 weeks and given a 52 month driving ban.

0300 - Arrive custody


0745 - Cease duty

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