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A hypothetical day in the life of a special, the ups downs, trials and tribulations. Or... the nonsensical ramblings of a mad man

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And so it continues

Please note, this entry provides description of an RTC which some may find distressing - No significant detail/location/names have been written
It is not a fatal RTC So as the duties continue, everyone knows that it is not always blue lights, fights and bringing offenders to justice. sometimes it just falls that you aren't in the right place at the right time. So for the first duty in this blog, I got the station, grabbed a car, crewed up with a probie and set out hunting.... 5 hours later having done nothing but burn through diesel we call it quits and book off, having conducted a fair amount of high visibility patrol Now onto the duty where I went to jobs! So again, I am still based out of the outstation (again, I don't mind it really, it gives me time to think) I come in, a little late due to traffic, only by 15 mins mind, and my oppo is at the station, they'd only just got in before.
We sit and catch up, the usual how are you, what you been up to, have you seen the new cars, do you think we'll ever get to drive one.... you know the drill. As it's still 'late in the year, still cold we both agree that first point of call is to the petrol station to grab some coffee for us and some others that we know are out and about and will be coming by the station shortly.
So we get in the car, head down and grab some coffee, and it smells so nice, it was from a filter machine so no expense spared! We head back to the nick to wait for our colleagues and as we drive up the road we happen across an RTC .....

So coffee down, lights, lids and High vis on and out we get. it's a two vehicle RTC a Audi estate and a Jag,.... it's only just happened the Jag has hit the nearside rear of the Audi. We get out,  I go to the Audi my oppo goes to the Jag. I look at the damage, the airbags have gone off in the car, the driver is still inside, there is significant damage to the rear of the vehicle, I look through the back window, there are children inside...
Fortunately everyone is conscious and breathing, I immediately request ambo. The driver gets out of the vehicle of their own accord (much to my disapproval) but we cannot get the rear door open.  The driver is the parent and is speaking to the children in the car and the child seat seems to have taken the brunt of the hit, it was lucky the cars collided to the rear quarter rather than the door itself. Ambo arrive and assess the parent, whilst my oppo has managed to move the other vehicle to a safer location, they now come and take over at the vehicle with ambo whilst I speak to the driver, I breathalyse them ..0. The children are out, another ambulance has just arrived and everyone is being checked over, its time to throw out some cones and signs and get traffic moving again. We establish what has happened and how, and arrange recovery. Non injuries sustained declared by paramedics on scene, however children are taken to hospital with another relative who has arrived, just to be safe. now we wait for recovery.... Both recovery vehicles arrive and we have to full shut the road again so that the vehicles can be removed, Insurance details have been exchanged and the vehicles recovered, both drivers now on their way and an investigation booklet sorted outlying the scene. I run around and sweep up debris whilst my colleague grabs the signs and cones. we get back in the car and the job is done. 3 hours it took mind, my coffee is now closer to an iced frappe but I drink it non the less and we go back to the station as per the original plan.
Luckily our colleagues are already there, turns out they'd driven past us and didn't want to interrupt for their coffee and it looked as though we had it in hand (which we did of course) so they had continued. we have a joke about it and give them their cold coffee.

So... that was the start of the shift...

About 10 mins after we get back to the station we get called to an Immediate incident, ASB, so back in the car, blues on and off we go. Report is of 3 persons fighting. we get there and the fighting seems to have ceased. we speak to three persons who are at the location who state to have seen nothing, however.. they all seem to be incredible nervous, avoiding eye contact and there is a distinct smell of something in the air. we have a chat, they admit that they may have smoked something recently but they weren't too keen to hang around. needless to say they were searched, nothing was found though and they were all given the relevant paperwork and let on their way. It seemed to die down a bit after that, and then 3hrs after doing high vis patrol someone pushed their red buttons...... "RUNNER, MORE PATROLS" is all we hear over the radio, comms give the location and off we go, along with pretty much everyone else in the surrounding area. turns out this officer had found a known person who was wanted for serious assault. it takes us about 2 mins to get to the area, we spend half and hour searching but they seem to have gone to ground. we call it and book off the incident, head back to the nick and decide that it's time to call it a day. we both inform comms we are booking off, de kit and go home. I'd say it was a pretty productive shift, it seems to be that you never know what may happen, It can either go steady or from one extreme to another.




The Beginning...ish

Now every good story starts from the beginning, however, this is not something I can do as my mind does not stretch that far back and I would be making it up otherwise. And with this being the first blog I have ever even composed It may not read fantastically so you'll just have to put up with it I shall go back as far as I can remember... once upon a time in a land far.... no wait that's something else It's about 2230hrs,  late in the year so by this point it was dark and it was cold, now having been a special for some time I am independent and can crew with other specials. I get into the station, which is an outpost so it's just me there, and kit up. I put on my Stabby, fleece, grab my bag and coat and look for a set of keys.
As my luck would have it there is a set of keys for brand new car! [yes actually new] with only a few miles on the clock. I grab the keys and my radio battery and head out to the car, after checking emails and making sure my PNB is up to date. I put my kit bag in the boot of the car, do the walk around checks to make sure everything is working (lights, sirens, horn, wheels....etc) turn on my radio and tune in to the local channel. At the moment my oppo is not due for another hour. I hear comms asking for units to attend an ASB where there has been injury , I head to back up in the first instance. I get there and all is as was described over the radio, it is a small version of chaos. I attend to a male on the floor with a head injury whilst other officers start trying to sort everything else out. Ambo arrive, this male is going to hospital, no questions about it. Off goes the ambo with me in tow behind. We get to the hospital and me and the male have a chat he's going to be patched up and it may take some time so details given and we arrange for him to come to the station to give a statement at a later time, I leave him in the capable hands of A&E staff and off I trot.
By this point my oppo is at the station ready and waiting, so I head back and pick them up, apologising for the..... slight... delay. we both the go out searching for wrong doers and awaiting the next job to come in. it gets to about 0200hrs and comms shout up asking us to help in the search for a missing person who has vanished from where they were supposed to be, as I said at the beginning it's dark and cold and late in the year, so there is concern for this person and their welfare, after 45mins of searching along with other officers we do not locate them. comms redeploy us to a possible criminal damage whilst other officers continue the search. We spend a good 30mins searching for any signs of any damage to anything and turned up nothing, so whatever it was that had been damaged had long gone before we got there. At this point I am starting to flag, I haven't had a coffee all shift and it's been a long day at the day job before so we both call it a day. I drop my oppo off at the main station and head back to my outpost, where I de-kit, turn my radio off, hang up the keys and find I've done about 150 or so miles... I get in my car, turn on the heating and put on some planet rock where I head home for a coffee, some food and some much needed sleep



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