Rank - SC
Experience – 14 Months
Duty – Saturday 1900-0400
I hadn’t done a Saturday night for a few weeks so I joined the same shift I’d been with in the week for a couple of duties. I include it in the blog because of one particular incident which show what factors affect the decision making process.
All timings approximate.
1900 – Get in and catch up with the shift. We are fairly flush for officers and they are catching up on pap
Service 12 months (to the day - today is the anniversary of Attestation)
Shift: 2100-0700 Saturday Night
2045: Arrive and see who is about. It is a 'Super Saturday' where accumulated hours owed are called in. They happen every 5 weeks and mean extra bodies. The problem is two cars are tied up on a warrant so with 2 Specials swelling the ranks further we head out Six-Up in the van (crazy numbers for our town).
2120: Arrive at an address to carr
Experience; 11 Months
Duty: 2100-0700 Saturday Night
All timing from PNB.
2040: Arrive and say hello to the Sarge and the one officer in the report room. I'd done a shift earlier in the week with this Code and I'd told them I'd be in. There is still an issue with vehicles. One car's coolant leak has come back and the small cage van hasn't been returned from repair as expected, so the Sarge is working out who will go where.
2050: Custody call down for an offic
Experience: 9 Months
Duty: Two days at the County Show.
The County Show is the premier annual event in our neck of the woods - it runs for three days but I only did the first two. Summary of how it went.
Day 1: 0730 - Meet up at Station with NPT Sgt, Special Sgt and several other officers. We go up to the show ground and locate the police tent. We are sharing with the PCC rep, a drug outreach charity, a military charity and the council crime prevention dept. There are things for
0800. Meet up in local station with Sgt, the area drug DC, a uniformed PC, dog handler and three other specials. Get a briefing on the two search warrants we will be executing - there were supposed to be three but one has been postponed.
0900. Door answered and in we go. Mum and toddler are fine, laddo is spark out on the sofa. We wake him up. He is not really with it. The drug dog goes through without any particular indication so we begin searching. I find a wrap of cannabis between t
Service 8 Months
Duty: 1900-0400 ; Response
All timings appropriate.
1830. Arrive and grab my gear. The duty inspectors are handing over and are very pleased to see me as they are strapped. I start self briefing.
1840. The sarge asks me to go from Big Town BT (where I am) to Small Town ST about ten miles away as there is exactly one officer there for the next couple of hours, then only two more. I don't mind so I grab 'duty clapped out fiesta' (every nick has one!!) and head o
A quick Government Health Warning to you Regulars out there. Us Specials compare notes in detail about you. We talk about who we like to work with, who is good in a scrap, who makes the best brews/cakes and which pairings always manage to be deployed in far flung villages while the pubs and clubs are kicking out. One of the things we also rate is the quality of your Response driving – it’s very subjective seeing as we only have A to B grading but even so it varies between “Have we actually go
So, here we go with another Saturday night shift. Timings reasonably accurate - taken from PNB
1930 - On duty, with the legendary Joe, and two ladies whom we will call L1 and L2 to save their blushes (Joe is beyond saving!)
1945 - Immediate call so jump in with L1 and head to a carpark where a group of pre-teens have come across an older chap who has taken a tumble and has a cut above the eye. They have called 999 and given rudimentary first aid. He is a little drunk and takes some persuadin
Saturday Night, Response, 2000-0400. All timings approx
2000: Get in in a bit of a rush but looking forward to it as Code B are on and they are very Special Friendly - also one particular officer (Joe) is on and there's never a dull moment when I'm paired with him-at this point however he is out with RPU and some of the others are on another task so...
2015: Another officer and I head off with a Sgt from the south of the county to look for a specific habitual drink driver. On the way a car
Length of service 6 months
Shift: 0900-1600 Response
0830: get in and the sarge asks me to go to another station ten miles away as his officers are all over the place. He has two students with tutors who are with assessors, four in custody on prisoner observation (including two on "poo watch" - some people get all the best jobs), so I team up with a chap I've worked with before and we head down to his location for a brew. The sarge there breaks the good news to us that the Chief Con
OK, my first blog entry.
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 do