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