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Aid to Westminster

Posh

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Shift: Friday Night Time Economy

Rank: Special Constable

Length of Service: 3 years

Planned duty: 1900-0300

Due to lots of aid across boroughs in the MPS I found myself in Westminster on a recent Friday, where 125 Specials were deployed to police the night time economy. Unfortunately a slightly shirt shift as I only booked on last minute and had to be up early the following day.

1900 - Arrive at local nick, pick up a car and head into central picking up a mate I'd be working with that night enroute. Our tasking was to provide media support for the evening and generate as much activity we could on social media using the @MPSSpecials twitter channel. (Give us a follow!)

2100-2130 - Briefing at Westminster - get a couple of good snaps from the top floor of the Specials being paraded in the yard prior to deployment.

2131 - Walk out of the back gate to get something from the car and notice two males making observations of who is going in and out and looking very suspicious. Having stopped and accounted them and built up some substantial grounds I conducted my first ever terrorism search. Negative result, but they both got nicked for being illegal entrants to the UK having arrived on lorries that morning!

2135-2300 - Queue for custody, although there is no one in front of us... At the risk of getting an email inviting me to a meeting without biscuits we'll say no more about it!

2300-2330 - Prisoner booked in, notes written and handed over to UKBF.

2330-0200 - Answered a few calls, got a few more photos and most enjoyably met a bunch of really great Specials from all over the Met.

0200-0300 - Drive back to the nick, dropping off my oppo enroute and booked off for the night.

 

Hopefully this wasn't too boring to read, but it will certainly be a memorable shift for me just for the search!



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2135-2300 - Queue for custody, although there is no one in front of us... At the risk of getting an email inviting me to a meeting without biscuits we'll say no more about it!

Welcome to CX...the skippers on that night were two of the best, the problem is the lack of staff and the set up in my opinion.

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Welcome to CX...the skippers on that night were two of the best, the problem is the lack of staff and the set up in my opinion.

Did I meet you by chance? Someone said something very similar to me whilst I was at CX. I really don't understand what took so long, I used to be a DDO and for the amount of staff they had and having downstairs shut I can't fathom what took so long. How have you found the changeover to Met Detention?

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Did I meet you by chance? Someone said something very similar to me whilst I was at CX. I really don't understand what took so long, I used to be a DDO and for the amount of staff they had and having downstairs shut I can't fathom what took so long. How have you found the changeover to Met Detention?

If you came in the station office, maybe. Tbh you could have talked to anyone round there and they'd say the same.

Met Detention has been a complete failure for us (not that things were brilliant beforehand). They just re-furbed custody and repainted all the doors a different colour (pointless) but didn't think to spend that money on adding some fully perspex doors for constant watches. We really need someone to come in from off borough and work out how to speed it up as its a disgrace and custody is closed several times throughout the day as "full".

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Those two chaps certainly sound a bit dodge don't they!

Yes, they were rather interesting. Hopefully back from whence they came by now though, although I doubt that is the last we'll see of them on our shores!

If you came in the station office, maybe. Tbh you could have talked to anyone round there and they'd say the same.

Met Detention has been a complete failure for us (not that things were brilliant beforehand). They just re-furbed custody and repainted all the doors a different colour (pointless) but didn't think to spend that money on adding some fully perspex doors for constant watches. We really need someone to come in from off borough and work out how to speed it up as its a disgrace and custody is closed several times throughout the day as "full".

Ahhh, I didn't go into the station office, but may have seen you in the Specials office?

I've found that as they've rejigged the skippers around the boroughs I often don't know who's booking the prisoner in and they won't bother to put in the extra effort to help you out, especially when I'm helping a student officer through custody.

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If you came in the station office, maybe. Tbh you could have talked to anyone round there and they'd say the same.

Met Detention has been a complete failure for us (not that things were brilliant beforehand). They just re-furbed custody and repainted all the doors a different colour (pointless) but didn't think to spend that money on adding some fully perspex doors for constant watches. We really need someone to come in from off borough and work out how to speed it up as its a disgrace and custody is closed several times throughout the day as "full".

I've heard and seen custody suites with those perspex doors still requiring an officer to sit by the door, I'm not sure some custody staff are totally happy with the idea.

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You still sit there but at least the door is closed and you can see everything rather then someone being dangerous enough to have the door closed and trying to peer through the window. I personally think that 15 minute checks and regular CCTV monitoring should be reintroduced as a way to reduce the number of constants we do.

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