Shift: Saturday Coached Patrol
Rank: Special Constable
Length of Service: 3 years
Planned duty: 1400-0200
Unfortunately I haven't bothered trying to estimate timings as it was such a busy shift we were here there and everywhere! Having recently got my driving ticket I like running coached patrol shifts for newer officers to help them achieve evidence for their PACs and SOROC (read SOLAP for anyone who isn't Met).
I arrived before the start of the shift to get ready and book on and saw the two student officers who would be coming out with me and my oppo. We would be out in a Q car to help with getting some traffic process for the new guys. As they also needed an arrest each I also picked up a few arrest enquiries and a couple of taskings to help the Borough out. Once we were all ready to go, I checked in with the response skipper to let him know we were out and about and headed off to our first arrest enquiry.
2 minutes round the corner I spot a moped rider who was missing an L plate and texting whilst riding. A quick U-turn and lighting him up with the blues later we have our first seizure as the male was riding on a revoked provisional due to having racked up several points at court previously for no insurance - and you guessed it - he hadn't learnt his lesson and bothered to get insurance this time either! Thankfully recovery were pretty speedy (a complete god send as I know we've all waited hours before!) and we were back enroute to the arrest enquiry.
Unfortunately our man wasn't there, but I did manage to speak to him on the phone and he agreed to arrange an appointment to come in and be arrested on Monday. Not the result I was hoping for, but there were some relieved sighs from the student officers who hadn't made an arrest before!
We moved on to the second arrest enquiry which as we didn't have a home address for the suspect we were attending his work place, a kebab shop. Cue panicky thoughts about being cut into donner sized pieces of meat with that bloody sword they use to cut the kebab... We decided that my oppo and a student would go in first and the other student and I would wait outside just out of sight in case it kicked off. As they went into the shop I noticed a member of public walk out to take a call and start walking quickly in the opposite direction. (He didn't see us, but was looking through the glass at the other officers). The he started jogging... Then he started running...! For what was the first of many times that shift I gave it legs after the suspect, shouting for the other pair to follow as I ran past the door. We rounded the corner into the car park to see the male trying to reverse his car out of the car park. Whilst my oppo tried to open the car door I drew my asp and at the top of my lungs politely informed the male I would do significant damage to his motor vehicle if he did not stop immediately and exit the vehicle... Or something similar He got out and was cuffed and nicked by one of the students. Upon being searched a box cutter was found in his pockets and he was further arrested for points and blades. A good result all round and the first pair of officers traveled with him back to custody.
I decided that I would give another arrest enquiry a try as he wasn't expected to be in and we were after some intel to try and locate him. He wasn't in, but his Mum persuaded him to come home. I can't remember the last time I'd met such a delightful and polite suspect. </sarcasm> After much failed negotiations to coax him inside for the umpteenth time he clocked on to why we were there and gave it legs into the estate. (Are you noticing a pattern here? I am definitely not a fan of running either!) Long story short, with the help of NPAS and several response units he was tracked into a hiding place a good mile away from where we started over a fair few fences! Another one in custody for the MSC
Following that we attended a few calls and assisted with the night time economy for the rest of the shift, but it wasn't as comical as the earlier part. Safe to say we slept well that night!