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  1. I wrote this diary some time ago when the older forums were still active, hope you all enjoy. My life as a special started when I was at university, at the time I was studying Public Services. A friend who is now a serving officer was applying for the specials at the time and kept telling me to apply as he thought I'd be good for the job. So without giving it any thought I applied, once I'd hit send that was it, I felt a stone sink to my stomach. Around two months later I received some correspondence from a police email address, at first I wondered what I'd done but it turned out to be a recruitment officer telling me that I'd passed the paper sift. The email warned me that the real application would come through. A couple of days later I received a fully packed A4 envelope re-confirming everything that the email had said and also my paper application forms. I was being asked everything: Health, Financial, References etc. Honestly, 101 questions has nothing on these applications. I was quite concerned with the Health as I'd previously had a very serious health condition. However I completed the forms and hoped for the best. Again around a couple of months later I got a phone call from the same recruitment officer stating that the service were happy with my application and that they'd like to offer me to come to an assessment day. I'd heard that these days were notoriously difficult to pass, so was starting to worry. All this from someone who originally wasn't too bothered about joining. I was now starting to really get into it. I think Road Wars and Traffic cops were a lot to do with it though. The day came round, so I put on my best and only suit and went with high hopes. I arrived at the testing centre, gave my name at reception and was told to sit in the corner. As I looked around the room I saw 7 other faces all looking as worried as I was. All of a sudden the reception door opened and a tall figure in a police uniform called us all in. We were taken into a room and sat down on individual tables. Before us were some papers, a clock beeped and we began. After the test was done we were told to go wait in the reception again, to await our interview. Interview!? I wasn't told I'd be doing an interview, my heart raced and my brain froze trying to think of what to say. I was led into a dark, boxy room with two officers already sat there. I felt like I was on a murder charge or something, one officer greeted me and asked me the basic questions of name and such. As the interview got underway I was asked questions about all my life and also how I felt I could meet the force competencies. I made sure I followed the other officer's body language and thought about my answers before saying them. About 30-45 minutes passed and I was told thank you for coming and we'll be in touch. As you do, I left the building thinking my police career had come to an end. I wasn't prepared, there was no way I could have passed the tests. I later found out a couple of weeks after that I passed my assessment and interview. It seemed I was the only one out of the 7 other people. Quite some time passed before I got my date for the medical, however when it came I was very nervous due to having a previous medical complaint. Again I put on my lovely suit and arrived at the medical testing centre. At first I was asked about my health and such, then I had the lovely drugs test whereby they took some of my DNA and my lovely yellow urine. I was then asked to sit in a small box and place some headphones on, very low frequencies were played to me and I had to push a button when I could hear them. It was a very strange feeling; however one I managed to pass. During the end of the test, I was asked to go speak to the force doctor just to confirm whether he thought it would be ok for me to work, he wasn't sure so wrote to my consultant. That was it, I had passed everything they'd thrown at me and was now awaiting a training course date. I couldn't wait, nor could I believe that I'd got this far. A lot of time passed and at one point I had thought of applying to another force as they were taking applications for regulars however on the day I was going to phone them, I received a call from my recruitment officer telling me he had a date for me. I couldn't tell you how pleased I was when I heard that. Me, a special constable... it was really going to happen. Training was a lot of fun, it was based over six months worth of weekends, we learnt about the core basics of law and mainly things we'd be dealing with once we got out on those mean streets. The trainers were fantastic, always there to lend a hand whether you were at training or at home, they were nice enough to give you their personal mobile numbers for help. The group that I was in was quite a diverse group of some old and some young, but we all got along and are still friends to date. During the training we had a couple of tests to contend with, which you should make sure you revise for! I think the day to look most forward to is going for your uniform fitting, It really makes it feel like it's becoming a reality! A couple of the days to watch out for are your defensive tactics (yes it's true you do get sprayed with CS and yes it hurts) your pre-patrol day (such good fun, and informative too) and your attestation day (start polishing your boots as soon as you get them and learn how to march). So that's it. I'm now a fully fledged Special Constable, of course I'm still a probationer and I know the work starts here. Be prepared for about 35-40% of things you've learned to mean something. Since I've been patrolling I've realised that they don't teach you quite a lot of things, but I guess that's for you to learn. Now that I'm based at my station I'm mainly tasked with NPT duties. This can range from patrolling events, scene guarding, to going out with Response. The new teams I'm working with are lovely and all are very helpful. I don't think you seem to get the officers that don't respond well to Specials anymore, I haven't yet found anyone like that anyway. (Part 2) Hi Guys, So thought I'd add some more to my diary as I can see a lot of people seem to what to know what you do once you've completed training. Hope this helps. So once I'd completed training I was extremely excited but nervous too, no more playing anymore, what I do now actually means something. The day after my attestation I was straight on the phone to my senior section officer asking for shifts, he was quoting me 3 weeks before I could come in. Pfft I thought, I wanted to get out with my new uniform and use everything I'd learnt. About 2 minutes after I put the phone down I had a sergeant phoning me asking if I could come in on Friday night and he'll show me round and put me out on shift. Well I thought, of course I'll accept, you couldn't stop me. Friday came around, and I went to my station I nervously got my things out of my car and walked over to the help-desk asking for my sergeant. I was greeted by him and got told to put on my uniform including stabvest. I was then shown to our main hub and invited into a team briefing. The sergeant announced I was the new special, everyone said Hi and that was that. I was tasked with another special and we went out on active duty. This was it, I was a real police officer and I was doing real Police things. The officer 'Tom' told me we'd have to make a quick trip up to another station and I'd be given all my admin stuff like Fixed Penalty Notices, Stop & Search forms etc. I was also given my CS and Pocketbook. That was it for that night, I only did a couple of hours but already I could see that I was going to like this. Just driving past people in a police van gave me such a feeling of power and responsibility. In that these people were relying on us to go and help them in there hour of need. When I was a young boy I used to try and listen to the police radio's through our all tape machine, every so often you'd hear a crackle of police officers talking to the Comms, but now, I was listening to it through my earpiece. My second shift was fantastic was very different, My sergeant told me it would be very beneficial for me to come in as we did drugs raids on various pubs around our force area. (I was very lucky to be allowed this, but it was a great experience and real 'eye' opener.) I had to use my airwaves terminal and my pocket book which was great. My sergeant was pushing me into situations I wasn't used to, like searching people and doing 117 checks. After we did the raids, we then went out on proactive patrol. It was fantastic! I got my first blue light run, it really is as great as it sounds. We did lots more stop and searches and went to some real jobs. I saw my first domestic (it's quite tough to deal with), car chases, pub fights and nuisance youths. So I'm now around 2 months in and I can honestly the best thing I've ever done. If you're considering don't give it a second thought. I got my first arrest which was awesome, it was for a warrant. As hard as you try I'm sure you'll forget your caution. A lot of the teams are very helpful and they'll help you obtain your first arrest, after that your on your own and it can get quite competitive. It really is true what your trainers say, the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. If you get a chance to take part in things, don't hesitate, it'll probably be fantastic for your training and your competencies, which you've to meet within 2 years. (Part 3) Now, where do I begin! I decided to do 2 8 hour shifts to make up my hours, to think I wasn't bothered about the shifts I was wrong. My first night I was paired up with a new constable from another force, it was nice as it was somebody new to talk to (make sure you get to know everyone, they're going to be your new family) Our first call, we blue lighted it to the call, it was a dropped 999 call so we blued and two'd it to the destination, it still puts a huge grin on my face even though I'm only 3 months in service. As we got there in turned out to be a domestic where a woman had beaten her husband nearly to death. I don't care what anyone says short of going to a scene where somebody has died, domestics are probably the worst jobs you can go to. This is where your resilience will definitely come in handy. We arrested the female and took her to the station, she was laughing and joking about what she'd done. It later turned out that she'd split his skull open and broke 4 of his ribs. My colleague was finishing so I stayed on, until the finish. As there was no-one in the station I could go out with, it was organised for me to go on Response again but with a sister station to us. I love response, I've only done it twice but if you get the chance take it, you'll really learn stuff. We went to a few calls of fights and underage drinking, however it was an hour before we were both finishing and we got an emergency call to go to a burglary in progress, I'd been to places which had been broken into but not one in progress, my heart started pounding as I could feel the adrenaline starting to kick in. I replied over our radio and that was it, fast driving, blues and two's were on and we were gone. When we arrived we could hear glass breaking inside the house, I drew my baton and reached for my CS just in case we slowly entered the building. As both me and my colleague searched downstairs a floorboard twisted indicating that there was movement upstairs we both shouted POLICE at the tops of our voices, at that point I saw someone land on the grass in the garden, I was gone off the chase was on. My colleague called for the dogs and then was after the other person. I felt like my heart was going to explode, I was running faster than I'd ever run before through gardens and driveways. As a keen rugby player, I caught him and made one of the best tackles of my life. Before he could utter a word he was handcuffed and cautioned. His friend got away meaning we had both the dogs and a helicopter out. He was later found around 30 minutes after. I finished 2 hours after I should have, but I wasn't bothered I'd got another arrest and a damn good one at that. My second shift was spent with a traffic officer, this was just as fun as I have a keen interest in cars. If you get offered to do this, take it, you will learn more in a shift with traffic than in 5-10 shifts dealing with traffic. Our night was mainly spent checking cars and taking response calls when not busy. Hope this entertains you all, and if you have any questions regarding being a special or recruitment, I'll try and answer them as best I can. Adz
  2. Burnsy2023

    Today I learned - Law E&W

    So I've learned some interesting facts about law today which I thought I'd share. Hopefully others will have some interesting facts too. If you quote a fact though, please link to your source. Numero Uno The offence of causing a public nuisance has a top end sentence of life imprisonment. The definition is: " It is defined as an unlawful act or omission which endangers or interferes with the lives, comfort, property or common rights of the public." Whilst it's still a crime, most of the cases where you'd use it has statutory instruments that are more applicable and so charging decisions should give preference to that. http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/public_nuisance/ http://www.inbrief.co.uk/offences/public-nuisance.htm Nummer Zwei If you are sentenced for any crime, you can be given a driving disqualification regardless of whether the offence is driving related. http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_and_ancillary_orders_applications/#a30
  3. All, I am trying to transfer between TVP and Avon and Somerset, but am experiencing difficulties. A&S are refusing to progress my application until TVP releases my entire HR file - which TVP has refused to do. Has anyone here who's transferred previously experienced a similar process, and could they let me know the outcome, by PM if preferable. TIA, Adam
  4. LosingGrip

    Useful books

    Can anyone recommend any books that may help with the application process for the regulars? Seem to remember a few books on the other forum, but can't remember the name of any of them. Thanks.
  5. <cite class="byline vcard">By <span class="fn">Maria Antonova</span> | <span class="provider org">AFP</span> – </cite><div class="yom-mod yom-art-content " id="mediaarticlebody" itemprop="articleBody"><div class="bd"><!-- google_ad_section_start --><p class="first">A Russian court on Wednesday ordered two people to spend two weeks in jail after a protest in support of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was convicted of fraud in a controversial trial.</p> <p>About 250 people were detained at a Moscow protest called by Navalny on Tuesday after a judge sentenced him and his younger brother Oleg to three and a half years in prison.</p> <p>His sentence was suspended while Oleg Navalny was ordered to serve his term in a penal colony, infuriating the prominent opposition leader.</p> <p>Most of those detained were released after several hours but about 70 spent the night in police cells and have to face the courts in January on charges of resisting police demands and participating in an unauthorised rally, rights organisation OVD-Info said.</p> <p>RIA-Novosti news agency reported from one court that two activists were sentenced to 15 days of detention. </p> <p>Navalny, 38, himself defied his house arrest to join Tuesday's protest.</p> <p>Policemen grabbed him off the street and put him into a van before he could reach the protest near the Kremlin but took him home rather than to the police station. </p> <p>He wrote on Twitter that five policemen remain on the stairwell outside his apartment and that the drive to his apartment building has been blocked.</p> <p>The Navalny brothers were convicted of defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher and embezzling 27 million rubles (more than half a million dollars at the exchange rate at the time), although the firm has said that it suffered no damages.</p> <p>News of the verdict was absent from programmes on the main television channels, where most Russians get their information.</p> <p>Police said about 1,500 people turned up for the Moscow rally on Tuesday, although Navalny's supporters gave higher figures.</p> <p>Several people braved freezing temperatures for hours after the protest was broken up by huddling in a giant Chrismas ornament sculpture on the square -- including Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina -- and were briefly detained on Wednesday.</p> <p>- Call for house arrest repeal -</p> <p>The United States and the European Union issued concerned messages over the verdict, but Russia's foreign ministry said Wednesday that they should mind their own business.</p> <p>"Before they issue complaints to Russia, our Western partners should better work out what is happening in their own homes," it said in a statement.</p> <p>"(They) should stop attempting to put pressure on Russian justice system and politicise a purely criminal case."</p> <p>Although observers had predicted that Navalny's violation of his house arrest would lead to a tough punishment and possibly jail, a court on Wednesday said it will not be reviewing the complaint filed by the prison service over the infraction.</p> <p>Navalny's defence has appealed the verdict and also asked the court to repeal the house arrest -- which was imposed during the fraud trial and recently extended to February -- arguing that his suspended sentence means he should be free to move around.</p> <p>Reports said the government moved to curb the popularity of FireChat, an application that allows people to communicate without the Internet and that was widely advertised by the opposition Tuesday, by adding one of its technical domains to the register of addresses with calls for mass riots that must be blocked.</p> <p>The blockage however did not affect its availability: FireChat -- which has a Russian cofounder and CTO -- said on Twitter that the application was seventh most popular download in the Russian Apple Store, overtaking even Twitter.</p> <p>Several blogs carrying information about the rally or text of Navalny's appeals were also added to the register, and several media websites were given official warning by the media watchdog for "publishing materials containing appeals for changing the constitutional regime" after writing about the protest.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --></div></div> View the article source
  6. In 2008/09 the RIDDOR rate (per 100,000 employees) for "Police Service employees" was 1224, compared to 502 across all industries. The "major" injury rate among police service employees was 217, compared to 97 across all industries. While the "all industry" rate will be sewed due to "low risk" occupations, the "Police Service employees" will be lower than the front line officer rate. The HSE report states: In construction the RIDDOR rate was 860, and the "major" injury rate was 150.The HSE in their report on construction calls these "statistically significant" compared to the 502 for all industries and recommended immediate review. The HSE does not believe this about the higher police figures, stating: Basically the HSE saying "it's fine if police get hurt because overall the injuries will go down as less public will get hurt.". Nice sentiment of them. The health and safety at work act states: In light of today's police of the streets and station in lock down we should question are the HO (government) or police management meeting these requirements? I don't want to turn it into "one of those" threads but isn't there other equipment such as Tasers that should be rolled out in order to full fill this responsibility and shouldn't the HSE be holding the HO and management to account? I would ask if we need to wait for a brutal murder of officers before the HSE does anything, but we've had those and in recent history and nothing has been achieved. The HSE were happy to prosecute the met for the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, but hey as long as it's only police getting injured or killed officers right?
  7. More than 600 people have applied for the Fast Track programme in forces across England and Wales which will see exceptional candidates reach the rank of inspector in three years. The programme, which is still open to police staff, graduates and police specials to apply, has received 657 applications across 27 police forces. Of those, 361 are male and 296 are female. This includes 55 black or minority ethnic candidates. Fast Track is an accelerated three-year promotion and development programme which gives the most talented graduates the skills, knowledge and experience to advance to the rank of inspector from police constable within three years. The application process is still open for police staff, graduates and specials and you can apply online through a dedicated website. Candidates will be expected to tackle danger head on while other members of the public turn away. They will have to justify and account for their actions to ensure they are working ethically, proportionally and to the standards the public expect. The programme is a blend of classroom learning delivered at regional training centres, and operational training and development in the force where they have applied. Candidates will be supported to learn what it takes to become a police officer and to quickly put that learning into practice. Chief Superintendent Nicola Dale, who leads the fast track programme at the College of Policing, said: “This is really about the high calibre candidates because it is such a significant challenge to become an inspector after just three years. “The high number of applications reflects the interest that police staff, graduates and specials have to seek a career in the highly demanding role of an inspector. “Potential candidates have until Friday to apply and I would encourage them to work carefully through the self-selection questionnaire and high potential development tool which are on the website.” Successful candidates will begin training in September 2015. Fast Track also opened in October this year for serving constables to accelerate to the rank of inspector. Most forces have now closed their application windows, but officers are advised to check with the force they wish to apply to. The programme will reopen in 2015. Notes to Editors On Friday, 12th December 2014 Chief Superintendent Nicola Dale held a Q&A with interested candidates on Twitter from 1-2pm. You can view the answers given by searching #fasttrack and viewing the College of Policing timeline @CollegeofPolice The forces taking part are: Avon & Somerset Constabulary Bedfordshire Police British Transport Police Cambridgeshire Constabulary Cheshire Constabulary Dyfed Powys Police Essex Police Kent Police Greater Manchester Police Hertfordshire Constabulary Humberside Police South Yorkshire Police Metropolitan Police Service Norfolk Constabulary Suffolk Constabulary North Wales Police Northamptonshire Police Northumbria Police Staffordshire South Wales Police Surrey Police Sussex Police Thames Valley Police Warwickshire Police West Mercia Police West Midlands Police West Yorkshire Police About the College of Policing: The College of Policing is the professional body for policing. It sets high professional standards to help forces cut crime and protect the public. The College is here to give everyone in policing the tools, skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The College of Policing will enhance the ability of police forces and individuals to deliver their mission of preventing crime and protecting the public. The College of Policing will: • Set standards • Promote evidence-based good practice • Accredit training providers • Support partnership working • Lead on ethics and integrity View the full article
  8. <h4>A campaign calling for talented graduates to consider a career in policing gets under way today.</h4> <p>The new fast track constable to inspector programme will see up to 72 successful applicants developed by their force and the College of Policing to the rank of inspector over three years.</p> <p>The 27 participating police forces will begin recruiting this month and successful applicants will start training with the College of Policing in autumn. After the first year they will be joined by talented serving constables to complete the development to inspector level over the final two years of the programme. </p> <p><strong>College of Policing lead for the fast track programme, Chief Superintendent Nicola Dale, said:</strong></p> <p>“This programme is designed to develop the next generation of police leaders and ensure that the service attracts the best talent from outside policing and nurture the best leaders within it.</p> <p>“We’re looking for people with the raw talent who have the capability to reach at least the rank of superintendent through the course of their career. We will provide them with the training they will need to lead their colleagues and inspire confidence and trust of the public in communities that they serve.</p> <p>“Policing is an exciting and rewarding profession which makes a difference to thousands of people’s lives each and every day. I would encourage anyone who<br />believes they have the talent and skills needed for this high-pressured, demanding role to consider applying to this programme.” </p> <h2>Notes to Editors</h2> <p>After an initial sift of applications by police forces, successful applicants at that stage will be invited to attend a National Assessment Centre which will run for two days in April 2015. Successful candidates will start with their chosen force on 28 September 2015.</p> <p><strong>The participating police forces are:</strong></p> <p>Avon and Somerset, Bedfordshire, British Transport Police, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Dyfed-Powys, Essex, Greater Manchester Police, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Kent, Metropolitan Police Service, Norfolk, North Wales, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, South Wales, Staffordshire, South Wales, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley Police, Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.</p> <p><strong>About the College of Policing:</strong></p> <p>The College of Policing is the professional body for policing. It sets high professional standards to help forces cut crime and protect the public. The College is here to give everyone in policing the tools, skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The College of Policing will enhance the ability of police forces and individuals to deliver their mission of preventing crime and protecting the public.<br /> <br /><strong>The College of Policing will:</strong></p> <p>• Set standards<br />• Promote evidence-based good practice<br />• Accredit training providers<br />• Support partnership working<br />• Lead on ethics and integrity</p> View the full article
  9. *This blog was originally published in February 2012, and was updated on 25 July 2013 and 15 October 2014. The public are asking more questions now than ever before about the police use of Taser and what it means for policing and protecting the public. There are many different views on it, and it is regularly debated and discussed in the media and across social media. We believe it’s important for the public to have the facts around Taser to help with that discussion, which is why we have drawn up a list of the most frequently asked questions for the public and media to use. ACPO constantly reviews the guidance around Taser to ensure it remains fit for purpose and this Q&A will be updated as more issues arise. - National Policing Lead for Taser, Commander Neil Basu When was Taser introduced? In 2004, following a trial in five forces, it was agreed to allow chief officers of all police forces in England and Wales to make Taser available to authorised firearms officers. In July 2007 authorised police firearms officers were allowed to use Taser in a greater set of circumstances. These officers are now able to deploy Taser in operations or incidents where the use of firearms is not authorised, but where they are facing violence or threats of violence of such severity that they would need to use force to protect the public, themselves or the subject. It was also announced in July 2007 that the deployment of Taser by specially trained police units who are not firearms officers, but who are facing similar threats of violence, would be trialled in ten police forces. The 12-month trial commenced on 1 September 2007 and finished on 31 August 2008. It took place in the following forces: Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Gwent, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Metropolitan Police, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, North Wales and West Yorkshire. Following the success of the trial, from 1 December 2008, Taser use was extended to specially trained units. Is every police officer given a Taser? Every chief constable makes a decision, based on an assessment of the risks in their own area, to train and deploy a proportionate number of officers to use Taser so that the public are kept safe and their officers are protected as far as possible. Every use of Taser is reported and scrutinised and officers are individually accountable to the law for the amount of force they use. Not everyone will be trained in Taser Why use Taser at all? Taser provides an additional option to resolve situations, including the threat of violence, which can come from any section of the public. In certain circumstances, the use of Taser is more appropriate than conventional firearms in resolving dangerous situations safely and with less risk of serious injury. In addition, officers who are trained and equipped with Taser must decide on the most reasonable and necessary use of force in the circumstances. The level of force used must be proportionate to achieve the objective and officers are individually accountable in law for the amount of force they use on a person. The alternatives to Taser include a range of other measures such as physical restraint, batons and police dogs. Much will depend upon the circumstances, but Taser will often be less injurious than resorting to baton strikes or deployment of a police dog. In the majority of cases involving Taser, the mere threat of its use has been enough to deter assailants and ensure a peaceful resolution of the incident. What happens to someone when Taser is used on them? The normal reaction of a person exposed to the discharge of a Taser is the loss of some voluntary muscle control resulting in the subject falling to the ground or freezing on the spot. Recovery from the direct effects of the Taser should be almost instantaneous, once the discharge is complete. In addition to this, anyone who is arrested after being subjected to Taser is examined by a forensic medical examiner. After Taser is used on someone, are the medical implications taken into account? Yes. The medical implications associated with Taser are closely monitored by an independent panel of medical advisers who also monitor the learning from across the world. This enables ACPO to constantly review the guidance to ensure that it remains fit for purpose. In addition, the Authorised Professional Practice is supported by a detailed training curriculum which is delivered to all Taser officers and refreshed annually. Who is responsible for training officers? Officers are trained by their own, in force trainers. All forces have a lead instructor (some more than one) who is trained by a small team of National instructors governed by the College Of Policing. What happens if someone on drugs is Tasered? Drug use is a common cause of violent dangerous and unpredictable behaviour, and Tasers can be a useful tool in safely subduing drug affected people who can otherwise be very difficult to restrain. Other more traditional methods can lead to injury to both the person and officers. What happens if someone with a heart problem is Tasered? Officers won’t always know the people they are faced with or their medical history. The officers still have to deal with the circumstances presented to them. Some people who are violent may have a condition that not even they are aware of. What is important, is that the officer deals with the situation in a proportionate manner and only uses that force which is necessary in the circumstances. If an officer becomes aware that the person they are dealing with is suffering from a condition, they will treat the person as a medical emergency and get them to hospital. What happens if someone is Tasered more than once? There are instances where people have been subjected to more than one use of the Taser in the UK with no ill effect. Why has there been an increase in the use of Taser? Taser use across the UK has increased due to more officers being trained and more Tasers deployed on the streets. This has been carried out in a structured way within each force area. The comprehensive training packages, governance and monitoring are in place and its spread is documented in each force areas threat and risk assessment. The Taser deployments across the UK including training and governance are monitored by the National Less Lethal weapons secretariat which is led by Commander Neil Basu Why has Taser got a bad reputation when police say its so good? This is a complex question which we believe may stem from a number of areas. Other countries in the past have deployed Taser in circumstances that some may see as questionable. This has resulted in negative press activity and public concern raised through human rights groups such as Amnesty International. Taser is a use of force option which deploys small pulses of electricity. When we were young we were taught, quite rightly, that electricity is dangerous and never to put our fingers near the sockets. This mantra has stayed with us. When Police announced the use of Taser which uses electricity, some people were concerned due to their past experiences and knowledge. Taser has been rigorously tested over many years. Taser has been safely used in the UK since 2004. It is a distance control option that police can use in certain circumstances. Every officer has to justify using Taser on every occasion. Why is Taser used in Custody? Custody is a secure environment! Custody can be a volatile and dangerous area.It is often the place where the reason for the arrest becomes more evident due to searches and the exposure of drugs and other such items.This can cause a violent reaction.It is in these situations where the Police are responding to the violence confronting them.There is no way of knowing if or when this will occur. Officers are bound by the law and as such must justify the use of Taser if it is used. Taser is a tactical option that affords a police officer distance when dealing with a violent or potentially violent person. This is good for the officers, the intended subject and anyone else in the vicinity.It is not acceptable that an officer uses a Taser to facilitate a procedural process, for example using Taser to take fingerprints when a prisoner offers passive resistance.If the prisoner displays violence then use of Taser may be justified and the taking of fingerprints is, in effect, suspended whilst the violent incident is dealt with.Once this has been bought under control the process of taking fingerprints can resume. Why is Taser used on people who are Mentally ill or who are vulnerable? Taser is used in situations of violence and potential violence. Police have a duty to prevent situations from turning violent, to protect the public and themselves. As we have already heard, on 80% of occasions that officers are presented with violence or potential violence, the mere presence of the Taser is enough to bring that situation to a swift conclusion without the need for any physical force to be used. In such dynamic situations, officers aren’t always going to know what the persons background or medical history are. It is in these instances the officers use their experience and training to make a decision as to what use of force option to use. If immediate action is needed and Taser is deployed, following the situation calming down, officers will make sure the individual is given immediate medical attention if needed which includes hospital if necessary. The priority is to remove the risk the person presents to themselves and others with the least intrusive options. Can Taser be used on children? There is no limit on the age of the person that Taser can be used upon. However officers are taught that there is an increased risk of cardiac ahrythmia in persons of small stature or children. A child is classed as someone under the age of 18. Lots of violent crime is carried out by people under the age of 18, indeed a recent survey of statistics in London revealed that only a few people had been tasered in this age bracket and they were involved in violent crime, armed with weapons etc. An officer has to justify their use of Taser to the standard of the criminal court. Taser will be used in such circumstances and is often less injurious that a baton or other forms of force. As said before only 20% of cases result in the Taser being fired. What is ‘drive stun’? Drive stun can be split into two distinct applications. 1) Drive stun and Angled drive stun 2) Drive stun (cartridge off) If an officer were to use a Taser without the cartridge in drive stun mode, the Taser will deliver an electrical current between the two contacts (electrodes) on the front of the device which are about one and a half inches apart. If the Taser is used in this mode it will only deliver a shock to the intended subject which will cause them to recoil away in some discomfort. In this mode the Taser does not work in order to incapacitate an individual (unlike when the barbs are fired). It is probably the least effective, yet most complained about use of Taser across the world. In ‘drive stun mode’ the arcing electricity at the front of the Taser is required to make contact with the subject’s body or clothing before a shock results. This requires the front of the Taser to be pressed against the person. Use of a Taser in this way can leaves signaturemarks on a person’s skin that are temporary, these range from reddening to burns regardless of whether contact is made directly with the skin or whether the Taser is applied through clothing. To that end, the UK police do not teach cartridge off drive stun during the training courses, but officers are shown how this could assist them in emergency situations. An example when it could be used would be the officer who has fired their Taser, both the barbs have missed and they discard the ineffective cartridge from the front bay in order to replace with the spare. However before the spare can be put in place, the intended subject closes the officer down to attack them leaving the officer with a Taser that is not ‘loaded’ with a new cartridge. The officer with the Taser knows that in this most desperate of situations, the application of the ‘cartridgeless’ Taser may be enough to give them time to re load, or to choose another option. 2) Angled drive stun (cartridge on) Cartridge on drive stun is achieved when the Taser has been fired towards the intended subject and one probe has missed, or the Taser has been deployed towards the subject and the probes are too close together to incapacitate the subject and just cause localised pain, or possibly no reaction at all. In these circumstances if an officer then places the end of the taser in an opposite part of the body to the probe(s) then it is possible that incapacitation can be achieved. This is the most effective way of carrying out a drive stun, or angled drive stun as it more commonly known.Using the Taser with the cartridge is far more impactive than without. (NB There is a third possible way a Taser can be deployed in a ‘drive stun’ mode and that is when the cartridge is fired, both probes miss and the officer places the end of the cartridge onto the intended subject which is attached to the Taser. This is not a common use and would be similar effect to a cartridge off drive stun.) Are complaints involving Taser taken seriously? Yes. All complaints about police activity are taken seriously. In the case of Taser, any complaint that is made is recorded and investigated by the force concerned. All complaints that are made are referred to the IPCC. The police have a definition of a Taser complaint. This is only guidance, and perceived involvement of Taser in a complaint will be recorded and investigated thoroughly. “Any complaint directly relating to the deployment or use of Taser where Taser has directly affected the outcome or persons involved, or where the complainant feels that Taser was an issue” How are officers selected to become Taser officers? All officers involved in Taser training have to satisfy a minimum requirement. Some forces may introduce other requirements including raised fitness levels depending on the officers’ core role within that police service. The Taser User is a constable (or equivalent agency rank or grade), trained in the use of Taser. The Taser User, in line with national guidance and training: Should possess sound judgment, a knowledge and understanding of the National Decision Model (NDM) to resolve incidents involving conflict, have demonstrated maturity of action in the workplace, demonstrated an ability to use legitimate force in a proportionate manner and have an acceptable Professional Standards / Complaints and Misconduct record. (There is no requirement for psychological profiling to be used for selection.) This will be signed off by an officer of at least the rank of Superintendent. The officer will have been confirmed in the rank of Constable, or equivalent agency rank or grade, not being a Special Constable (see ACPO Council minutes April 2012). They will be expected to undergo a biennial eyesight test to the same level as authorised firearms officers. Will undergo an initial Taser User Course, of 18 hours minimum contact time, and be expected to be able to discharge a Taser accurately, pass the final examination at the end of the course, demonstrate competence at dealing with role-play scenarios in training and justify the use of force using the National Decision Model (NDM) and demonstrate understanding when dealing with vulnerable persons. They will be required to successfully complete annual refresher training, of 6 hours minimum contact time. If they are found not to be competent during re-training then re-accreditation must take place or they will leave this role. The officer must demonstrate safe systems of work for the loading, unloading and function checking of the Taser, report any faults or failures to Taser single point of contact or technician and will maintain competence to the national minimum standard in both first aid and officer safety training. This must include training on Acute Behavioural Disorder (ABD). How do forces monitor Taser use? All forces record and monitor all Taser use Forces have been issued guidance in relation to monitoring Taser use. They are to have; A well identified and experienced Single point of contact within force that can represent the force at National meetings. Credible well informed Taser lead - This person may be the forces ACPO lead which covers less lethal weapons. Knowledge of the force position relative to the National picture - Look at other forces and how the force sits within the National policing picture Protocols to quality assure all Taser forms - All forms should be supervised Knowledge of statistics and identify action to probe anomolies - Responses to Taser FOIA - Requests for information are constant. Any FOIAs should be recorded and the responses copied into the National secretariat. Anticipated media interest and have a prepared media strategy reflecting the National position - Forces should not be caught out by this. Taser is emotive. There is interest and it can be significant. Any failure to respond appropriately could make the situation worse when there is a perfectly reasonable explanation. A comprehensive engagement programme, to inform communities - It is essential that communities are involved and presented too. They may be supportive now, but if there is an adverse incident will that support turn. Complaints recorded correctly - Using the definition, complaints should be recorded accordingly. Flow of information with the less lethal weapons secretariat as a critical friend for support and guidance. - There are experts within the LLW secretariat. Why does Taser use vary greatly from force to force? Forces deploy Taser in response to their threat and risk assessment. This can reflect local variations in the demographics of violent crime and violence towards officers. Some forces will deploy Taser with units that are specifically set up to deal with confrontation. This will mean there is a greater likelihood the Taser will be used more frequently than other forces that deploy Taser with officers who perform a general duty. What is important is that each use must be justified within the law and supervised within the force itself. If this isn’t happening there are safeguards at a National level that allow this to be investigated further. Taser has killed people. How can you say it is safe? Taser use is closely monitored. Its introduction into UK policing has followed a strict and comprehensive review and study by Government Medical Officers (SACMILL). To date there has been no deaths attributable to Taser use recorded in the UK. There have been deaths where Taser has been used, but inquests have revealed these people have died from other injuries or reasons. How do officers make a decision to use Taser? Officers use the National decision model when arriving at a decision to use force. The model is as follows What Is The National Decision Model For? The National Decision Model is a police framework that officers are taught to enable them to make considered and consistent decisions. It is to be used by all officers, decision makers, and assessors that are involved in the whole decision process. It is not only used for making the decisions but for assessing and judging them. It can also be used to improve future decisions and to help create techniques and methods for many situations. Officers will look at each individual case and decide on the most appropriate tactical option that is in line with the law, is proportionate and necessary in the circumstances. Tasers have been called '50,000 volt stun guns'. Are people hit with 50,000 volts? It is not correct to say Tasers use 50,000 volts to stun people, that is not how they operate. At the top of a Taser there are two contact points which need to link together. In order to do this, the Taser generates a highest peak voltage of 50,000 volts for a fraction of a second to allow the arc jump a gap so the two contact points meet. The Taser also does this in incidents where a probe lodges in clothing and must jump the gap to the body. When travelling across the human body, the peak voltage drops to 1,200 volts. The average current a Taser emits is 0.0021amps. A Taser works not by power, but by the way it sends the current into the body and how the muscles respond. For example, the energy delivered per pulse is 0.07 joules compared to a cardiac defibrillator which typically delivers 150-400 joules per pulse, which is 2,000 to 5,000 times more powerful. Is it true that police are going to introduce a new Taser called X2 in a few months time? The X2 is currently undergoing scientific assessment and the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology is examining trials to determine if the X2 would be suitable for operational use in the UK. The X2 would be subject to a raft of in depth and lengthy scientific and medical tests in the UK prior to deciding whether it was viable for use in policing here. The implementation of any new Taser would also need the approval of the Secretary of State before implementation. There is also another Taser similar to the X26 being considered. Its called the X26P and uses the same cartridges as the current Taser, but has an enhanced computer inside similar to the X2 Would the X2 be more powerful than the existing Taser? The X2 model is more sophisticated in that it measures every pulse and adjusts the charge according to how good the connection is, so in some cases it is even less powerful due to this advancement in technology. It also offers an increased level of accountability as it records every occasion when the device is activated and whether the Taser made a connection with a subject. This compares with the Taser X26 currently used which only records time, date and duration of discharge. It cannot differentiate between a hit and miss. How can police be confident the right amount of current comes out of a Taser? The manufacturer carries out thorough tests on all of its Tasers, which are guaranteed by an internationally recognised quality assurance body to ensure they meet operational specifications before they are supplied. Tasers are also regularly checked to ensure they are functioning correctly. If the current Taser works, why do we need a new one? The police service is legally bound to explore alternatives to lethal force and continuously examines new technology to ensure if there are any developments which could be applied in UK policing . The Taser X26 has been commercially available since 2003. As with all electronic devices, technology moves on and new models may offer significant advances in safety, use and accountability. All equipment has a realistic life expectancy and will require eventual replacement. There has been some concern about Taser being used on the chest. Why do police aim there? Taser does not work by electrocuting people, but rather incapacitates them by stimulating their muscles. Due to this, Taser is most effective when it is targeted at large muscle groups, such as the back, thighs, abdomen and buttocks. These muscles are also largely responsible for posture so can be more effective at stopping a subject who poses a threat to the public or police. As is often the case with frontline policing, an individual who poses a threat is unlikely to stand still and allow a police officer the choice over where the Taser is placed. This is further complicated by needing to avoid sensitive areas of the body such as the eyes, face, neck and groin. If a combative individual is attacking an officer and is face-on, then the reality is the only area the officer may be able to hit, whilst avoiding sensitive areas, is the chest and abdomen. Training does not encourage the chest as a preferred area for probe placement as it is often less effective than other areas of the body due to the smaller muscles that are not responsible for posture. However, the operational reality is that where a subject is rapidly closing an officer down and posing a threat to the officer or the public the very narrow window of opportunity may mean that is all they can see and therefore aim at. No use of force is risk free, but the alternative to Taser when an individual poses a threat includes a baton, police dog and a firearm. These can obviously have a much more long-term impact on someone compared with a Taser, which lasts for five seconds. But Taser International, the company who makes the devices, said police should avoid chest shots. When Taser International raised this as a concern, a review was carried out by an independent body, the Defence Scientific Advisory Council’s Sub-Committee on the Medical Implications of 'less lethal' technologies (DOMILL). The conclusion was the risks associated with such probe placement remained low for the vast majority of people. The medical statement concluded there was a slightly increased risk to people of small stature but even then, the probe placement would have to be close to the heart and not just anywhere on the chest. This advice is passed on to all officers throughout their training. In addition, the manufacturer has said ‘research does not support the idea that Taser discharge can induce fatal arrhythmia’. After every use of Taser, an officer must record where on the body it was used. Before now, the area of the chest was not defined and therefore the data collated on where shots were fired may include probe placement which was not strictly on the chest. The very latest version of the form which officers have to fill out has now subdivided the chest area to limit this ambiguity and provide greater clarity. In the last ten years Taser has been successfully and safely used thousands of times to protect the public and officers. Whilst there have been several deaths following Taser use, of those enquiry’s that have reached a conclusion to date, the Taser was not directly responsible and other causes of death were identified. It has been said that officers using Taser ‘only’ receive training for three days. Is that enough? It is one of longest and most comprehensive Taser training packages in the world. The training has been developed by an experienced group of Taser instructors and practitioners and is subject to regular updates and review. It is among the best training in the world and is robustly scrutinised by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Less Lethal Weapons Working Group, the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and the Science Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less Lethal Options (SACMILL). As well as reviewing the training, any police officer who applies to become Taser trained must undergo a thorough selection process and not every officer who applies will be successful. In order to pass the training, officers must have an established history and training in the use of force, decision making, officer safety training and first aid. Taser training then builds on this existing training and experience. The initial training module is 18 hours, spread across three days, however the total training an officer would receive to become a competent Taser user would be significantly more when you consider all of the prior training they receive. Typically in other countries it is achieved in one day, whereas the UK’s package is three times longer and demands officers already have the skills mentioned above. But why don’t police officers using Taser get the same amount of training as officers using a firearm? A comparison between Taser training and firearms training fails to account for the significant difference between the two. The standards within Taser training are as thorough and robust as firearms training, but the length of the course for firearms is naturally longer because of the complexities and varying tactics used. Taser is laser sighted and simple to load and reload. It is also used at limited, close ranges. This compares with a handgun which uses a conventional sighting system and is used over a greater variety of ranges, positions and integrates with a far more complex variety of tactical options. As a result of these differences it takes more time to train and assess an officer’s ability with a handgun. As the skills required to use a Taser are far simpler by comparison with a handgun, the re-examination and training of officers is naturally different. The training concludes with a robust assessment process that will eliminate officers who do not meet the required standard. Once officers pass this training, they are then assessed every year and if they do not meet the requirements they will no longer be allowed to use it. It must also be remembered that length of training is also not the best way to judge someone’s ability. Ultimately it is not about how much training an officer has done, but rather the standard they must achieve and maintain. View the full article
  10. The PFOA The PFOA has been created to support all those involved in firearms operations, and their families. It is managed by serving and retired police officers with many years experience in this field. We offer a unique package of support for officers and their families, which is supported by ACPO Firearms, The Police Federation of England & Wales, The Superintendents Association and the Public and Commercial Services Union. We are a non political, not for profits Association. You will find many informative articles on the website, as well as information about us, discount offers and latest news and events. If you are a serving or retired firearms officer or commander, you can join us today and become part of a unique Association that really cares for those who are prepared to take on the huge responsibility of carrying a firearm, or making decisions within the command structure of firearms operations. Our members include firearms officers, Strategic, Tactical and Operational Firearms Commanders, Tactical advisors, Post Incident Managers, Weapons issuing Officers and retired officers. We have over 200 highly trained counsellors, EMDR & CBT therapists and 12 NLP Coaches available within 24 hours to assist officers and their families. If you want to speak with someone who has been involved in an incident similar to your own, then we will arrange it from our vast network of contacts. We have members in 52 forces and agencies. The PFOA is mentioned in the ACPO Manual for the 'Police use of Firearms' with regards to support for officers and their families. We help organise family days for firearms units, and have our own training department, which offers unique training for the police service and private companies. We are contactable during working hours through the PFOA office, either by phone or email. If you want to write an article for the website or our magazine 'Top Cover' then please get in touch with us, we are always happy to hear about peoples hobbies and experiences. Enjoy the website! You can now JOIN ONLINE Please note because of security reasons we will need to authenticate your application by emailing your work email and receiving a reply back from you.
  11. For the first time in more than 180 years of British policing, a group of new police officers joined the service this week at the rank of superintendent rather than police constable The new direct entry programme will see nine successful applicants trained and developed to the rank of superintendent over the next 18 months. The participating seven forces received 888 applications to the initiative. After a tough and testing recruitment process, nine successful candidates will join four police forces. The five men and four women bring experience from a range of sectors including finance, law and the civil service. Two of the candidates are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. The new recruits will spend 14 months of the training programme working in operational policing, with 11 months shadowing police officer at every rank to superintendent. They will spend a further three months in a supervised and supported superintendent command role in early 2016. They will also be expected to lead a community partnership project and launch an initiative in their home force to improve the way the force works. It will be delivered by the College of Policing and the successful applicants’ home force. College of Policing Chief Executive Alex Marshall, said: “This programme is designed to attract talented people from outside policing to bring in different skills and expertise which will allow us to develop the service. “The recruitment process has been tough and all of these candidates can be proud of how they performed in the demanding national assessment centre. “The next 18 months will be equally testing as we equip them with the skills they will need to lead their colleagues and inspire the confidence of the public in the communities that they will serve.” The seven participating police forces are: Avon and Somerset, British Transport Police, City of London Police, Metropolitan Police Service, North Yorkshire Police, Sussex Police and West Yorkshire. Applicants to British Transport Police and West Yorkshire Police did not reach the required criteria. Sussex Police’s candidate withdrew after appointment. View the full article
  12. Firstly ... Hello! I'm new to the forums (aren't we all?) as police specials.com seems to have shut up shop! I am currently a Special Constable in training with Heddlu Gogledd Cymru / North Wales Police and I am due to begin active duty the first week in December. I have very much been enjoying training so far and am really starting to feel like this may be the career for me! The idea of joining the Special Constabulary was really to get a feel for the job - to see if it was really worth pursuing as career. Recently, however, I found myself filling out an application for British Transport Police in North Wales as they're recruiting. I'm not sure why other than it sounded like something I would enjoy. I have yet to submit the application... Essentially, I wonder if I am being a bit too hasty? The job I'm in at the moment is a boring desk job and I'm desperate to escape - joining the Specials was meant to give me an insight into a possible new career and hopefully a new full time job at the end of it. Putting in an application to be a full time BTP officer sort of negates that initial plan... So really, I'm quite stuck. Should I forget the BTP application? If anyone here was a Special before becoming a regular then I would really appreciate some input on this! Additionally, if there are any BTP officers that could offer an insight into their job, I would be interested to hear!
  13. I was free on Saturday, so arranged to do a Shift with the team that was on nights that weekend. Times are approximate as i don't have PNB to hand. Rank: Special Constable Function: Neighbourhoods Date of Duty: Saturday 1st November 2014 Tour Of Duty : 1900-0400 (expected) 1900-0530 (actual) 1830: Arrive at offices, kit up and go upstairs to check emails, greet members of team and have a general chat about happenings, including my upcoming regulars application. Greet another member from PS.com as he gets on duty as well. 1900: Sorting out emails, making sure kit is all together and submitting my expenses (). Have a cup of tea. 2000: Sort out crewings amongst us (no sgt that evening) and I'm crewed up with a regular I know well and used to be on the shift I normally align with. We get our kit together and trudge out to the car, discussing recent changes and any happenings I should know. We get to the car, and head out on patrol. We have a little fuel in the car, so plan to go out and refuel, however there are reports of a fight in the sector we are in, so we radio up and head towards. 2030: Arrive at scene. The place in question is a flat block residence with a fenced garden area and a gate from the street leading into this garden area. There are 6 flats downstairs and 6 flats upstairs, which all face onto this garden area which is probably 10m by 15m big. I was first through the gate into the area and saw this tall, clearly intoxicated, black male in the middle of the garden area, he's got his arms wide open in an almost 'come at me' stance and is half shouting at this group sat outside their flat. I placed my hand on the man's chest and asked him to step back. It took him a moment to process his thoughts I think, but he then realised who I was and just placed his arms down, but not completely into a searching pose and went "Search me!". I chuckled and told him I didn't want to search him and asked him to take a seat on the step across the garden from this group. It then transpired that the informant was in a separate flat having heard all the commotion, and that the person he'd had the 'fight' with was upstairs. My colleague went upstairs to sort that, while I took this man's details and got his version of events. He was very, very drunk and there was a faint smell of cannabis, or was it BO? I wasn't sure, not enough to warrant a search I didn't think. However, his level of intoxication made getting details very difficult, but I persevered. I even had the foresight to press the PNC callback button while gathering details to get me in the 'queue'. A good 15 minutes later. I still had no callback. My colleague had gotten details from upstairs and informed me that the 'aggrieved' didn't want to press charges. I told him the issue with PNC callback, so he did it via his Mobile Data Terminal instead, but said to go upstairs and check the bags that had been chucked onto the landing while he did the checks. There was a distinct smell of cannabis as soon as I walked up the stairway. Like freshly smoked cannabis, not just some cannabis being in somewhere. Searched the bags and found a small baggie of cannabis in amongst the clothing and bags that had been thrown onto the landing, obviously this was seized, and made grounds to search the male, however, my colleague pointed out that this could have just been thrown out here with the clothes, we can't prove it's that guy's cannabis. Search of the male came up negative too. Search record was given, and I told the man that he was not to return to this area tonight, and that he should return home. He said fine and went off down the road. We hung around a bit to gather up the property on the landing (wasn't clear who it belong to) with the intention of dropping it into lost property at the station. He didn't come back. Job, Jobbed. 2130: Return to patrol, start heading back towards the station. Then realise we still need fuel, drop into the local morrisons and I get a can of red bull (sugar free) to help tide me over until 0400. 2140: Go to station and book in the property. We provide details of both parties that were involved in the situation so that they can contacted to collect if it is theirs. 2200: Head to my favourite little chinese on patch, that another special on my area introduced me too. They close at 2330 and we tend to get busy then, so I normally pick up my order at about that time and then reheat it if necessary. Chow Mein accquired, we return to our patrols. 2230: Radio call received from the CCTV operator stating she's just had door staff at one the usually quieter drinking establishments calling for police assistance, however she was now unable to get anymore radio response from them, and could officers attend. The town centre officers posted on foot patrol to cover the pubs and clubs that evening shout up and say they'll respond. The bar is located on the patch that my regular colleague is chalked up to cover, so we naturally respond, and I shout up as such. We expect that we'll arrive after the Town Centre officers given the distance we have to do. 2240: On arrival, it is clear we are first responders. I'm first out the car, and members of the public run towards me asking for help, and pointing towards the door. I see 2 asian males, one very large one with blood all on his face, attempting to have a go at the door staff and another tall but skinnier male appearing to square up to a white female. However, there appears to be more commotion inside, and door staff are chucking people out of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes. It's obviously not clear who is trying to fight who, nor who is going to possibly be aggressive towards me, so the baton makes an appearance. Placed on my shoulder, I charge in, my colleague approaching from another angle to make his way to the door. I immediately go for the male who is challenging the female (in fairness, the other guy is challenging a door man who looked like Dolph Lundgreen, so I think she was probably the priority.) I shout "POLICE, STEP BACK" as I approach, but it's not effective, so I force myself between the two and guide the male backwards. It takes him a few seconds and he realises who I am. He immediately states somebody tried to gouge his eyes. I nod and say that I'll deal with in due course, but he needs to sit down and calm down or he'll get nicked. I then turn and grab the hood of the larger asian male and pull him backwards. He sees who I am, and I point at the other asian male, who is now sat down and ask "Your Friend?" he nods and I say "Sit down next to him" He obliges and seeing that the level of aggression is considerably lower than I thought, I put my baton away. The place is now just flooding with the town centre officers and I direct the first officer who comes to me inside where there is still a commotion, and another officer comes and joins me with the two males I have detained. Then another, Then another. I think the size of one of the males attracted them towards me in case he kicked off. Neither male was paticularly happy. The female who was getting squared up to then approaches me with a belt in her hand, and explains that the taller asian male had taken this off and was swinging it about. So she took it off him... Brave I thought. I thanked her, and a helpful colleague immediately seized it. I'm entirely sure where that colleague came from, but they kind of swooped in as the girl offered me the belt and took it from her, stating "I'll seize this!", whatever, you can have it! The two males are now having their accounts taken by the colleagues who had joined me, so I check where my crewmate is. He's also taking an account. Then I notice the town centre officer that I had directed inside, was inside by herself, and there was still a fight going on. I shout to my crewmate that i'm going inside and charge inside, grabbing a doorman as I go. It's clear this fight is some kind of Asians vs Whites type fight as a few more asians are inside, and a gaggle of white guys are intertwined with them, all throwing punches at one another. The officer has managed to get herself a little situation, so I grab her arm and pull her out of the gaggle, before telling the doorman "Get the white guys into the smoking area". When I had come in, I noticed they had a fenced smoking area next to the door. He obliged, and his guys got stuck in. Myself and the other officer separting parties. I dragged two more asian males out, and placed them with the two fellas from earlier, and then went back inside to get the remaining white guys out as well, dragging one of them to the smoking area. Then came the waiting game while the sgt who had attending inspected CCTV and we waited for the verdict on what to do, and who to arrest, some people had some pretty gnarly injuries. I suspect more than one person had been glassed as the injuries were consistent to a glassing, so ambulances were called. The rest of the time was spent keeping the parties apart, and preventing people we suspected were involved from leaving. Two people in question tried twice to leave, getting quite irate when then were told to stay put the second time. Because of this, my colleague then decided to stay with them and as my moment of heroism (Oi, who's laughing in the back) controlling the initial disturbance was over I assisted him while the sgt made his enquires. I passed some information to another regular officer who already had one in with regards to witnesses details I had gathered, as I knew then at least another officer has a copy of the witness details and can pass them on in due course. One of the two in the group who had tried to leave was obviously making some of the males in the asian group quite Irate, so I decided it'd be best to move him inside and have him stay put with officers inside. His mate remained outside. I figured that way if one does try to escape, we still have the other one. I returned outside to rejoin my colleague, where the taller asian male from earlier appeared to be getting a little irate. I knew his name from earlier, so I called him, and told him "Mate, Cut it out, It doesn't help things". Seems my approach earlier in the incident had won his respect because he immediately calmed and apologised to me. Much to the dismay of the regular PC who had failed to get him to quieten down I think! However, that often happens that the same thing just needs to be said by a different person for it to be effective. After a little more time, the sgt came back outside and I had enquired whether the lad we had detained could go or not. He agreed, but asked me where the other lad of the two was. I explained he was inside as he was obviously making people irate out here and the sgt told me and another reg he needed nicking. I offered the arrest to the reg, she declined and said I could have it, but she'll do the transport for me, and we went inside to break the bad news. The lads face said it all when I approached him, he stood up and I said "I think you already know what's coming, but I'm arresting you on suspicion for affray" and then cautioned him. He didn't give any reply. Job turned out to be a good one, as a special was running the caged transport van that evening and as there was 5 in, it meant the regular who offered to transport my detainee could take one of the others and this special offered to take the guy from me, and transport him to custody. Allowing me to stay on the town and just get an arrest statement on. Perfect! 2350-0000: Around this time, myself and my colleague were waiting near the vans, as the people arrested in the affray were sorted into vans, and necessary collar numbers and such when a MOP came over to inform us that a man was lying on the floor seemingly unconscious. This is where things got quite odd... So off my colleague and I trot, towards this unconscious male, and there he is, on the ground. I recognised him as someone who had just left the bar where this incident had occurred. He was sat nearby on, what I now know to be, a first date with this girl when it all kicked off, and he'd attempted to intervene and stop the fight. However, he'd been smacked in the back of his head for his efforts... I approached him and it was clear he had just collapsed, so I attempted to rouse him. The old earlobe trick did the job and he came round, obviously very confused, asking where he was. I told him he was in Woking, then realised, he had asked me not half an hour ago directions to the train station as he needed to get back to the city. I explained who I was, and that we'd just spoken earlier. He seemed to remember me and asked me to help him stand up. He was steady on his feet, and I asked him if he had any pains or illness, or is there anything I should know? He said his head hurt and he felt a bit sick. He then said he needed to sit again, so he did so, where he then promptly fainted again. Quickly into First aid mode, and i've got him into the recovery position, checked his breathing and it's decided an ambulance needs to come back out for him. Ambulance service was very stretched that evening, and when the call was made, the man was conscious again, so they were able to speak to him for the triage questions. Which I think actually slowed down the ambulance response. Ambulance took around 40 minutes to arrive, this is after a second call I made to explain I reckoned his condition had worsened, and then the ambulance arrived on blue lights about 5 minutes later. However, this is the strange bit. During the ordeal, he seemed to go from quite lucid to almost delirious. He'd explained that he suffered from depression due to his work and was on medication for that. Wanting to stop him going to sleep for us, I tried to keep him talking, and asked what he did for a job. He seemed to skirt the issue, stating he worked for the government. To which I quipped "That bad eh?" (I know, I'm here all week). A little while later, he stated "I hate what I do" and I said, well why not get out and see if you can do something else. He chuckled and said, "You don't get out of what I do. You get selected for it and you stay in it. Do you really want to know what I do?" Again, keeping him talking (and because I was curious now) I say yes. This guy produces a wallet slightly larger than our warrant card holders (I think) and opens it, inside is a similar design to our warrant holders, but the crest is replaced with the HM Government crest and on the left side is an ID Card, with his photo and name on it, I wasn't able to get a proper look at the design. But it looked very official. So suddenly my inner 12 year old goes "OH MY GOD. HE'S A SPOOK", my outer police officer facade goes "Oh ok" and wonders if he's a walt. But I brush over that, as like I say he seemed to acting very oddly, and forgetting what had just occurred or questions he had just asked me and he didn't seem in the right frame of thinking. I think his depression mainfested itself, as he suddenely seemed very down in the dumps. Anyhow, Ambulance had arrived, and James Bond was handed off to them to be taken for treatment. I have not yet been disappeareded (technical term) by the government. 0020: Back to offices for dinner, Reheat my chinese from earlier, sit down, eat two forkfulls, hear radio going mad for fights in town. So far so good as other officers are responding. Then we get reports of a serious assault and I shovelled in as many noodles as I could and made for the other office where my colleague was on the phone. 0100: Get into town, not many resources left. A lot of arrests have been made. Two colleagues are either side of a young lad of maybe 21/22 who's in a bad way. Face all cut up. Sounds like he was followed out of town and jumped. He's lost his glasses that he can't see properly without, so I decide to trundle down to the location where the fight happened, bearing in mind that this could quite easily become a GBH, and I don't want to destroy any forensic evidence. Unable to locate glassess. Tell a few idiots to be less like idiots on the way back. 0130: Job has now been reclassified as GBH as we reckon the bones in the face are broken. X-Ray will confirm. If we can get an ambulance there! It's taken 30 minutes so far. It's clear ambulance are really really stretched this evening. The victim is saying he feels really bad, and so we get clearance to take him to hospital by car. As my colleagues and I are discussing this, I notice a bloke almost attempting to get in between one of my colleagues and the (possible) GBH victim, I step over and move him aside. Where he basically says I was showing no compassion to his friend who was a war veteran and was suffering from PTSD. I'm confused, thinking he's referring to the GBH (possible) victim. A colleague turns and says that he's had this conversation already with her and he seems intent in trying to annoy and distract them. Seeing as I have nothing else to do, I engage with this gentleman, thinking it keeps him off my colleagues at least. It also turns out, his friend was actually arrested for assaulting someone earlier in the evening. Then tried to use his military service as a get out of jail free card. sigh. After much back and forth, that basically went *Soap makes valid point about how law works* *Person replies I am a public servant, and I showed no compassion to his mate, and that I should "take him to custody" so he can "pick his friend up"* I then decide it's time to finish him (Mortal Kombat?) I start "Ok Mate, it's obviously clear you are upset about your friend being arrested, and for whatever reason you seem hell bent on distracting us as much as possible, but I am not going to arrest you, I am not going to take you the custody either. I have respect for military personnel and mental health issues, however, it's not an excuse to be acting like a *less polite word for the gentlemans sausage beginning with D* in public, and if you commit an offence, I and my colleagues will arrest you. Yes we may look rough, but they are control techniques. Control techniques are not generally a fluffy pillow and a hug. Your friend will be processed like anyone else, and most likely let out in the morning if he is bailed. But right now, there is nothing you can do, and there is nothing I will do for you" and he begins to reply, "But you're a public serv...", I cut him off "No Sir. I am a crown servant. It's quite different, now I suggest you walk away." It seemed to do the trick as he walked away, my colleagues were happy because they were able to get on with the GBH bits and I was happy because in my eyes I just won. 0245: There was already 1 officer setting up a cordon at the GBH (possible) scene, and two going to hospital with the victim, so I agree with my crewmate to return to the office and do the arrest statement for the Bar Fight job earlier in the evening and that and then call them after and see what I can do. 0400: Statement done, and nose at the suspects intelligence records done. I submit a use of force form, three times, for my use of baton. The first two times the form fails to save. Speak to other colleagues and the officer who arrested the PTSD serviceman (another special, and visitor here) tells me how said serviceman apparently continued his "I'm a solider, let me go" act in custody, where he was then shutdown by a TPT officer who was ex forces, who called him a "disgrace to the armed forces", the soldier was cell placed and best of all, on calling the RMP, it appears they had no trace of him on their systems! I then rang my crewmate at the hospital, confirmed what I'd done and asked if there was anything else he needed doing. He declined and said for me to get off home if I wanted. 0445: Clock off. All in all, a fairly busy shift!
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