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  1. XA84

    Driving Permits

    Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone would be able to point out the differences in training and examinations for the various types of driving permits for officers. At present my force currently has basic, response and advanced. Any advice is appreciated. XA84
  2. Colleagues, I have about 12 months service as a Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In the PSNI, when you pass out from the training college, everyone is sent to response. No one likes being in response for reasons why I will go on to outline in a moment. The coveted roles, available only to Con's outside of probation are the Neighbourhood teams, road policing teams, various crime/pro active teams, investigative departments, Firearms etc. One of the most stressful things about working response is the investigation of the crimes you pick up, all the way to court. I don't know what your experience in response has been like, but I go from emergency call to emergency call. In between times, I am supposed to conduct my enquires, process them at custody interview suspects, prepare the file for the public prosecution service and go to court. This is what I signed up too. It's been very stressful however I thought that was the only way to do things. I've had the benefit of working alongside Con's who where formerly attached to Merseyside and the Met. They've advised me that in their previous forces, they arrested suspects, wrote up a statement and notebook entry then passed the investigation on to dedicated case progression/investigative teams to follow up. I couldn't believe this. It makes so much sense. Rather than a half baked investigation from a Constable who his running pillar to post they have a team of people 9-5 dedicated to investigative follow ups. In short, I'm wondering is this standard throughout GB police forces? Do you carry out your own investigations from start to finish or what mechanisms do you have in your force to complete investigations?
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  4. PSCBen Brooker

    Advanced Driving

    Hi Everyone, I am a police officer coming through the specials process at the moment (I have been accepted and start training in November) 1) I currently only hold a Full Manual Licence. Am I going to be more attractive to the police regulars if i undertake special driving courses or broaden the vehicles i'm able to drive for example maybe getting my Motorbike licence or undertaking a ROSPA advance driving course? 2) As someone with medical knowledge I could carry extra items and responded to medical emergencies as well. Would this knowledge put me 'ahead in the queue when it comes to driving with the police as you are more useful, if you get what i'm saying? 3) If i undertake driving courses and they cross with what you have to completed in the police later down the line for example a traffic cop, would you have to re-do them, i don't want to waste money....... 4) How long until you start driving solo patrol in the specials, is it part of training/ force specific? Thank you for your answers everyone!
  5. Following on from this topic, I have collated all the data and put it into a graph as show below. I appreciate some of the data may not be accurate because of changes in policy. If you find that something is inaccurate please leave a comment below, private message me or fill out the survey in the topic linked above and I will update the table when I can. I would ask that you only feed me information that you know to be true to keep it as accurate as possible. If you do this then please leave a reply in the comments box saying how you know this to be true. You will notice that there are some blank area's and this is because I haven't been given the information yet so the above paragraph applies. Hope you all find it useful Downloadable version available here: Updated 05/07/17
  6. peeceeplod

    Kings Heath Station

    Hi All, Does anyone know what facilities Kings Heath nick has? Is it a response base, or just custody etc...! Any information much appreciated. I'm a serving special, and don't live too far from there, but currently serving in West Mercia. cheers
  7. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has said a violent incident in Glasgow raised questions about whether officers can protect the public. SPF chairwoman Andrea MacDonald said it was "deeply worrying" that no armed officers were dispatched. The attacker in Thursday's incident injured two people before inflicting fatal injuries on himself. Police Scotland has insisted that the incident did not require the presence of armed officers. One of the victims of the attack was reported to be in a stable condition in hospital with injuries to his shoulder and arm. The other victim, a community warden, was allowed home after treatment. Ms MacDonald said: "Had the assailant been intent on harming large numbers of the public, he could have done so with impunity and the police would have been largely powerless to stop him. "Whilst not detracting in any way from the courage of the police officers who attended, the fact no armed officers were dispatched to a man attacking others with knives and an axe should be deeply worrying. "Glasgow is a city with an almost permanent armed police presence but they were not dispatched and they did not attend." She added: "This lays bare the myth that the service adequately risk-assesses incidents prior to deploying resources and that as a service we are capable of protecting the public from spontaneous incidents of extreme violence." The SPF annual conference - last month - heard calls for all officers to carry Tasers and for there to be an increase in the number of armed officers. Police Scotland has rejected these calls and stressed the value of retaining a largely unarmed police service. Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: "Police Scotland, along with the rest of the UK, prides itself in being an unarmed service with access to specialist firearms support whenever required. "Yesterday's incident in Glasgow city centre was a dynamic and fast-moving incident. Local officers responded rapidly and contained and dealt with it quickly. "This was not a random attack. It was planned and targeted, and armed officers were not required to attend on this occasion." Detectives have appealed for information about what they said was a "targeted" and pre-planned attack. The incident has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39604233
  8. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has said a violent incident in Glasgow raised questions about whether officers can protect the public. SPF chairwoman Andrea MacDonald said it was "deeply worrying" that no armed officers were dispatched. The attacker in Thursday's incident injured two people before inflicting fatal injuries on himself. Police Scotland has insisted that the incident did not require the presence of armed officers. One of the victims of the attack was reported to be in a stable condition in hospital with injuries to his shoulder and arm. The other victim, a community warden, was allowed home after treatment. Ms MacDonald said: "Had the assailant been intent on harming large numbers of the public, he could have done so with impunity and the police would have been largely powerless to stop him. "Whilst not detracting in any way from the courage of the police officers who attended, the fact no armed officers were dispatched to a man attacking others with knives and an axe should be deeply worrying. "Glasgow is a city with an almost permanent armed police presence but they were not dispatched and they did not attend." She added: "This lays bare the myth that the service adequately risk-assesses incidents prior to deploying resources and that as a service we are capable of protecting the public from spontaneous incidents of extreme violence." The SPF annual conference - last month - heard calls for all officers to carry Tasers and for there to be an increase in the number of armed officers. Police Scotland has rejected these calls and stressed the value of retaining a largely unarmed police service. Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: "Police Scotland, along with the rest of the UK, prides itself in being an unarmed service with access to specialist firearms support whenever required. "Yesterday's incident in Glasgow city centre was a dynamic and fast-moving incident. Local officers responded rapidly and contained and dealt with it quickly. "This was not a random attack. It was planned and targeted, and armed officers were not required to attend on this occasion." Detectives have appealed for information about what they said was a "targeted" and pre-planned attack. The incident has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39604233
  9. Hi All, Can anyone currently on a response team please send me their shift pattern through so I can take a look at it if I PM you my aware details? I am looking at possibly a return to borough in the near future on promotion and I am thinking of requesting team for a variety of reasons but would like to know what the shift pattern situation is like. I'm quite out of date as I was last on a response team in 2011 and I've been off borough for well over a year. Thanks in advance.
  10. I have finally got round to making a updated version of the Driving Permissions.
  11. Two of our lads passed their Standard Response Motorcycle course today, a first for us in Kent, and wondering if across the UK? I'm aware there have been SC Solo's who had previously been regulars. In any case, massive congrats to the guys who worked really hard!
  12. Things you'll never hear a Response Officer say....................
  13. NPspecial

    Vehicles

    Just a quick though I just had. Do BTP have lots of marked vans and few marked cars or, like HO forces, have mostly marked cars with a few marked vans?
  14. Hi everyone I'd be very interested to see the feedback on this poll, which I have kept very basic and to 6 questions so as to keep it concise . This surrounds the activities undertaken by SC's and what they most and least enjoy. The lists are non-exhaustive and would really benefit from "Others" answers being expanded upon. Ideally we'd split this by regional service, and work out what they get their SC's to do compared to others - but that can come later. PS. This is in "General Discussion" rather than "Polls" - so feel free to move this
  15. So I've more recent rumours that the CSO is pushing to get Specials onto standard courses, at least in a limited numbers. I know that driver training are over the hump of the huge backlog they had so although they're still very busy, capacity may be possible soon. From what I hear the CSO is resonably confident he can get something through, so we'll see. With that said, I've heard rumours in several incarnations pretty much my entire service and I'm yet to see anything actually happen.
  16. MajorDisaster

    Saturday nights

    Rank: SC Service 8 Months Duty: 1900-0400 ; Response All timings appropriate. 1830. Arrive and grab my gear. The duty inspectors are handing over and are very pleased to see me as they are strapped. I start self briefing. 1840. The sarge asks me to go from Big Town BT (where I am) to Small Town ST about ten miles away as there is exactly one officer there for the next couple of hours, then only two more. I don't mind so I grab 'duty clapped out fiesta' (every nick has one!!) and head off. 1930. I've arrived at ST and have the nick to myself - fortunately I recall the combination to the door. My buddy arrives, we haven't met before but he is very friendly and we head off once he has finished his paperwork and we have had a natter with the PCSOs who have come back ready to finish. He's on to 0300 so I plan to finish then too. 2030-2130. I meet one of ST's best known families. The scion of the clan (alcoholic) has had a barney with his on/off girlfriend (druggie). We shuttle between the two and discover that it is six and two threes and all parties are advised to keep away from each other for a bit. 2130. Back to the nick via Tesco for a sandwich and catch up with the night pair. 2200-0200. Not much going on - we attend several noise complaints including a run up to BT as they are all busy. 0210. As we pull back into BT and grab a brew a call comes in ref a CrimDam at the club down the road. Local pond life has been ejected and punched out the rear windscreen of a car which by coincidence belongs to the chef on pie & chip duty in the club. We get him back to the nick to take a statement and the night crew find and arrest aforementioned pond life and take him off to BT custody. 0255. Statement finished and ready to book off...in comes a call to a domestic. Night crew have been 'borrowed' by the Sarge in BT for a job so off we go. Long and short of it - we arrest the male party to prevent BoP and take him to custody. He's compliant and we get him processed and head back ready to book off, when... 0400. As we pull up by the nick a call to the other club in ST where it's all spilling out onto the street (they have a 0500-0600 licence). We arrive and start helping the door staff break up the various squabbles. Night crew and ARU arrive and we start making headway. Local hard case is herded away before he can kick off and super gobby girl who is complain that she has been called a 'fat whore' is dealt with firmly but fairly (that is told to ****** off home). 0500. I finally book off and drive back to BT, home and bed.
  17. Can anyone confirm the requirements for specials in North yorkshire to be response driver trained? I was speaking to one of the traffic cops (who was on tv ) from north yorkshire the other day and he said the specials get response trained, obviously after a certain amount of commitment, hours, PAC ect, can anyone confirm what exactly is needed, and if two specials can work together on response? Having long hard thinks on weather to transfer (as im probably soon to be communities) And the likely-hood of being put on response instead of communities
  18. MajorDisaster

    Saturday Night Time Economy

    Saturday Night, Response, 2000-0400. All timings approx 2000: Get in in a bit of a rush but looking forward to it as Code B are on and they are very Special Friendly - also one particular officer (Joe) is on and there's never a dull moment when I'm paired with him-at this point however he is out with RPU and some of the others are on another task so... 2015: Another officer and I head off with a Sgt from the south of the county to look for a specific habitual drink driver. On the way a car pulls out suddenly on us so we pull him over. My colleague breath tests him while I do the check. A moment's excitement when it comes back as no insurance or MOT, but he produces an MoT certificate dated two days ago and it turns out he has Traders insurance. He blows zero so is sent on his way with advice to be careful in the future. We do not find our target but on the way back we do a Licence Check on a local pub that has had noise problems. All is in order and the girl singing in the bar was actually quite good. 2100: Status 4 - I'd taken a chinese in which matched what the rest of the two codes now in were having (the other code are slightly less SC Friendly but individually are still ok). We hear that the NPT Sgt who had been in coordinating an Op has passed his Inspector's board so there is much congratulating and good natured p***taking. 2200: The duty inspector wants boots on the ground in pairs for town patrol, as Joe is tied up with a traffic job I hang around for a bit catching up on the e brief and some bits and bobs. 2245: Joe comes back and we grab the cage van, park up in town and start our wanderings. We run into the other pair and head down to the skate park, now in darkness. There we sneak up on 4 lads who are having a smoke. One is very sus and Joe searches him while we sniff round the others (literally). They are fine, and not too drunk but our dodgy one (who has plenty of previous) is getting gobby and only the intervention of his mates stops him getting nicked. They decide to head back into town. 0030. There are still only a few hundred in town. The clubs are only about a quarter full. One of the local weirdos is causing trouble but is sent on his way and we head back into the main square. 0100. The other pair on patrol take the van back up to the nick for a brew and we agree we'll stroll back in slow time, but as we are about to set off Joe spots a scrote about to relieve himself in a doorway. In the ensuing discussion the lad gets sufficiently gobby that he is nicked under S5. We get the girls to bring the van back for him, but it is getting a bit antsy as his friends are being very difficult. As luck would have it another CS and a traffic unit happen to arrive in town and order is restored. Our boy's girlfriend is furious - with him or us it is impossible to tell (all will be revealed later). 0115. We head off to the nick to process our lad, as we pass the Leisure Centre we are flagged down by a car who tells us 'he's up there' - Who? Turns out he'd phoned in a man smashing up a car but we hadn't heard the call in the hoo ha in town. Other units are coming down - it's only 200 yards from the nick - but by coincidence we are first on scene. We head up where he directs and end up running down a street to find the attacker. I arrest and caution at which point he coughs. He'd walloped his ex's windscreen with a hammer (recovered). Joe processes our S5 (Q: Have you ever been arrested before? A :yes Q:When? A: Last night!!!!) and I process our Crim Dam. Upstairs for a brew, and short statements. The inspector is well pleased as officially Joe and I managed two arrests in under 5 minutes. Specials getting arrests are flagged up as the Chief Constable likes us and is recruiting actively! 0230. Files completed we head back into town for chucking out. I see several of my students - I call them The Usual Suspects, though they are not bad lads. One of them got punched and has bled well on his shirt but he isn't bothered by it being a rugby player and well anaesthetised. I get him to peel back his lip but it isn't serious. There's a bit of banter flying round but there are a few niggles surfacing and we put the word out for some extra bodies. We eventually finish up with about ten officers - more than I have seen before at that time (not many by big city standards but quite a few from our rural perspective) including two student officers and a traffic unit. 0315. Sure enough - big kick off. Battling parties separated and two nicked. I go back up the station with one of them and help process him in. About this time there is a call for officers to go round the front where a woman is kicking off. It turns out to be the girlfriend of the lad we nicked earlier. I seems it was us she was p***ed off at and she ends up reunited with him, well in the same cell block after being arrested! That causes much chortling in the custody suite. 0345: Finish booking in all and sundry, back upstairs and book off.
  19. MajorDisaster

    County Day Shift

    Rank SC Length of service 6 months Shift: 0900-1600 Response 0830: get in and the sarge asks me to go to another station ten miles away as his officers are all over the place. He has two students with tutors who are with assessors, four in custody on prisoner observation (including two on "poo watch" - some people get all the best jobs), so I team up with a chap I've worked with before and we head down to his location for a brew. The sarge there breaks the good news to us that the Chief Constable is visiting the nick later so it would be a good thing if we are out doing stuff and not making the station look untidy. 0930: As my buddy has sone admin to do the sarge ask me if I would like to do a school visit with one of the NPT PCSOs so off we go to the local infants' school 'nurture group'. 6 five year olds from problem families who seem like nice enough kids, especially as they come with tea and bikkies. We spend half an hour with them as t hey try on our hats and talk about...well it was hard to tell really but they had a good time. We left at break time so the whole playground came to wave us off so my partner who had come to pick us up gave it large with the lights and siren as we pulled off. 1015: We drop off the PCSO and head off to see if we can gather some int on a possible drug user, but are sidetracked by a call for an arrest op. We RV with ARU (there if forced entry needed), CID who are coords, dogs, the sarge and another couple of officers. The chap we are after is wanted in another part of the country for a particularly nasty attack and is rated as a 'badass'. We go round and position ourselves at various doors and windows but in fact he comes quietly. turns out he was someone I'd sat with in A&E last saturday when he was in for D&I but we didn't have the int on him then. Take him back and book him in. 1200: Call for a unit to an RTC in a village, just so happens we are closest so we go. No casualties but the road is blocked where a white van has come round a sharp bend on a narrow road and his a mum and three year old in their car. No injuries other than shakes but neither vehicle is going anywhere. It's the van driver's first day on the job and the boss hung up on him after the first phonecall. We measure up and draw diagrams while the insurance companies arrange recovery. The rod is finally opened just in time for the school run. My oppo runs me back to my station where I knock off at about 1530. Again nothing outrageously exciting but a good mix - nice to see the children and then a more serious side of things later on
  20. TheFlomeister

    Blog: The best job in the world

    PC Heather Hutchinson thinks she’s got the best job in the world. She spent four years working in the force control room before becoming a response officer in 2008. I love my job. Absolutely love it. I’ve done so many different jobs in my time, I’ve travelled the world and experienced all types of working environments, nothing compares to the challenges you face every day as a police officer. You never know what you may be turning up to and that is what drives me on a day-to-day basis. During your career you can specialise in so many different areas, I can’t imagine ever being bored while working for the police. You constantly have to think on your feet, working out how to solve the many problems you’re faced with, and it sounds a cliché, but you really never know what to expect. You can be that empathetic ear to people, the person that tells a domestic violence victim that they’re not being silly if they still love the person they have spent their life with. When someone is suffering on a daily basis – having their life made a living hell – it’s nice to know you can make a difference. For that reason I find it really rewarding responding to domestic violence and harassment incidents. If I can get victims to open up to me, and get the best out of them onto paper in order for their statement to be as impactful as possible in court, then I know I’ve done a good job. A lot of our time as response officers is spent dealing with people who are experiencing mental health issues. I attended an incident the other day where a man was suffering from severe anxiety. He wasn’t committing any crime, but he had been making threats to harm himself. He didn’t want to come with me as he was agoraphobic so didn’t want to leave his house, but I couldn’t have left him at home alone as we have a duty of care to ensure he doesn’t come to any harm. After a bit of problem solving, I managed to arrange for someone from the local crisis team to come and give him the support he needed, and get the wheels in motion for long term help. That day I went home feeling like I’d achieved something and really made a difference to someone’s life. On Monday our new operating model launched, which I think will have a really positive impact on the way in which response policing works. The new model will see us become more of an all-round officer. Before we were just responding to incidents and handing them over to others to deal with. Now we are able to see jobs through from start to finish which should enhance victim satisfaction. We’ll be getting to improve our interview techniques too – a vital skill in policing – as we’ll be doing them more often now. I occasionally work in our force control room and I think the new model with really help with how things are run in there – we’ll be able to give a more efficient service. The biggest challenge facing our force at the moment is the lack of resources, but I’m positive the new way of working will help improve that. Despite the challenges that come with being a response officer, I feel very privileged to do this job. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Source
  21. Two Metropolitan Police officers have been interviewed under caution over suggestions they failed to properly respond to an incident in which a man was killed. The two sergeants from Croydon, south London, are on restricted duties pending the outcome of the inquiry. Andrew Else, 52, was stabbed more than 200 times during an incident in Selsdon Park Road, Croydon, in April 2014. The claims came to light during an ongoing misconduct probe, the Met said. 'Held to account' The Met said officers were at the scene of the attack within seven minutes. Paranoid schizophrenic Ephraim Norman, 24, admitted Mr Else's manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility in February and was ordered to be detained indefinitely at the maximum security hospital Broadmoor in February. A file has been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the two sergeants, who have not been suspended. Det Ch Supt Alaric Bonthron, from the Directorate of Professional Services, which is carrying out the investigation, said: "The suggestion that any police officer has in some way failed to do their duty and respond properly to any call for a response must be fully and properly investigated. "If any officer has failed in their duty it is only right that they are held to account. "Everyday in London police officers work hard to keep the public safe. Allegations such as these trouble us all." View the full article
  22. Pilot scheme being launched in Brecon South Powys, we're looking to recruit a specialist team of SC, to be fully trained to work with partner agencies in rural locations. Please follow us on Twitter @SpecialsSPowys or check out the recruitment section www.dyfed-Powys.police.uk
  23. These are the poorly remembered chronicles of policing with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in South London. I'm a special (MSC) who flits between Response and SNTs, and at the time of writing - currently in the process to become a PC. Some aspects (names, locations etc) will be changed to protect the privacy of all parties involved. I might sometimes expand on what certain things mean for the benefit of those who don't know - so apologies to those that do know! Health, Mental Health and Robbery! Rank: MSC Shift: Response 0700 - 1500 0700 - Briefing and admin. I'm posted to an IRV (Incident Response Vehicle) with two PCs who I've worked with before and we all get on well - good start! IRVs are normally 2-up on my borough but I wasn't IPS (Independent Patrol Status - the 'ability' to be on your own basically) at the time, so we were 3-up. Non-IPS MSC will never get posted as operators (pushing buttons and using the radio) on an IRV, on my borough anyway. Although, I have been an IRV operator before becoming IPS. Don't tell the church elders. 0730 - First job. S grade (1 hour response time). Reports from residents of a lorry parked on a narrow residential road, blocking vehicles wanting to turn into a junction. Ladies and Gentlemen this is the absolute sharp end of policing. We drive over and politely ask the driver to park somewhere roomier. 0745 - Another S call. Man seen standing in the road wearing a hospital gown and shouting at people. We make our way in terrible rush hour traffic - driver decides to go on blues given the nature of the call. Arrived there in a few minutes, had a drive around, no trace of this gentlemen. Bit odd as it wouldn't be hard to spot! Still searching for this chap when… 0750 - I grade (15 minutes response time) now. 13 year old male locked himself in the bathroom, threatened suicide and now his parents are not getting a response from him. We're very close so call up for it, as do two other units. LAS (London Ambulance Service) are en route as well. We nearly have a PolCol (police collision) on the way thanks to a driver oblivious to the blue lights and sirens, cue internal shouting and swearing in the car. We’re first on scene to find dad and step-mum very worried. Our driver starts shouting the boy’s name through the door – no response. He says if he doesn’t come out he’ll have to put the door through. Nothing. No point wasting time now – he gives the door a 50% kick (to give the lad a chance to come out without damaging the door!). A voice can be heard now from inside the bathroom. “Alright, alright I’m coming out”. The boy walks out with a towel wrapped round him, looks like he was just having a shower! He doesn’t look particularly distressed and I think the general feeling among us that point was that he wasting everyone’s time. Sirens can be heard outside – more units are arriving. LAS arrive too. We call them all in so he can understand the implications of his actions. However, we can’t actually jump to conclusions so we start some digging. I take step-mum and dad into another room whilst my colleagues and the LAS speak to the boy. Turns out this is the son of a well-known female on the borough. An alcoholic who is frequently the cause for domestic calls to come in due to the fights she has with various short-term partners. It turns out that due to his family history, this young lad is understandably unstable mentally but it’s just difficult for him to show it because of his age. There might have been a time years and years ago when mental health was far less understood and the boy might have been told to “man up”. But I’m glad we did the digging. I took some contact details down in my pocketbook. I went into the other room where my colleagues were talking to the boy, clearly about the same things. We all then sort of had a “group discussion” – police, LAS, boy, step-mum and dad! It seemed to help and to young lad appreciated that we cared. I asked him if he had any idea what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said he wouldn’t mind trying the police out. My colleague suggested the police cadets as a good place to start out and gave him the name of the Sgt who runs the cadets on our borough. The boy was in better spirits but the LAS still elected to take him to hospital so off they went, with dad going with him. After the boy got in the ambulance dad turned around and briskly walked back towards us and said “I just wanted to say that my opinion of the police is a lot higher now thanks to you all” and shook the hands of all six officers who attended. It’s nice when people say things like that and it’s just a shame that the taxpayer doesn’t get to hear the good things we do. 0830 – Back on patrol we headed down the main road back towards where we came from earlier (the last I call was on the very edge of our ground). Wait a sec. Who’s that?! There he is! The hospital gown man! He does exist! We swing road and park up to this hugely obese male in a hospital gown, hospital slippers and the carrier bag full of high percentage cheap lager. We ask him if he’s ok and he says very angrily “I’m fine and your mates have already stopped me”. My colleague gets on the radio to see if this is correct whilst the operator and I keep talking to him. We ask him why he’s standing here (it was directly outside a charity shop) and he said he was waiting the for the charity shop to open so he can buy some clothes. He’s very verbally aggressive and reminded me of that big blob from Star Wars. We were very polite and I said “we’re just worried about you mate. If we see someone in hospital clothes who isn’t in hospital –it’s our job to be concerned!” He’s not having any of it. My colleague gets off the radio; turns out another unit has already spoken to him prior to our arrival (probably when we were speaking to the boy with our radios turned down) and the previous unit were satisfied with their interaction with him. My colleague asked “don’t take this the wrong way but do you have any mental health issues?” The man shouted “YES OF COURSE I’VE GOT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.” We ask for his details, he doesn’t want to give any to us. Not much more else we can do apart from wish him a good day and be on our merry way. We didn’t get any more calls about him that day so it seems he bought his clothes and went on his way. 0845 – Back on patrol. S grade. Call has come in from someone stating that a part of building on the high street is going to fall down onto the pavement below. We’ll take that! It’s on the way back to nick and it’s fry-up time. On the way we protested to the CAD operator (control room person) on the radio that this should be a LFB (London Fire Brigade) job as we’re not trained to analyse the structural integrity of buildings... CAD operator said he couldn’t agree more and was going to try and shove it their way. He did eventually manage to do so but we had a brief look on the way to the nick and could see that it looked a little crumbly, but how are we supposed to know whether that’s bad or not?! Fortunately, LFB were going to get out of bed and come and have a look. Just kidding Trumpton, love you really! 0900 – Cheap and greasy fry up for breakfast. 0945 – Back out on patrol. The operator had a meeting to attend to, so took I the front seat for a while. 1020- I grade. Call from LAS, person trapped behind closed doors. The location was a bit out of the way but we get there very quick thanks to my superb navigation (Google Maps) skills. A chap in a block of flats had fallen over and activated his emergency alarm. Thankfully, he was conscious and breathing and talking to the LAS through the letter box. We ask for an enforcer (big red key) to be brought over in case the door needs to be put through. It’s a modern well-built door, even the strongest of officers wouldn’t be able to get through it with just kicking. We asked about windows (ground floor flat) and the LAS said they tried them to no avail. We double check just in case and lo and behold we managed to find a way in through the window thanks the casualty leaving one of them unlocked. Door open, LAS in. Done. 1040 - Back to the nick to pick up the other PC after his meeting. 1100 – Once we pick him up in the yard, we find that we have been assigned to a misper (missing person) job. The vast majority of mispers on my borough (and I suspect most of the country) consist of under 18s who leave a place of care, adults with mental health conditions who leave a place of care or elderly people with deteriorating mental health who leave their care homes. This misper didn’t fall into any of those categories and so was a bit different. This job had come a county force adjoining our own. This male’s boss (in the counties) called police to report that the misper hadn’t turned up to work and has been unable to get hold of him. The boss called the misper’s (we’ll call him Tom Smith) girlfriend, who lives on our borough and Tom is believed to living with her. The girlfriend also hadn’t seen him and was about to report him to the police as well. The manager of the company was mostly concerned about the company van which was still in Tom’s possession! From the bosses conversation with Tom’s girlfriend – it appears he went out in the evening to top up one of those keys for electricity, and never returned. I got a description for Tom – IC1 (white) male, 5’10”. Short shaven light brown hair, pale skin, blue eyes. 29 years old. However, whilst on the phone to Tom’s boss, word came over the radio that the county force will now take over the investigation. Ok…why did it come to us in the first place then? Sigh. I told Tom’s boss that the county force are now dealing and he should expect a call from them soon. 1120 – We call up control to tell them we’re now free to deal with something thanks to the misper CAD being bosched. We get an S graded, burglary to report. Off we go. We pull out of the nick when we see a lad leaning against the fence which runs along the road where the nick is. He looks a bit shifty but he also looks a bit familiar... We stop the car and I notice he’s got 2-3 fresh cuts going along his neck that look a lot more purposeful than accidental. He’s looking down towards the ground very…vaguely and forlornly. His eyes were reddened as if he’d been crying. This chap is about 5’10” with pale skin, blue eyes and looks about 25-30. Sound familiar? We asked “what’s your name, mate?” “Tom Smith” he replied. To be continued when I actually have the time to write more.
  24. Seems like quite a good idea in more rural areas, perhaps not as relevant in urban areas but hopefully something can be worked out.
  25. Is anyone watching the documentary about Sheffield,it's a 3-part series. This episode seems to concentrate on Anti Social Behaviour in 2 parts of the city, the difficulty of policing both problems area's with limited resources and legislation and an uprising from residents against the police. It's all very interesting and I hope it shows the people the difficulties we face.

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