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A copy of the shifts I have previously posted collated into one thread. I will update this with shifts that I can, but recently nothing has really happened.

 

Your rank: SC
Your length of service: First Shift
Your planned duty hours: 0800-1700

0724: Arrive at police station and change into uniform. No one is in the SNT office yet so I check my emails and wait for someone
0800: Introduce myself to SNT sergeant and was asked if I was independent. I said no so he told me to go and see the response sergeant
0820: Booked out pool radio but when going to collect it there wasn't any there. Booked it back in. System is showing that I am not authorised to use CAPTOR even though I've completed my training so unable to book any out.
0840: After talking to the Sgt I begin making several phone calls to various people to try and get my authorisation on the CAPTOR booking out system.
1231: Issued with CAPTOR
1248: Book out pool radio from a nearby police station and wait for it to be delivered.
1340: Received airwave terminal. Advised that it's unlikely any officer's would be able to take me out today, so I asked if I could stay for the late shift. I could.
1500: Briefing for late
1520: Put in a van to observe a drunk, overdosed, suicial man who we were taking to the hospital because ambulance wouldn't send anything. Sat around in hospital until they were happy to keep him
1707: Return to police station and met the person I'd be crewing with. Went to a burglary where the house had been trashed and entry was via an unlocked bathroom window. Watched a statement get taken and items preserved for Forensics. About to conduct house to house when a grade 1 domestic comes in, on the other side of the area though.
First blue light run! Really exciting but stood down just around the corner
1745: As we were in the nearby vicinity asked to do a welfare check on an abandoned 999 call - went round and all was in order
1920: Meal and sat up talking about various things
2030: Sent to a home for learning difficulties where an assault had taken place. Both parties had gone to sleep though
2104: Went to outside a pub where a male had his head kicked in over a parking dispute that had took place earlier in the day. Offender was known so went to his house but he wasn't in. Went to a few more places but couldn't find him.
2215: Grade 1 domestic comes in opposite where we are doing our enquiries. Us and another double crew attend, I watch the woman being spoken to. Me and my crewmate leave and leave it for the others to deal.
2300: Return to police station and go home!

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Rank: SC

Length of service: 8 months

Planned duty hours: 15:00 - 22:00 (actual 03:00)

I'm based on the RPU (traffic). I'm passenger.

 

1500: Briefing. Sgt decides to use two plain cars and two marked traffic cars. I'm in the marked car that is assigned to the strategic road network, which is the motorway.

Travel up and down the motorway to get a feel for the volume of traffic but it's relatively steady. Visibility is clear, dry roads and good weather. Unfortunately ANPR isn't functioning today so it's old fashioned see what doesn't look right.

 

1630: Motorway is relatively clear so do some patrolling south of the region, where there is easy access to the strategic road network if an incident comes out there.

 

1645: Vehicle travelling towards us turns down a country road and as it crosses our path can see that the driver is not wearing a seatbelt. Go and have a word with him and can smell alcohol on his breath. Says that he has just had two pints and is off to see his mate at another pub to celebrate his birthday. Wait the 20 minutes and then breathalyse him and he blows 28! Lucky beggar. Report him for no seatbelt and intel log re: the almost drink-drive. Says he is a regular drinker so I'm sure his time will come.

 

1715: Following a car with illegal font on the number plates in a 40mph limit and he turns off sharply into a 30mph and accelerates to 50mph. Almost looks like he was trying to get away from us, so we follow him and when he goes into a national speed limit zone continues at 50mph. Stop him to discuss his number plate and see if he was speeding away from us for any particular reason. Says that the original number plates are underneath his newer ones and screwed on underneath, but that he has had them like that for several months. He's advised to change them otherwise it could cost him £50. When asked about the speed he says that it was his wife's fault for talking to him whilst driving! She doesn't take too kindly to that. Explain that we cannot report him for his speed because we weren't following him for a long enough distance.

 

1645: Just as we were finishing on the previous stop check a robbery comes out from around the corner to where we were. A female has just arrived home and as she was opening the garage she was approached by two men in balaclava's who had come out from the side of her house. They demanded the keys to her vehicle before hitting her over the head with an instrument and making off in her vehicle. As we were travelling down the road we were on we see a vehicle matching the description parked up. Inform control room who tell us that it isn't the vehicle that we were looking for so to continue. Just as we approach a main cross road near the scene (we were going to sit up on it and see if the vehicle went past) control room tell us that in fact it was the vehicle that we wanted. Make back to the vehicle and it is unlocked with the keys still in the ignition. The vehicle was parked outside of a big house and the house occupant pulled onto his drive. Worrying that the people were potentially inside his house doing another job I went in with the house owner and walked through with him. It was AIO.

 

We received information that the lady had just returned back from a catering event and her days takings that were in the van had been taken. It was decided that the best course of action was to take the van back to the lady's house and await SOCO because had we left it where it was all of the food in the back would have perished, and it was only the cabin that needed forensics on. It was quite a large vehicle so I drove it back (with a police car escort) and despite that category not being on my licence it was authorised by a senior police officer as it was parked in an unsafe position so police regulations and policing purpose.

 

1900: On way back to get some meal a car is on the hard shoulder just after the slip road with its hazards on. Pull up to see what the matter is and met with five females and the radiator overheated. Good deed for the day we cool it down with water and get them back on the move.

 

1930: Meal at the airport whilst my crewmate and the sergeant discuss road policing tactics for an upcoming event. Was really interesting to listen and gain an understanding into the tactical decisions that need to made.

 

2130: vehicle is travelling between 30mph-45mph on the motorway. Stop to have a word with him and he's an Australian driver that said he was just driving safely "In Australia lane one is the slow lane where you go as slow as you want" - advise him that going that slow is far from safe it is likely to cause an accident. Advise him to maintain around 55-60mph so similar to HGVs. He says he can do that but he was only on the motorway because of his satnav. Re-programme his satnav to avoid motorways and off he goes again.

 

2145: Local mobile puts out a fail to stop about five minutes away from us. The sergeant was also nearby on the bike so make our way. Vehicle is lost so area search is conducted for the vehicle. Sergeant puts out a code zero saying that he has located the vehicle, two up driving with no lights on. Sergeant follows without blues on due to being on a bike but gives commentary. Vehicle between almost 60mph in a 40mph zone and as we approach a crossroads we see the vehicle fly past with the sergeant following. We overtake the sergeant and the pursuit is authorised. It's my first ever pursuit and it was quite exciting. Quite a built up area but then the car turns into an industrial estate that leads to a dead end. Commentary still ongoing and we make control aware that we are expecting a decamp. Local mobiles advised to make way to the area.

 

Vehicle comes to a stop and I jump out the car and run to the driver side. I opened the door, grabbed the key and my crewmate and I remove the driver from the vehicle. She's struggling so is handcuffed and a local van pulls up. I tell them that the passenger is still outstanding although she never got out of the vehicle so they grab her. Female is arrested. She the blows 76 on the road side breath test. PNC shows she has a revoked driving licence and isn't a named driver on the insurance.

 

2305: Arrive at custody.

 

2355: Get seen by custody sergeant. Female goes on intoxilyzer and blows 54, although the second breath sample errors. Machine then breaks.

 

0045: Whilst in custody a male is brought in for drink drive. They also try the intoxilyzer and it errors every time. They use a breath box and he blows 28 so sergeant says there is no point taking bloods and he is released.

 

0115: Nurse is finally available. Female refuses to take bloods saying she is scared of needles, despite having a number of tattoos. She is breathalysed using the box again and blows 40. It's then decided to not proceed with the drink drive she would just be dealt with the other driving offences and an allegation of assault. Very frustrating.

These are just two examples why I believe that the road side breath test should be evidential in court!!

 

0145: Leave custody

 

0230: Finish writing reports and leave to go home!

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Rank: SC
Length of Service: One Year
Planned duty: 2200 - 0700

 

2200 - Briefing. Nothing of note just given crews. I regularly work with the same shift so I'm aware of all of the officers, however I haven't worked with this particularly officer too many times before (he normally always has a regular probationer).

 

2230 - Sergeant asks two crews to assist looking for a high risk Misper.

 

2330 - Driving through an industrial estate come across a car parked up in a peculiar place. Upon further inspection there's an elderly lady sitting inside. Manage to rouse her and she says she regularly does this and just wants some alone time. Having lost her husband a few years ago and recently being the victim of two distraction burglaries she says she doesn't like spending time in her home anymore. Check her welfare, make sure she has a phone on her in case she needs to ring us and leave her.

 

0000 - Sent to a domestic that's been on the queue for about 45 minutes. Two well known nominals, both alcoholics, hundreds of previous domestic incidents. Not expecting much. Arrive and the female walks out of the back door at the side of the house and greets us. Surprisingly sober, but says that her partner won't be happy that she's called us so warns us to expect him to be a bit aggressive; tells us he is in the living room on his own. I ask her what's happened, to assess whether there have been any offences, and she says he's too drunk she just wants him to leave for the night "cos that's what you lot normally make him do". She recognises my crew mate and says "You've dealt with me before last year. Well I've changed I haven't touched the booze and I've got a job. He [her partner] should copy me." I think she wanted him to be impressed at how much she'd changed.

 

Anyway, due to her saying he'd be aggressive my crew mate walks through the door first into the living room and we are presented with the male sitting up on the sofa with two kitchen knives; one next to his neck and one pointing into the underside of his chin. He shouts "I'm gonna f###ing kill myself. You watch." I update control before drawing my baton and my crew mate tells him to drop the knives. He stands up to walk backwards to the other side of the room, away from us, and my crew mate takes this chance to spray him with captor. He drops one knife but with the other starts slicing his neck (has a history of self harm). He is then struck with the baton until he drops the knife; goes to grab it again but is kicked away from him. Somewhere in amongst all this I had my baton drew with one hand and control asking for update so I pressed the emergency button for the open mic functionality whilst it was all kicking off with shouting, baton strikes etc.

 

Haven't experienced captor so closely before and it was affecting my eyes slightly staying in the room.

 

His partner is now screaming and trying to get to him, so I shout at her to get back. Move in to handcuff the guy on the floor, who is shouting and swearing and saying what he's going to do to us. His neck has a quite deep cut so we ask control for an ambulance. His partner isn't helping so I take her into the kitchen (due to the layout of the house.. I am aware of knives and sharp things!) to speak to her, but she wasn't having any of it, accusing my crew mate of police brutality and that she isn't the woman she used to be when he'd dealt with her before. I manage to calm her down by asking her to tell me the history, as I wasn't aware of it, and she seemed keen to re-tell her story of how she'd gone from rock bottom homeless to where she is now.

 

The guy was screaming at his dog to attack us and ravage us... and he came running up to me wagging its tail jumped at me and started licking me biggrin.png

 

Other crews turn up now, they speak to her to deal with the verbal DT we'd originally been called to and I go back in to manage the detainee. Aware of his neck trying to not make it any worse. Ambulance turns up and he initially refuses to let the paramedic treat him. He is persuaded by his partner (they're all lovey-dovey now) to let them treat him, so they do. Agrees, after persuasion, to go to the hospital.

 

At the hospital he is going all on about how he's going to sue us for breaking his arm and that we wouldn't have done it if we'd been in a dark alley all the normal tripe. Nurse glues his wound and then go to X-ray. Return from x-ray and wait for a doctor to speak to us.

 

0430 - We'd been at the hospital now for about four hours. In this time him and his partner had been getting restless, saying they want to leave and that the doctors are rubbish. I'd challenged a remark she'd made, which had made her angry and start shouting about how I know nothing about life and that I shouldn't be listening to her if I'd be offended by what she said.

 

Doctor comes over and says the arm isn't broke, so he says well fine I'm leaving. They want him to speak to a psychiatrist over his self harm and other comments he'd made about self harming. Not going to include specifics here as it is a bit messy but he is eventually 136'ed by police.

 

0500 - Arrive at place of safety. Advised that, due to the time, it would be handed over to morning shift at 0800 (can you imagine the police handing over a job to the early shift at this time?) :new_no:

 

0800 - Relieved by early shift.

 

0830 - Return to station, via McDonalds for a breakfast and coffee, to complete necessary paperwork

 

0915 - Cease!

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Your rank: SC

Your length of service: 18 Months

Your planned duty hours: 0700-1600

0650 - Grade one. MoP reports that a security van is loudly sounding an automated message saying "Please call the police. This van is under attack" sergeant just points to me and a regular who were the nearest to him and tell us to go out to it. Stood down just as we leave the station as the security company have been in touch and advised us they have it in hand.

0700 - Briefing. Nothing of note has happened that we need to be made aware of. Crewed with a different PC to that of above.

0730 - Receive a phone call from the control room (part of a new model where control don't put jobs out over the air they point to point and task a specific crew with a job instead of doing blanket calls) asking us to attend a concern for welfare whereby a 90yom has activated his life line and lifeline company cannot get any response.

Arrive at the address and knock however there is no response from inside. Neighbour comes out and asks if everything is ok as he knows there is an elderly chap next door. Says he saw him last night. Fortunately there is a key safe to the property so we enter and have a look around. Find the male in bed... Wonder if he is dead as he does look very old but then he suddenly wakes up. Not sure who was more scared me or the guy seeing two people looking over him! He puts his hearing aid in, establish that everything is ok. Male apologetically explains that he must have pressed it by accident in his sleep as it is attached round his neck

1030 - Receive a call asking us to attend a domestic incident. Father has called police saying that he has been assaulted by his son in the form of being kicked in the head. Upon arrival it is quite a nice house in a nice area and it transpires that son is nine years old and was having a tantrum because he didn't want to attend school... and based on the time of day evidently got his own way. There's a bit of history whereby son had been place into the care of social services the previous year as parents couldn't cope but he had since been returned to them. They were told that police powers were limited, especially with sons age, and they should really be seeking advice and help from social services. Spoke to son he seemed a bit scared but generally just sat there sucking his thumb looking sad. I thought it was a bit harsh that parents were openly talking how bad their son is, how he poses a danger to his siblings etc. in the presence of him. I got the impression he felt a bit unloved. Nevertheless appropriate referrals would be made.

1130 - Traffic have been following a convoy of vehicles and used pre emptive tactics to stop them and detain eight people due to an ANPR hit regarding a violent male wanted on recall to prison, which so happens to be outside the station that we were doing paperwork at. They ask for a leg up and we go out to assist however we are stood down.

1300 - Grade one. Two vehicle RTC on a busy country road, with lots of bends, one vehicle is upside down in a ditch. The officer I am with knows this road very well as it is the way he drives to and from work. Very fast and very thrilling blue light run on it to the scene!

There's a lot of stationary traffic unable to get passed the scene. We are the first unit on scene and close the road one side. Driver of the vehicle upside down is in the back of an ambulance and is fortunate to just have slight injuries. A number of people identify themselves as witnesses and all provide a similar story: four cars are quite close to one another and the one at the front is going quite slow. I'll describe these as vehicle 1, vehicle 2, vehicle 3 and vehicle 4. Vehicle 4 moves out in good time to perform an overtake of the three vehicles in front. As he is in the process of overtaking vehicle 2 pulls out to overtake vehicle 1 (one can only assume driver did not use their mirror) and is hit at speed on the rear offside. This causes the vehicle to be launched up in the air and flip, landing upside down in the ditch on the right hand side of the road. Both drivers will be going to hospital; vehicle 4 more of a precaution due to shock and vehicle 2 due to slight injuries.

We re-open one lane to allow traffic through by directing them. The ambulance is still on scene so the side of the road they are on is closed. The way it falls is that the two regular officers direct the traffic and I'm left to manage the RTC - fair enough. Drivers and vehicles all checked on PNC with everything being in order. Negative breath tests. I fill out an RTC leaflet with driver and insurance details on in order to facilitate the exchange of details. I arrange recovery for the vehicle in a ditch as driver does not know any recovery details.

Ambulances leave with drivers. Road fully re-opened pending recovery...... Recovery arrives about 30 mins later and rquests that the road be fully closed to allow safe recovery of vehicle. With it being a country road I go down to the nearest side road and close it there to allow vehicles to drive down another road rather than having to do three point turns.

1530 - Resume from RTC back to station.

1600 - Cease

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Was that yesterdays?

 

Yeah that was my shift from yesterday.

 

I haven't had any interesting shifts for a while and wanted to write one up so thought I would. Today is going to be my last response shift, so I will probably write that up regardless of what it entails!

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My shift yesterday.

0655 - kit up

0700 - admin

0940 - get assigned crewmate. Contact crewmate, he's in court.

1015 - Crewmate returns from court. Crewmate has to fill out warrant application

1330 - Go to court

1400 - See magistrates, get warrant

1430 - 1 lap of foot patrol round town

1505 - Get handed a key, book key into found property

1600 - end shift, go home...

The joys of now being on DNT...

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1505 - Get handed a key, book key into found property

 

 

We don't even deal with lost property any more!

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We wouldn't have done except:

A) it was someone's house key

B) it gave me something to do

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My shift yesterday.

0655 - kit up

0700 - admin

0940 - get assigned crewmate. Contact crewmate, he's in court.

1015 - Crewmate returns from court. Crewmate has to fill out warrant application

1330 - Go to court

1400 - See magistrates, get warrant

1430 - 1 lap of foot patrol round town

1505 - Get handed a key, book key into found property

1600 - end shift, go home...

The joys of now being on DNT...

I'm so happy not to be on the DNT, it must be a tad boring with no tasking of sorts Burnie!

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And seeing as I've only ever been response for 'day-to-day' shifts since I joined 4.5 years ago I had no idea what tasks a SNT/DNT officer does or doesn't do day-to-day (especially under the new scheme) beyond a bit of general foot patrol so I couldn't really make use of my IPS status and go out solo in case CMC started sending me DNT tasks which I wouldn't have a clue about and I haven't been issued a driving tracker peg yet so I couldn't even take out one of the DNT pandas or ANPR cars and be proactive.

The sooner they decide to not align us rigidly to PRT/DNT and allow us to go back to working both sides of the fence the better.

For example. I used to do response day-to-day but would actively support SNT events (such as community traffic ops, targetted anti-burglary patrols, op glastonbudget, BTCC etc)

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I'm so happy not to be on the DNT, it must be a tad boring with no tasking of sorts Burnie!

What is DNT exactly?  Not familiar with the acronym.

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The new name for Neighbourhood teams because we couldn't possibly go back to calling them neighbourhood teams because that would suggest we'd taken a step back to when we had Neighbourhood teams.

Even though the DNT acronym is Dedicated Neighbourhood Team.

First it was Neighbourhood Teams

Then it was SNT - Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Now it's DNT - Dedicated Neighbourhood Teams.

And the wheel get's just that little bit rounder...

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Nothing exciting but I said I'd write up my last ever shift as SC

 

Your rank: SC
Your length of service: 18 months - Last Shift
Your planned duty hours: 1500-0000

 

1500 - Briefing. Crewed with a regular. Get on really well with him, all is good.... posted to the furthest part of the county. An hour and 10 minutes away. It's in the sticks. I accept that my last shift is going to be very quiet lol

 

1545 - Control call me and ask us to attend a burglary. Explain that we've been sent to the far side of the county but there are plenty of officers on at 1500 so another mobile should have been tasked to patrol that location.

 

1600 - Control again call us and tell us that we are the closest mobile to a restrained female student at a school who had attacked teachers. They say that we are practically around the corner from it and so we are to attend. Ok, no problem. Arrive and a girl is restrained on the floor. It's a special school for students that have been expelled from main stream schools due to various issues, and a lot of the pupils live in care homes. This particular girl was with foster carers from two counties away, around an hour travelling distance. Apparently the girl had kicked off towards the end of the day, assaulted staff and been restrained. When we arrive it was as reported, however staff did not wish to make any complaints due to the nature of the school, which was understandable. Apparently the foster carer had turned up at school, saw the girl being restrained and said she refused to look after her in that state and just drove home... leaving the school with her! Many phone calls later to social services and we agree to meet their emergency social worker halfway and place the girl back into the care of them. Once the girl calmed down and spoke to us she was a really nice girl, I felt sorry for her having had 15 placements in her 14 years. She just feels unloved and being passed around from home to home.

 

1900 - Finally arrive at our designated point the other side of the county.

 

1930 - Reports of a young girl walking on the tracks of the local small railway station. BTP still 35mins away so we go and see if we can see her, talk to the controller and check CCTV. Speak to controller he says that as we pulled up and went to one side of the platform, she walked into the car park from the other side and so we missed her by seconds. She walked off in the direction of town. BTP arrive and both of us have a look around for anyone matching her description. Area search no trace.

 

2200 - Just about to head off back to our home station to cease however we get sent to a report of historic domestic abuse. Male had been taken to hospital following a failed suicide attempt and female felt brave enough to contact police with husband out of the house. Discloses years of abuse. A genuine victim in need of advice and support from the police. Ensure her safety, arrange somewhere for her to go, provide support numbers and generally just do all of the necessary.

 

0100 - Return and cease. The rest of the shift finished at 0000 so I didn't even get to say goodbye!

 

I won't be officially resigning until just before I start as a regular but a self-imposed break until that point.

 

Maybe I can resurrect this thread in several months time with shifts as a PC!

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