Monday, April 11, 2005

The three earlies

Ok havent updated for a while so im chucking three shifts into one.
First early was largely boring. I started with paperwork for a couple hours. I was supposed to be on foot/bike patrol but it was raining and snowing so that wasnt going to happen.
After a little while i went out in the transit with three other officers to go and get some prisoners in for a harrassment job i'm dealing with. Nothing exciting no fights or anything like that, they were just miserable that we had got them up at 0800 in the morning. They did both live in really smelly houses, the first one i actually had to leave and go outside for a while it was that bad!!
Ok booked those prisoners in did a handover then i went out on bike patrol for a little while. I went to an immediate injury RTA and got there before the patrol car did even though i only had about 500m headstart and we were going about 2 miles. After getting there knackered but proud, i found out it was a hoax!! Great.
Well i pretty much just went back in and that was that.
The next early was much more interesting.
I was the main immediate response car with my soon to be new housemate. Firstly we went out and got in a rolling arrest from the previous shift, he was a right little shit 14 year old who had smashed up his mums garage called her a slag and told her the house was going to get it now because she reported him.
We wound him up a little bit while booking him in and he was remanded to stay in from sat mornin to appear at court on monday.
Next was breakfast at Mcdonalds!!!
After this we went to a domestic neighbour called up that she could hear banging about and screaming. Another unit came along with us. We nearly had an accident on the way as someone decided to pull out infront of us when it was our right of way. We got there and managed to get in and i was utterly shocked to see the aggrieved to be an old family friend of mine who i also dated for 2 years. Needless to say i was slightly hostile towards the offender. Anyway long and short of it he had shoved her over her bed and picked up the bed and dropped it on her before pulling down the wardrobe and dressing table over her. Well i let the other unit arrest him as i might have done something i shouldnt have!!! As he was being a bit uncompliant i did assist in dragging him out to the car.
Well with him booked in it was heading towards the end of our shift when we were asked to stay on as the next shift were very short due to a certain royal wedding.
I agreed to help out and stayed on. Went to a couple of other jobs, but nothing worth mentioning. We then decided to have another mcdonalds as it was getting late.
Half way through our meal, control get on the radio and ask for any unit to head to ASDA due to reports of three detained shoplifters getting violent. Nobody replies so they ask us to cut short our meal break and attend. I was not at all happy as i dropped my burger and most of my chips but oh well. We got to ASDA and saw a big crowd of staff running up the car park. GAME ON!!!
I jumped out the car and legged it after them through bushes and trees beside the car park while my colleague drove the car up. I got there and found a fairly large ic3 male and female struggling with the security. Out came mr baton and a loud shout of something along the lines of "get against that fucking wall now" surprisingly they decided to comply!!! One of the managers said another ic3 female had jumped the wall and made off. My crew mate drove round to go and find her whilst i kept the other lovely two detained. They were starting to get a bit aggitated but my luck was in and the dog handler turned up very shortly afterwards. Needless to say they became very compliant.
Anyway the long and the short of it is they had stolen a car and a couple credit cards and were out to try their luck. They had already succeeded in spending nearly £2000 on various computers and cds and dvds champagne etc etc.
Well eventually got them back to the nick and had just finished booking them in when the offender from the domestic earlier had returned to the house and was trying to kick the door in. Even though we had plenty to do i had to get back there so we rushed back and i found him stood in her doorway looking at me half smug and half annoyed. I walked up to him grabbed him by his collar and removed(flung) him from the doorway onto the floor and asked my crewmate to watch him. After speaking to the agg's for a little while i was happy to arrest him for using violence to secure entry. The offender claims he's putting in a complaint about me being over emotional and using to much force against him. Go ahead see how far it gets you.
Well anyway all that aside he got booked in and we were left with handovers to complete for 4 prisoners(thats three arrests each between us for the day). We had lots of statements to take and property to exhibit. The long and short of it was we went off duty at 2345 hours after a 0700 start!!!
The final early i got in at 1000 hours due to the previous nights long shift. I got on with some paperwork for quite a while before assisting(unsuccessfully) with an area search for a decamp. Back to more paperwork before going to deal with a complaint against a colleague of mine at the front counter. Well this went on for an hour and i was truely bored off my mind. Whilst dealing with this bloke i was fully aware that i had a mcdonalds waiting for me in the canteen and it was getting colder by the second!!!
Well after finishing that up i had a quick meal break then i had to deal with another job that came in on the front counter, where the aggd had paid someone to clear some rubbish from a worksite, but as soon as the money had been handed over they offender legged it. Big deal, if your that stupid to let things like that happen to you then you deserve it!!!
Well finally about to go home then we get sent to pick up a shoplifter. Fair play to the bloke he admitted it straight away and didnt play up at all which made our lives easier. Took him back quick statement and handover and only off half an hour late.
Now im off for three days before another set of earlies then onto stage 6!!!! WOOHOO 3 weeks of bumming around during the day and getting drunk in the evening and getting paid for it!!!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

The next night and quick swing

Ok came in had nothing new in briefing, i was crewed as the tasking car for the night. Was given a section 18(1) house search to complete for the MET, but surprise surprise there was a fuck up. They sent through a signed authorisation for an 18(5). I called up the PC that asked for it to be done, then had to explain the difference between the two to her. Poor girl was off duty and promised to get it sorted for us, but we heard nothing more!!
Well anyway a couple of handovers came in as we were sat about waiting for a car. I was sweating that i was gonna end up being stitched with dealing with them but luckily my sgt was too busy to hand them out.
Kept on waiting it got to midnight(after a ten a clock start) and we finally had a car to go out in. About the same time a call came in about a disturbance on the high street. Turned up and about 6 drunk african lads were having an argument about something or other. I still dont know exactly what it was about but no offences had been committed so we told them to go there seperate ways. As usual there was one who couldnt listen so i brought him to his senses by applying a wrist lock and marching him down the street.
Pretty soon after that we had a shout that a unit had someone making off after crashing his van into a lamp post and was pissed off his head(obviously not in those exact words). Nothing was happening so pretty much the whole shift turned out. The dog unit got there first and the dog had no problem in finding the man hiding in the bushes and giving him a quick bite. Despite the presence of about 20 police officers the guy still thinks hes gonna try and kick off so the dog handler let his dog have a bit of slack to jump up and bark at him. Even in his drunken state he soon got the message.
After resuming from that, we drove and we drove and we drove and nothing happened. At one point we thought a car was making off from us, but they were just driving home and taking advantage of the fact that nobody was on the road. They just finished work and wanted to get to bed, hey i can understand that i am human too, quick warning and let him get to bed.
Well the night never picked up and we didnt have a single job to respond to, neither could we find anything to deal with. The most excitement we had was after gettin food from tesco, my crewmate found mouldy patches in his, after some debate we went back and he got something else!!!! (oooh fun)
0700 off duty
0710 asleep
1610 Is that my alarm, nah cant be i've only just gone to sleep. Better check......Oh for fuck sake is that the time. I'd better get up...............
1615 Shit i really had better get up. Quick shower and luckily i preironed loadsa uniform at the start of the week for an occasion such as this!!!
1630 On duty
I was crewed as the main immediate car for the shift. I felt shit and really just wanted to go back to bed. My crewmate felt the same.
We were given an arrest request by the priosoner handling team, for someone named as an accomplice to a theft where the cashier scanned through 50 items and voided 45 of them but still let the customer take all the items.
We started heading out to that when a call for assistance came in by an officer in the town centre office who said someone had just lost the plot.
We screamed through the busy town centre down the high street and legged it through the shopping centre and found it was one of our regulars, god knows what had happened to him but he wasnt happy. Anyway another unit beat us there so after a quick grapple and take down and cuffing, we left them to it. We then got a call to assist a unit at PC WORLD where three travellers had tried to return a laptop, but had swapped it with an old one that no longer worked and were now kicking off. I nice blue light run, despite the best efforts of the drivers in town to get in our way. We got there and all was calm the other unit had it all in hand so we stayed for a few minutes and resumed. We went to attempt our arrest but were told the girl we were after was still at work so we went to the High Street as my colleague needed to see his financial advisor. On the way i saw someone who was wanted. I told my colleague to carry on and i'd deal with him. I asked CCTV to monitor where he had got to as he was out of my sight but they decided not to answer the radio or pick up the phone, so i did a quick search around but couldnt find him. Oh well he'll come back another time.
Just as i got back to the car my crewmate was getting back and we had an immediate come in callers son is drunk and is trying to break in....
Game on right on the otherside of town, so we had another long blue light run with another unit in convoy topped off as we turn into the road the offender is on, as my colleague decided to take the corner at 65 mph, (no problem with that) then some dickhead steps into the road. On come the breaks whilst going round the corner. The car span out 270 degrees the stupid MOP shits himself and nearly has a heart attack as we narrowly miss him and career towards the kerb. I was sure the car was gonna flip as we hit the kerb but somehow we didnt hit it as the car seemed to spin on a six pence. We looked at each other hearts pounding and nervously laughed it off. The 2 in the other unit were pissing themselves laughing as we reversed back and continued on our way.
We get there and find one of the town drunks sat on his mothers doorstep. He wasnt quite incapable but was well on his way. His mother wasnt too far off either. Great. Well he got a section 5 warning but no other offences so we were contemplating taking him home. We had the joy off having him in our car. I sat in the back with him, all the way "fucking police messing up my day, i was just going round for dinner. Why you disturbing me, you bunch of wankers" I didnt really want to waste a cell with him so i was putting up with it till he leant forward to my colleague and said "im gonna fuck you up the arse like a white bitch" Right racially aggrevated section 4 your coming in son.
His reponse was not really what i expected. He started crying and begging to be released. While in custody he lightened up somewhat and had us all in stitches. When asked if he had any injuries he replied yes my head then full on headbutted the front of the custody desk, then fell back and headbutted the wall behind him and fell down, saying he needed some cannabis. He also claimed the custody sgt was his bitch.
After booking him in we went back to get the girl in who had been at work. When we got there i had no doubt she had no involvement but she had been named so we had to bring her in. Her family were less than happy about it and im pretty sure we'll have a complaint coming our way soon.
Well this left us to tie up the paperwork relating to our prisoners which took us to the end of our shift. About to go home when we were asked to back up a unit who was going to attempt an arrest of someone who had warnings for violence and previous for GBH. 3 units attended his bedsit, to hear strange noises coming from inside. We knocked on the door and were asked to wait a second as he was getting dressed. Well when we went in the guy we were after couldnt walk without his crutch was lying in his underwear, his boyfriend was pulling up his trousers....
one of them said they had HIV the other was dying of skin cancer. what a pair!!!!!
well we resumed they were never gonna be a problem other than giving us an earful.
2230 Finally the end of a shortened week.

Monday, April 04, 2005

first night back

Ok, got into work about half an hour late due to my litten being ill. Got the usual smarmy comments from the lads...."just woken up have we"
well sat about for the first hour trying to get a car, even though i was immediate response. We were given a few jobs to goto nothin special and being a sunday night expected it to be fairly slow and quiet.
We took a wonder about and put a seven day order on a vehicle dumped on the side of the road and was insecure and untaxed(wow fun!!)
Further down the same road we came across an alarm sounding at a house. We couldnt gain access to the rear of the property and banging on the front door only seemed to rouse a large dog who scared the shit out of me!!! After speaking to a neighbour he said i could gain access to the back garden via his garden, so carefully round i went expecting the dog to jump out the window and maul me at any minute. The property turned out to be secure and i was just about to go back when i saw a figure appear at the window and shout "who the fuck are you, what are you doing in my garden" i replied its the police, and shone my torch on my uniform. "i dont believe you wheres your badge" oh come on, i told him to open the door. Turns out he was very drunk and had been sleeping through the alarm. He said his family had moved out and his brother had come and turned on the alarm while he was sleeping and broken the fuse box. This guy then asks us to try and fix it for him!!! After a couple mins we knew we werent getting anywhere so we were about to leave, then hes like "You need to get a ladder and climb up and silence the alarm box" yeh good one mate, how about you fuck off and sort it yourself. So we left.
We then took an immediate job where a woman was getting beaten up by her partners brother. We turn up to the usual shit, a nigerian family dispute, basically there were no offences but the woman wanted the guy out of the house and wanted us to do it!! As he was fairly drunk we thought we'd try, to make sure it didnt kick off again. He was having none of it and was refusing to leave, until the threat of arrest then he gathered his things and came to the car. We tried all his friends and local hostals but had no joy trying to find him anywhere to stay, so back to his house we went and gave him strong words of advice to go to sleep. Two minutes after we drop him off and his brother lets him in, she's called 999 and said he's back.... yes we know. Then half an hour later she calls again and says he's kicking off. We turn up and he's fast asleep and nothing had happened. With this i totally lost my rag and gave her *words of advice!!!*
No sooner than we got free we turned out to an immediate fight on the high street. We turn up to find no fight, just handbags at dawn. Soon calmed it all down then got a call to the other end of the high street for some serious crime.
Firstly reported as theft of crutches then criminal damage of crutches. There was no way i was bringing someone in for that so with the threat of arrest i got the offender to pay for the damage caused, everyones happy and away we go.
We decided to go to a shitty area in and try and get some stop checks done. We pulled over one shity Micra that was 4 up with what looked like shits. They turned out to be ok and just as we are talking to them we hear wheels screeching then an engine racing then wheels screeching again then a blue mercedes SLK came tearing round the corner sideways at about 50 mph and nearly knocked my crewmate over. We ran back to the car and spun it round to give chase but all we saw were brake lights in the distance, i mean a 1.7 astra diesel again a mercedes SLK with a headstart!!! no chance. I learnt one thing anyway, as i tried to cut in on the radio by pressing my emergency button, nothing happened. Comforting thought!!!
Well we searched around for a little while but couldnt turn anything up so we resumed.
About half an hour and a few doughnuts later we see a car speeding off in the distance. We whack on the blues and give chase through an estate and were catching up, the car was still to far ahead to get any details. The offending vehicle then jumped a red light and took a right into the trading estate and promptly disappeared. Seeing as we didnt even know what type of vehicle of colour or anything, the search was never gonna turn anything up.
Well the rest of the night was pretty boring, we tried to attempt an arrest of someone wanted but had no joy as they somehow knew we were coming.
Nothing really happened and 0600 rolled on and i was expecting to go back to the nick and wait to finish then "Any unit for an immediate burglary in progress!!" game on we were on the otherside of town so we had a good blue light run of about 5 miles and were getting near when we were asked to divert to a domestic boyfriend (very well known for fighting police and injured two of our shift previously) of girl downstairs has broken the window and is shouting and trying to get in. Oh yes, i thought i nice scrap to end the night in. Well we get there and he's very aggitated but on speaking to his girlfriend, someone else broke the window and ran off, he tried to stop them. What a load of bollocks. Oh well if she's covering up for him not much we can do. I would have loved to wipe that smug look of his face but never mind another time will come.
Onto the second night tomorrow.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

back to usual

Another normal day at work, i was on foot in the town centre so just dealt with a couple of shoplifters, who proclaimed their innocence despite them having been nicked twice already this week and being known by every police officer in the area. I then continues wondering the town centre rather aimlessly watching the chavs mull about and enjoy themselves. Went into another force area to make an arrest and thats about it!!!
Hey it cant all be fun!
Onto nights tomorrow!!

1st day back

Well what a day to return!!!
I went in two hours early so i could catch up on a few things!!
95 emails waiting for me plus a docket full of unwanted paperwork.
Started work at two, briefing was same as normal felt like i hadnt been away at all. I had to have a quick crash course on investigative management as everyone else had been trained whilst i was away. My Sgt did his best to show me whats what but didnt really have a clue and ended up asking another Sgt who also got stuck and........ im sure u get the picture.
I was one of three immediate units for the day. After about half an hour we had a call to an immediate........ sorry cant respond as we dont have a car yet, the 7 slow time enquiry units hae taken all the cars, dont worry about us!!
Anyway finally get a car and get sent to a job where a taxi driver has driven someone across town waited outside for him then driven him back home only to be told "fuck off your not getting any money from me" Easy nick i thought, but no. After waiting 5 minutes while we tried to travel 4 miles through heavy traffic the taxi driver decides he's not waiting anymore and hangs up the phone and dissapears. Oh well no paperwork at least!!
Next we went to some mad guy who had a domestic with his ex mrs a few days back and wanted to withdraw his complaint, we turned up and found him flustered, drunk and in a state of partial undress with his granddaughter (17). The guy was disgusting and looked worse than your normal layabout. We couldnt get any sense out of him, so we soon left.
We were then called to a shoe store where a member of staff had been violently assualted by another member of staff who had just been fired.
Turns out this violent assault consisted of the aggrieved a 15 year old lad who seemed a little slow and an easy target being approached by the offender a 16 year old girl, who pulled his coat and blamed him for being sacked. Not really the bruised violent scenes i was expecting. Meanwhile lots of more interesting things are happening on the radio and i'm wanting to get out of there ASAP, "sorry no crime has been commited, if you have any more problems be sure to call us"
Well after that excitement!! we were called on immediate to a domestic where the caller was being beaten up.
At last something fun!! We had about 3 miles on blues and twos in busy traffic which is always fun. We turned up to find a 17 year old Somalian boy who was adamant he had been beaten up. When i asked what injuries he had he pulled up his trousers and showed me a scratched(not even bleeding or torn skin) foot which he had done himself whilst slamming his front door after telling his step dad to get lost.
After filling in form Cuff1(basically getting rid of the job with as little work put into it as possible) we went back to the nick to finish up the paperwork.
Just as we finished up and were about to write it off "urgent assistance we need units here now"
So we all leg it down to the cars, officers flying left right and centre. We pull out of the nick not really knowing where we are heading as the radio is congested with sounds of officers in trouble. Well someone who had jumped in the back knew where we were goin so we started parting through the hectic midday traffic, 5 cars on blues in a row. A bit of awsome driving by my crewmate saw us scaring the living daylights out of the general public, driving down the wrong side of several roads pulling into one road sideways and nearly crashing into the panda already on scene. It was a good turnout by our shift, within a couple of minutes we had 9 pandas and 2 transits on scene, which got all the neighbours out to see what was going on.
Turns out there were three little shits (11, 9 and 14) that were gettin nicked for harassing an elderly neighbour. Anyway their family objected to them being arrested and their older brother, this 17 year old shit tried to stop officers gettin to them. When he was pushed aside he punched the first officer in the face, whilst wearing the usual "shit" attire of a big medallion ring. An obvious fight ensued and family and neighbours were coming out of everywhere screaming and shouting and trying to get involved.
After about an hour we finally got things under control several neighbours were taking photographs and more of the local shits old and young were gawping and gossiping. We started takin several prisoners back to the nick. I had the pleasure of escorting the 15 year old girl. What a mouthy little cow, she didnt stop effing and blinding all the way, in the end i shouted at her to shut up which made her jump but only wound her up more, oh well!! We had to wait nearly 3 hours to get booked in at custody, in this time we left our prisoner with another unit and went and nicked another guy for recall to prison!!!
Well once we finally booked em all in we had takeaway waiting for us in the briefing room which went down a treat!!
Then finally to top of a good day we got stitched with doing the paperwork for the victim of an attempt robbery as the dog unit who had brought him in had more pressing things to do like sitting in the briefing room talkin to the Sgt about his holiday!!!
Well, got off only 20 mins late and went to the local for a couple of drinks before gettin home and slouching infront of the telly. Back for more 2moro, hopefully wont be as much of an essay!!