Force: Metropolitan Police
Length of service: 1st Shift
Planned duty: 20:00 - 04:00 - Van patrol
(times are estimate)
20:00 - book on and kit up,
20:10 - briefing and training
21:00 - 8 of us load up in the bus and off we go
21:20 - called to a domestic 2 officers jump out to deal with (couple didnt speak english so officers ended up calling a translator, that kept them busy all shift)
21:40 - called to a disturbance in a block of flats, children running around corridors making noise, (my first contact with the public in uniform) words of advice given.
22:00 - called to a missing person from a hospital needing to return for medical treatment, find them at their home address, LAS called. man taken to hospital so back on patrol
22:20 - see a man on a wall looking either ill or drunk. 2 officers jump out of bus to speak to him, man gets up and does a runner. 2 more of us jump out of the bus and a foot chase ensues. man runs down a dead end road. man is severly drunk, and wants to have a fight with the 4 of us. The bus everntually finds us and even with 6 of us now the man still wants a fight. PNC checked all clear, so we wish him good night and off we go.
22:40 - drive past a road where i thought i saw 2 men breaking into a car..... big mistake, 3 of us jump out to check as a carrier full of PCs coming back from the olympics pulls up and bail out. a bit overkill for nothing. (i felt really stupid but was reassured)
23:10 - called to a domestic outside a hospital, arrive at wrong exit and 4 of us bail out, cant find anything. other 2 officers drive to other entrance. As we walk round to correct entrace, we are passed by a woman who looks distressed with her child. luckily we have 2 females with us so they speak to the woman. get a desciption of suspect who later arrives and is politely detained. after questioning victim and child we find out an assault has taken place
00:30 - sgt tell us we are going to nick him and who wants to do it...... no volunteers, (oh look the new boy gets it) first arrest here we go. luckily i had been chatting with the suspect and he seemed quite friendly. cautioned him, he then turned around and put his hands ready for a back-to-back. this is really easy. no vans available so we put him in the bus with us.
00:50 - arrive at custody, prisoner booked in
01:20 - eab time
02:30 - eab finished
04:00 - handed over to CSU
04:20 - booked off and home time
cant wait for tomorrow night