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Second day

Had second day at Lifewise today, pretty much more of the same kind of thing as yesterday, shadowing scenarios. Good day though, enjoyed it loads.

Rich-Allen

Rich-Allen

 

Lifewise Police Support Volunteer job first day

Had first day today at Lifewise Centre as a Police Support Volunteer for SYP. Arrived at 10.40 AM for 11 AM start, 11 AM sat in on formal Court scenario where someone had been charged with carrying an offensive weapon, in this case a knife, after deliberation from the Court, the "defendant" was taken down to the "cells". Next was lunch break, where I had a cheese burger and chips and a coffee in the staff room, then in the afternoon I attended a road safety scenario where a group of young school kids were being taught the correct, safe way to use a crossing. Next was the fire safety scenario, where a group of school kids were sat in a mock bedroom, which was "on fire" and the kid who volunteered had to phone the fire brigade and get them to come and deal with the "incident". Next was a scenario featuring a bus shelter, where a group of kids were sat waiting for their bus, the shelter was full of graffitti and empty alcohol cans were strewn around the area, and another group of kids were bullying the group sat in the bus shelter to do stuff, but they refused. This ended with a Q&A session between the kids and a Police officer about what was right and wrong with this particular scenario, which the kids answered really well. Next up was another Court case scenario, almost exact same thing as this morning, except it was a woman as the defendant this time, result was still the same, a "Prison" verdict. By this time it was getting on for 3 o'clock and home time, so I asked if I could get off and they said OK. Going back tomorrow for more shadowing of scenarios, looking forward to getting more involved in future.

Rich-Allen

Rich-Allen

 

newbie

Right then, where to begin!!? im new to all this blogging stuff so you may have to excuse me while i get the hang of things! Iv been serving as an spc for 21months now with notts. I enjoy every minute of it and work with an amazing team of regulars, who have helped me out so much. it has come with its trials but when you do get the odd thank you or a smile it makes it worth while. iv not been able to get many shifts in over the last few weeks due to work commitments but managed to get out on a night shift last night. Due to students returning for their "studies" and a few clubs re-opening the city centre was packed to the rafters with drunken folk. thankfully now we have officers who foot patrol the centre fri and sat evenings, relieving a lil pressure for us to fly about in our cars, trying to catch burglers!! the poor young lady of one address was very tearfull as you would expect and asked the ultimate question of " when will we catch them?" "if it was up to me id go round there right now and search every burglers house but im afraid we may never catch them," great honesty from a colleague. Altho last night was very busy, and we got kicked about to job after job,there was still time to have a laugh(mostly at each others expense) and a cuppa altho having snap was out of the question! so on a whole with a few baddies locked up a decent saturay night shift. hopefully a few more could be like this!! :D

rotti_55

rotti_55

 

Wednesday, 23rd September 2009

So, it's the 2nd Cadet session but this week, it is fitness in the Gym. Every other week is fitness, so one week is theory in the classroom, the next is fitness in the gym. We met our fitness instructor, Grant, who is also a College Tutor at St Helens College. He told us to drink our fluids as we weren't allowed any in the gym for the next 45 minutes. At first, we all thought we was going to be doing the bleep test, as the week prior he told us we would be doing. However, for the next 45 minutes, we would find ourselves doing a circuit non stop! To be quite honest, I hated the fitness aspect of the course. Although I know it is essential, I use to be fit myself (before my very long break over the summer), but I let my fitness levels fall and it was an absolute killer. So much so, I and another 5 of the Cadets, dropped out after 30 minutes. It basically consisted of running, star jumps, keeping our hands up in the air sideways, press ups, sit ups and squat thrusts. I had tea just before, and after I dropped out after the 30 minutes, I was actually sick in the toilets. I had certainly learned something from the session though and that was to improve my fitness big time! Although I can pass the bleep test 5.4 with ease, that is just very basic fitness (I usually get around level 9). Anyway, after the fitness session, he told us that in 2 weeks time, the circuit would be 30-40% harder than this weeks, and that for those who dropped out (including me) were weak, which I thought was lovely of him! :D I didn't see him joining in! But anyway, it was an enjoyable, but tiring session. Next week is theory in the classroom with the Sergeant.

carty23

carty23

 

Wednesday, 16th September 2009

Firstly, sorry for not updating like I said I would! I have not been on PS for as often as I were since the start of September, and this is because of my A levels and all the homework and tests I have had, along with working and going to the Cadets as well. Not forgetting, of course, my social life on a weekend. But this entry is for my very first Cadet Session. So, we were all meeting up at the Police Station for 6pm. I was a bit nervous at first because 9 of the 18 were all from the same High school, and I didn't want to be on my own. But luckily, a girl from High School I knew also was in the Cadets, and when I arrived, she was already there and so I started talking to her. After a while, we were took upstairs and into a classroom. We were met by the 2 leaders of the course (A serving Sergeant at St Helens Police Station, as well as a College Tutor from St Helens College). The Sergeant and the College Lecturer just told us about the Course over the next 2 years and what sort of things we would be getting involved with. The majority of the session was form filling, enrolling onto the Open Network Qualification Course we do. Silly me, along with a few others, forgot to bring a pen, and ended up being one of the remainders at the end catching up after someone borrowed us a pen - I won't forget one next time! We were told that next week were fitness, and we should turn up in sports clothing as our whole session would be in the Gym.

carty23

carty23

 

PMTTS

Hi Readers, Just a post to give PMTTS (Police and Military Tie Tac Service) a bit of promotion. PMTTS is a website and service that produces tie pins, challenge coins and a few other things for various parts of, unsurprisingly, the police and the military. It also has produced a few things for this site, including the rather lovely challenge coin, and the new PS.com tie pin. It is also represented on PS.com by a member of the same name, who is always very helpful and seems to know just about everything there is to know and more about the Police and Military. The images on the website give some idea of the pins, but they really should be seen in the metal. The craftsmanship and intricacies of the pins and coins are something else. A percentage of the sales of the coins and pins go towards many good causes, including Help for Heroes, and HEMS, with one pin recently rasing over £300 for HEMS from internet sales alone, and that figure is rising, leaving very few excuses for you not to buy one! Go on... Corbs Here is my (growing) collection - Click here for more info:

Corbs

Corbs

 

Form Filling to become a Cadet

As with everything today, there is a lot of form filling before being accepted as a Cadet. I got a pack through the post last month (there was initially going to be an information evening but because a lot the 18 Cadets were going on holiday, they sent us the stuff we was going to recieve at the meeting, through the post). As soon as I opened it up, I knew I was going to have a lot of reading and signing to do. All in all there are 23 pages to read through and sign at various points. The first few pages were basically telling us about the Cadets and what is expected of us. There were a few pages from the CC telling us about how he wants Merseyside Police to be the best force in the country, and how us as Cadet's can contribute in small ways. He wrote about the key priorities for Merseyside Police to improve on, and how he aims to ahieve Project 9000 - basically getting Merseysides policing family up to 9000, in the form of Regular Police Officers, Specials, PCSO's, Community Volunteers, and, of course, Cadets. Organisational values was a sheet included in the pack, and it mentioned things on Merseyside Police's standards, and other things such as Performance and Reward & Recognition. Next two sheets displayed the ranking system, which I knew already. Everything else passed the ranks and insignia sheets I had to sign, Including: Volunteer Cadet Commitment
Volunteer Cadet Code Of Conduct
Official Secrets Act 1989
Medical History Questionnaire
I have now read and signed everything, and have to bring the pack along with me to my first Cadet session, which is on Wednesday 16th September. Needless to say, I am eagerly excited and cannot wait to start. I shall begin updating my blog weekly commencing the said previous date, informing about what I did at my Cadet session (obviously not posting op. info)

carty23

carty23

 

Upcoming Torch comparison

Once my SureFire 6PL has arrived and it's a bit darker, I'll do a comparison of my lights for you all. Hopefully, it'll include a Fenix TK10, SureFire 6P-LED, an LED Lenser P7 and a Tesco Cree 2AA. Probably a few others too by then! :D

Corbs

Corbs

 

Day Before

Hello Everyone, my new blog entry is that i'm feeling extremelly nervous for my assesment day and thinking have i done enough prepping for it. 3 hours a night for the past month, if i don't get in im thinking go back to school and re-sit those GCSE's!! My excitement is starting to kick in now, and even my family are getting excited for me! talk about being under pressure now!! I will keep you all updated to see if i pass or fail the assessment day. If i do fail, a wise man said to me, you can do it "again and again and again.." hopefully i wont have to though! Keep you updated :D Nic.

nicola89

nicola89

 

Asseseement Day

I got through to the Assesement Centre and I found out on 8th July 2009. My! Oh! My! :D How exciting. I was really nervous as I hadnt heard for a while.. only to find out it was stuck somewhere in the post due to the Postal Strike! As soon as I heard, I started doing my revision for my maths. Thats the one that is needed to be revised for me! I can speak to anyone, anywhere and enjoy their company. I'm not easily put off, nor offfended. I think I'll make a good Special. But I know everyone thinks this. So, I'll let the proffessionals decide and we shall wait to find out after it all has taken place. My Paper Sift, went quite well, I just wrote what I honestly thought on it and emailed it over. So, Fingers Crossed and I shall keep you updated to how it goes and the outcome, as we find out next week. Good Luck if you are going as well on Saturday . See you there!!!

nicola89

nicola89

 

30th July 2009

Hey Everyone, I would like to take this time to introduce myself and tell you as little about myself, I am currently working in an office, and enjoy it so much I work as a receptionist and do the monthly wages for the company. I am 19 years old and was brought up in Pinner. I went to an all girls school and met a vast spectrum of people throughout my school years. The reason why I would love to be a police officer is not only that undeniable adrelaline rush I get when I talk about it but the variety within the job so many possibilites to succeed in which path you decide to go into. Once on shift work, there is a whole new world of choices you soon discover. Most of my family are in the police, I wasnt pressurized into doing the Police, I was always given a choice. and my choice? is to give up my time and the majority of my social life and give to those who need our help I'm trying to become a Special so I can get hands on knowledge and experience before commiting to a fulltime job. As 19, I dont think I have the life experience to do it anyway, so hopefuly, if my plan that i've made works I can get this experience via Special Work for a few years. Until I finally feel I'm ready to go onto doing The Job fulltime!

nicola89

nicola89

 

Is the social going to sizzle, or flop?!

You might have missed the news that we're holding a summer social on August 9th, in Oxfordshire. BBQ, fun, games and a chance to put faces to names. I was hoping to get lots of people to come along but to date, fewer than 20 tickets have been sold. It's taken a fair amount of effort to get this organised, and I think we'll have a good day - but not if there's just a dozen of us. I know it's a distance to travel for some people, but that's the challenge when you have a site which attracts people from across the country - I had to find somewhere that was fairly central and Oxfordshire is where it's at! I'm really hoping the social goes well, I'm looking forward to it. Because I love a good game of rounders You can get more details and buy your ticket online here. Go on, you know it makes sense

Police Specials

Police Specials

 

Thats was more responsive.......

Okay after 18 months of doing the neighbourhood policing, ive made the transition to doing some reponse work (decided doing it on a 50/50 split from now on) Saturday morning and the mist and fog is really thick when i leave home at the unearthly time of 5.50 am, its a quiet drive to the station so it gave me time to gather my thoughts before i got in. Arrive to a very quite station, the sgt is already in so bid him good morning before i go and get all the kit on. Briefing at 7am so spend abit of time trying to log onto the duty system to book on, everyone else speeds through theirs but the system obviously isnt expecting a special to be on duty (and certainly not at this time of day) :D Breifing over and get a proper introduction to the team and i get pared off with one of the regs. Have a look at the jobs which are coming in and still need dealing with - the nights team were getting hammered so some jobs still need following up. Out on the open road, first job is to go and a do an arrest regarding an assault so off we go and duly find the fella and take him to custody. Next job follows quickly and its over a battle for kids, take in the info, assess and point out the options they need to follow. All calm again and its a quick drive around the area, the area we are in i know very well as its not far from home, so i give the reg im with the heads up on afew sneaky shortcuts that im aware of A quick trip back to the station, a bite to eat and check up on the jobs that are coming in (seemed to shock the regs of the team that I can access and actual use the systems :D - but after doing so many hours i tell them im bound to know afew things Back out on the road and the calls are coming in quickly but none are for our area (still so far the pace of the shift is noticably more busy) then we get a call to a incident a distance away to a address which has a fight ongoing and is thought to have people with knives, so off we go......... Enroute we hear more back up is being arranged for this job, so the adrenaline is starting, but it turns out to be a none event, we get their to find all is calm and it turns out to be nothing more than a malicious call from someone who knows the proprietor of the address, call the others off and take details of who is making the calls, the person makes one when we are there and my colleague has a word, will be recorded and followed up, with that its the end of the shift so back to the station and then home to bed........ Sunday morning and im wide awake (doesnt help that is so blinking warm, oh and that i went to bed at 7pm!) and find it easier to get up than i did on saturday morning Back into the station and off to briefing, the sgt looks surprised ive come back but still welcomed back and sent out with a different reg (variety is the spice of life!) Busy first thing this morning and is off to follow up some information abut a kids that has run off, speak to the people involved and get details needed, they dont want to report as missing as the kids has been seen out about, still it gets recorded and supervision updated due to the kids age. Its followed by a quick drive around before the next job that comes in for us, another kid thats run off. so its back to the station to get a close look at the details for this so far before we go to the address, this kids ran off after a arguement the night before so off we go to get the details and prepare for a MISPER. Get there to find no contact has been made but start to get the details of whats happened and who was about, the reg im with does the paperwork while we both prompt with questions and try to get some clarity, this takes up the rest of the morning, we head back to the station and i grab a quick bite to eat as at this point i cant help the reg any further, after a while he comes for a break but afew jobs have come in, so i head off out with another Reg (im getting about abit aint i ) as he will prob end up doing more chasing for this misper. Anyway out on the open road and we are heading off to find a drunken guy sat in the middle of the road. Its normally about 15 minutes to get to this location from the station but the blues and twos are on, so we make it there in about 4 minutes (could have been sooner if people would move out of the way when they see the lights flashing ) We get there and find him staggering down the road, drunk as a newt and in a mess as he had urinated himself.We pull up and get him to the wall before he fell over, turns out hes from somewhere in eastern europe and has virtually no understanding or able to speak English, tried to get some information as to where he lived but had no joy so as he was in drink and incapable of dealing with himself it was off to the hospital to get him checked over. Next job we get is at a village at the other side of the division to where we are so off we go once again, this time is a disturbance at a residential address (domestic) cant say much more about this other than the bloke was arrested to prevent a further breach of the peace and off he went to custody and by the time that was all sorted out it was the end of the shift....... so a busy weekend, but also a very good one - Thanks to the team i was out with Stay safe

hilltop

hilltop

 

Not long

I've decided to write a blog on my training for MSC (Met police) and give a day-to-day run through of what will take place. July 6-29 2009 Obviously some information may not be posted due to it's nature,I will just give a general idea of what went on that day etc. Less than one month to go and i can't wait,I finish my exams on Monday coming then I'm free (apart from work of course ).I have my boots already but nothing else,just waiting for the letter that they send a couple of weeks before you start giving you all the details of the training. I'm sure I'll be back soon to write something

R5!

R5!

 

How I got to the site "PS.com" and the process I went through to become a Cadet

I remember when I was a little kid (about age 7) and two local policemen named Bob and Ben use to come into my primary school and talk to every year about "stranger danger" etc. This was the very first time I ever became interested in the police. My eyes were fixed to the various equipment on their belt, and one of the officers allowed us to put on his Protective Vest, and it did weigh quite a few of us down! After that day, I went home and when my dad came in from work I asked him about the Police Force and he told me a variety of stuff about it, and told me to start watching "The Bill!" True to form, I have never missed an episode of The Bill since I was 7. My dad was tape it for me so I couldn't miss it, and as the introduction of Sky+ came, I've got it on series link to be recorded every week. Now obviously The Bill only shows 2 aspects of policing, the responding to 999 calls on blues and twos, and the CID area. But as I got older and started to research the Police Force on the internet quite a lot, I realised that being a Police Officer wasn't just about attending 999 calls and dialling a few people in an office to make enquires. Over the passed few years, I have got to know the Police recruitment process well, and have even gone to the extent to buying and loaning books about the recruitment process (even though I'm only 15!) but hopefully this will help me in the long run as I will be fully prepared. Sad as I am, when I was researching the Police, I have been on every single Police Forces Website in England, Wales and Scotland, and the other national forces such as PSNI, Isle of Man Constabulary, CNC, MOD and BTP, as well as the constabularies such as Ports Police etc. When researching every single website, and reading things ranging from the Chief Constable's annual report to the Recruitment Process for Police Officers, it is here mostly where I have ascertained and deepend my understanding in the knowledge of the Police force. About 4 years ago, I didn't know the difference between a Regular Police Officer and a Special Constable. In fact the only time I knew the role of a Special Constable existed is that when I was walking to town a Police Officer said "Alright Mate" to me and then we got talking, and I asked him what the little crown and SC meant and he said he was a Special Constable. Not wanting to keep him waiting, I went home and researched a "Special Constable" on the internet. It is here I found this site, however, I didn't become a member of the forum for 2 years, because at the age of 12 I thought some peoples thoughts wouldn't have been very positive (I don't know why, I just did) so I viewed the forum for 2 years, and it was then I decided to become a member at the age of 14. Obviously, I found out straight away what a Special Constable was when I first come onto this site, and over the 4 years (even though I've only been a member for 1 year and a bit) I have learnt some much from this fantastic site Now onto more recent times, I'll explain how I came out to become a Cadet. It was December 2008 and I was on Merseyside Police's website, and whilst on there I visited the recruitment section and noticed that they had volunteer cadets. I knew it was open to year 11's, however, because my birthday is late on in the academic year (July), I didn't know whether I would be accepted as it said Interview's would take place in May and you had to be 16. So I emailed recruitment and they came back with some positive news saying that I will be fine, as long as I am 16 before September (The start of the Cadets) and I will be so it was "all thumbs up!" I then replied thanking them, and asked if they would put my name down for an application pack, which would be given out in January. Even though it took nearly a month for the application pack, I didn't really realise that it took so long, because I was more interested in Christmas and New Year so the time flew! But one day in Mid-January when I came home from school I noticed a big brown envolope with my name on it - I opened it and I saw the Merseyside Police Logo and instantly I lit up For the next hour or so I read through the letter and through the application pack, and I filled in the basic details such as my name and address, but I left the main questions that I would be marked on, for another day, because I wanted to draft them out first to make sure they were as close to perfect as possible. One of the questions asked me to refer to guidance notes, however, I had not recieved any. So again I emailed the Woman at St Helens Police Station and told her about this, and she kindly invited me to the station for an informal chat and to finish off the application form. So I went in and as she was reading other parts she said my handwriting was very neat for a young lad , and then she discussed the question I missed out and I filled it in there and then. As silly as I was, I forgot the parental permission part of the application at the back, and when she asked me for it I was like "Ohh Sugar." She told me not to worry and that I could pop it into the front office next time I was in town, so I got my dad to do it a few days later. Now it was playing the waiting game (Cadets have to go through the same feelings!) for the security checks to be completed, and after waiting just under 2 months, they finally came through and I was successful, and therefore invited for an interview! This was the part I was dreading the most, I must say. I am only 15, never had an interview before, and although you do mock ones in lessons such as PSHE with your friends, its never the same when your sitting infront of a person you don't personally know. But, I really wanted to pass this interview and get into the Cadets, so I emailed the woman running the Cadet Recruitment once again, and asked if I could come into the station while she goes through the questions I will be asked. She said of course, and only 4 others had taken the opportunity to do this. So again I went in and I went through the questions I would be asked in the interview in about 2 weeks time. The day before the interview, disaster struck, and you could never place it on a better day! All the Cadet applicants had to bring the letter inviting them to the interview, along with their Birth Certificate. Firstly, I didn't know where my Birth Certificate was. All the other Certificates were together in a box such as my Nan and Sisters Death Certificate, My Mums, Dads, Sisters and Brothers Birth Certificates, and my Mum and Dads marriage certificate, but mine was nowhere to be found I was really annoyed because I am the youngest and mine has gone walkies! So I phoned the woman and she told me not to worry, as long as I order a new one and bring it in for her to photocopy before September. This was the first problem, but then the second occured with the letter. My dad had put a massive tea stain on it with his mug, and there was no way I was going to an interview at a Police Station with a letter with a tea stain on and the absence of my Birth Certificate. Long story short, we went to various Tesco's to find the ink for my very rare printer, as it seemed! and we only got to bed at 4 when the sun started to rise, so as you can guess, I was very tired, and my dad was annoyed as he had work at 7! But on the day the interview went fantastic and a week later, she phoned and said, and I quote "Chris your interview was excellent and we would love to have you on the Cadet Programme, if that's okay with you?" I was so chuffed and just said "Yer, thats absolutely Brilliant, thank you very much! " So now I've caught up with current times, and I am waiting for a letter to invite me to an Open Day in July (it best not be on my Birthday!) where we all meet and talk to various people, and then the Cadets finally commence in September :D I wasn't originally looking forward to September as I am starting College and doing 5 A levels, which is going to be a bit of a tuffy (I think) but I'm sure I will be fine if I organise my work. But now I know I will be starting the Cadet's I cannot wait! So thats my very long, boring story. I will be adding entries to the blog weekly (Starting September) when I start the Cadets, and will keep you informed of what happens every week. Chris :D

carty23

carty23

 

Just another day...

So here goes my first go at a blog... You know when you ring a call centre and they put that stupid "hold" music on, that's the theme tune to my world at the moment. "In due course" seems to be the phrase of the month I will receive me expenses "in due course", my wages "in due course", I will be notified if I've been accepted to any of the 100's of jobs I've applied for lately"in due course". I've decided "in due course" either means never or some time in the distant future when it suit some one else. On the jobs front I've 5 "in due course" emails, 2 asking if I can become a "freelance" web developer, this involves working at home (Which I hate doing, and is counter productive as I want to build up experience with an office environment). This freelance work involves working for £6 an hour, self employed (far too much hassle) and could involve no work at all in real terms. I have replied and informed them I hall consider there offers but am unhappy at the arragements and shall inform them of any decission I make "in due course" ha that is bound to annoy. Idioms: in due course At the proper or right time. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/in+due+course

xeon

xeon

 

Driving permit

It's been quite some time since my last blog entry... probably because I've been busy at work trying to source props for 5 shows on a budget of 5 pence and a bit of pocket fluff, as well as teaching and being a glorified courier. I've also managed to do several Specialing shifts in a row without being involved in any fights (apart from one earlier this month when I ended up pressing my emergency button as my colleague and I couldn't contain all the scuffles breaking out around us simultaneously)! I've also been involved in putting together a Specials newsletter for Kent Specials... the first edition is due on 18th June... there's a lot of work to be done in the meantime! Last weekend I took a driving assessment at the Police College for my basic permit... I was really, really nervous as it meant a lot to me to get my permit... I would be able to take out other Specials and help with the driving on shifts with the Regs and I'd feel and be more useful. I'd been trying to memorise the highway code for weeks before (it's a great publication for curing amnesia)... and I tried very hard to put right all the bad driving habits which have built up over the past 13 years since I passed my test (in the days before the theory test existed). I'm very pleased that the effort paid off...I passed the assessment and went out the next day for my first shift as a driver! It felt a bit odd to drive a patrol car at first... and even more bizarre to press the blue button and pull over a car for the first time... but I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to my next driving shift

Erica

Erica

 

Driving

Oop's Think i've been slacking in the blogging front just recently, it's now over five month's since i last updated. Some of being because not a lot has been happening and i've also been busy messing about with my NVQ. Anway the Mighty Iron have been promoted once again to The Championship just slightly gutted that i missed it today though because i was on a driving course. Still i've ended the day with two good results, in me passing my driving course and The Iron coming away from Wembley with a win. Speak soon

Gingeriron

Gingeriron

 

custody

Hiya everyone.. I was looking for a few tips on the procedures used in custody: someone said something to me about ROAST. can anyone help? thanks

Jonnyb

Jonnyb

 

all the fun of the fair

Well Bank Holidays usually mean one thing - RAIN RAIN and more RAIN , thankfully it also gives the opportunity to go work in another part of the division as its the time of year all the parades and carnivals start to happen. I dont mind doing this particular parade and carnival as it means road closures (something i rarely get to do) and also the sheer volume of people to deal with is good as its gets the grey matter working and doing stuff i have forgotten about thankfully it all came flooding back quickly Saturday was nice and warm, the sun was out so it was a good chance to get walking around the town and getting to know the "hotspots" and some of the more les desirable people, even in this posh area they have some Anyway back to the job in hand and its time to talk to people to see whats happening - the fair is in town this weekend and people are starting to appear about the rides so its time to make sure no one is messing about - it all good natured fun and nothng more happens for the rest of the day. Sunday arrives, Ive already been up hours by the time i arrive for briefing. Find out what to expect for the day and then head off out into the town centre. One thing I have noticed is that even in a more well to do area people are still reluctant to even say hello to the police However not to be put off i make it a task for the day to acknowledge as many people as i can while out and about, the PCSO thinks im mad but hey manners dont cost a thing :D The fair starts up again but its even quieter than the day before so while we still keep an eye on things we dont spend as much time there and keep an eye out over the river bank for kids hiding with booze - afew of them are spoken to and made to dispose of the contents down the drain - some smart alec said if he drank it would that still be classed as disposal, one look later and he politely poured it down the drain :D Bank Holiday monday arrives, weather isnt looking too good but hopefully the rain will hold off....... Its abit more rushed today as the carnival parade is due to take place and roads need closing, all sorted and the parade gets under way, Something is going on at the bottom of the town centre and 2 PCSOs are dealing with it, cant really hear whats going on thanks to the band that is playing as it goes past me and also a car beeping its horn - go to speak to them to advise no need to use the horn (they were polite enough so no need to get OTT with them and give them a different route to get out of the town. Follow the crowds down to where the parade is gathering - try to keep them on the roads as much as we can but the sheer volume of people doesnt make it easy - get to the grounds and end up looking for missing kids (all found) lost property (most handed back to owners) and the rest to be booked in to stores. With that its end of the shift, 23 hours over 3 days and im ready to have a sit down and relax, just a shame i have to get my kit back to my own station before i can go home...... Stay Safe

hilltop

hilltop

 

first weekend

first weekend=done, really enjoyable lots of really nice people on the course. looking forward to the next weekend on the 9th may wooopa

leachc2

leachc2