Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Well, almost been doing this for a year, but this is the last post.
PSD know about this, my supervisors know, thats enough. Im not putting collegues at risk, my force's reputation at risk etc etc, so thats it. The end. Sadly.
Thankyou all my readers, fellow bloggers, and collegues for giving me ideas and amusing tales.
Stay safe, oh, and enjoy some humble pie.
"I hoped the jury would find her not guilty and that the law might change."
Quite how they would find her not guilty I dont know.
I am interested in peoples views of this old woman though. Would it differ if she were 28 as opposed to 68?
Monday, March 05, 2007
Quite sad how loads of places like this require a security guard.
On another note, why do we not get this type of stuff as reality TV. Would beat Big Brother any day!
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
|Speed Camera Team||38|
|Prisoner Interview Team||9|
|110 votes total|
So, Speed Camera Team was the most unpopular!? Why on earth is this??
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
These photo's were taken yesterday
Obviously it wont change some peoples attitude
Monday, February 26, 2007
Its good to see the "youth of today" clearly listening to Tony Blair and pals with their concept of "respect"
Take the photo to the right for example.
What is it I hear you ask? It was an ambulance. Why is it in this condition? Is the garage decomissioning it? Was it involved in a crash?
No. It was parked outside a house on a 999 call. Whilst paramedics were inside the house, some "yoofs" decided to smash the windows, nick the sat nav, and smash the inside up.
Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Having a read on PS.com it became clear why people dislike having to attend mispers.
"TWO fuming cops had to fork out £90 after their police car was clamped as they hunted for a missing person.
One of the officers had to draw cash from his bank account to get their marked Ford Fusion released after an hour and a half.
They parked in a private car park at 10.45am on Bank Holiday Monday — and a team from Aquarius Securities fixed a yellow clamp to a front wheel.
Witness Jim Birmingham, 45, said: "I was absolutely gobsmacked. When I caught his eye, the clamper looked at me with a little smile. The police were not a happy bunch."
Barry McQuile, of Aquarius Securities, said that the car was only clamped when it became clear the police were not on business at the firm that leases the car park space in Portsmouth, Hants.
He said: "Police need to realise they’re not above the law."
But Inspector John Anderson said the clamping firm had failed to use common sense.
He added: "The officers were investigating a case of a high-risk missing person. They were only gone five minutes. An employee has been reported for obstructing police."
Well, almost a detection out of it.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
- French Prison System
- Being threatened by a member of the public
- Stabbing at Tesco Express
- How to do Wheelspins in a car
- Confessions of Fireman Sam
- Kitchen Nightmares
- Chav Meter
- Spc Limit Tea
- What Makes People Lie
- Spc Saudi Arabia
- Sneaky Beaky
- How to get off with seat belt offence
- Dont See
- Speed Bumps Cause Accidents
- British Prisoners Freed
- Confessions of a Superhero Documentory
- Women in Prison - What Does Time Mean
- Police Shed Shot Available
- Can a door supervisor use aggressive force
- Special f***
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
One of many things on it which would be great if real is when dealing with an incident!
- Get sent grade one to a 2 day old theft
- Turn up on blues/legging it on foot
- Talk to the owner, find out it was tens of thousands of pounds worth of goods taken, get a full perfect description with the offender caught on cctv with a full view of their face, drivers license with name and address on it too.
- Leave the store after hearing this without doing any paperwork, taking statements, booking on crimes, spot the offender, chase them, and arrest them
- Control calls for someone to attend 2 day old theft
- No reply, so straws are drawn
- Officers attend in the hope of being diverted to another job
- Once they arrive, the item stolen comes to a value of £2.34, the cctv is of poor quality, all you can see is a blurred person in dark clothing as the camera was facing the wrong way, the disc of the cctv cant be released until the morning manager comes in the next day, the store worker is also unable to provide a good description.
- Take statement
- Book on crime
- Give shop crime number
- Go back to the nick and complete more paperwork
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
..and the Taxi Driver.
Come across a taxi stopped in the middle of the road with two males squaring up to each other. Yep - you have probably guessed it, the taxi driver and the passenger.
The passengers issue was that he didnt want to pay to go all the way home. He was only just leaving the town centre and had been charged £4.00. It should be a £6 journey in total. I can see his problem, the taxi driver was having a go at trying to make a few more quid. Sadly for him, the passenger was sober and knew this.
A collegue spoke to this male who was a dead pleasant chap, and apparently his dad is a Chief Inspector in a neighbouring force. I got the short straw of the taxi driver!
He went on about how the male had kicked his car, and it went a little like this:
Him: He has kicked my car.......twice!
Me: Where is the damage?
Him: Here, look, look
*nothing to see at all, not even a foot mark!*
Me: I dont see anything at all *check around that area too*
Him: He did it, I want him arrested, I want him prosecuted
Me: There is no damage, I cant do any of this!
Him: You have to, you have to prosecute
Me: I cant, and I wont
Him: This is f***ing stupid
Me: Im sorry, but there is no damage or anything!
Him: You are useless, you are not doing your job properly, your a f***ing idiot, I have had enough of you lot, you are all s**t.
Me: Easy, there is no need to get worked up! There is no damage, your not injured or anything, calm down.
Him: You are useless you lot are, all a bunch of idiots, I want your number, your PC number.
Me: *I assumed he meant collar number* Ofcourse you can, its ***.
Him: I am going to complain that you are not doing your job properly.
Me: Oh right, I have said why I cant and wont do anything! I will have words with the male though
*take down his badge number and cab number*
Me: *recieves more abuse* How about I ring taxi licensing and let them know how rude, abusive, and threatening you have been towards me, how you will not listen to my explanation, and your threats to passengers??
Him: Ok ok sir, I sorry I understand, please dont please dont, I will lose my taxi.
Touché good sir!
Monday, February 05, 2007
We got Tim away from the abusive group and gave them strong words of advice for their conduct. They looked as if we had just taken away all their fun, totally ruining their evening.
Whilst the abusive group were distracted, we grabbed Tim and struggled to get him on the van, but eventually we did.
The sgt called up control and informed them of the sitation and that we were going to take Tim away from the scene for his own protection, and promptly left the scene.
Eventually we made it to the safety of Sainsburys, where Tim the Trolley was liberated.
For those wondering, yes it was a quiet night!
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Should I remain on a response team or should I go to a "community" team.
Being on response seems to be job to job to job and most of them seem to be domestics or shoplifters depending on the time of day!
The "community" team where I would be going is in a rough part of town (Crime Hub of Scroatsville), its easier to drive to from home, and doesnt cover anywhere near where I live. The stuff we would do is drugs raids, sneaky beaky operations etc. The team are great and we all have a great time when we crew and all are very pro-special.
Oddly there are more response drivers on this team than the response team.
What do you reckon? What woud you do?
Monday, January 29, 2007
What about all the stories we hear about how naughty the police are as we speed all the time. Sometimes without the blue lights and sirens.
Just to clear up to members of the public who may be unaware.
Section 87 Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 exempts certain emergency vehicles from speed limits if observance would hinder the use of the vehicle for the purpose it was being used for on that occasion.
Basically, if sticking to the speed limits would hinder the emergency/incident, then the police (and other services outlined in Section 87) then they can speed.
This means that
- Blue lights do not have to be used
- Sirens do not have to be used
- If a police car is speeding and doesnt have blue lights and sirens going, doesnt always mean that they are just speeding for the hell of it (obviously sometimes it does)
- If a police car wacks its lights on overtakes you turns them off and bombs it off, they are not always late for the Kebab house run, they may be going somewhere urgently but dont want to give the fact away to who they are looking for.
1) The moaning member of public. This is the sort of person who goes out of their way to find a non story, and blow it out of proportion. Such stories include the caller complaining that the police car went through a red light "too fast" or just the fact that they did it, that they were not wearing a seat belt at the same time as having the person in the back of the car jumping all over the place (kicking off).
This sort of thing is something that happens quite often. This is one of the latest stories.
You might even get the odd disalusioned person saying things such as
"Speed cameras, and the way speed is being enforced, are criminalising everybody, but the police's own people are let off"
Nigel Humphries of the Association of British Drivers. Lets see what he says when his house is being burgled with him being threatened with a knife or a gun and to have the police stuck in traffic, or making at the speed limit from 20 miles away.
2) The more serious stories crop up from time to time which involve police vehicle accidents.
Apparently, according to the good old Home Office anyway, 126 people died as a result of an accident involving a police vehicle between 2000 and 2004.
Everytime a police officer gets into a car, they could be open to being charged with driving without due care and attention or even dangerous driving should something happen. Examples of this can be found here here and there are many times when a crash happens which injures or kills an officer.
Not forgetting cases such as PC Milton - these dont help in what the public think of police driving!
What should be done about it though??
How many times on an average shift do officers go to a grade one (blue light job). Many thousand times a day across the country. How many of these result in an accident?
What would happen if there was no exemption? People would critisise the police for taking too long to get somewhere, for not doing enough.
This just relates back to my good old theory of damned if we do, damned if we dont.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Now I know which one I would rather see locked up!!
In the words of Inspector G "You couldnt make it up"
Solution: An operation
Details: Have dedicated plain clothes and marked patrols in the area
Sucessful: Yes - the main offender was caught in the act and arrested.
But really, was it sucessful: No - the offender that we caught is still out and about doing robberys and keeps getting arrested.
Surely he shouldnt be out on the streets!
A solution to this??
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
This time, a look around the world - I shall let you see how nice and cushty prisoners in Britain are compared to the rest. As always, please let me know your views.
Criminals in the former Soviet state are still sent to the “gulags” Russia has 900,000 prisoners and many are held in the 120 remote hard labour camps which date from Communist dictator Stalin’s brutal reign. During winter temperatures can fall to -40°C. Inmates are expected to cover their own costs and often have to cut timber in bitter conditions to earn cash. City jails are just as tough. Kresty prison in St Petersburg, where revolutionary Leon Trotsky was once held, was built for 1,000 inmates — but now holds ten times that figure. Up to 14 people share cells measuring just over 9ft by 9ft. Food is very basic and rationed and Russian prisoners complain of malnourishment. The conditions have led to poor health among inmates with one in ten contracting TB. Russia’s crime rate is 1,754 per 100,000 people. However, the country has an extremely high murder rate — four times that of America.
Criminals in the former Soviet state are still sent to the “gulags”
Russia has 900,000 prisoners and many are held in the 120 remote hard labour camps which date from Communist dictator Stalin’s brutal reign.
During winter temperatures can fall to -40°C. Inmates are expected to cover their own costs and often have to cut timber in bitter conditions to earn cash.
City jails are just as tough. Kresty prison in St Petersburg, where revolutionary Leon Trotsky was once held, was built for 1,000 inmates — but now holds ten times that figure.
Up to 14 people share cells measuring just over 9ft by 9ft.
Food is very basic and rationed and Russian prisoners complain of malnourishment.
The conditions have led to poor health among inmates with one in ten contracting TB.
Russia’s crime rate is 1,754 per 100,000 people. However, the country has an extremely high murder rate — four times that of America.
In Athens’s Drapetsona detention centre, inmates — who can be detained there for up to a year — sleep on the floor, receive only basic food and little medical care.
Prisoners are expected to buy their own toothpaste and other toiletries and use crude toilet and washing facilities.
Detainees here are not allowed access to social workers or other state services. Greece’s largest jail is the Korydallos Prison Complex, which houses some 2,200 inmates.
Its claustrophobic cells measure 6½ft by 10ft and prisoners are confined to their beds while under lock and key.
Criminals on remand in Athens’s Kolonos police station jail also sleep on cell floors and are not allowed baths or hot water.
Wardens feed them just one basic meal each day.
Greek crime is 4,145 offences for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Westerners held inside Saudi Arabia’s no-mercy penal system often complain about harsh conditions — but very few risk becoming repeat offenders.
Around 23,000 adult inmates are behind bars in 30 jails and more than half are foreign nationals.
Saudi’s largest prison al-Hair, in the capital of Riyadh, is modern and clean but offers only the most basic of “comforts”.
Jailed British expats complain of brutal conditions in al-Hair and other Saudi jails. They claim wardens regularly use axe handles and iron bars to extract confessions.
Four hundred prisoners held at Al-Jawf’s central prison recently rioted over conditions.
Inmates wanted newspapers, doors on bathrooms and recreation facilities.
Saudi has just 405 offences per 100,000 people — the lowest crime rate of the nations on this page.
Brazil’s 512 prisons — known as presídios — are among the harshest in the world.
Sao Paulo’s Carandiru jail is Latin America’s largest jail, holding 6,500 inmates.
Prisoners live in dormitory cells laid out along long corridors. Inmates depend on relatives to provide bedding, mattresses, clothing and toiletries.
Brazil also locks up criminals inside local police jails. These often consist of a covered patio flanked by cells.
An inmate in one such jail in Minas Gerais said: “Every Friday we have a full search. Everyone is forced to strip naked and wait on the patio, often in the cold.”
Conditions at Mata Grande Penitentiary in Rondonopolis are so bad inmates regularly riot or try to escape. Thirteen were killed during one break in March 2000.
Brazil has just 927 offences per 100,000 people.
A recent report by the Paris-based International Observatory of Prisons revealed the average jail was working 25 per cent beyond its capacity.
In Mans prison for instance, 135 people share just 45 places.
The report also claimed conditions in most jails were unsanitary and the head doctor of Paris’s La Sante prison has told how mattresses were filled with lice, cells were infested with rats and inmates became so depressed they swallowed rat poison.
A report by the Council Of Europe also described French jails as “repulsively dirty”.
France has a much smaller prison population than Britain, with 61,000 inside. Its crime rate is 6,932 reported offences for every 100,000 people.
The US got tough on their dangerous criminals by building “super-max” prisons.
They are used to hold the worst kinds of murderers and rapists.
One of the harshest regimes is in Ohio state penitentiary in Youngstown where prisoners spend 23 hours a day in small, sealed metal cells.
Cell lights are never turned off and lags are never allowed outside into the fresh air. They are granted just one hour of exercise a day, undertaken alone in a bare room.
Whenever an inmate leaves the cell block they have to wear a set of rigid metal handcuffs.
There are more than 50 such supermax jails for the “worst of the worst”.
The country has 1.96million prisoners and the crime rate dropped last year.
There were 4,118 crimes per 100,000 people in 2002.
Friday, January 19, 2007
- Up to three-quarters of men in UK prisons suffer from two or more mental disorders.
- One in four women in prison has spent time in local authority care as a child
- The number of 15-17 year olds in prison has more than doubled over the last ten years
- It costs over £40,000 per year to keep a person in prison
- 67.4% of all prisoners re-offend within two years of release
- The suicide rate for men in prison is five times that of men in the community
- Almost one third of suicides occur within the first week in custody, 1 in 7 within 2 days
- One study found that 72% of those who committed suicide in prison had a history of mental disorder
- Boys in prison aged 15-17 are eighteen times more likely to kill themselves than in the community
- Almost 1 in 5 of those held on remand before trial were acquitted or not proceeded against
- Recalled prisoners now make up nearly 11% of the population of local prisons
- One third of all women in prison had no previous convictions
- The majority of women in prison are held for non-violent offences
- Nearly two thirds of women in prison have a drug problem
- Over half of the women in prison have suffered domestic abuse, 1 in 3 sexual abuse
- It is estimated that 150,000 children have a parent in prison
- England & Wales has the highest number of life sentanced prisoners in Europe. It has more than German, France, Italy and Turkey - combined.
- 30% of people released from prison will have nowhere to live
- Over half of all prisoners are at or below the level of an 11 year old at reading
- Just under half of all male prisoners were excluded from school
Is it time to actually tackle the causes of crime, the upbringing of a child & parenting.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Another thing I saw today . . .
Why is it perfectly legal for someone to, whilst driving, mess about in their handbag looking for their fags, find them, open the packet, stick a fag in their mouth, search around for the lighter, attempt to light the cigarette, find the lighter doesnt work so have to pay even more attention to the lighter trying to get it to work, even using their other hand.
However, its illegal to hold something to your ear and will soon carry 3 points and £60 fine.
(by the way, before I get jumped on, I do not think using a phone whilst driving is a good idea)
Monday, January 15, 2007
Off I go to get a car and there are quite a few hanging up so instead of taking on I go and ask the sergeant if I can have one.
"Sarge, can I borrow a car this evening please, you got a few hanging up"
"What are you doing tonight?"
I then explain what I am doing, and that I do the same thing when I go out with another special.
Sgt.: "Well, I rather you didnt have a marked car"
Me: "How come if I can ask?"
Sgt: "Incase you get flagged down by someone"
Me: "Yeah and...?"
Sgt. "Incase you dont know what they want"
Off I go and get a plain car.
1 arrested for assault
1 arrested for drink driving
2 crimes booked on with statements taken
12 "incidents" attended
Saturday, January 13, 2007
George Phillips of Scroatsville was going up to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window.
George opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.
He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and he said "no".
Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available.
George said , " Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.
"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now cause I've just shot them all." Then he hung up.
Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response unit, a dog handler, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence and caught the burglars red-handed.
One of the Policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"
George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Anyhow, arrive to the flat, open the door and see blood everywhere.
"Shit, whats happened" I think to myself. I find someone on the floor, and this once again makes me very worried.
Its ok though, they are cleaning up the blood. The person causing the blood is her partner, Anne. Carol was a nice lass and easy to talk to. She explained that her partner isnt all there in the head at the moment, and this has been made worse by alcohol. She then gets Anne's sister on the phone to tell me exactly the same thing.
There is glass all over the floor, so the obvious question of "how did this happen" is asked.
Anne had smashed a photo of her and Carol, and cut her hand. She didnt want to be seen by ambulance and would rather bleed to death - apparently.
I kid you not there was blood all over the floor and wallks - it looked like a scene out of Kill Bill.
No offences, but one has to go to prevent further breach of the peace. Now this is where the problems start.
Both Anne and Carol are very emotional and crying their eyes out and shouting, although this is mainly Anne. Anne is shouting how much she loves Carol and doesnt want to leave her.
Now Anne was quite, how can I put it, erm, Butch! She began to get very rowdy, but then was calmed down and insisted on hugging my collegue, covering her in blood.
Her mother then turned up (Anne's, not my collegues!) and my goodness, she put her in place! Well, for a while she did anyway. We went round and round in circles
- Tell Anne she is going to her mums
- Anne screaming to Carol that she loves her
- Carol screaming that she wants her to go
- Anne's mum telling Anne to shut up and get out
- Get Anne to the door, then back to stage one
We got halfway back to the nick and as I was updating control about the sitation, we got a further call to say that Anne had returned.
So back we go to the flat, it turns out that she had literally jumped out of her mums car halfway to her mums, and used her keys to get back into the flat.
We were all very very pissed off with the situation, so we went to arrest her and take her in (her mum didnt return) when we went through another cycle:
- Tell Anne she is going to her mums
- Anne screaming to Carol that she loves her
- Carol screaming that she wants her to go
- Get Anne to the door, then back to stage one
We didnt get anymore calls to the address and got another unit to check all was in order later.
Worst domestic I have been to though - quite odd. No time to get the blood off us - off to some more grade ones.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Police said on Friday they were hunting a man who stole a urinal from a pub toilet.
The suspect walked into the Royal Oak pub in Southampton, ordered half a pint of beer and then made several visits to the men's toilet.
There he carefully removed a white urinal from the wall, stuffed it into a rucksack and was captured on closed circuit television walking out with the bulging sack on his back.
"He made a very, very expert job of dismantling it from the wall and turning the water off. A very professional job," landlord Alan Dreja said in a video posted on the Southampton Daily Echo newspaper's Web site.
A police spokesman said the thief may have been a tradesman.
"One of the theories is the guy is some sort of cut-price plumber who is going round and stealing parts to order," he said.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Firstly, the night shift had, which is a first I have ever seen, 10 double crewed cars. Not just double crewed, but response ones too! Usually lucky if we have two on a shift let alone 10! Ofcourse this isnt taking into account the late shift which were on until about 0300, and all the town centre vans which were about too. There was also all the traffic cars knocking about too.
First off, a small get together of youths at a house gone wrong. Someone turned up drunk and started to trash the place. Once he was out the house he decided to try and attack my collegue and was carted off to custody by another unit.
Next thing was someone who had gone into a house and trashed it and gone to bed. No signs of forced entry into the house except for one small window which had been broken (wasnt easy to see it had!)
I opened the window and jumped into the house so that we could open the door and let the dog in. Turned out he just wanted to sleep, how very random. Once the dog scared him and 4 traffic officers had wrestled him to the floor, he was arrested and taken back. I didnt realise the time until someone said "Happy New Year". It did feel quite odd as whilst the majority of Scroatsville were enjoying the new year, whilst we were wrestling with scroates who opted to be shits for the new year. How strange it was.
We then attended a burglary which had just occured. Some little scroates had entered someones garage and from there gone into the house through a door and taken peoples bags and car keys. This was whilst the occupents and friends were in the room next door celebrating. A car was taken with the keys and was sighted later, but no units could find it.
Once we took details and statements etc we resumed and passed a group of youths. We started to search them when one of them was a bit cocky.
Me: Do you have anything on you I should know about
Him: Yeah I have a knife (so many people say this trying to be funny)
Me: Where is it then
Him: In my pocket
I then go to his pocket expecting him to be joking about trying to look good infront of his mates and see a handle. I pull this handle out to find a huge bloody meat cleaver!! He is very quickly handcuffed and arrested. My collegue has no idea what has gone on until he sees the cleaver in my hand.
The rest of the night is spent doing paper work for all the above and other stuff we did which wasnt really worthy of mention.
For the vast majority of the night, most of it for everyone was going from job to job to job. From about 00:00 01/01/07 to 05:00 in the county there were about 150 grade one incidents deployed to. Quite busy!
New years day wasnt too bad though. The usual domestics, recovered the stolen car which was taken from the burglary I attended on New Years.
Observations were put out for someone driving dangerously, I went and did an area search for this car and found it. The driver blew 138 at the station! That was the first of the "interesting" part of this drink driver. Seized his car for no insurance too whilst I was at it! There was a lot more but sadly I cant say what on here!