Days off…after the carnage of the weekend…

As we were down to 9-officers to cover a busy drinking mile, it was, on occasion, a bit scary…

Following as couple of Blue light runs and 20 mins to get a bit of refs, we came across a chap and his mate that were intent on being arrested. They had been chucked out of a pub and couldn’t accept it…as you know we have a fair amount of people in our country that have never heard the word ‘no’ and don’t like it…

After being given numerous chances to go, we were forced to arrest him…I didn’t want to because I am then of the street and we are down to 7…bearing in mind we can have around 2000 in the pubs at any one time…

He played up…handcuffs were applied and he was carted off…he played up in the station too and was re-handcuffed…then he had a coke induced fit…cue bum twitching from custody (don’t blame them) …so he went off to hospital with two response officers (we were needed back on the front)


10 responses to “Days off…after the carnage of the weekend…

  1. I suspect you could write this article every weekend…

    How long does it take to book somebody into the cells?

    • Depends…but on a busy night it can take 2-3-4-5 hours…even at central in…the big town…

    • You can book someone in 10 minutes in perfect circumstances and plenty of supportive help from the custody officer and DDOs, but it also depends on how long the queue in front of you is. And if a full search is needed. Or continued restraint, constant observations etc. Or if you have to take the prints/photo/DNA/IMEI checks yourself due to lack of DDOs. Once booked in you then have to write your statement up and (at least) complete a handover pack for the interviewing/dealing officer. Of course there are initial follow up enquiries that have to be done before you can complete your handover i.e. victim welfare, speak to the owner of whatever’s been smashed. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to snatch 10 minutes to change your piss/vomit/spit splattered trousers. So, yeah, it’s not uncommon for one detainee to tuck you up the best part of the night.

  2. The risk assessment in custody utilised by my farce has been written and implemented by a bunch of shiny arses.
    It has made a woefully difficult job much harder.

    It is not fit for purpose.
    But what do we know.

    I await the new super custody, which encompasses, A&E, social services, MIND, Samaritans, food bank, taxi rank, drink & drug counselling and administration and free beds for the down and outs.
    All with below minimum staffing levels and no breaks……oh wait, that’s how it is now.

  3. We don’t have enough resources during weekend lates/nights either, which of course isn’t OUR fault, but we keep on ‘making it work’ by trying desperately to keep a lid on things and putting off tucking ourselves up with an arrest as a last resort, don’t we?

    Something to be said for going out and making the first righteous arrest you come encounter and for everyone else doing likewise thereby leaving the city unprotected from about midnight. See how that goes.

    None of us want to see our respective areas unprotected of course, but in time people might start waking up to the fact that Dave’s ‘unaffected frontline’ and ‘get more for less’ ‘reforms’ are nothing more than dangerous cuts to one of the most important public services.

    • For us it’s not about that its About staying alive…

      • Yes, point fully accepted of course. But if you were ALL in the custody queue…

        • scarletpimple

          In the light of all you have said here. it would be entirely fatuous for me to make comparisons with the times I knew. But as a fifties or sixties Station Sergeant, it would take me ten minutes to deal with charging a drunk. He would be brought into charge room, I would listen to the PC’s facts of arrest, the prisoner was searched whilst the charge sheet was written up, the charge was read out to him and he was cautioned. then placed in cell to await court next morning. No photos, no DNA, I have a note in my old papers recording a Saturday afternoon with Spurs at Home to Arsenal, when I dealt with fifteen charges in under three hours. They ranged from Offensive Weapon, Drunks, Insulting Words and Behaviour, Assault on Police and .No written statements required (just Pocket Book Notes) And all with the assistance in the Charge Room of a Senior Cadet and one Reserve Constable dealing with property and where required fingerprints etc.
          Now you are ‘Hog Tied’ with regulations, rules and procedures. The Station Officer now has to defer to CPS for decisions, Everything is checked and counter checked, and to top it all you often have to travel
          with a prisoner and escort to a Charging Suite miles distant taking two officers off the street for hours, just for a drunk.
          But you can’t make comparisons, because in my time, according to present day beliefs, we were all corrupt, racists bullies who ruled the streets by fear.
          Ah Me………………….

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