I had a couple of rest days Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday 10th May I made my way, along with 32,000 other off duty cops, down to London for the police federation march. This was a great turnout and a good day was had by all. We made our point with the march past Parliment and Whitehall before numerous beverages were consumed. (Although not too many at £4.30 a pint!)
Friday I was back in for a set of weekend nights and it was a busy one. We had our usual briefing continually interupted by comms who were desperate to get jobs out and off their screen. The first I got sent to was at the hospital. A female on one of the wards had phoned up and was reporting domestic issues with her husband. But she had been ranting at the call taker and her mental state was questioned. The hospital ward were contacted who confirmed the female was in for an unrelated medical matter but she was due a mental health assessment on Monday morning as she had appeared confused to the staff. I spoke with her and she had not long returned from a cruise around the Med with her husband. She wanted to tell me that her husband had been nasty to her by arguing with her and refusing to move his legs when she wanted to walk past him in their cabin. I informed her these were not really matters for the police but she was adament she wanted to make ‘a report.’ She was rambling and did appear confused. She thought the hospital were working together with her husband by keeping her in longer than they needed to. I took details from her for her husband and other family members and later on I put in a vulnerable person report. Other than that there’s no offences for the police.
Next to a report of vehicle interference, as I arrived SOCO have beat me to it and are outside with the victim already examining the car. It was an old ‘M’ reg Honda and the offenders had popped the passenger side lock and entered the vehicle. They’ve tried to get it started and smashed the covering around the ignition barrel. Luckily they haven’t got it going and fled empty handed. It’s looks like another negative line crime, no witnesses and no CCTV. I take a quick statement from the victim in case SOCO get any results back. They recovered a few fingerprints and took elimation prints from the victim in case they belong to them. If it comes back with a known offender we can go and speak with them.
From there it was the first domestic of the night. Up at the top end of the division immediate response to a drunk male kicking off and refusing to leave his girlfriends house. I arrive at the same time as the van. The male’s dad has arrived to take him away. There’s no offences and the lad is agreeing to go with his dad, he’s well pissed but sees sense and doesn’t want to be arrested. We get him in his dads car and away from the address. The female is thankful but doesn’t want to go through our domestic risk assessment paperwork. Result.
Next job of the night is a concern for welfare for a pissed bloke. Its technically on the other side of the division but I’m free and it’s come in as a priority (one hour to get there) so to meet the time I get sent. The guy is outside a pub and is about 80 yrs old! He’s absolutely rat arsed, can hardly stand up and he cant speak. I try to get his name but he can’t string a single word together. I go to search him to try and find some ID and joy of joys he’s pissed himself. Nobody in the pub knows his name or where he lives. There’s nothing I can do for him. Technically he’s commited an offence and I could arrest him for being drunk and incapable but our custody sergeants won’t except prisoners for this any more. They say if their that drunk they should be in hospital. So my only other option is to phone the guy an ambulance which is what I have to do. I don’t like wasting their time like this. Like me they’ve got far better things to be spending their time doing on a Friday night. As the crew arrive I apologise to them and explain the situation. They’re sound though and understand. The guy gets shipped off to hospital where he’ll sit it out til he sobers up.
It’s the second domestic of the night then. Priority call from a 14 yr old who says her sister is in the front garden arguing with her boyfriend. There’s a DV marker on the address which asks all calls to be treated as urgent as a female who lives there is at risk of abuse from her partner. I arrive and there’s confusion over who phoned the police, the 14yr old isn’t there and the occupant says she hasn’t been there all night. The occupant is the one who’s mentioned on the DV marker. She initially tells me to fuck off which is lovely. I do my best to get some details off her and it turns out she has been arguing with her ex but she won’t tell me anything else. She hasn’t been assaulted and clearly doesn’t want to speak with me so I get what I can and leave. I’ll probably get a snotty email from the DVU asking why my report isn’t more detailed but I can only work with what I’m given and can’t force people to tell me things.
I then get sent to another immediate response, males kicking at a door. I arrive shortly after the van and several other units. It looks like a house party has just kicked out but there’s no offences and no damage so I leave it with the other units.
CCTV shout up that one of the town centres is looking lively and they’re watching a group who keep squaring up to each other and have thrown a few punches. I start to make my way down to try and show a presence and stop anything happening before we have to start dealing with assaults. However as I’m on route CCTV call up again, they’re getting into taxis now and leaving the area. I keep going anyway in case anything else kicks of an offshoot of that group. But before I get there I get diverted.
A third domestic of the night. Male ex partner kicking at a females back door (ooh er) He was knocking on the front but she told him to fuck off so he climbed over into the rear alley and started on the back door. I arrive and in the kitchen can see him still stood in the back yard, he looks shocked to see me and runs off into the alley. The female can’t find the key to the back door and by the time she gets it open the males vanished into the night. I take details again and advise her to call us straight away if he returns. I stay in the area and have a good look round for him but he’s gone. No offences again but it’s going to be 3 domestic reports later when I get back to the station.
From there I get sent to what comes in as another domestic, an unwanted male at an address who the call taker has assumed will be the partner of the caller. As I get there both of them are drunk, and are still drinking. Fortunately they’re not partners and never have been. Just friends which, as it’s not a domestic, gives me loads more discretion on how to deal with it. The female states he has been shouting at her aggressively but now he’s calmed right down. She’s happy for him to stay in the address so I get that in my notebook and get her to sign it then I’m on my way.
Last job of the night is to a disturbance. It’s on the other side of the division but they’ve run out of resources so I make my way on yet another immediate response. It turns out to be a rowdy house party. The caller is Mr Anon refuses details but I strongly suspect he’s a very pissed off neighbour. It’s now 4.45 am and the music is still blaring out. There’s about 15 people in the flat so when some of the other lads arrive we go in and clear everyone out, sending them on their way. To be fair they all seem like usually decent kids, there’s no abuse and they all do what their asked with no questions.
I head back to the station and thankfully there’s not many more jobs that come in. None that require immediate police attention anyway. It takes me the rest of the night to complete my updates on our various computer systems and I get off around 15 minutes after 7am.