11.3 C
London
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Do you really know what it’s like to be a cop? Think again while you climb into bed

Must Read

RIP SGT Matt Ratana as Police Hour readers donate £19K

Tragically another police officer has died, The Blue Line has just got thinner.

Police officer shot dead inside custody centre in south London Police Station

A man has been arrested and taken to hospital with a gun-shot wound after a police officer...

New lockdown measures for the entire country Boris Johnson will announce tomorrow

New Lockdown rules are set to be announced by Boris Johnson which means the entire country will...
Do you really know what it’s like to be a cop? Think again while you climb into bed 3
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

Despite being a Response and Custody Inspector for the last 8 years and having a decent understanding of what is occurring on the front line; it is actually 15 years since I was a response Pc.

I thought it was about time I experienced for myself what it was like to be a PC on response today.

Starting at 7pm on Saturday night, D relief Redcar and Cleveland volunteered to accommodate me and I took up occupancy of a lock up van.

5 arrests; too many urgent calls to count; 164 miles travelled; a small cut in my neck from a ‘danger keep out’ sign that I climbed under; my head ringing from the relentless radio transmissions and my eyes streaming from trying to write statements at 7am later, I think I understood what it was like.

I managed a toilet break at 04.50, nearly 10 hours into the shift and I had the luxury of eating at 05.20. Two of my colleagues arrived, tried to eat and were turned around without success.

Response officers work hard. So very very hard it is impossible to quantify. Other than my crew mate, I barely saw another member of the team all night. We were on our own out there. It was relentless. It was dangerous. It was exhausting.

I had no outstanding workload so I trudged away sometime after 7am. All the others stayed behind working. A simple 12 hour shift is a luxury these people do not get.

Each and every one of D relief across the force was a hero last Saturday night. We tried our damned hardest against unprecedented demand and some horrific incidents.

Horrendously we didn’t keep everyone safe and we didn’t prevent all the crime. But we tried so hard and I want to thank every one of them for that. I couldn’t ask for more.

A shout out to the control room too. Unbelievable at managing it all.

Perhaps have a thought for the thin blue line when you climb into bed tonight people.

Words from Rob Cleveland Police Federation Secretary

Enjoyed this article?

Then please consider following us on on Twitter or Instagram For the latest crime and policing news.

Coronavirus Information

There’s a lot of misinformation doing the rounds about #coronavirus, and it’s hard to know who to trust. Visit NHS Directly to find out what the symptoms are, how to prevent the spread, and who should stay at home..

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

Enjoyed this article?

Then please consider following us on on Twitter or Instagram For the latest crime and policing news.

Coronavirus Information

There’s a lot of misinformation doing the rounds about #coronavirus, and it’s hard to know who to trust. Visit NHS Directly to find out what the symptoms are, how to prevent the spread, and who should stay at home..