The new IRP

Day shift #1

As a matter of habit we try and always have a quick early breakfast together in the zone. From my previous management experience I can tell you people bond over food and for a group of people who have to rely on each other in critical situations, this is essential. Having said that, everyone is aware and ready to get up and leave at a moments notice and pay for a meal uneaten should the need arise. We catch up on a personal level on what happened on our days off or vacation, we chat about things we want to get done during the block, find out what we can help each other with and there’s always some light-hearted jokes thrown in.

Aside from covering on a call that ended up with a young man voluntarily going with EHS to speak with a doctor and psychiatrist, I spend the day with follow ups and paper work. Our night shifts land on a Friday/Saturday night this block so we’ll likely be busy.

Day shift #2

I ended up in another zone today covering calls as we had several officers in court and on other duties. My first call of the day ended up with me mediating a civil dispute. After that I came across a man with a warrant for his arrest. He claimed he had no idea there was a warrant out for his arrest, unfortunately his plans for the next couple days would be interrupted as I transported him to cells to be photographed, finger printed and lodged. We chatted for a little while about his past as we waited for his mother to come and pickup his dog. As long as people are polite, I’ve got a lot of time to listen to their stories though I always wonder where the truth ends and the testimony begins.

After finishing up at cells, I was requested to cover another member who had an intoxicated person with mental health concerns who had been aggressive with fire fighters. I jumped in the back of the ambulance to assist with transporting him to hospital. We got him calmed down and assessed by a Doctor. I caught a ride back with another officer to my police car. By now it was late afternoon, I made a run to a drive thru for a burger, 3 bites in and I was dispatched to a report of a shoplifter that was concealing some significant items through a store and still on scene.

I coordinated with the loss prevention staff by phone to make an arrest as the suspect left the store. He left the store and I arrested him 25 minutes before the end of my shift. The loss prevention staff provided me with a receipt of the goods he’d walked out with valued at over $1,700. We also found he was in possession of drugs and paraphernalia and breaching his bail conditions so he would be held in cells until he could go before a judge. We call these “show cause hearings” and the report to Crown Counsel has to be written right after the arrest. By the time I’d finished booking him into cells, collecting evidence and preparing the report I had clocked 5 hours past the end of my 12 hour shift.

Night shift #1

Out of briefing we were sent to a report of domestic assault in progress on the side of a highway. Several of us arrived on scene and separated the two and spoke to witnesses. We established there was no criminal assault and proceeded to mediate and facilitate a ride home for one of the two.

From there I was dispatched to a call of a vehicle doing doughnuts in a quiet cul-de-sac. Witnesses got the license plate and vehicle description and watched it park a few blocks away. I located the registered owner while a platoon mate collected statements and took photos of the fresh burnt tire marks and discarded rubber. The car had significant fresh evidence and with the witness accounts and statements the registered owner was written a ticket and his car was impounded for 7 days for stunting. Our main concern was a car spinning around in a quiet cul-de-sac at a high rate of speed and loosing control possibly hurting someone or damaging property.

As of a couple weeks ago the Immediate Roadside Prohibition from impaired driving under the BC Motor Vehicle Act is back in full effect.  A platoon mate was dispatched to an impaired driver leaving a pub, the vehicle description, license plate and driver description was broadcast. I started making my way towards the last known location to help patrol for it and within moments I watched the vehicle drive past me. I got turned around, caught up to and pulled it over. There were obvious signs the driver was impaired so she was ordered to provide a breath sample roadside and failed both tests. A failure will result in a 90 day driving prohibition and 30 day vehicle impound. After her prohibition is complete, I’m sure the OSMV will be reviewing her privilege to hold a class 7 (Novice) driver’s license. Not only is impaired driving dangerous and socially unacceptable, a new driver has restrictions to have zero blood alcohol levels as they should be developing good driving habits at this stage.

Night shift #2

I have a civilian ride-along tonight. Our HR and recruiting section will set up ride-alongs for prospective hires or from time to time people interested in a career in law enforcement. We began with briefing and a quick tour of the dispatch center and the police car and it’s contents, as I was explaining the computer system we were dispatched to an MVI with a pedestrian struck by a car. As we got on scene it was determined the pedestrian had relatively minor injuries but would be transported to hospital by EHS for a couple stitches.

For a Saturday night it was generally quiet as the start of summer and with people out of town for the long weekend. With a ride-along you always hope for a steady flow of calls that are both interesting but appropriate to have some one at. We dealt with some parties and intoxicated people and a domestic disturbance but nothing overly interesting.

At just over an hour until the end of shift I’d just dropped my ride-along back off at HQ to get the final notes and reports written for the night and as luck would have it, after they were gone, we had a report of a mischief in progress and a vehicle fleeing from the scene. I located the vehicle and the driver initially had no intention of stopping as his passengers decided to make some inappropriate gestures with their hands out the windows. With a couple more police cars showing up, the driver decided to stop safely. It was determined the unfortunate decisions were fueled by alcohol and I issued the driver my second IRP of the block and impounded the vehicle.

It was a busy block with several arrests, apprehensions a show cause hearing and 2 more impaired drivers off the road. I’m back on our Charlie shift next block.

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