The day started out with someone turning in a decent sized box of ammunition that was part of an estate. Some of the cartridges were quite old, hand loaded and showed signs of decomposition. This is a potential sign that the ammunition could be unstable and required special handling. I catalogued it and arranged for proper destruction.
My early afternoon was spent in a meeting for a project that I’ve been asked to participate with. It should prove to be interesting and I’ll likely be writing about it separately. From the meeting I took a few routine calls to clear the call board before the end of shift.
Day shift #2
Today began with a call to a motor vehicle collision that involved some fairly minor injuries. We had to conduct our investigation and at the same time direct traffic as we had to close the southbound lanes through the intersection while waiting for tow trucks. From the MVI another platoon mate and I attended a suspicious circumstances call that turned out to be the result of some heavy cocaine use and the paranoia associated with it.
I was then dispatched to a report of an attempted theft of vehicle as I arrived we received a report of a home invasion in progress and suspects fleeing the area. I left without being able to speak to the original complainant and helped setup containment to locate the suspects of the home invasion. The suspects were identified sometime later and when things calmed down another unit took the attempted theft call.
I finished off the day with some follow up and a file regarding a suspicious van that had approached 2 children in a quiet cul-de-sac. We believe the driver was just lost but were unable to locate the van to question him. The children approached in this file were aware of their surroundings and ran home right away without speaking to the driver. It’s important that children of all ages understand the potential danger of strangers in a situation like this.
Night shift #1
Day shift had just arrested several young men in association to a robbery file and I helped out with the searches and booking process to try and get them home at a reasonable time. After I cleared cells I was dispatched to a noise complaint that ended up with one male being issued a 24 hour driving prohibition for having care and control of a car with alcohol in his body.
Later in the night I assisted a platoon mate in getting a prisoner that was out of control properly restrained for transport to cells. The recent advanced restraints refresher training came in handy and he was put in the car, restrained, without issue.
I ended the night by locating a suspect for another jurisdiction in a threats and assault file. They arrived and continued their investigation with the suspect.
Night shift #2
We were extremely busy this shift with mental health issues. In total we apprehended 4 people with varying degrees of mental health and drug addiction issues, all of whom had attempted or stated they would attempt to harm themselves. These apprehensions are very time consuming in that the subject that’s apprehended is in police custody until they see a doctor. We go with them to hospital and wait in the line at Emergency like everyone else and our subjects are prioritized just as anyone else is. It’s not uncommon to have a police officer tied up at hospital for 2-3 hours per subject, if not longer.
One of the subjects had made several cuts to their arm with a razor and taken stolen prescription medications, another held a knife to his chest until disarmed by a friend, the third had a brief stand off with police as he held a knife and refused to leave his apartment and the fourth had ingested all of his prescription medications and was hiding in a shed.
Aside from the mental health apprehensions I dealt with a couple intoxicated people and a couple minor fights.