With summer holidays winding down, newly promoted Sergeants and some specialty section transfers our platoon is going through a bit of a shuffle. If you’ve been following along you’ll know I’ve recently spent a fair amount of time covering in another zone. As of next block I’m transferring to that zone and we’ll have a new Sergeant as our road boss. This isn’t going to be a major shift for me as I’ve been working with the platoon mates off and on for the last couple months. I am looking forward to the consistency though.
As for this block, it was the last weekend of summer, a long weekend and we had a blue moon!
Day shift #1
In briefing as always we had a round table discussion about who was working on what files. One of the guys was working on a hit & run, he’d identified the suspect vehicle and just needed to locate it. On the way to breakfast that vehicle just happened to be driving in front of me, I stopped the driver and got some details my platoon mate needed for his investigation.
During the day I responded to 2 motor vehicle collisions (MVIs). One involving 4 cars, the other a driver watched as a car, airborne, flew past her drivers window and took her driver’s side mirror off. She was very lucky, a few inches closer and it could have been a real tragedy. Fire and Paramedics talked with her to make sure she was okay as it would have been a frightening sight!
I spent a part of my afternoon talking to a lady who had initially been reported as suicidal and had taken off. We talked a lot about her situation and there’s no doubt she was in need of some support but I had no reason to believe she was suicidal. One of the things she said she enjoyed was writing and she wrote a fair amount online. I could identify with that, unfortunately we haven’t gone live with this site yet so I couldn’t share too much but she asked for my card and perhaps one day she’ll stumble upon this blog.
As I was heading back to HQ to gear down for the night we had a report of a couple males looking at what appeared to be an assault rifle in the trunk of a car in a parking lot. The initial caller couldn’t get the license plate of the vehicle so we had no further information. This is the type of call we need to get to but then slow things down and consider our information and tactical options. We need to balance public and officer safety with over the top response and we need to find that balance within minutes. We got on scene, locked down the parking lot while I talked to the caller out of sight of the suspects to get more information. Once we were satisfied with the information available I broadcast our tactical plan and we made contact with the suspects. It turned out that the caller did see an assault rifle, what he couldn’t see was that it was an Airsoft gun (a replica gun that just fires plastic BB’s). I wouldn’t expect any trained police officer would have been able to tell it wasn’t real from any sort of distance.
Day shift #2
We had another MVI first thing in the morning today right out of briefing. As we cleared that to head for breakfast I had a vehicle doing twice the speed limit coming into a residential area right in front of me. The one point that was very concerning is that I was behind the driver in a police car from a set of lights and they obviously weren’t aware enough of their surroundings to see me. An excessive speeding ticket comes with a hefty fine, 6 points and a 7 day impound of the vehicle.
The rest of the day was a bit of a catch up day doing some follow ups and getting some court documents prepared.
Night shift #1
Tonight I have a ride along, while he’s riding with me as a civilian he has recently completely the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy. It was a good night to talk about how the text book laws apply in practice.
We had a fairly routine night, started out with another MVI, a couple routine calls assisting the public with intoxicated people right to dealing with someone making threatening text messages. While clearing from a traffic stop we had a car scream by us, we caught up to them and the driver and his passenger were both quite intoxicated. The driver lost his license for 90 days and the passenger, who owned the car, lost it for 30 days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program. The driver not only had no business driving with that much alcohol in his system, he was also a novice driver and should have been practicing safe driving habits.
Aside from the routine calls we had another weapons call that involved two males and firearms. This was another call where we had to react but consider our response for public and officer safety. We got on scene and one of the males was initially uncooperative and with the information we had he almost ended up with a less lethal bean bag shotgun being pointed at him. Fortunately he decided to cooperate before we had to escalate.
Night shift #2
Just as I was getting my car ready tonight and relieving day shift a report of a suicidal lady came in who had cut herself and there was blood throughout her home. A couple day shift members took the call so I could finish getting my gear and I headed out to relieve them a few minutes later. It was the lady’s daughter that had found her, I can only imagine that it was an upsetting and scary time for both.
Later into the night I was called to assist a couple platoon mates who had a suspected impaired driver pulled over. The driver had driven up and over the median, hit a couple curbs enough to blow out two tires and finally came to a stop for police. The driver was dizzy, confused but had no signs of alcohol or drugs. We believed his actions were likely medically induced and had the paramedics arrive. A reminder to everyone, if you’re not fit to drive please don’t risk your safety or the general public. Had someone been on the sidewalk when this driver crested it more than once, they could have been hurt!
The final call of the night is still under investigation and dealt with a mother, a young child and a problem with substance abuse. As a police officer it’s my job to protect those that can’t protect themselves, as a parent it’s heart breaking.