It was a fairly routine day, we spent some time getting settled in with our new Sergeant. I took a handful of routine calls and worked on 2 reports to crown counsel for charge recommendations. I did assist one family with a firearms pickup. An elderly family member could no longer care for the firearms and no one else had a valid firearms license. I secured the firearms and lodged them for safekeeping for the time being so the family has one less thing to worry about in a difficult time.
In the afternoon we assisted the fire department with an industrial fire. Our responsibility with an industrial fire is to evacuate neighboring premises, provide traffic control in the area and once the fire is out secure the scene for further investigation to determine if it’s suspicious or not.
Day shift #2
Another routine day with a couple abandoned 911 calls that were just pocket dials. Every time someone calls 911 and hangs up, even if they don’t hear ringing creates a call for us and we try to identify the caller and ensure there’s no distress. I responded to a call to assist a family that was coping with the sudden loss of a loved one in a car crash. Shortly after that we responded to a car crash with one driver going through a red light and colliding directly with another causing extensive damage but fortunately no injuries.
At the end of shift we had a report of a man so intoxicated that he couldn’t care for himself. He wouldn’t tell me where he lived because he was staying at a recovery house and would lose his room if he showed up intoxicated so we have to lodge him in our cell block until he was sober and able to care for himself. It’s hard to remind someone how lucky they are to have a bed at a recovery house when they’re that drunk, I had to try though.
Night shift #1
The night started off with some follow up work for other investigations. While on the highway I observed a vehicle driving erratically, when I stopped it I found the driver had a cancelled driver’s license from a previous impaired driving charge and was also impaired again. He received another Immediate Roadside Prohibition, a 30 day impound of the vehicle, a document prohibiting him from driving so the next time he’s found driving he’ll be charged and several violation tickets. I take a zero tolerance approach with impaired driving because of the threat to public safety and even more so with repeat offenders.
The rest of the night we were tied up with an Amber alert. A suspect vehicle from a reported abduction was located at a house in our area. Platoon mates and I were the first to respond and ensure that no one left the residence until our Emergency Response Team and negotiators could be called out. We spent several hours on site and well past the end of our shift but we had a safe conclusion to the event. An event like this brings some of our specialized training into play and as a team with a couple new members to the zone and a new Sergeant we were given an opportunity to put our team tactics to the test. To be a part of a successful conclusion to an Amber alert was a great way to end a 16 hour shift!
Night shift #2
In comparison to the previous night it was quite calm, for me anyway. I did some follow up to assist with a sexual assault investigation a platoon mate was working on, responded to some routine calls and assisted with containment for a K9 track of a possible break and enter suspect. One of my platoon mates was involved in a collision and it turned out the other driver was impaired and had managed to collide with a fully marked Police car. This tied several members up, our Sergeant had to investigate the collision with the police car, another member not involved in the collision had to investigate the impaired driving aspect a third was called out to operate the instrument to take legal, evidentiary breath samples and the original member was without a vehicle during the investigation. Fortunately no one was injured but it seems we just can’t get impaired drivers off the road fast enough.