The hit & run that wasn’t

Single vehicle MVI
Single vehicle MVI

Day shift #1

The day shift was primarily a routine paperwork & catch up day.  I did attend a couple routine calls and bylaw complaints.  The Municipality of Delta’s Bylaws can be found by clicking here.  The two main Bylaw complaints that tie up Police resources are residential noise (house parties and barking dogs) and construction noise (outside of permissible hours).

Day shift #2

The day began fairly routine, the morning brought 2 calls of intoxicated people who were too drunk to care for themselves.  Both had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital for assessment.

In the afternoon I assisted Surrey RCMP trying to track down the owner of a vehicle that looked to have been stolen and abandoned in Surrey.  Once I located the owner it turned out the vehicle had broken down and it was sold to a mechanics shop in the area nearby where it was found.

Just prior to the end of shift I was dispatched to what sounded like a simple, routine and minor hit & run.  Once I got on scene it turned out to be one of those calls that just isn’t what it seemed at first.  Instead of a minor collision scene I saw a front yard full of someone’s belongings and several upset people at the front of a home.

It turned out that there was a domestic assault in the home.  As the matter is still before the courts I can’t provide specific details of what transpired.  The inside of the home was torn apart, food being cooked on the stove had been thrown everywhere, the living room TV and stand were smashed, a bedroom was torn apart and belongings thrown out the second floor window.

As the suspect left the home, other family members were arriving in a vehicle.  The suspect ended up ramming the other family vehicle in the intersection outside the home and then fled the area.

Night shift was short resources so I offered to stay and continue on with the file.  Night shift members did attend though and assist with getting the victim’s injuries and the damage inside the home photographed as well as statements from everyone that was involved.

We could not track down the suspect right away.  With the extent and method of injury I put together a safety plan for the family until the suspect could be arrested.  I wrote the report and request for an arrest warrant before going home for the evening so that in the event the suspect was located they could be arrested and held even while I was off duty.  This made for a lengthy extended shift.

Night shift #1

My suspect from the previous shift had still not been arrested.  Our Domestic Violence Unit had reviewed the file during the day and done some follow up as well.  I spent several hours of the beginning of the shift trying to track down the suspect with no luck.  I did make several calls to their family members though so the suspect would know there was a warrant for their arrest.

A large, multi-count robbery file that I’d been working on for months had finally come together with all the evidence and analysis complete.  All that remained was locating and arresting the two accused.  As luck would have it, late into the night, we were responding to a call that a few males had run from a platoon mate while investigating another file.   I caught one of the males and he turned out to be one of my two accused.  While he wasn’t arrestable for the other file, he was for mine.  I arrested him, drove him to cells where I had a lengthy arrest script already setup to cover all the counts that he was being charged with. He was then provided access to his lawyer and lodged in cells.

A very unexpectedly satisfying night.

Night shift #2

The night shift started out with some follow up from the previous night and the domestic assault file.  I received word fairly early into the night that my suspect turned themselves in to Vancouver Police and was being held in custody, another successful arrest for the block.

For the remainder of the shift I dealt with some routine calls, a harassment file between ex-boyfriend and girlfriend and a couple mental health files that resulted in both having to go to the hospital for assessment.

Call out shift

I worked a call out day shift on days off in another zone.  The morning began quiet until the tone alert went off in my ear piece.  A youth was seen walking away from an elementary school towards a high school with a pistol.  I was first on scene at the high school.   While school was out, it was 30 minutes before students were expected to start arriving to pickup year books.  We had to lock down both schools.

We divided the resources we had, we ID’d the suspect and got their home address which wasn’t far from the school.  With a member at the elementary school getting information and providing security, members at the high school providing traffic control and keeping students out, our sergeant went to the suspect’s home and I geared up and went in to search the high school.

The suspect was found a short time later, not in the school.  They did have a pistol, though it was only a BB gun.  The shift I was working with will be handling the appropriate course of action for the suspect.

Students arriving to get their year books were not expecting to be greeted by emergency lights and police in heavy armour with rifles exiting the school.  When you think of the tragic outcomes that we’ve seen in the media with kids taking guns into schools, it’s a necessary procedure to keep everyone safe.  The schools have been practicing their drills and the staff and students inside were well prepared.  As a police department our school liaison officers have worked with the schools and our first responders have planned and trained for just such a response.  It’s one of those calls we dread actually happening for real but one we have to be prepared and trained for.

As things began to calm down I was cleared from the scene to respond to a hold up alarm at a bank at the other end of the zone.  Fortunately, as I arrived,  the alarm was confirmed false and we went through our standard procedures on scene to verify that.

From the alarm I was dispatched to assist CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) with a file.

On my way back to the office I came across a single vehicle in a ditch.  The driver and his dog were stuck inside.  I made sure he wasn’t severely injured and got his dog out to be held by another passerby.  With the help of Delta Fire we got him out of the truck safely.   The driver was taken to hospital to be assessed for a possible head injury.  It took a couple tow trucks a fair amount of time to get the truck out of the ditch.

Once I cleared from there I took the initial report of a fraud before night shift came on to relieve us.

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One thought on “The hit & run that wasn’t”

  1. Wow- what a wild bunch of shifts! reading about a typical day for a police officer definitely puts my busy days into perspective!

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