“The boot” – An affectionate term used to refer to a recruit or a rookie. The term has roots in the military and policing, as the recruit is expected to maintain a pristine uniform including well polished and shined uniform boots.
Day shift #1
I spent the morning returning voicemail, making phone calls and following up with some investigations. In the late morning I was dispatched to a Break and Enter involving an apartment building under construction. Several suites had been damaged and the building itself sustained a significant amount of damage from several water leaks caused by the thieves. I spent the rest of the shift going through the building with the owner and construction manager and then our forensic identification section. With some potential leads this will be an ongoing investigation, especially when you consider the amount of the theft and substantial damage. This was no doubt a part of the perpetual cycle of crime to feed a drug addiction.
Day shift #1
I had a Reserve Constable (“R/Cst.”) out for the day shift and right out of the gate the shift gets called to a house fire, Delta Fire was already on scene and have a critically injured patient. My assignment was to setup a landing zone for the air ambulance in order to facilitate rapid transport. My reserve was part of the 2012 class and only has a handful of shifts under their belt so it was something new for them. We had a couple units with us to ensure the parking lot is shutdown and safe to land in but the majority of our shift was assisting with traffic control and the initial investigation into the house fire. We took continuity of the patient and once transferred into the helicopter we headed to Vancouver General Hospital.
This block I worked the charlie shift and aside from our standard activities of checking curfews, attempting to locate people with warrants for their arrest and focussing on the priorities set by the management team I had a few unique calls so I thought I’d write this block’s post a little differently.