I worked the Charlie shift again this block and it was quite busy. The shift started out fairly routine and we covered some patrol calls. While clearing from one, I noticed a suspicious male walking around a vehicle. Upon checking him we came across some drugs and stolen property in his vehicle. We arrested him, took him to cells to book in, photograph and fingerprint then release with a court date.
As a matter of habit we try and always have a quick early breakfast together in the zone. From my previous management experience I can tell you people bond over food and for a group of people who have to rely on each other in critical situations, this is essential. Having said that, everyone is aware and ready to get up and leave at a moments notice and pay for a meal uneaten should the need arise. We catch up on a personal level on what happened on our days off or vacation, we chat about things we want to get done during the block, find out what we can help each other with and there’s always some light-hearted jokes thrown in.
My first day shift began with the report of a fraud. A family computer had been infected with a computer virus that allowed someone to retrieve the online banking password for the family. Several items were bought online. The day was mostly spent following up with various establishments. We’re seeing several of these files a month right now and it really underlines the need for up to date anti-virus and security software on home computers. Continue reading Human side to policing
This block I worked on a project shift, 4 afternoons in a row in plain clothes with a partner called our Charlie shift. Primarily we use this shift to conduct curfew checks, make outstanding warrant arrests, walk through the bars and conduct special projects suited for plain clothes detail. We also support the patrol officers as it’s nice to be able to have a plain clothes unit for some calls. Continue reading Plainclothes work