Looking back: My final shift on Response

A Sunday night in July saw my final shift pass as a Response Officer working the North of the county. I was to start my new role as a PC on the Mental Health Street Triage team in just two days’ time.ed-finn

I’ve worked on Response for the entirety of my two-year police career to date, on two different teams. It’s been a hugely exciting and challenging period.

Starting as a student officer, completing my tutorship and learning the ropes, I earned my status as an independent patrol officer, obtained my response driving ticket and completed my NVQ qualification as a student PC. Continue reading

It’s afterwards that all the ‘what ifs’ cross your mind

Concerned calls from shop staff and members of the public were flooding in to the Force Control Room reporting a woman in The Mall in Luton carrying a rucksack and shouting, “I will kill you all.”

Usually this type of call would be picked up by other units but they were dealing with another incident, that’s when my colleague and I were called to assist.

As we drove to Luton town centre our conversations focussed on how we were going to handle the situation and avoid causing alarm to shoppers. We liaised with the control room who were working with CCTV controllers to track the woman’s movements.

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