On Friday (1 March), I was one of eight PCSOs who took part in a passing out ceremony, after completing initial training with Bedfordshire Police. On Thursday this week, I begin my first shift on the beat, working with the anti-social behaviour team in Dunstable and Houghton Regis and I can’t wait to get started and make a positive contribution to my county.
I have dealt with too many incidents like this.
You can cause serious harm with one punch – enough to kill someone.
Young men, alcohol, and ego don’t mix well.
These men should both have gone home with a hangover at worse, there was no reason it should have ended as it did.
This is not the set of a movie or the scene from a Play Station game – this is real life.
Sure the people involved might be different, but you regularly get similar situations.
Friday and Saturday nights as a response officer are full of dealing with people who have had too much to drink, or who have got into a fight.
So when we received a call over the radio in the early hours of Sunday 28 August last year saying that someone had been punched, we thought it was just a standard job – it didn’t necessarily ring alarm bells.
The defining point was when we heard the control room saying: “He’s down, he’s not getting up.” Continue reading