Finding my niche and making a difference in my community

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.

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One punch – enough to kill


DI_Fraser_WylieI 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.

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First on the scene

TPC_Mark_Paulhe standard line is that police officers enjoy their job because every job is different. But that’s not always the case.

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