The role of a police officer is an extremely important one where you can deal with many different kinds of crimes.
It can be a dangerous job which brings with it different challenges throughout every day.
However, a typical day can be.................
5.30am - Breakfast!
6am – I leave the house and head to Newcastle’s Pilgrim Street police station for the start of my shift.
7am – The Sergeant gives the briefing in Pilgrim Street’s parade room to C Rota. The whole shift is briefed about on-going activities we need to look out for.
I am partnered with PC 8907 Harvey and we are assigned to foot patrol in Northumberland Street and the surrounding areas. We are following up activities from the previous night and dayshifts and looking out for any potential crime within Newcastle city centre.
8.30am – We receive a report of an attempted break-in at a store in Northumberland Street.
I ask if I can help any more but the owner says no and thanks us for our help. I tell him he should expect a visit from a Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) who will take finger prints. I recommend he closes off the area where the offender got into the store until the SOCO has searched for evidence.
9am – I continue to patrol Northumberland Street looking for potential witnesses to the attempted break-in. I speak to a number of people, but no-one saw the incident.
9.35am – I am assigned to follow up calls about an assault in a bar in Collingwood Street. I talk to the staff at the bar and take a number of statements from potential witnesses. The door and bar staff give me some strong evidence so hopefully there should be a promising result. I also get copies of CCTV footage from the bar which will be used in a press release asking for further information. I am told the force media team has called wanting further details about the incident to issue to the local media. An appeal for information is sent out to the local press and media as well as the CCTV images I was given at the bar.
1pm – Lunchtime!
3pm – SOCO return with the fingerprints they found at the store this morning. They are a match for a man suspected of a number of similar offences and I go to this man’s last known address. A man is arrested for questioning.
4.45pm – We receive a report of a burglary on Richardson Road and this is passed to officers on the late shift to deal with as my shift is about to end. The Sergeant gives an end of day briefing and I update my PNB (Pocket Note Book).
5.15pm – End of duty.