Does everyone else remember there first big confrontation as clearly as I do?
It was my first night shift, we were backup another unit that were on an 'I' call to a pub fight. Our driver only had a basic classification so no blues & twos but we were just round the corner anyway.
We pulled up next to the other unit, fight was long over and no sign of the suspects just a badly beaten woman on the floor and her friends standing arround.
We get out and check the ambulance is on its way and have a chat to a few witnesses when theres a sudden shout - another fight has broken out 50 yards away outside another pub, we all run off then its noticed - we've all left the victim of the previous fight on her own so I'm sent back to look after her.
Other units have also arrived by now but they are also dealing with this other fight, so there I am with the victim and her friends waiting for an ambulance while 1/2 the station is only 50 yards away but totally tied up. Then it starts....
"Well what you going to do about this?" erm... "Well we've got statements and you have given details of who it is, as soon as the ambulance has arrived we'll head over to the address you have given us" (the suspect was a "friend" of theirs) "Well thats not fucking good enough, we can wait for the ambulance go and fucking arrest the c**t" in seconds it had all changed, I had let my guard down and I am now surrounded by 10 of her friends all screaming for blood.
I thought I was the good guy here, trying to get justice for there friend. They didnt see it like that, they didnt see that I was fresh out of training school, that my unifom was unbelivably clean and ironed to perfection. They saw a police officer standing there wasting time while the suspects now probably at home having a nice cup of tea. At that point I openly admit I was scared, I had backup litterally seconds away but it didnt make a difference I knew if they wanted to I would get the hiding of my life before the other offices even know what is happening.
Then it was over as quickly as it started, "Fuck this country, fucking cops never do anything" and they turned back round to their friend, "Ok mate lets go, I've got a prisoner someone else is here to look after her now" I spun round to see that everyone had returned and it was over - how long they had been there I guess I'll never know.