December 21st, 2009

Twas the Night before Christmas

Posted in The Job - General by 200

The below poem has appeared on this blog for the last two years, so it’s getting to be a bit traditional:

Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung on the doorknobs with care,
But something was missing, my dad wasn’t there.

Out in the night parked under a star,
My Dad was there watching in his traffic car.
Now out in the snow, where nothing had stirred,
the radio crackled, the big engine purred.

Dad adjusted his cap and straightened his tie,
Got out of his vehicle and looked round the sky.
He turned up his collar and looked all around,
And listened so hard for that wonderful sound.

And sure enough soon through the cold winter night,
My Dad on patrol saw the wonderful sight.
There up in the distance so vivid and clear,
A light getting brighter it soon would be near.

He called on the radio “Tango-one-oh,
“I think I have contact out there in the snow.
“I’ve got him on mapping, it’s him there’s no doubt,
“I’m off the to R.V. point, Tango-ten, out!”

Dad jumped in the police car & looked to the sky,
Just getting closer but ever so high,
Bathed in the glow of a deep yellow light,
He finally saw the wonderful sight.

First Dasher then Dancer then Prancer and Vixen,
And Comet and Cupid then Donner and Blitzen.
Then out in the front of the beautiful sleigh,
Was Rudolph the Reindeer leading the way.

Santa looked down at the police car below,
Grateful once more for a guide through the snow.
“This is Santa, come in Tango-ten,
“It really is good to see you again.”

“Roger that, Santa, your message is clear,
“This really is the best assignment all year.”
The police car revved hard as Santa flew by,
Then magically lifted up into the sky.

Over the County they flashed blue & red,
Santa behind and my Daddy ahead.
Landing on rooftops and climbing inside,
Then off to the next, my Daddy the Guide.

They finally finished their job in the sky,
Daddy saluted as Santa flew by.
“Same time again, Santa, next year once again?”
“You bet, and my thanks go to you Tango-ten.

Into the distance Dad saw Santa fly,
He took off his cap and loosened his tie.
And feeling quite pleased with himself, as he should,
He knew he did well, he did fine, he did good.

When I open my presents although I am sad,
I know Santa leaves me a kiss from my Dad.
And although I miss him I know in my soul
Though Dad’s up in heaven, he’s still on patrol.

Dedicated to the twelve officers who lost their lives on duty in 2009:

PC William Barker – Cumbria Police

PS Iain McClay – Metropolitan Police

PC Michael Johnson – Wiltshire Police

PC Phillip Pratt – Kent Police

PCSO David Adams – Avon & Somerset Constabulary

PC Christopher Dent – Metropolitan Police

PC Gary Toms – Metropolitan Police

PC Stephen Carroll – Police Service of Northern Ireland

PC Laura Williams – Metropolitan Police

PC James Drew – Hampshire Constabulary

PC George Small – Metropolitan Police

DC Diane Donald – Strathclyde Police

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  1. chairwoman says:

    Made me cry again Former PC Weeks.

    Here’s wishing you, Mrs Weeks and (of course), the Weekslings, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    December 21st, 2009 at 08:49

  2. MPS Probie says:

    I had no idea it was so many – a sobering thought indeed.


    December 21st, 2009 at 08:54

  3. Fee says:

    Here’s hoping for a safe Christmas, and an even safer New Year, for all the emergency services.

    God bless

    December 21st, 2009 at 13:22

  4. Tony F says:

    Safe and peaceful time to all.

    I too had no idea that so many lost their lives for the rest of us. R.I.P.

    December 21st, 2009 at 17:07

  5. Lawrence says:

    RIP to the fallen. I’ll be working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stay safe everyone, and have a happy New Year as well!

    December 21st, 2009 at 20:45

  6. quantum torpedo says:

    me too xmas eve-day-boxing and newyears eve…

    December 21st, 2009 at 21:53

  7. Crime Analyst (Steve - Ex West Mids) says:

    So timely and appropriate 200 ….

    MONDAY, 21 DECEMBER 2009


    Please spare a thought this Christmas for the lads and lasses who will be doing their very best to ensure we all enjoy a safe and peaceful christmas – the police officers who will be working while we enjoy our rest over Christmas. Spare them a kind thought and send them your best wishes. We pray that your shifts pass peacefully and that you are able to enjoy some special festive times with your families and loved ones.

    A special thank you goes out to the unsung heroes of police blogging this year and the years that have gone before. Having worked long, hard challenging shifts, dealing with the worst society can throw at them, they find the time and energy to write their articles, share their experiences, with a great passion for “What’s right” and delivered in the most part, with good humour.

    Thank you to one and all, you know who you are, for all your fine efforts. We look forward to plenty more and perhaps some well deserved reforms for you in 2010.

    With best wishes
    Steve & The Team
    Nice 1 Limited

    December 21st, 2009 at 23:41

  8. Area Trace No Search says:

    An old poem but a good one.
    The dedication by itself makes it one of your posts of the year. I’ve linked to this.

    Merry Christmas 200.

    December 24th, 2009 at 20:49

  9. 200 says:


    it’s only 2 years old & I made it up all by myself!

    Merry Christmas to you & yours

    December 24th, 2009 at 21:32

  10. Louise says:

    Wow, I’ve just linked from Area’s blog. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

    A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Louise x

    December 28th, 2009 at 20:51

  11. SimoneDerti says:

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    November 29th, 2010 at 10:39

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