December 23rd, 2007


Posted in The Job - General by 200

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 thirteen officers who lost their lives on duty in 2007:

  • PC Chris Roberts, Metropolitan Police
  • PC David Walker, West Yorkshire Police
  • PC Katie Mitchell, Kent Police
  • PCSO Christopher McClure, Greater Manchester Police
  • DC Malcolm Whigham, Tayside Police
  • PC Andrew Gough, Avon & Somerset Police
  • PC Derek Leitch, Strathclyde Police
  • PC Jonathan Henry, Bedfordshire Police
  • DC Robert Shiels, Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • PC Richard Gray, West Mercia Police
  • PC Kirsty Allen, Fife Constabulary
  • DC Steven Jeffries-Jones, Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • PC Stacey Pyke, Lincolnshire Police


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  1. Litew8 says:

    Merry Christmas 200, and a happy New Year.



    December 23rd, 2007 at 20:06

  2. annette says:

    Well, when I started to read this obviously I realised what you were going to say about Santa and I was laughing all through it and thoroughly enjoying it.
    Then I came to the end, suddenly there were tears instead of laughter.

    Beautifully said, beautifully written.

    merry christmas

    December 23rd, 2007 at 22:40

  3. 200 says:

    Merry Christmas to you too!

    yep got me that way too, and I wrote it. Merry Christmas.

    December 24th, 2007 at 02:45

  4. Inspector Gadget says:

    Fantastic post – thanks. I will link to this on Cristmas day.

    December 24th, 2007 at 16:04

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  6. uphilldowndale says:

    So many, so sad.

    December 24th, 2007 at 20:46

  7. Dangerous says:

    Superb piece of work. It brought a tear to a cynical old bugger’s eye.

    December 25th, 2007 at 11:30

  8. Andrew says:

    Just found this post… a few days late.

    Beautifully written… brought a tear to my eye also.

    January 4th, 2008 at 16:26

  9. Lucy says:

    Just thinking of my best mate Katie Mitchell and came across this, made me sob! So sad for all…..

    January 15th, 2008 at 14:00

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