December 22nd, 2010

The Night Before Christmas

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I very rarely post anything more than once, but this is kind of a tradition now, and I’m quite proud of it:

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 five officers who lost their lives on duty in 2010:

Daniel John Cooper – Wiltshire Police

Daniel Alastair Gibb – Metropolitan Police

Sean Peter McColgan – Metropolitan Police

Gareth Gallagher – Police Service of Northern Ireland

Gary John Leslie Grieves – Police Service of Northern Ireland

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  1. ResponsePlod says:

    Good morning 200,

    many thanks for posting so frequently, although I don’t often comment, I follow this blog with interest. Thank you for your efforts, I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and all the best of health and happiness for 2011. I know it’s a few days early but I’ll be on the nightshift this Christmas and don’t envisage spending a lot of time on the interweb.

    Kind regards and best wishes,


    December 23rd, 2010 at 09:39

  2. simon says:

    May those Officers who died Rest In Peace.

    @200 Good post

    May all who read this, stay safe, have a good Xmas and a Happy New Year.

    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:52

  3. MPS Probie says:

    Rest in peace Gents, and get well soon all colleagues injured during 2010.

    @200 – Some traditions are very worthwhile, and recent events in my neck of the Metro-woods show how thin the line between finishing a L/T or having your name appear underneath a poem.

    A safe and merry Christmas to you and yours, and may your Airwave never be garbled and Daleky.

    December 23rd, 2010 at 16:20

  4. soud1 says:

    Not forgotten guys,RIP.
    You and your family have a Happy Christmas 200 and all the best for the new year.

    December 23rd, 2010 at 16:26

  5. Tony F says:

    RIP. Thank you for doing your duty.

    December 23rd, 2010 at 18:30

  6. Tom says:

    Job done. Next task control.

    Sorry 200 I am a jew, but the sentiment is not lost on us.


    December 23rd, 2010 at 18:43

  7. Mad Mick says:

    Weeks, the first time you posted this brought a lump to my throat and it has done ever since. Brilliant poem and great dedication. RIP to all. You are in our thoughts.

    Religion doesn’t come in to it. I am an atheist but the Christmas sentiment means the same to us all. Happy Christmas one and all.

    December 23rd, 2010 at 19:21

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