January 31st, 2012

Any one for a go on the Dodgems?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I was only ever involved in two RTCs  as a police driver. In both of them I was stationary when I was struck by drunken drivers.

I did almost get stitched up with another once. Each car has a log book, you sign it when you take it out and sign it when you finish your shift. So if anything happens to the car it must be the fault of the person whose signatures appear either side of the time the problem happened. Except when people take the car out and don’t bother signing for it.

I parked the car up in the back of the nick one evening. The next morning it was found to have some damage to one of the wings. I knew I hadn’t done it but I;d forgotten to sign the book at the end of the shift – it was quite frequent that the log books didn’t get signed either through forgetfulness or being too busy.

I got called in to see the chief inspector, I denied any knowledge as I genuinely hadn’t had any knowledge of it. It turned out that someone from CID had taken the car out and had a little coming together with a wall. I only found out because the officer’s wife was a uniformed PC and persuaded her husband to fess up because I was getting stuck on for it.

Which is a roundabout way of bringing your attention to a report out today on the cost of police accidents up in Durham Constabulary. I’m not one to use the Daily Fail as an example of anything other than bad journalism, but I did find this article quite amusing.

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2 comments

  1. Reactivley Proacctive says:

    My force bought a load of new vans with cages in the back. They forgot to check first that the vans would fit in the custody van docks which they didn’t in the end as they were too tall. It took a couple of accidents before drivers were told to park in the yard and walk prisoners in instead.

    February 1st, 2012 at 00:53

  2. Bof says:

    If I paid an average of Ă‚ÂŁ153 every time I visited a garage I’d be well pleased; sounds like a bargain to me and I expect that if the rear yards in Durham are anything like the Met, then they were never designed for the size of the current vehicle fleet and are generally full of cars belonging to the great and the good at the expense of space for operational vehicles. I wonder what the accident bill for the Daily Fail jounalists is for a similar period?

    February 1st, 2012 at 13:35

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