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The role of police officer is extremely important in today's complex society where crime comes in forms ranging from

minor disturbances to highly organised international crime rings. In dealing with criminals the role of police officer carries with it a high level of danger, every day is different, a typical day could be.................

05:00 - Woke up early doors, it's a cold morning so put on my winter uniform. 05:30 - Breakfast 06:00 I leave the house, and head to Pilgrim Street police station for the start of the shift.

06:30 I arrive at Pilgrim Street, put on my utility belt, CS spray, stab-proof vest and radio. I grab my hat and jacket and head to the Parade Room ready for briefing. 07:00 The Sergeant gives a briefing in the parade room at Pilgrim Street to C Rota. The whole shift are briefed with on-going activities and people to look out for. I am buddied with PC 8907 Harvey and assigned to foot patrol in Northumberland Street and the surrounding areas. We are following up activities from the previous nightshift and dayshift and looking out for any potential crime within Newcastle city centre.

07:30 - 09:00 Unless any activities come in on the radio, it's a chance to catch up on paperwork from the previous dayshift until the shops open at 9am. 08:30 We receive a report of an attempted break-in at a store in Northumberland Street.

08:40 I attend the scene and speak to witnesses and the owner of the store. I note details of damage and any descriptions of offenders. I radio this in to the control room and provide the victim with a crime number. No extensive damage was caused to the store and the owner confirms business can continue as usual. I ask the victim if we could be of anymore assistance, he replies no and thanked us for our help. I informed the victim he should expect a visit from a scenes of crime officer (SOCO) officer to take finger prints. I recommended he closes off the area where the intruder gained access until the SOCO officer has attended to search for evidence. 09:00 I continue to patrol Northumberland Street looking for potential witnesses. I speak to a number of people, none of whom witnessed the incident.

09:30 I radio in to the Sergeant to inform we are free to be assigned to further tasks. 09:35 I am assigned to follow up calls about an assault that took place in a bar on Collingwood Street. I speak with staff at the bar and take a number of statements from potential witnesses to the incident. I gain some strong evidence from door staff and bar staff, so hopefully there should be a promising result. I also get copies of CCTV from the bar to be issued on a press release. I am informed that the media office have rang to gain further information on the incident to issue to

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the media. The media are issued with a press release detailing an appeal for information, including CCTV images.

12:00 I update the Police National Computer (PNC) database with information on both incidents and provide the Sergeant with a brief update. 13:00 Lunchtime

13:45 We receive a report of a violent patient being admitted to the local hospital. Checks on the PNC database reveal he has a history of assault, drugs offences and carrying weapons. I attend the hospital to supervise the patient during treatment. 15:00 SOCO return fingerprints gained from the break-in at 08:30 hours. They are a match with a man suspected of a number of similar offences. I attend the person's last known address and a man is arrested for questioning.

15:30 I question the suspect alongside a CID officer. The suspect is detained for further questioning. 16:45 We receive a report of a burglary on Richardson Road. This is passed on to officers on the late shift to deal with as my shift is about to end. The Sergeant gives an end of day briefing and I update my PNB (pocket note book) with details. 17:15 End of duty.

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