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Day in the life of PC 3804 Adam Pace

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PC Adam Pace, who is based in Mansfield, recently passed his two years’ probation and is now a qualified PC. Adam, who is also Police Cadet leader, gives an insight into his PC role which he describes as ‘the best job in the world’.

The minute my shift started, which was 7am today, we have a briefing with the Inspector and Sergeants. The Inspector will discuss any serious outstanding incidents, any incidents of note in our area that have happened recently and any other pressing news for front-line officers. We will discuss any major on-going issues or priorities in our area and may discuss wanted suspects.

Usually, after the briefing, I will be given an incident to attend or a task to deal with or I will carry on with my investigations from the previous day. I was given the task to search for a missing person. I visited two addresses but the person wasn’t there so I carried on with my enquiries and reported back to the Missing Persons’ Team.

PC Adam Pace in patrol car

At 10am I received a call from the Mansfield Police Station front counter. There has been a report of someone being threatened. Information was gathered and it turned out to be a case of social media related abuse. Appropriate advice was given.

PC Pace taking a statement

At 11.30am I was contacted by the Control Room about a civil dispute that was escalating, in Mansfield. I was one of three officers who attended. We split up and talked to everyone to find out what happened. While were dealing with this matter I received a call about a house on fire with people trapped inside. Having only just resolved the dispute we left and were on our way to another emergency. When we arrived it’s found that actually a toaster set on fire and set off a fire alarm. The residents are all okay.

PC Pace with emergency vehicles

During a recent night shift (nine-hour period) I attended a pub fight, where I made two arrests, two more pub fights and I made a vehicle stop/check as part of the drink drive priorities. While dealing with the vehicle, I found the driver was not drunk and had to immediately leave to attend a report of a fellow officer being assaulted elsewhere where I assisted with two further arrests. My colleague was okay.

I also attended a crash involving two cars, searching for an offender who had fled the scene, as well as a domestic incident and a serious assault.

As a team we dealt with 31 incidents that night, 22 of which were emergencies. At the end of the night I completed reports to close incidents and some for the day shift to take over. I’m responsible for my own court files. If I’m prosecuting someone for an offence and sending them to court I will have to do a report. Being able to do a comprehensive and quality court file is an important but sometimes unrecognised skill that an officer needs. A skill I’m learning about myself.