Unless you’re caught in the recent cold snap, in which case it seems to be the season to beat the crap out of your wife/girlfriend. Domestic assaults tonight beyond measure, possibly partially snow-induced cabin fever, and aggravated by the fact that the snow makes it slower to get to jobs. Anything non-essential waits for morning due to the weather and the risks in driving.
One job is a particularly nasty stabbing, a known criminal stabbed in the chest and narrowly missing the heart. As is often the way, the victim doesn’t want to talk to us, and will likely settle matters privately once he’s recovered. While it’s tempting to just leave them to it and let natural selection do the work, we have to make efforts to convince them to speak to us, but to no avail this time.
There’s a run of home invasions, groups of armed offenders storm houses, assault and subdue the occupants and then rob them of any valuables. The groups seem to be particularly targeting asian families and stealing the large amounts of gold jewellry that are traditionally held at home, not racism, just good business sense if you’re an amoral robber, but I doubt the victims families will see it that way. God help them if they ever get cornered by family members – I’ve been to jobs before where a robbery has gone wrong and the offender has been quite glad to get arrested, as family or passers by had detained them and were about to carve bits off them. Occupational hazard. My heart bleeds, but not as much as them.
Another particularly nasty domestic assault, where a young woman assaults her father for no apparent reason, and gives him serious injuries before running off. Her mobile phone is pinged to a certain area, so her description is passed out over that area and any addresses she’s connected with inside the area of the phone ping will get searched at 5am.
There’s also a series of coordinated raids to arrest a murder suspect, 4 addresses are getting hit at the same time, so wherever possible, other work will get put on hold round that time to free up the necessary staff. The offending party has a weakness for machetes and is unlikely to come quietly, so we aim to be in a position to safely overpower him whichever one he’s at and however aggressive he will be. Few things in this job give more satisfaction than hearing a police dog have a good nibble on a dangerous suspect, but there just aren’t enough dogs to have one at each address. So it’s riot shields and tasers at the ready.
Last task of the night, deciding who’s bringing what to the buffet tomorrow night. I’ve drawn mince pies.