“CHAOS” bellowed the night turn skipper down the phone at me ….. OK he didn’t, I made that up for dramatic effect.
We weren’t working with our usual Sergeant tonight – he’d been called to Crown Court along with two others off our shift that day so we were blessed with the guest appearance of Sergeant I’m So Important, a DS who’d been kicked out onto the streets to ‘get some experience’ for his forthcoming Inspector’s board.
“You working out of Littleville nick tonight Chaos ?” he said.
“Well clearly yes as you’ve just rung Littleville police station and I just answered the phone” I replied. OK I didn’t say that, but it’s what I was thinking !!! I tell you, with the observation skills this guy has got you can see why he’s a detective !!!!
“There’s good news and there’s bad news Chaos” quips Sgt ISI. “Oh really, there’s a new one” says I trying to sound surprised. “Afraid you’re on your own tonight, only got a double crew over here as well so you’ll have to keep it under control yourself over there. Already had a go at your Inspector, letting so many of your shift have leave at the same time”.
I’d put money on our Inspector loving that conversation – I can imagine it now “Hmmmm let’s see, I’ve got a sergeant and two PC’s in Crown Court, another off injured after being struck with a crowbar by a fleeing burglar, two on their PSU refresher and ohh yes, FOUR CO-OPTED ONTO CID BECAUSE APPARENTLY YOU LOT CLAIM TO BE TOO BUSY, NOW GET OUT OF MY OFFICE !!”
I don’t know if that is what was said, but I’d like to think it was.