#InADaysWork: On the front line with Trafford cops
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In the latest of our #InADaysWork Twitter series, we went out with response officers from the Trafford district to get a glimpse of a 'normal' day on the job - if there is such thing…
Officers paraded on the morning of Wednesday 22 December from stations in Stretford and Altrincham as they prepared for another day of duty on the run-up to Christmas, and we headed out in the car with PC Charlie Crouch - who has served the streets of Trafford for just over two years.
Between 7am-2.30pm, our officers in Trafford alone responded to 50 incidents - including a number of 999 calls such as a domestic assault in Sale, a disturbance in Carrington, and concern for an elderly lady in Hale Barns - who we left grateful after giving her a lift to the shops once we'd found her safe and well.
Five arrests were made in that time for offences including burglary, drug possession, domestic assault, and drunk and disorderly behaviour after a man refused to get out of a police van and insisted on being taken to custody - despite being free to go…
PC Crouch remarked that he'd 'never known a job before where someone refused to get out of the van when not under arrest' - certainly an interesting incident, to say the least!
Our patrol alone saw three vehicle stops for traffic offences - ranging from driving through a red light, parking obstructively on a pavement, and not having any working brake lights.
Other calls attended by PC Crouch through the day were reports of suspicious activity near Old Trafford football ground earlier in the morning, and an alert from a bank in Altrincham about a suspicious request for a large cash withdrawal.
The best action of the day came across the district in Stretford where a suspected prolific burglar was arrested following the discovery of a car believed to have been stolen previously from Stockport.
A quantity of suspected class A and B drugs worth an estimated £3,000 was seized, along with cash and car keys.
We're continuing to question a 24-year-old man in custody in relation to this as our enquiries continue.
Chief Inspector Neil Cook, of GMP's Trafford district, said: "Every day our officers are confronted by a range of incidents that all require high levels of quick-thinking, care, bravery and a sense of duty that ensures we fulfil our responsibility of serving the public in their time of need.
"While Wednesday's tour was a routinely busy one, there can be relentless days where our officers are faced with some of the worst scenes and events imaginable, but they show the commitment to continue to go about their work with such integrity and professionalism - not just in Trafford but across all 10 of our districts.
"It's fair to say that no two days are ever the same; however, our principles of fighting crime and keeping people safe are constant - and what the #InADaysWork feature yesterday showed was the variety of work we respond to, and our willingness to do what we can to deliver the best possible service to our communities."
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