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First shift to remember for new special constable

Coventry Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IT WAS an opening shift to remember for a new special constable after he arrested a man suspected of attacking a fellow officer.

Robin Durrant was just four hours into his first patrol of the Woodlands area of the city last Friday when a call came over the radio.

The 29-year-old was first at the scene along with a regular PC and tried to block the road with a police car in a bid to corner the suspect.

But when that failed he chased the 19-year-old man down, first grabbing his arm and then arresting him after a second foot race.

“I told him to stand still but he just legged it,” SC Durrant said.

“So I went straight after him. It must have only been a few seconds but it felt like much longer, I was determined not to let him get away.

“There’s a lot to remember though when you arrest someone and you have to be able to fully justify your actions when you get to the station.

“When I got the custody sergeant’s desk I had to explain the reasons for my arrest and the relevant points of law that I had used – if I’m honest it was all pretty daunting.”

The man he arrested was charged with being concerned in the production of a Class B drug, abstracting electricity and assaulting a designated person in the execution of their duty.

Special constables are volunteers who give up at least 16 hours a month for the force. More than 50 new specials were recruited at the end of last year with around half having completed their 16-week training programme and now out on the streets of the West Midlands.

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