Thursday, 28 June 2007

Area Search No Trace

I suppose I better explain the title of this blog - Police readers will no doubt "get it" straight away, but the only person I have shown this to is a non police type, and her only comment was "It's a stupid title. Why not call it the Policeman's blog?" http://coppersblog.blogspot.com/

For every call created in the world of Policing, there has to be a result. This does not mean that we have to arrest a person from every call unfortunately, but means there needs to be something on the computer to justify why we've stopped playing with that call and moved on to pastures new. "Area Search No Trace" is a common result for calls, throughout the UK as far as I'm aware. Youths hanging around on the street corner? "Area Search No Trace." Sounds of a gunshot, no persons seen? "Area Search No Trace."

Sometimes it means you've driven past the incident location and seen nothing: "Abandoned call from telephone box, Pelican Street, sounds like kids messing about." You know it'll be ASNT before you get there, but you still go to make sure.

Sometimes it means you've been throwing yourself around an area trying to find a couple of burglary suspects, with the furry land sharks and chopper coppers all trying to help (and unable to due to a bunch of overexcited response team officers messing up the scent and getting in the way of the chopper's magic night time camera).

The beauty of the result is it can be used for so many calls. The "joke" in the title of this blog is the twisted way of saying it, "Area Trace No Search," which obviously has a slightly different meaning. It used to get a snigger or two and people would get the implication, that this was a quality call from start to finish. In these more modern times when control room staff are supervised heavily and without discretion, and when every transmission is recorded for further alnalysis, you have to be a little more careful.

Quite often now control staff will put exactly what the officer says on the CAD. Which isn't so much of a problem with Area Trace No Search, but when an officer pops up to give a result and says "he was looking to get arrested" then it's liable to be written on the cad "Subject asked to be arrested."

And don't even think about using the LOB result...

37 comments:

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ControlRoomOp said...

Many a worthless job that has to be attended due to some guideline or other is given out as
"Please attend report of (enter crime of the century here) and when thats ASNT please go on to ....."

It usually gets the result we want without wasting more than 2 minutes so Officers can get on with real police work!!

Area Trace No Search said...

Joker - that makes me nervous... But thanks for the compliment. I'll have to get a better false nose and moustache if I'm getting spotted already.

Control - this is exactly what happens in my neck of the woods, although now everything is recorded and the control staff supervised a little OTT everybody is more careful about what they say.

I genuinely love that result though.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
fantastic blog mate!
I'm a SOCO in the Met, and heartily agree with your sentiments!
One of my colleagues used to be a CAD operator in the Provinces, and her favourite tale is when one of her staff was pulled up by an Inspector to explain what the term TGB meant on a CAD report...
Without a blink he quipped "Travelling Girls and Boys". Genius.

thoughts running through my head.... said...

lol,the old ones are the best!!

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