Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Like many coppers, I often claim to be unshockable.
And then I am without fail proved wrong.
One of the things that was slightly disconcerting to me when I first started doing Gaoler duty was some of the cell dweller's activities once safely hidden away in their rooms.
Spitting, fighting, self harming, vandalism, peeing or defecating in unusual places - all expected and easily coped with.
However, some of our 'clients' partake in slightly different methods for passing the time.
A significant number of young adult males feel that whilst lying in the (CCTV viewed) cell awaiting questioning is a good time to indulge in some "self expression."
I think it's safe to say that whatever fantasies people may or may not have about Police Officers, seeing the reality of the urine stained, dirty, smelly, vomit ridden cells is not something that would turn most people on.
Of course, rattling the wicket on the door and reminding them that their cell is covered by CCTV as they approach the crucial moment is only fair.
Bizarrely, this only stops some of them.
As I said, I'm still shockable.