First shift to remember for new special constable - The Coventry Observer

First shift to remember for new special constable

Coventry Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

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.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Coventry Observer newspaper.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.


Advertise with the Coventry Observer to reach your audience

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.