“Alpha one-niner, we have a 5152 in progress, code 3” came the call over the radio. “Backup may be required.”
A different kind of emergency occurred in London recently. A Police van was seen racing down the street with its blue lights flashing to warn people to get out-of-the-way. Not an uncommon sight in any big city, you would say. The police van pulled into a bus stop bay, stopping traffic and blocking a bus from picking up passengers waiting. At this point, you would have expected (due to the size of the vehicle) a team of cops to jump out and race to the crime scene. Maybe a S.W.A.T team, all protective armour and automatic weapons.
But this was no ordinary emergency, no robbery in progress, no suspect trying to evade capture, no terrorist alert. No, this was a PCE. It only required the attention of one cop, to go and get a coffee for the weary and overworked cops in the van, too tired to find a legal parking place and walk. The brave officer walked into a Costa Coffee (British for Starbucks) and captured a few cappuccinos and maybe an espresso. A righteous collar. Word is that some maybe sugar was confiscated also.
It’s good to know we are safe while in our local coffee shop.
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