Eagle-eyed police spot suspects off duty
AN off-duty Shepton Mallet officer has been praised by police bosses for spotting a suspect in a dangerous driving investigation.
Three times in the past eight days off-duty officers have helped in the successful detention of a suspect, demonstrating that in Avon and Somerset police officers and police staff remain alert and on standby – even on their days off.
On Monday in Shepton Mallet an off-duty officer recognised a woman who was being sought by police. He advised colleagues who were able to stop and detain the woman, who has been reported for summons for dangerous driving.
The officer was cycling home and recognised the woman and called colleagues via the force 101 number.
In another instance, a 32-year-old man, thought to have committed a number of offences and being sought by police, was arrested in Crewkerne, after he was spotted by an eagle-eyed off-duty police officer.
The officer noticed that the suspect had a weapon and called colleagues who attended and detained the man.
He has since appeared in court, charged with possession of an offensive weapon and being in possession of a Class A drug.
On Friday, October 18, an off-duty officer noticed a man shoplifting in Frome and detained the culprit and his partner and called for support from colleagues.
The officer was assaulted as he detained the man who had only recently been released from prison and was on bail for another offence.
Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: "At a time when the service is under close scrutiny, it is worth remembering the everyday heroics – on and off duty – that are the daily business of a police force. I am extremely proud of these officers.
"They are typical of the men and women who police this area with courage and integrity."