To tell the truth, the incident that happened that day was not a serious one, maybe it could have passed unnoticed if the person involved wouldn’t be a foreigner who spoke little English and could just swear laud. The man had an aggressive reaction to people’s presence and comments when walking very drunk near the playground with families and little kids around. A woman came to me alerting about this situation and I hurried to stop the troublemaker. There he was: a drunk man shouting indistinct words and cursing.
Talking to a Drunk Man
I tried to talk to him, asking him for his ID and trying to calm him, but it seemed he didn’t understand me at all, so I grabbed his hand from behind and took him to the back side of the patrol car. He continued to curse partly in English, partly in his mother-tongue. I supposed it was a mixture between a Slavic and Arabic languages. We headed to the nearest police department and the man was officially arrested for staying drunk in public and antisocial behavior.
As he did not have any valid documents on him, we had to check out his identity through our database. He had a copy of his expired driver’s license, so we could make out his name and surname. He turned out to be an Albanian and he spoke quite poor English, enough to explain that he had come to visit his cousin and remained in the UK for some months. Obviously, some months meant illegal immigration. The man exceeded the legal term of permanence in the country so that made him a subject of UK Immigration Service investigation.
The officer in charge assessed him and said that he wasn’t sure that the man did not have any drugs or substances hidden on his body. So he was to have a cavity search and all that stuff.
Detailed Detention Report
Anyhow, before going back to my work I had to fill many internal bureaucratic forms and write a detailed detention report. Nothing to get excited about, I felt happy that the man was not “my client” any more.
Definitely, it wasn’t a breathtaking story when you are arresting a robber, a murderer or a famous “wanted” criminal, but … you know, you never forget your first detention. And, in all cases, this incident shouldn’t be underestimated taking into account the drug selling business, human traffic and global terrorism threat.