We have been going for a couple of years now, and this year it was probably the best it has been, despite there being no helicopter. We did have a fly by from the Midlands Air Ambulance on their way back to base following a call out though!
I met 'Mozza' from the current episode of Cops UK: Bodycam Squad. I tried to get a selfie but it didn't turn out right! I am new to this selfie game. I also had a go on Virtual Reality. I couldn't get up and walk around, but had an Xbox controller to make 'myself' walk forward etc. but to look over things I had to lean forward. At one point I ran, but it made me feel very woozy, almost travel sick like! The man who was showcasing it said that there will be VR available with headphones and sticks for your hand so it will be a more wholesome experience. However, this is not yet widely available. I am not a tech geek, but I really want some VR. I can't wait until it becomes more commercial.
|My son experiencing Virtual Reality for the first time © Ingrid Senger-Perkins 2017|
We also had a drive in a police car with the sirens going. It wasn't as fast as I expected but the track was small with lots of twists and turns. The sirens were surprisingly quiet, and barely audible inside of the car, though they were obviously much louder if you were outside.
|The Police cars that we got to ride in. © Ingrid Senger-Perkins 2017|
Finally, we watched a demonstration about public order. It was really interesting. One of the shields was broken by the trainer. They showed all the tactics they have to make arrests, and it ended with petrol bombs. The riot police can walk through the fire and not be set alight. They also have steel in the soles of the shoes so any glass is prevented from going into their foot. Only an idiot would take on these fully armoured, fire proofed, chemical proofed and glass proofed police. Their visors have a special rubber seal to prevent any liquid going onto the face - such as acid. They are indestructible. I wouldn't like to hedge my bets against them!
They are ready to calm some public disorder © Ingrid Senger-Perkins 2017
It was a long day but very interesting. I highly recommend going along to these sorts of events. Not only was it interesting for the general public, I have a better knowledge on some aspects of policing. It is a brilliant way to meet people you would otherwise not meet.
My son on one of the bikes from Shropshire Staffordshire Cheshire Blood Bikes, of which I am a volunteer.
©Ingrid Senger-Perkins 2017
Next week will be a recap of the Stoke Literary Festival. I am only going to one talk, due to other commitments, but I hope to be able to get a lot out of it.
Until next week, keep writing!