The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
22nd & 23rd December, 1947 - There is a shortage of men and Ron has to shift himself to get things done.
Monday, 22nd December, 1947
This morning there were no escorts to take my prisoners to court. This meant I had to dash around at the last
moment trying to get an escort. First I
phoned the M.T. section up and they said they would supply a truck right
away. I then made haste to the Billet to
wake men who had been on duty up to . Such men are excused duty up
to about . Those on
duty after are excused the whole of the following
morning. I managed to get two out of bed
who should have been up & dressed.
The court starts at nine we arrived about 9.30. We then found that another prisoner was
wanted so I took one of the chaps, borrowed Salphit’s car and dashed back to
the station to make out another release from prison order for this additional
prisoner. I was rushing around all
morning on escort duty myself as we could not get enough men to form an escort.
The S.P. payed the station a visit this afternoon, pulled everything
to pieces but put a very kind entry in the inspection book. After he had left B/I Pattle decided to give
us another lecture but failed hopelessly when B/I Coles came in and told him he
should not go down the Sukh.
Tuesday, 23rd December, 1947
After the S.P.’s little chat yesterday I decided to start putting my
house in order as he promised another visit within a few days when he expects
to find everything in the station, and especially my charge register, up to
date. I went through the whole of the
charge register from the Beginning of the year and filled in all the points
that were missing. These are not
important points – only such things as “date investigations were completed” “date referred to Magistrate.”
The Charge Room
This afternoon a letter came from Division telling me to make a
summary of all the statements recorded in a Road Accident case in which proceedings
had been instituted. This is quite a big
job and to top it in bold letters was written “TREAT AS VERY URGENT” I
immediately set to work on it and by had half completed it. Then it
suddenly flashed into my mind that I was on gate guard at . Owing to
the shortage of men all employed staff have to do at least one night duty a
week. I have been granted the privilege of
the as this does not interfere
with my work.