A BRADFORD PC has offered an insight into the "busy" world of policing our streets as a lone officer.

According to the Police Federation, cuts to police budgets have led to a reduction in police officers and more single crewing of patrols.

PC Sarah Barberini, who has worked for West Yorkshire Police for more than 10 years, said there is a "huge responsibility" that comes with each call she attends.

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The emergency call-outs included speaking to a suicidal man at his "darkest time", reports of domestic criminal damage and helping put together evidence after a sudden death.

Explaining how she helped a suicidal man, PC Sarah Barberini said: "To some this may not look like much, but with each job there is a huge responsibility."

"Speaking to someone at their darkest time isn't and shouldn't be quick. Referrals are to be made, support networks are to be strengthened and the person's safety is such an important factor."

On her second job, PC Barberini dealt with reports of domestic criminal damage where she sat and held an elderly lady who was grieving over her late husband.

The woman "broke down in tears and sobbed uncontrollably" after struggling to deal with her grief and hold the family together at the same time.

Next, the police officer dealt with a concern for welfare after an elderly woman, who has Alzheimers and Parkinson, was "fearing the worst but didn't know who else to call".

After this, a report came in for two aggressive shoplifters which meant PC Barberini had to gather statements, CCTV and make sure the crime is ready for further inquiries.

In the fifth call of the day, the PC sensitively works with "distraught" family members after a sudden death - call-outs, she feels, are never easy to deal with.

She said: "Gathering all the information for the coroners at such a private time, family members distraught and wanting answers, it's hard. My heart breaks for you."

As the officer is about to head home for the night, already late, another unit calls for backup with "the sound of screams down the radio".

Someone has assaulted an emergency worker and two units head out to the scene in response.

PC Barberini said: "I'm already late off, but that doesn't matter one tiny bit, I'm running out the door. Two en route to custody for assaulting and emergency worker.

"Yes, this is my job and I don't tweet it for sympathy, praise or recognition.

"I tweet it, like my other tweets to share a window into my world. No two jobs are the same and you never know what's behind that door, but when all is said and done, I wouldn't change it."