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Unformatted text preview: A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend A day in the life of a policeman
Paul Williams is a policeman and he is very happy in his job. He
thinks it's useful and interesting. He has been a policeman for ten
years and now he's a sergeant, but he often thinks of his first two
years in the force and laughs at some of the things that happened
For the first two years of his career a policeman is "on probation";
in other words, his superior officers watch his progress closely to
see whether he's going to be a suitable police officer. After his first
nine months in the force, Paul was thinking of giving up. He just
couldn't get used to the hours he had to work: early turn from six
till two, late turn from two till ten, or, worst of all, night shift from
ten till six. But the work was sometimes exciting. The most
exciting day of Paul's two years of probation was a hot day in the
middle of May. At one forty-five in the afternoon Paul was sitting
round a table with his colleagues, waiting for his orders.
Sergeant Hawkins gave Paul his orders last because the men were
dealt with in alphabetical order. "Hawkeye", as the men called him,
was a grandfather and treated all the young policemen as boys.
Sgt. Hawkins: I think I'll give you a change, Williams.
Paul: Thank you, sergeant.
Sgt. Hawkins: As you probably know, there have been a lot of
petty thefts from houses in Faversham Street over the last few
Paul: That's the street where I was born.
Sgt. Hawkins: Is it? Good. Well, you're to keep an eye on the
street this afternoon and report by phone if you see anything
Paul: Yes, sergeant.
Paul was told to wear civilian clothes so that he would not be
noticed. He decided to watch from the gardens opposite
Faversham Street so that he could walk about without attracting
At the end of each hour he phoned the police station to report to
Sergeant Hawkins. At the end of four hours he had eaten six icecreams, smoked twenty cigarettes, and walked round the park
about fifty times. He was beginning to get very bored. At six
o'clock he was relieved by another police officer so that he could
go and get something to eat.
It was nearly half past eight before anything happened. It was
beginning to get dark and he could just see three rather suspicious Photocopiable 1 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend looking men talking near some bushes at the far end of the park.
Paul decided to wait and see what happened next. A few minutes
later one of the men walked quietly from the bushes towards the
road. Still Paul waited. The man looked around, opened the front
gate of number 21 Faversham Street and walked round to the
back of the house. Paul decided it was time to do something. Using
a short cut that he'd known as a boy, he got to the back of the
house just in time to see the man trying to climb through the
windows. This is it, thought Paul. He saw himself being
"congratulated by the chief constable and even being praised by
old Hawkeye. He stepped forward.
Paul: May I ask what you are doing?
Man: Go away, you fool.
Paul: I'm a police officer.
Man: Good luck to you!
Paul: And here is my identification.
Man: Look, I'm afraid there's been a mistake.
Paul: You were about to break into this house.
Man: I can explain.
Paul: I'm going to arrest you ...
Man: No, listen. Let me explain.
Paul: ... and take you to the police station.
Man: We're ...
Paul: You are not obliged to say anything unless ...
Man: ... doing this ...
Paul: ... you wish to do so but ...
Man: ... because we have to.
Paul: ... what you do say will be written down ...
Man: We're trying to ...
Paul: ... and given in evidence against you.
Man: But we're not real burglars!
Paul: I'm not satisfied with your explanation. Photocopiable 2 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend Man: You haven't given me a chance to explain.
Paul: You were about to break into this house. I'm going to arrest
Man: Oh, for goodness' sake! Don't go through all that again. I'll
come along with you and explain to someone at the police station.
Paul had a feeling that he'd seen the man somewhere before.
Perhaps he was a well-known criminal! But at that moment the
other two men appeared. When Paul saw that they came to speak
to him so willingly, he began to think he had made a mistake.
Imagine Paul's surprise when they explained that they were
television actors and that the man Paul had arrested was a wellknown television director. They were using the house to rehearse a
scene for a new TV series. Paul didn't know what to say.
1st actor: Don't worry about it. You were only doing your job.
Paul: I really am terribly sorry.
Director: Never mind. We were only rehearsing.
1st actor: Hey, what's that man doing over there?
2nd actor: He's nothing to do with our series!
Paul and the others ran towards a man who was trying to open a
window in one of the houses. After a brief struggle they
overpowered him. Paul telephoned the police station and five
minutes later Sergeant Hawkins arrived in a police car. He
congratulated Paul warmly on his first arrest.
Sgt. Hawkins: We'll make a policeman of you yet, Williams.
Paul: Thank you, sergeant.
Sgt. Hawkins: By the way, have you got a TV set?
Paul: Yes, sergeant. Why?
Sgt. Hawkins: Well, if you switch on at 8.30 tomorrow you can
watch the weekly detective serial.
Paul: Why, sergeant?
Sgt. Hawkins: Oh, I just thought you might like to see these
friends of yours again.
Paul: You recognized them?
Sgt. Hawkins: They don't call me Hawkeye for nothing, you
know! But don't worry. I can keep a secret. I'll see that you get all
the credit. Photocopiable 3 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend New words and expressions
force short for police force closely with great attention give up stop doing something, admit
defeat. Here means leaving the
police force early turn early duty or shift deal with attend to alphabetical order i.e. A first, B second, etc. "Hawkeye" friendly name (nickname)
given to someone who notices
everything. We often say that
such a person has "eyes like a
hawk." petty thefts small things stolen over during civilian clothes ordinary clothes, not his
policeman's uniform without attracting attention without being noticed get bored lose interest (because
nothing is happening) bushes small trees relieved replaced (by another
policeman) congratulated praised Photocopiable 4 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend a short cut a way that shortens the
distance evidence proof identification document proving you are
who you say you are rehearse practice break into enter (a house) by force
without permission be about to be on the point of for goodness' sake! exclamation of annoyance or
surprise never mind don't worry struggle fight overpower restrain by force, make
someone submit by physical
force warmly enthusiastically switch on turn on (the TV) serial programme in several episodes credit thanks, praise We'll make a policeman of you yet
We think you will eventually become a good policeman
They don't call me Hawkeye for nothing
This is one of the reasons why people call me Hawkeye Photocopiable 5 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend Questions and exercises
A. Comprehension questions
1. How long has Paul Williams been a policeman? 2. Why did Paul think of giving up after nine months? 3. Why was Paul the last one to receive his orders? 4. How does Paul know Faversham Street? 5. Why did Paul wear civilian clothes? 6. What explanation did the man give for breaking into the
house? 7. What was he, in fact? 8. What were the three men doing? 9. What was the real burglar doing? 10. Did Sergeant Hawkins arrive on foot? B. Use since, for and ago to complete the following sentences:
1. Paul has been a policeman _____ ten years. 2. He has been a policeman ______ 1962. 3. He joined the police force ten years _____. 4. He has been waiting for his orders _____ three o'clock. 5. He went to the park two hours _____. 6. He has been there _____ five o'clock. 7. He has been there _______ two hours. 8. He lived in Faversham Street twenty years _____. Photocopiable 6 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend C. Change the following sentences into the passive:
The men robbed the house.
The house was robbed by the men.
1. The chief constable was congratulating him.
2. He dealt with the men in alphabetical order. 3. The sergeant told Paul to wear civilian clothes. 4. They won't notice you. 5. Another police officer relieved him. 6. I'll write down what you say. 7. The four men overpowered the burglar. 8. They call me "Hawkeye." D. Change the verb into the continuous (-ing) form:
1. Paul thought of giving up. 2. Paul sat round a table with his colleagues. 3. I've eaten an ice-cream. 4. It began to get dark. 5. The men walked quietly towards the road. 6. They tried to open one of the windows. 7. The burglars broke into a house. 8. Paul does his job well. Photocopiable 7 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend Keys to exercises
1. For ten years. 2. Because he couldn't get used to the hours he had to work. 3. Because they were given in alphabetical order. 4. Because he was born there. 5. So that he would not be noticed. 6. He said that he and his friends were practising a burglary. 7. A television actor. 8. They were rehearsing a scene for a new TV series. 9. He was trying to open a window in one of the houses. 10. No, he arrived in a police car.
1. for 2. since 3. ago 4. since 5. ago 6. since 7. for 8. ago Photocopiable 8 © www.english-test.net A day in the life of a policeman by Alan Townend C.
1. He was being congratulated by the chief constable. 2. The men were dealt with in alphabetical order. 3. Paul was told by the sergeant to wear civilian clothes. 4. You won't be noticed. 5. He was relieved by another police officer. 6. What you say will be written down. 7. The burglar was overpowered by the four men. 8. I'm called "Hawkeye". D.
1. Paul was thinking of giving up. 2. Paul was sitting round a table with his colleagues. 3. I've been eating an ice-cream. 4. It was beginning to get dark. 5. The men were walking quietly towards the road. 6. They were trying to open one of the windows. 7. The burglars were breaking into a house. 8. Paul is doing his job well. Photocopiable 9 © www.english-test.net ...
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