7.20am. On a Saturday morning. I really can’t see why someone should ring the bell like mad today, especially at this time. I drag myself off the bed, put on the first thing I can find, and go to check.

«Police here. Please, miss, open the door». I open the door and stare at them without a word (this is certainly no time for conversation), until one of them asks me if I know anything about the biker rally. The neighbour’s peephole opens up, that busybody. «What do you want to know?» Damn, it’s not going to start for another four hours at least.

And it turns out they only need to have the bikers’ list, because there may be some unwanted guest or some group, so that checks may have to be upgraded. «If you could be so kind and give us the list, then come to the police station with us …».

Oh yes, as if I took home confidential documents from the office to browse them in my spare time. «Ok. I will go take them from my office and I will be with you». They go.

While I try to spruce up a bit, I try to find someone who lets me into the office: strange enough, my boss is not happy to hear me, but I can go and take his keys at 7.45.

To cut a long story short, I am at the police station by 8.30, I show my papers to the lance corporal, who tells me I will have to wait a bit and ushers me to a small room.

And so I find myself on a Saturday at dawn (well, sort of) along with a dozen of Brazilian transvestites, certainly more annoyed than me, waiting for a policeman to take this damned list. Which incidentally happened only 50 minutes later, because they had to break up a fight, first.

Happy weekend to myself!

ACX recommends…

Some events, such as political or sports events, can require greater involvement from the Police. More traffic, more at-risk people and rallies are just a few of the eventualities that can occur.

For example, petty crime may be more intensive at a rally, attracted by a high concentration of luxury goods (such as vintage bikes and cars), which poses a higher risk of theft and fights.

Until a few years ago, event organisers were under the obligation to give the Police a list of participants in any event, so the situation could be more easily monitored. That is no longer compulsory; however, it should be preferably done at least for more sensitive or crowd-pulling events. First, surveillance will be more efficient in protecting the event, and secondly the Police will not need to check anyone during the event.