• What You Measure is What You Get.

    Einstein : Not everything that can be counted counts. And not everything that counts can be counted.
  • About me.

    I know enough to know that at 04.00am it gets dark out on the streets. It has done this for the last twenty odd years, to my knowledge and will probably continue for the forseeable future. At some stage in this ‘future’ I shall retire and probably won’t give a damn if it still gets dark at 04.00am. Until then I shall be out there, somewhere, lurking in the shadows because someone, somewhere will be doing stuff they shouldn’t and then, well then I will introduce myself. In the meanwhile I shall try to remain sane and remember why I joined in the first place and try to ignore all the people who piss me off by making the job more complicated than it should be.
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    Any opinions contained in posts are mine and mine alone. Many of them will not be those of any Police Force, Police Organisation or Police Service around this country. The opinions are based on many years of working within the field of practical operational Police work and reflect the desire to do things with the minimum of interference by way of duplication for the benefit of others who themselves do not do the same job. I recognise that we all perform a wide range of roles and this is essential to make the system work. If you don’t like what you see remember you are only one click on the mouse away from leaving. I accept no responsibility for the comments left by others.
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  • C.T.C. Constabulary.

    A Strategic Community Diversity Partnership. We are cutting bureaucracy and reducing the recording of target and monitoring related statistics. Our senior leaders will drive small, economical cars from our fleet surplus to save money to invest in better equipment for our frontline response officers. We are investing money to reinstate station canteens for the benefits of those 24/7 response officers. We have a pursuit policy. The message is that if you commit an offence and use a vehicle, we will follow you and stop you if necessary. It is your duty to stop when the lights and sirens are on. We take account of the findings of the Force questionnaire and are reducing the administration and management levels and returning these officers to frontline response duties. We insist on a work-life balance. We have no political masters. We are implimenting selection processes that take account of an individuals skills and proven abilities for the job. Our senior leaders will have one foot in reality and still possess the operational Policing skills they have long forgotton about and seldom used. All ranks are Police Officers first and specialists second. We will impliment career development and performance evaluation monitoring of our leaders by those officers who operate under that leadership. The most important role is that of Constable. All other roles are there to positively support the role and the responsibility of Constable and the duties performed.
  • Whichendbites

    “We trained very hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. It can be a wonderful method of creating the illusion of progress while creating confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.”......Petronius
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    If you had to identify, in one word, why we will never achieve our full potential, Meetings would be that word.
  • There is always a bigger picture.

    When there is no answer to your problem, there is always deflection from the need to justify giving an answer.

A red-hot stove always burns.

Having read this little piece from Kingmagic, it is clear that many of us who operate within what is known as the Public Service Sector have a few things in common.

We are faced with the delights of sections of the general population who have absolutely no regard for anyone else but themselves nor for any of the actions that occur as a direct result of their behaviour.

From Schools, Hospitals and Armed Forces to the Emergency Services, we all have another thing that links us through some common ground.

We are all in the process of being shafted by the current Government and its varying policies. A Government who seem to exist in a dreamworld where inflation is under control and we all have to accept less than inflation pay rises whilst different priorities allow for money to be poured down the drain of another Government priority money pit when these strange decisions are made. Northern Rock, the 10p tax u-turn, MP’s expenses fiasco, the claims of fiscal prudence and sound financial judgement to make our economy safe from the ex-iron chancellor now turned leader who throws away the the reins of responsibility because it the fault of other entities, the list goes on and on.

I expect the shafting sticks to be put on standby in the secret cupboard as the election approaches and the caring, sharing suits of political humility brought out from their mothballed closets to show how everyone has misjudged Government policies because they never fully explained them to us properly.

In the meantime, we will continue to deal with the various ills of the population whilst, at the same time, dealing with the morons who help waste so much time yet, seem to give us so much do to help them run their lives for them. Morons who claim to want respect but have no idea of what this means to others, parents who believe they have no responsibility for their children when they are out and about, parents who bring their children up without the basic understanding of right and wrong, nor the guts to take responsibility for their own actions. Children and parents who hide behind collective rights for themselves and no-one else, no respect, no responsibility and no accountability. They are not victims, they make victims.

I am expecting another crackdown, perhaps on pay and conditions again, at any time. Now that will certainly help things along as we get another convenient let down whilst the huge sums needed to bail out failed policies seem obvious to those keen to save their own political hides.

To add to all the misery, the football season is well underway, bringing with it the loutish and alcohol fuelled behaviour from those who use the cover of alleged support for their team to wreak havoc on the mostly decent and law-abiding majority who frequent the emotional see-saw events where 22 at a time kick an inflated ball around a patch of grass within the white lines trying to catch it in a net at the opposite end of the arena. I am not impressed by some who attend these spectacles.

I am, however,  very impressed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, its dedication and efforts to maintain the memory and dignity of those who were lost in the conflict of two world wars and other unfortunate events.

I am also further impressed by the roller-coaster ride the Dragon Khan. If you are in Spain at the Port Aventura park where this ride is located I suggest you try it out. Make sure your ticker is OK first.

I am also even yet further impressed by Gadget’s literary offering, ‘Perverting the Course of Justice’ which brings home some of the reasons why we do this thing called Policing and puts some meat on the bones of the obstructive skeletons we have in our closets, from the senior ranking ‘decision makers’ to their political masters as well as the usual scapegoat accountability excuses of measuring and counting.

We learnt measuring and counting at school, this is where it should remain to help the young people of tomorrow.

‘Its not his fault’, p217, especially the final para sums a lot of it up rather nicely.

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  1. Some years ago we were visiting some friends in London. They took us to the RAF memorial at Runnymede. I know it isn’t a war graves site, but, inscribed there are the names of all aircrew lost during the war, especially poignant as so many of them have no known grave.

    Whilst we were there, a film crew were setting up, and when we asked them what they were doing, they told us that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were going to do a display there, but it was secret, as they did not want loads of people there. We asked if we could stay, and they said of course.

    We watched from the top of the memorial. I remember seeing ‘City of Lincoln’ and her two fighter escorts flying over the Thames Valley, air traffic must have ‘knitted a hole’ in the stream of 707s lobbing in and out of Heathrow.

    I remember the feeling then of such sadness and yet hope, all those names, and yet because of them, we were able to witness this remarkable sight.

    It is a beautiful place.

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