• What You Measure is What You Get.

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  • 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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  • 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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    Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
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    Don't confuse your idea of how important you are with the responsibility of your role.
  • Meetings.

    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.

Cool heads and kind hearts.

The cool heads in the cool air conditioned offices of the elite leadership team of the CTCC have made a serious decision.

They have considered all the facts, they are highly paid to make important decisions like this,they have to consider the public and corporate image negative impact strategy as well as the fact that the weather has got rather warm of late. Despite being well into the morning towards lunchtime.

Will the troops look the part and still give the correct and professional corporate image ?  What about those trendy designer sunglasses ?

OK then, they can take off their ties.

Great news.

For those who do not have the luxury of an air conditioned office or the comfort of an air conditioned car (when it is working) this is a small relief from the sticky and uncomfortable heat and an opportunity to remove the body armour for a while until the next call.

I feel sorry for the military in Iraq & Afghanistan where the wearing of life preserving equipment is essential and the temperature is considerably hotter.

Suddenly life doesn’t seem too bad.

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10 Responses

  1. They never let us take our ties off no matter what. When I was in foreign parts during the Gulf conflict and various tours in the Slavik states we fortunately/ unfortunately weren’t issued with body armour.

    Still blinking hot with a tie though!

    Regards.

  2. Ha! In the Gulf, we didn’t wear ties. It was a tad warm though, 55C in the shade. Even the locals struggled. The top tip was/is drink plenty of water. We had to take in 2.5l per hour, sounds a lot, but actually that was an advised minimum intake. And it was surprisingly easy.

  3. Due to borked air-con, too many bodies and too much heat-generating computer equipment, our wall thermometer at work today registered 32C. We finally got some windows opened by threatening to strip off en-masse. You’d understand that better if you saw us – suffice to say the average age is on the down-side of 40!

  4. Seems an appropriate thread in which to mention dogs shut in overheated vans. And I say this with no suggestion of anything other than sickness and distress until I hear more.

  5. I have to agree with MidSouthJP

    I have just heard of the tragedy of the two brave K9 police who lost their lived in a battle with the heat in the back of a police van. My god! what a terrible end!

    How can this have happenned?

    As a dog owner, I am const\antly aware of my four legged friend’s needs, and if I am feeling hot, I know that she is even hotter…… Surely dog-handlers are programmed to do the right thing?

    I hope their handlers are treated as any member of the public would be treated who causes an animal to suffer

  6. Sweet lawdy mamma, is the tie decision making thing still going on?

    As for the death in the van – Lesley, I would expect higher things from a dog handler but the same burden of proof as the public are entitled. There’ll be much more evidence to gather than just two desparately tragic corpses. I’m sure `Whichend` will have something to say in due course.

  7. No matter what the ’causes’ or ‘faults’ may be – remember to have sympathy for the Handler.

    It is impressive to see how the media are working the story – bulk speculation as usual.

    The only surprise? I haven’t yet heard the first incidence of “lessons will be learned”, However that’s OK since the Police Authority have already fulfilled their remit – by calling on the Chief Constable to ‘ensure this can never happen again’…

  8. The case of the dogs in the vehicle calls into question the professionalism of the handler. S/He may have been detained in a meeting or by a senior officer, but professionalism would say that s/he should atttend to the dogss, even if it meant leaving the meeting or walking away from the senior officer.

    Whilst the handler is a constable first, s/he’s also a professional with animals.

    It’s not as if the officer was on a shout – it happened at HQ.

    If a senior officer detained the handler after being told of concern for the dogs, then that officer is also culpable.

    I am given to believe that these dogs were donated to the police. What must the previous owners think?

  9. Ah, but what sort of trivial box ticking nonsense was the handler dragged into? What form had they incorrectly dotted Is’ or ts’? Or ‘ ‘ in the wro’ng plaice? what evil speling mistakes had they done?

    I do not know any of the facts of the case. But I suspect a scapegoat will be found, ie one Dog Handler. But I suspect that they got caught up in some target meeting nonsense… where someone in SMT thought their ticky boxes were worth more than a couple of Police Personnels lives.

  10. It’s here – “Lessons will be learned” – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/8129826.stm

    I feel sorry for them, and for their handler. Not a lot more to say.

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