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

Cascade.

Cascade 

I like the word cascade. I have posted about this before. But I like it so much following some recent cascade type  messages I am off again.

I like the word cascade. Not as nice as moist or plectrum but a very good word none the less. It is a very pretty word and rolls neatly and smoothly off the tongue, almost in a cascade you might say. It sounds like a word of falling, diluting as it falls, the responsibility falling like a large stone, fragmenting into small pebbles and then into grains of sand as it falls and lands around the feet of some poor sod at the bottom of the heap who is a little fed up of being cascaded upon.

I imagine that every frontline response officer has, at some time, been cascaded upon.  The very thought of further Diversity or other training where everyone, and I mean everyone, has to undergo some form of telling us what to do and what not to do so the relevant boxes can be ticked.

I don’t know what the cascader’s handbook calls it. It must be important, a sort of “I told you so.” title would be appropriate. Its all connected with training, devolving responsibility downwards, in a cascade funnily enough. There itis again. Cascade……..I like the word cascade. It only appears during the day,a strange sort of beast. Afraid of the dark, I am led to understand. Its still a nice word though.

 Cascade…………there, one last time, well nearly.

If you exist at the bottom of the foodchain and there is no-one you can cascade this down to, then fear not. There is some good news. You move it sideways. Its called lateral development. There you are………sorted. 

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One Response

  1. Funny, after many years the word cascade now means to me “someone who earns more than you is just about to pass on a messge that is almost certainly of no interest or use”.

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