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The Havoc Makers. Part 1.

An educated Police elite has taken refuge in setting up irrelevant specialist departments. So was created the voracious giant known as support services, research & development & career review etc.

It-is frightening to see how many academics it takes to fill those departments. They do not get involved with the public at large and the vast majority are a waste of money. They are not staffed by Police Officers. These people have no intention of serving the community at large. They create havoc, instigating idiotic and irrelevant in depth studies, all of which cost a fortune, they themselves remain in the veiled secret society of the nine to five, Monday to Friday support service. On their salaries why should they care about anything else.

The academics soon realised that having achieved the first objective, get off the streets, they were missing out on promotion. So they just ignored the service outside and started promoting each other. They created a great cauldron into which they all jump, the Chief Constable stirs and when a certain cooking time is reached, up a rank they go. The occasional disaster occurs when one of them has to leave the mother-care environment but fortunately its not long before they are rescued and repatriated to the cauldron.

The end result is an academic Police service, high salaries are being paid to people in purely administrative posts, which for some unaccountable reason require high rank.

These people who have been so successful in the Police service would have been utter failures in a competitive industrial environment. Their objective was simple, get promoted quickly, become a senior Policeman. They were however, very blinkered, their education had not prepared them for the fact that all 24 hours of the day were our responsibility. The shock of 3 shifts in sometimes hostile circumstances was not at all appealing. A simple solution was found, redesign the Police Force, only the proles need suffer the inconveniences of Police work, the educated elite could take refuge in specialist departments.

Pt2 & ack to follow


2 Responses

  1. It’s just so depressingly familiar!

  2. Which end bites…So true…I have met some bean counters and they relish in taking the pee….The havoc makers must include some in HR, some senior bods in uniform looking to place feathers in thier caps and some in support organisations.

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