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Thinking outside the box.

Well we have been inundated with meetings recently, not for the likes of everyday Police Officers but for the real decision makers up there in their towers at the sharp end of Policing strategy. Our family of Forces have so much in common with each other that they look for that little extra invention and originality to set them apart from their enforced family alliances and try to go that little bit further in being seen to be safe and feel safe, to work hard for the benefits of their communities or to ensure that they get it right first time and are seen to be putting the customer first. Citizen focus is important to us.

New and radical proposals have been put forward. Not wanting to be seen to be dismissive of such events there simply has to be a ‘business case’ put forward to justify anything that appears to be outside of the Policing box unless, of course, it happens to be one of the latest brainwaves of someone who is far too used to people saying yes. I am not talking about the man from del-monte here. This is nothing to do with fruit.

We at the CTC Constabulary have taken a useful and somewhat radical suggestion from one of our family of Forces and decided that we also feel the need to embed ourselves with another section of community. We have decided that we need chauffeurs to help ferry our officers around their patch to free up more Police cars. We welcome these new and innovative proposals. We are forming a review committee to research and oversee the cost effectiveness of this project.


We are not talking about lots of people in fetching grey suits and flat caps but sane, safe and trustworthy drivers who can take our colleagues to meetings, appointments and other non-emergency stuff and free up more officers to become available for the streets where they are most needed and all this within the nationally agreed speed limits.

This is not about free rides on public transport or commandeering auntie Flo as she pops out for a nice bit of Coley for pussykins. This is about careful, safe drivers who will flock to volunteer for the job. There are far too many marked Police cars just sitting about idly waiting to be driven around. Shame that the officers are not there to use them. Definitely no operational type of stuff , no prisoner transports or back up response. So what is the point of freeing up all these marked cars that are just sitting around idly ?

I can only trust that the perceived savings in officer time will not be swallowed up in advertising for potential candidates, selection processes, driver training, radios or mobile phones for contacting these chauffeurs. Perhaps a nice fluffy uniform of some form of ID badge could be commissioned.


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