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Bank Holiday weekend.

As another Bank Holiday weekend gets underway the same old problems begin to ride towards those who have the perceived luxury of working on the Bank Holiday for, as the management appear to see it, double bubble. Its like they are giving you that little extra as some form of perk. I suggest that you will, in fact earn every penny of what you get after the demon tax man has his way with your hard earned O/T’s if you opt for payment. Also, the chances are that if you opt for time off instead, you will face a problem getting it when it suits you before you get the dreaded message telling you that you have too much time off accrued and you need to get some off your total now.

Almost every entity you might need to call on for support is doing one of following:

1. Not working. Well it is a bank holiday weekend.

2. Not available because it is down to minimum staffing levels and only skeleton cover until Tuesday.

3. As per 2 but on an emergency call out only basis.

3. Working but only on minimum staffing because of overtime.

So you see that a great deal of what normally is on offer resorts to a non-availability policy which is an extension of the normal Monday to Friday 08.00 to 16.00 hours or 09.00 to 17.00 hours. After all it is a Bank Holiday weekend you know.

The weekend revelry knows no such limits and has no policy in force for a like reduction in the violent domestics, drunken brawling fighting and general misery making, anti-social delinquency and other high demand Policing presence.

It happens every year on every bank holiday time when staffing numbers hit rock bottom and demand for resources fails to match the lack of officers on the streets.

Efficient use of staff and resources. Well done…….bravo.

If you are out there, be safe and I hope you keep well.

It is reassuring to know that at the hallowed grounds of CTCCHQ  there are any number of car parking spaces to be had, apart from the special yellow ones of course. They seem to remain mostly unused for most of the time, weekends or otherwise. Sadly, there is no car boot sale listed for the weekend or Monday. What a shame, could have earned a few bob for some high vis jackets for the dogs. Perhaps £5 per car would be reasonable and we might pick up some dodgy nicked gear from some of the sellers at the same time.


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