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Plan A.

Well the latest revolutions of the management carousel at the CTCC have landed at their respective offices. The winners and losers will be putting their strategic plans onto their respective tables and getting everyone to play the games according to their rules and to their daring new plan. I guess we will all be one big happy family again, working with each other and working for each other for a safer world and reducing bureaucracy to spend more time out there, serving our customers.

What are the dog handlers doing to reduce the number of fatal road accidents ?

I will have to pass on that one at the moment.

We have got the latest technological wizardry, at great expense I might add, which is going to make our lives easier. The ring of steel around all the known trouble spots. The wonder tool known as ANPR. Can’t wait.

It appears that we are to be involved and engaged so we understand the really big plan and everything we have done before is somehow not good enough any more. Can’t wait.

We have already had the new tactical plan and strategic way forward. There have been many new words and catchy if rather stupid phrases. I also suspect that we will also be due for a review, a management scare tactic that usually accompanies steps to put us in line to adopt the new plan A. The usual pathetic efforts at consultation, a caring & listening management structure that ticks boxes but does not camouflage the shafting stick very well.

As plan A’s go, they always seem to be for the benefit of people who I never see. This wonder of plan A also seems to take me further and further away from the people who best need my brand of support and form the bread and butter of my working hours.

I also suspect that there will be another new and radical idea on how I can supply statistics to assist with monitoring my performance under the new plan A. To ensure that I am ticking all the right boxes and helping to keep other disciples of the faith in jobs.

Plan A………………can’t wait. Shafting sticks in a nice summer shade of DPM should be the order of the day.


2 Responses

  1. Officers:”It’s a great bit bloody stick you’re not rodgering me with that”.
    Management:”No it’s a gentle suppository supposed to help you do your job. It won’t hurt and i’ll be gentle, and it’s for your own benefit really…”
    Officers:”Then why did you put your running shoes on, and why are you giving yourself a run up?

    That about right WEB?

  2. I have worked with anpr, and alpr as it is known outside of the uk, for a number of years now. I remain amazed at what very senior officers claim it will do. I understand its going to solve everything for GMP from a quote i saw. The big danger for anpr, which is an excellent tool, is it becomes more than a tool, it becomes the reason for being. Those big friendly hairy things, that took a liking to my rear end and thighs at many a disturbance in the early 70’s, are brilliant as SUPPORT for anpr in two ways. They can find stashes, even inside tyres, almost anywhere in a vehicle (we used them at multi force/agency HGV checks in the 70’s with great success). They are also brilliant when the idiot in the stoley decides to do a u-turn on seing the anpr van, ususal pursuit and bail and offender lost – a dog quickly on the scene is as valuable as any helicopter.
    But, i get frightened to death when i hear of anpr in dog vans – what a total waste of all that training – if you want them to do something thats not searching/biting then let them walk round a park/town centre for 15 minutes – joe public loves it. I am waiting for the suggestion of handheld anpr for the mounties – won’t be long now! One country has already asked for handheld small boat registration readers – watch out thames div, your next!

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