• What You Measure is What You Get.

    Einstein : Not everything that can be counted counts. And not everything that counts can be counted.
  • 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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    Any opinions contained in posts are mine and mine alone. Many of them will not be those of any Police Force, Police Organisation or Police Service around this country. The opinions are based on many years of working within the field of practical operational Police work and reflect the desire to do things with the minimum of interference by way of duplication for the benefit of others who themselves do not do the same job. I recognise that we all perform a wide range of roles and this is essential to make the system work. If you don’t like what you see remember you are only one click on the mouse away from leaving. I accept no responsibility for the comments left by others.
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  • C.T.C. Constabulary.

    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.
  • Whichendbites

    “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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    Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
  • Reality.

    Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
  • Rank V’s Responsibility

    Don't confuse your idea of how important you are with the responsibility of your role.
  • Meetings.

    If you had to identify, in one word, why we will never achieve our full potential, Meetings would be that word.
  • There is always a bigger picture.

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

Pre-planned or Spontaneous, we can do it all.

At last the welcome end to what is called the footy season has reached us. Those who failed to be included in the realm of the risers and fallers are safe in the knowledge that they can rest to do battle again, when the madness begins.

For some of us who are subject to shift changes for the life and death conflict of the circular ball and the disruption to this fallacy that is a work life balance, we can have at least 8 weeks until the friendly, warm up, nothing at stake, pre-season matches begin and the footballing circle of life once again blooms forth. 

The lost hours of needless planning activities and those covert shift changing operations that blight the minions at the mercy of the coin toss, the lack of availability of anyone or the mischief of the decision makers scalpel of fate, seem to have been taken up by the latest efforts to promote the brand.

Barely has the final whistle blown and the office paper-trays are full of the management missives and subversive efforts to create the illusion that at the CTCC we are all conquering.

The Support Services Department have their own newsletter scattered around the many tables of the mighty.  Traffic have their ‘traffic Telegraph’ with a tasteful double thin yellow line around the borders and lots of Hi-vis banners. The gun toting firearms boys & girls have their numerous relevant bullet-points crammed neatly within the lines of their ‘Bang-the magazine’ and a monthly supplement ‘Tazer Tales- the shocking truth’.  The reassurance gangs that form the occupants of the vans everyone is always glad to see when there is trouble have their ‘Task Force Tribune’ and the Dogs have their ‘The Dog Despatches’. 

I am only too please that we don’t have horses down these parts.  Their newsletter would be interesting. ‘Horses Resources. You got the theft we get the fences.’     Our budget wouldn’t even stretch to some hay.

These remind me of the glossy ‘King & Country’ from the Blackadder goes forth series.

The content gives an insight into the activities of these cogs within the greater machine. It tells the fortunate reader of the many areas of special support services these specialists can offer to the Force.

To the avid reader the message is clear…………..we can do this, we can do that, we can do all this and that. We are targetting this and that and showing what we can do by targetting this and that.

What it doesn’t tell the reader is perhaps a bit more interesting.

The lucky readers at the CTCC are not aware of the constant need for monitoring and statistical information that the specialists of the Support Services have to submit to justify what they do. It doesn’t tell the readers that they too have targets and that these targets take this myriad of specialist support away from where it is needed because of accountability and the need to show an ever increasing drive to hit ever unrealistic targets set by the people who promise the world in order to promote their own worth or deliver on their promises without an awareness of the basic need to offer support to the officers who need it most, on the response teams on 24/7 cover. Your targets are not always our targets and our targets sometimes take us away from supporting you with what we should be there for in the first place.

Page after page of catchy little slogans abound to treat the reader to the illusion that we are wonderful and all is well. This is what the management of some areas of the CTCC actually seem to think. These glossy newletters from all the departments convince them that they must be on track and that the time and investment in this form of promoting the brand is simply worth the effort, the time to get it sorted and the cost of printing.

Some sceptics might say that it might form the basis of some career development enhancing evidence.

How reassuring.

Coming to a desk near you………….

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