• 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.
  • Opinions

    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
  • Just so.

    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.

Lacking ambition………..

When I joined the lofty heights of the CTCC I had this strange and weird ambition. I was faced with the prospect of having to join the Police in my ambition to be a dog handler.

Apart from my first two years of mostly foot patrol on a variety of beats which allowed me to get to build up my local knowledge within the community and build my experience base within my new chosen profession, or vocation. I later got the opportunities to get around in cars and because cars were the thing, continue to respond to incidents within the community and get on with building my skills and experience base. I was able to voice my interest in my chosen career development path and every year when the annual staff appraisal season got under way, I could reaffirm my interest and come up with all the new and stunning reasons why I should be given the chance to get onto the dogs.

Every year I can recall a Chief Inspector or Superintendent showing their apparent surprise at my lack of ambition in not wanting to follow the flock and get onto the rungs, just like themselves. I was told the same old tale, just like the needle stuck in the same groove of the record. I would and could go far. Rank progression is the way forward. There is more to Policing than working on the streets.

I was fortunate and eventually did get the position I wanted. It took time, determination and a will to perservere to step into the once hallowed halls where the dead man’s shoes appeared to get stored.  Dog handlers seem to want to be dog handlers for the most part. After all that is why we put ourselves into the frame in the first place. It also keeps us on the streets, in touch with what is going on.  We may have a problem building the charges for a full file but this is not what we are wanted for by our most valuable customers, the response teams.

I, like some others, did not decide to be a dog handler just this month, because the winds of career change blew from a different direction or even as part of a means of acquiring some non-response status. I decided at an early stage that this was the role job what I wanted to do. This was my ambition. I had to join the Police to do it and had to prove myself at a load of other things first. These I did. I got the chance to support 24/7 operational officers with my own kind of specialist support and cared about this support I gave.

Prior to, my annual staff appraisals continued. I was always asked the same questions about the rungs. When I got told that I lacked ambition because I did not want to do something else that someone else thinks I should do, I have a message that I cannot repeat. The ladder is for those who want to climb. I did not.

This confirmed that we had some managers, who have ceased any practical grip on Police work in the operational environment a long time past, who simply refused to listen to what an individual has to say and always think they know better, because the benefit of rank gives them all sorts of inner understanding of so many extra things.

They listen, but fail to hear. They see, but only a selective part of the picture. They make decisions, claiming to be aware of the bigger picture but only the bit representative of their remit or area of responsibility. Part of this responsibility included  some form of delusional ramblings about the way forward and up the ladder.

Not everyone wants to get promoted. Most of the officers I know do not, are not capable or see the signs of a greater removal from the public arena. There is a big change on the way. The educated masses that appear to be coming through the ranks of the CTCC are changing all of that. The only thing I feel sorry for is the fact that so, so many of them are going to be disappointed and simply not get there.

Why ?       There are only so many management posts for the educated masses to fill.

Promotion………………..leave it to those who want to get promoted and can tick all the right boxes, presumably in the right order as well.

You can fit only so much ambition into a very small pot. Someone is bound to be disappointed. 

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