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Coffers and Coppers and coppers in coffers.

There seems to a bit of a problem every time the CTC Constabulary has to resource the troops for one of the large events or regional extravaganzas that seem to occur with monotonous regularity.

As part of what is sometimes laughingly called the event planning processes, the need to supply sufficient officers to ensure that the public safety and enjoyment of the event goes ahead without any hitches hurtles forward with spreadsheets, nicely coloured statistical graphs and demand profile forecasts discussed over coffee on all the best tables.

Often those officers who are fortunate, or unfortunate enough, to find themselves as part of this great public safety campaign under way, whilst the event or extravaganza unfolds, seem to have a number of questions relative to their participation in ensuring that the public are safe. Some areas of the public do, in fact, need protecting from other parts of the public. And so the cycle of two or more differing sides of the community with the Police firmly lodged somewhere in the middle continues.

We often seem to have insufficient numbers of officers at any one time to deal with any one problem. We have insufficient numbers of what I deem to be support officers from the variety of support services that could or should be in attendance. Quite often those officers who are working at said event or extravaganza, are pissed off because of shift changes, often at a late stage or have rest days cancelled. Many more seem to appear from the woodwork, especially if the scope for some overtime looms on the horizon. I understand that this disruption to the work/life balance is purely anecdotal and there is no evidence, what-so-ever, to support such claims.

At the CTCC we have a bit of a dilemma…………………..

Extravaganza ‘A’ has been planned for a number of months. The dates are known, likely numbers are estimated by way of attendance and a suitable financial inducement given to the organisation to help with paying for the costs of Policing the event. Much needed beans to count into the Constabulary coffers so someone, somewhere will be rubbing their hands together.

As the planning stages get underway, the management appear to be re-allocating shifts and re-working rosters to ensure that as many as possible of the officers who are going to work the event will do so without any of the money set aside for paying for the Policing costs of the event.

Some will bear the benefit of the late golden egg laying and be fortunate enough to get some OT’s at short notice or even avail themselves to be available for the chance to earn some extra pennies and check that their uniform still fits them.

So what happens to the money paid to the CTCC by the event organisers ?

It appears that it is not used to finance many of the officers working at the event, as they have been warned well in advance so the duty changes remove the need for so much direct costs, apart from those who benefit from the late call of duty.

Also it appears that District Sectors are left short because no one else is paid overtime to cover the shortfall of those seconded away to the event Policing. The 24/7 stuff would presumably continue, unless this is all part of the planning processes and insider knowledge or intelligence has become available.

I have discussed this matter with the CTCC management. They assure me that I do not understand the bigger picture and there is a need to explain the strategic aims to me.

I still don’t understand.

They decide that they are not explaining things clearly enough to me, so repeat what they said.

I still don’t understand.

They decide that they are not communicating the management position clearly enough, so they repeat it to me again.

I still don’t understand.

They again try to explain things, to communicate the management position and philosophy by speaking slower and now smiling at me whilst they make their ‘statements’ outlining their view on the relevant factors. It is clear that they feel that better communication is the key.

I still don’t understand. How hard can it be ?

If the CTCC are paid loads of money to Police an event, why not pay Police Officers to work, on rest days if necessary, instead of depleting the already overworked and understaffed response groups ?

What was that about contingencies ?  In the event of something………..happening ?

This I understand but it appears that the management do not.

Perhaps I should have explained my position or communicated my philosophy more strategically and clearly to them.

I am thankful that this could not possible happen in the real world. Now that would be really…………..


2 Responses

  1. isn’t that fraud? or at the very least, “creative accounting”?

  2. I agree…..i think someone should call the Poli…..

    Nope, they’ve really got that one covered there! lol

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