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Fit for purpose.

Well it is now official. At the CTCC the Dogs Section is deemed to be fit for purpose. The vans must be clean and there is still some tread on the tyres.  

We have got the official news from the Chief Superintendent that we are deemed to have been ticking all the right boxes. This comes hot on the heels of the Support Services Department being granted the Investing in People charter. What can I say, my little chest heaves with pride.

I have had a chat with my dog and he has not the faintest idea what all the fuss is about. He just wants to bite people who piss him off, chase people or find people, in varying orders depending on his mood.

I have tried to put things into context, yet still don’t quite understand how it works.

We are struggling to get enough 24/7 General Purpose cover for our response colleagues on District as well as offer the varied specialist search capabilities. All this around keeping the bean counters happy by being available for every NIM allocated directed patrol for the managements perceived idea of all this downtime they think we have and move us further away from our real ‘customers’. 

Down time ???????????  They should be on the stage.

Clearly the management have not spoken to the majority of the troops. The idea of being fit purpose from the two areas, management and operational troops, appears to give differences of opinions as different as shite from sugar.

Equally the Investing in People Charter accreditation leaves a few of us bemused, confused and with some awkward questions circling in that grey matter inside our heads.

Like why those who decided on accreditation did not speak to any of the Masses who are exceedingly pissed  off or those who have been shafted by the management ?

I wait with interest for the next copy of the quarterly Force rag to be left, conveniently, in trap 1 so I can peruse the fantasy ramblings at my leisure.

With our leader about to consider retirement,  I just can’t wait to see who comes in to fill the space. I dare say that careful consideration will be given as to who will best serve the management agenda.

At least we are deemed to be fit for purpose.


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