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Festive message.

Please accept my warmest wishes for the Xmas period and the new year.

For those of us who have to work during this time of minimum staffing levels, the demands are different and I hope you join your families, friends or partners safely at the end of your shift.

We all know that some of our more dysfunctional families do not mix well with Xmas, New Year celebrations and alcohol combined.  To all those who operate within our emergency services who will be trying their best to sort out the misfortunes and bad attitudes of the masses…………….. Be careful out there.

Also spare one small thought for the members of our Armed Forces who are serving away from their loved ones.

Whatever God you choose, or not, as the case may be, hope that 2009 will bring less death, destruction, wrecked lives, victims of crime and perhaps a little more guilt, remorse, consequences for actions, much better tolerance of others within our society and a few less statistical targets to how well every is supposed to be doing.

Don’t hold your breath.

Best wishes.



13 Responses

  1. Many thanks, and the best of Christmas and New Year wishes to yourself and everyone.
    And give your 4 legged partner a hug from a VN who has spent the week dealing with 2 “land sharks” at work, both of them really sweet.

  2. Hear Hear! Have a good one,

    I am ‘on call’ but it will not be too onerous.

  3. First time here…

    Why have you got one of our furry boys in their nice blue and orange cars up there???

    Anyway Happy Christmas from Kiwi Land 🙂

  4. And a very merry christmas to you and yours too.

  5. Thats a nice looking Christmas Tree, reminds me of all the emails I have received over the past few weeks from the Admin Taliban telling me [us] not to…

    – put tinsel up due to fire risk from nearby monitors
    – use any Christmas lights due to general fire risk
    – No hanging baubles (Health & Safety)
    – Respect those who dont celebtrate Christmas
    – etc etc etc

    Has anyone ever walked into an Admin Department or Criminal Justice Unit at this time of the year!!

    Girls Aloud would be indeed proud!

    Back to reality ….Have a good ‘un and keep that hairy friend well fed & watered (your dog that is)

  6. Well, I’m on duty (on call really, as I respond from home) on Boxing Day. I do, though, get chance to knock off for a while to have dinner with the family.

    I must be really sad or really daft, coz I don’t even get paid for it – I’m an unpaid volunteer, trying to help the ambulance service (but, of course, it can be rewarding in its own way). Daughter’s boyfriend is enjoying his last Christmas off for a few years, as he’s training as a Constable with GMP.

    Anyway, all the best to thee and thine.

    Waes hale! God Geol.

  7. Many thanks to you and your furry partner, for what you do in the job, and what you do in the blog so us mops can be better aware of how it is.

    All the best

  8. All the very best to you and yours – and a virtual steak for your furry pal.

    Shame the drunks, thieves etc don’t take a two day holiday as well.

    Be safe

  9. “Waes hale! God Geol” – Like it!

  10. Hey
    The polls are open for the Best Police blogs….Please post to let your readers know so they can go and vote….

  11. I’m working, but hey, it’s good money and the weans are grown up now.

    Have a cracker.

  12. I wish you all the best and hope you, your family and your land shark have a great festive time.


  13. Happy New Year and stay safe, back in tonight with my two four legged partners.

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