With budget cuts still underway at the CTCC for the current financial review period, the dribbles of funds left are to be spent in a last crazy effort to show that every last nickle has gone into making our communities safer and to bring offenders to justice. The last 65p went on something or other so the cupboard is bare before the end of the cut off date and the bartering over next years budget (very much reduced) begins.
The news of yet another crackdown, all highly publicised, to show the world how much we care and the efforts we are going to try to make the world a safer place begins in earnest.
We have gone from abandoned vehicles, anti-social driving, vehicle defects like lighting etc, anti-social behaviour, drink related disorder, illegal street trading, counterfeit CDs and DVDs, possession and supply of controlled drugs, domestic violence, food vendors outside of pubs and clubs, unregistered taxi cabs and drivers, drink driving, exploitation of women as sex workers, illegal immigration workers, drivers with no licence or insurance, underage drinking, cars contravening the bus lane regulations and illegal parking, child internet porn and internet grooming of vulnerable young people, domestic burglaries, commercial burglaries, vehicle crime, shop theft, damage to motor vehicles close to licences premises, dangerous dogs etc etc etc.
All these crackdowns seem to necessitate shift changes, officer deployments from other commitments including those who would normally find themselves in the hostile environment of an office and are unable to delegate the chance to hit the streets to someone else. There is, occasionally, a small amount of overtime to allow for dealing with arrests or sometimes immediate follow ups to ongoing matters if deemed urgent enough and the Inspector in charge is either sufficiently astute enough to get the job done or reckless enough to incur the wrath of the senior ranking managers when their hindsight decision making processes do not fall in line with the duty Inspector of the hour.
Do we need yet another publicised crackdown to do the stuff we should really be doing anyway ?
The politicos will tell us yes.
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