Training Days are great; you get to not deal with domestics & other people who can’t get along.
The way our particular shift system works is that every 5 or 10 weeks you get a day designated as ‘Training Day’. On these days you don’t have to turn up for work to do police work, you are supposed to be, er training. Training includes such things as diversity training, learning new legislation, more diversity training, policy & procedure changes, diversity training, self defence and diversity training.
Apparently, nobody has told the managers of the potential importance of training because more often than not we forgo the training & spend the day going round in vans mob-handed, trying to get the arrest figures up by nicking people wanted on warrant. Most people are either out or have moved so you get 8-12 officers spending a whole day making pointless visits on wanted peoples’ addresses to get the sum total of 1 or 2 extra arrests, if you’re lucky; sometimes we don’t get 1 extra arrest.
You see training isn’t measured (with the possible exception of diversity training) but arresting people is.
So it’s clearly more important to arrest Joe Scrote for failing to appear at court for no MOT than to learn what powers we have to arrest him in the first place.