May 28th, 2009


Posted in The Job - General by 200

Just in the cause of balance I thought I’d let some of the victims of my post yesterday have their chance to get their own back.

Having a little gripe at officers who speak too quickly when you have to type what they say into the job computer, made me think about what gripes they have of us controllers.

I won’t prejudice any responses with my own opinions after all, I was a street cop for 28 years or so working full shifts on the front line, so I have some experience of controllers.

I will open it up a little because I know a lot of my readers aren’t serving police officers, so it can include gripes about people who task you in your jobs. What winds you up about what they do, or what makes your job more difficult?

So, over to you…

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  1. welcome says:

    Sorry but going to kick it off with senior army NCOs and officers having a go at you when you have not completed their specific tasks within the time time that they envisaged it would take, while forgetting that you already have several other more important tasks to complete.
    I have left the forces now and well on my way to joining the police and so am looking forward to ammending the above to be more appropriate to the police.

    thanks for listening, takes a weight of my chest, lol

    May 28th, 2009 at 21:07

  2. MarkUK says:

    I’m a Health & Safety Officer (part time) at a City Academy.

    I’m also a keen first aider and Community First Responder. I was wondering how to get my boss to get a defibrillator for the Academy. He pre-empted me and asked me to look at getting three – one for each site and one for the sports ground.

    I did a fair amount of work on this and we announced the fact that we were going to invest this £2000 (with the ancilliary bits) for the benefit of everyone at the Academy, particularly the adults.

    The trade union regional officers were aghast! If we’d suggested introducing witchcraft and sex magic for the 13 year olds they couldn’t have been more shocked (pardon the pun).

    The union staff reps were completely OK with the proposal, seeing it as a Good Thing.

    If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s bloody amateurs!

    May 28th, 2009 at 21:09

  3. No Offences Disclosed says:

    Just picked up the post from yesterday. You would think that we would stick to the PNC format seeing as it’s unchanged for years. Having worked the front desk I know what you mean about getting the order right on the checks.

    The only gripe I have is not with the ops room per se, we have one operator who is just a grumpy wench ALL the time and always cuts the talker off. So rude!

    May 28th, 2009 at 22:09

  4. Altercation says:

    Whenever a rubbish jobs comes in and it’s been quiet I get really annoyed when the controller says “Do I have any free units for some nuisance youths on Letsby Avenue”. There is a silence for what seems an enternity until either the sgt gives up and nominates someone, the controller gives up and nominates someone, or worse the Chief Insp comes on a bollocks us.

    I know that they are trying to be nice. But it’s their flamin job to pick a call sign and deploy them. Plus it’s not like they’d be picking on the same person each time as we mix up the call signs every shift.


    May 29th, 2009 at 14:43

  5. benno says:

    Just a few recent or repeat examples. Any patrol free?, repeating misper obs for one of the many “cared for” that we all know by sight, cutting me off half way through an update, “stand by single crewed on the phone”, stand by unless urgent, laughing whilst dispatching a job, on your way back on for refs could you do a quick job, giving long winded and vague vehicle observations whilst collegues are just arriving at known violent loons address and wecant talk over the control room. Sorry 200 opened a can of worms there, though to be fair 95% of the time our control room staff are spot on, just a couple of repeat offenders who let the side down.

    May 29th, 2009 at 15:01

  6. Fee says:

    Not a police officer, just a humble office worker. But I’ve had some managers who couldn’t be trusted to run a bath, far less a multi-million pound business.

    Prime examples are turning up just before you knock off to ask about something you sent first thing in the morning. You’ve been at your desk all day, but they just have to make you miss the bloody bus! Or the ones who arrange “team building” events for a weekend. Sorry, I spend my weekends with more important people (my husband and kids!). Or the one who expected us to attend an emergency planning meeting at eight o’clock that night (announced at 4:45) and looked shocked when I point blank refused to consider it. Or the worst offender – told us to organise a Christmas night out “on the company” then gave us a fiver a head! That’s just tight.

    *deep breath*

    Rant over – thanks 200weeks, I feel much better now. It’s Friday evening, the sun is shining and the beer is cool…

    May 29th, 2009 at 15:22

  7. rafanon says:

    Photocopier downstairs. My office upstairs. Boss’s office downstairs. Yes, the boss walks past the photocopier, up the stairs and into on eof our offices to get someone else to do his copying. (yes, he’s an Army officer).

    May 29th, 2009 at 16:30

  8. Civ_In_The_City says:

    My colleague had our boss (who is on annual leave today but is able to read his emails from home) email her asking her to arrange a meeting next week.

    If you are on holiday, keep your beak out, unless we phone you of course.

    May 29th, 2009 at 18:22

  9. Mrs Piggy says:

    I work at Gatwick Airport and have to go through the same security
    checks as the punters even when going landside for a ciggy break. We
    even have to buy our drinks airside at airport prices as we can only take 100mls of liquid in. I’ve even had pots of fruit salad and yoghurt confiscated as liquid content wasn’t stated on packaging.

    May 30th, 2009 at 18:24

  10. A special in Notts says:

    I work for both the police in Nottingham and a large and well known supermarket as the lowest form of management.

    Policing things, I work full time. I know that most people my age don’t, but that doesnt mean you can just phone me all hours of the day and night and expect me to pick up; I work lots. And if you then get offended that I didn’t pick up your non-urgent call and didn’t ring you back until after my shift, oh well.

    The supermarket job; duty managers who are worse than useless, start to change things then pass it over to me saying “Thanks Special, just finish this off for me”; when they ring me on my day off, which they know is me at court and leave a message asking either, something useless “Where is the stapler?” or saying, “Sorry Special just had our late night cover ring in sick, I know you are on your day off, but could you come in and do a couple of hours?” No. I am at court.

    But the worst, possibly in both jobs, though more supermarket than police (so far)

    The dreaded friendly boss.

    “Hi Guys, I am Roger, I will be your new manager, I have an open door policy, I would love if we could all just introduce ourselves and say a bit about what we do outside work.”

    The answer? “I am Special. Outside work I don’t think about this place.

    June 9th, 2009 at 23:29

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