October 23rd, 2007


Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

When we change shifts in the Control Room we have to have a handover from one shift to the next. This is so we can tell the next controller how many people reporting being harassed by text message we haven’t got round to dealing with yet (lots), and what officers are currently either in custody or doing reports (most), so the next controller has some idea what’s going on in the area.

This can take from 30 seconds to 5 minutes or more depending on how complicated the jobs are.

I try to get into work 10-15 minutes early so there is plenty of time for a decent handover & it lets the current controller get away a little earlier. Some people come in up to 25 minutes early.

If only everyone was so thoughtful. I’ve been relieved by PC Andrews this week. He really annoys me because he comes in at about a minute to the hour which means I’m the last one of my shift left in the room & he doesn’t get a proper handover ‘cos I ain’t doing it in my own time.

The worst thing is that you never get to get your own back on him by relieving him late; due to the way the shifts work his shift always takes sover from us and we never take over from them.

I walked out at 10pm this week when he still hadn’t shown only to see him standing in the kitchen sorting out his cup of tea before coming in to relieve me. Most people do it the other way round. Tosser.

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  1. Essy says:

    How come you “ain’t doing it in your own time” at the end of a shift, but you come in 15 minutes early, which is your own time, at the start of a shift ?

    Have you tried having a word with PC Andrews and/or his superior.

    October 24th, 2007 at 13:02

  2. Control Room Op says:

    I know how you feel!!
    On the other end of the scale there are a few inspectors who always send the late shift home early when it’s quiet. The night shift starts at 2300, the lates finish at midnight. Sending home early can be anytime between 2300 and 2330.

    The Inspector’s who relieve my shift think they are really kind if they let us go 10 mins early after sitting doing nothing for an hour with 2 shifts in the room.

    Add to that the shift that usually relieves us off nights has a few PC Andrews types. It doesn’t matter off earlies or lates with an hour shift overlap, but a few of the shift can be guarrenteed late if it is a weekend.
    Makes your blood boil!!!!!
    Oh well, it will be my turn one day

    October 24th, 2007 at 13:03

  3. 200 says:

    Essy, good point well presented. Maybe I’m old fashioned but I think coming in a little early is the ‘done thing’ so you are fully reasy to roll at booking on time & don’t mind doing that, I’ve done it all my life. I don’t think it’s acceptable though to stay after work without being paid for it. Home time is different.

    And yes, when I’ve told him before he has made an effort the next day but by the time the next set of shift comes around he’s back to his old habits.

    October 25th, 2007 at 00:10

  4. Vicki says:

    I’m with you 200. I have been late to work once in over 5 years. We had a power cut and my alarm didn’t go off for an early shift (I get up at 4 so I wasn’t going to wake up on my own). I woke up at 5 to 6 and I start at 6 with a 45 minute journey! I grovelled and bought everyone cakes the next morning and made all the tea for a week!
    I normally get in 30 minutes early. I like to get everything sorted out before my shuft starts and I am paranoid about being late.
    I hate the end of nights, at 6 in the morning you want to go, but the shift who take over from us get in 30 seconds (if we’re lucky) before 6. As you say you can never repay the favour as we never take over from them.

    October 25th, 2007 at 11:26

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