April 24th, 2010


Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

When we come into work we have to take over from the previous shift’s controller. This is a routine procedure during which the current controller explains the on-going jobs, who is still doing what – police resource wise – & outlines any of the more complicated jobs which will need doing by the new shift.

The handover can take anything from 15 seconds to 10 minutes which is why I try to get in 10 – 15 minutes before my shift starts as I don’t see why someone should stay longer than their duty time just to help me understand what’s on the box.

The best handovers usually start with “there’s only 6 jobs, nothing complicated.” The worst ones start “you dont want to sit here!”

You know you’re in for a draining day when you hear the latter & its even worse when you hear it several days running, which seems to a bit of a theme with me at the moment.

People often take a personal pride in the amount of jobs they have to hand over. The lower the figure the better, which means they feel guilty if there are too many, like its their own fault they weren’t able to assign everything. I never have a problem with this as it rarely my fault that the jobs haven’t been dealt with & people haven’t been seen. There should be no guilt if you’ve done your best at work, though I suspect there are people who should be held accountable.

Its a numbers game.

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  1. a says:

    “The worst ones start “you dont want to sit here!”

    How true, the other week I sat down to a list of 90 jobs – it took me two hours to actually read them all let alone find someone for them…quite how they expected me to work 90 jobs into 10 cars and with NPT teams that would argue black was white to get out of a job I will never know.

    As someone I work with says ‘some of these jobs are so old ive invited them to the christmas party’

    April 25th, 2010 at 02:00

  2. shijuro says:

    I know exactly what you mean… I don’t know about you but I can deal with the big list off some people- because they are good and I know they have done their best.

    What gets to me is when you look at a log that has a bulls*it excuse on it a mile long or its obvious the controller has just ignored it for an easy life.

    Too many jobs is the problem and that problem lies in the following:

    Too many jobs in the first place-we need to tell people to get a life more-grow up etc.
    Too many officers that are tasked with bulls*it jobs to make the Supers life easier.
    Not enough officers-an oldie but a goldie-we need to double the amount and reduce
    te paperwork surrounding the arrest of suspects.

    April 25th, 2010 at 08:49

  3. World Weary Detective says:

    You don’t seem to have an e-mail link, so I’ve had to comment! You may remember me – I was a police blogger that got shut down in 2006. I’ve decided to start again, so please feel free to visit and comment / link etc.

    April 26th, 2010 at 16:25

  4. Stan Still says:


    Just so people don’t think we are one and the same, I’m back too.

    I’ll put you on mine if you put me on yours. Hopefully 200 will add us both?

    Welcome back into the world of police blogging – only a matter of time before you get Dr Melvin T Gray making comments I would think.

    April 26th, 2010 at 19:13

  5. Stan Still says:



    You’ve not linked to your site, just the Google Blogger home page.

    April 26th, 2010 at 19:14

  6. World Weary Detective says:

    That should work! How quickly you forget…200 – sorry for using your post for this! Please feel free to come across to my site and discuss the price of petrol with Stressed Out Cop!

    April 27th, 2010 at 17:01

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