June 21st, 2010

Can you just….

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

Bloody ‘ell.

I’ve got one of the micro-managing sergeants on my shift this week.

That is she is on the shift which I am controlling for. This means that every single bloody job she’ll be calling up making sure her officers do this, this & this. And making sure I do that, that & that, despite the fact that I’ll already have done, that, that, that & the that that she hasn’t yet suggested, and her officers will be doing this, this & this whether she is working & blabbing about it every 30 seconds or at home in her bed fast asleep.

I can’t think how badly her officers’ morale & self-esteem must be thinking that their sergeant trusts their skills & judgement so little that she has to tell them which end of the egg to suck first. I tend to shrug it off & just politely reply that whatever it is she’s suggesting has already been done.  It must be a bloody nightmare working her shift. Some of the officers have 5 or more years in the job, you’d think they were out on their first patrol sometimes.

And she’s one of the ‘why you no risten‘ brigade.

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  1. john says:

    Not Ellie blogs is it ?

    June 22nd, 2010 at 00:06

  2. Reatively Proactive says:

    I know the ones you mean. We have one who will without fail shout “DOG, HELICOPTER, FIREARMS…NOW” about 5 minutes after the controller on duty has told officers that he has requested all of the above resources and all are either unavailable or coming over at mach 2 from the other side of the force. She tends not to listen to the radio until the inspector asks her if she is going to leave the station and attend herself at which point panic sets in and she becomes a nightmare. After this she demands to know peoples commitments and wants more troops sending even though its all been taken care of and everyone available unit is on hand.
    Only upside is she has passed her inspectors and so will be moving onwards shortly where there is less harm to be done.

    June 22nd, 2010 at 00:07

  3. Oi says:

    I inherited a shift after a micro-manager had done his worst.
    Took a few weeks before I could turn up at a scene without everything shuddering to a halt, while they waited expectantly for instructions on how to do what they were already doing.
    As I pointed out, they were big boys and girls, didnt need their hands held, and if I found that there was a problem, I would deal with it without the entire team slipping into neutral.

    A good post 200. Shame is, that if she read it she would be blissfully unaware that she was the subject, being convinced that she was only giving a helping hand all round.

    June 22nd, 2010 at 05:33

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    This is a side effect of running a service organisation like a company, and therefore breeding managers instead of leaders.

    The police service was big on procedures before the stats and mandatory arse covering, these new managers get so confused by it all they end up re-inventing the wheel and thinking they`ve really achieved something.

    We`re getting weekly emails about a unit at the other end of our patch from a new enthusiastic manager. Each email basically the same – congratulating them on fixing problems when they come in, closing off call cards as they are dealt with, and escalating the trickier ones to the ‘hard to do’ list.

    Otherwise known as ‘doing their f*cking job’.

    But, being a manager, the language, jargon and terminology makes it look at first glance like they`ve successfully completed a mission to Mars (the planet, not the confectionery).

    Managers think their role is to manage what is being done (and take credit for it) when they are supposed to be clearing obstacles way ahead of when they might affect the workers.

    We could lose half a dozen of ‘em and nobody would notice a thing – ever.

    June 22nd, 2010 at 10:25

  5. PC A Hunn says:

    Wind her up is the only way you will get through. Run as much by her as possible and when she starts to sound stressed ask her more stupid questions or change the job you are talking about to confuse her. Or as you will have your foot on the peddle that can transmit over any of our transmissions cut her off and talk over her.. That really winds them up.

    June 22nd, 2010 at 11:06

  6. shijuro says:


    coincidence… simliar post on my blog…

    June 22nd, 2010 at 20:54

  7. Blueknight says:

    When a dodgy operation is about to be embarked on, do they still cover their arses by videoing the briefing?
    As an EGT I had to do one once. It went on for ages. Good job there was a mains supply.If I had to use battery power there would be nothing left for the operation.

    June 22nd, 2010 at 22:46

  8. A says:

    Not looking for a set of pips is she? I’ve notice the panic goes up as the promotion boards come up. “get the helictopter for this 15yr misper (who has been missing 10minutes and goes missing every day), get the supt on the phone for cell site, I want the OSU to take apart the house, etc etc” *smacks head against desk*…within 10mins the misper returns and i’ve gained a 10 point rise in my blood pressure by now.

    June 25th, 2010 at 08:20

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