I couldn’t believe it this week.
I’ve posted many times about all the days where it goes completely manic & we are run ragged in the control room. Jobs piling up & nobody to send.
This week we started the shift with about 15 jobs which needed sorting. With 2 hours to go we had three! And this was after midnight. We’d had a steady stream of jobs through the evening, but they were jobs which didn;t take officers off the streets for hours at a time, which meant that as they came in they were dished out & dealt with.
Now this is completely unusual, we rarely find ourselves in that situation. It was so good that we managed to get the jobs right down.
At one stage we had just one job & that had been dealt with but couldn’t be resulted until the officers dealing with it had made some further enquiries. In all the time I’ve been in the control room both full time & covering, I’ve never had zero jobs on the box. To be fair I don’t think I’ve had just one either. Even on the rare occasions when there aren’t any active jobs going on – maybe the hours before 7am on a night shift – you usually have jobs held over from the day/s before which need to be dealt with the following day.
I can’t tell you how much me & my colleague were willing the officers to call in with the final result, just so we could say we’d reached the holy grail of having no jobs to deal with.
I went home at 2am & bugger me, the officer still hadn’t finished his enquries & the only job we’d had for about 90 minutes was still there.
It might be years before I come across the chance for zero jobs again.