April 24th, 2011

We won’t be caught out like that again

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So aid someone our way when told of the debacle that was Christmas when they decided to have less than half the normal staff on duty, both on the street & in the control room, forced the controllers to double the work with half the staff & sent the stress levels through the roof because we couldn’t cope.

One would have hoped that, as with everything else senior officers are called to account for ‘lessons will be learnt’.

So one wonders what exactly the rationale was on the very next bank  holiday after Christmas, they decided to do exactly the same & cut control room staff by half & give most of the front line staff a bank holiday, putting out precisely no PCSOs & no neighbourhood officers.

Now I’m no brain surgeon but something tells me that a bank holiday Good Friday, during school holidays, is a particular time when the priorities that neighbourhood policing is supposed to embrace, would be at their most demanding; everyone at home, probably hitting the booze for an extra long weekend, gorgeous weather keeping everyone outside. So the calls for service went through the roof & there were precisely no neigbourhood officers to take any of the pressure off the front line officers, whose numbers were also cut.

The number of jobs on my box were far greater than any of the Christmas bank holidays. The stress I suffered was far greater too. I was that close to just getting up & walking out with my next visit being the doctors for a couple of weeks of R & R to recover.

The jobs piled up, there were hours that I didn’t even remember what jobs I had to deal with, much less knew whether they were important or not. People just got ignored.

We saved an awful lot of cash this weekend. The service to the public was utter shite.

Our force: Putting people first, except when it costs money.

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  1. Ex-RUC says:

    Funny things, these bank holidays – they just seem to creep up unexpectedly!

    April 24th, 2011 at 23:01

  2. Fee says:

    Might want to tip them the wink – there’s another long weekend up ahead …

    April 25th, 2011 at 09:31

  3. Gary says:

    Reminds me of the occasion I asked for a Sunday as time off ( I had well over a 100 hours on my card) I was told no chance as we would breach minimum manning levels. When I pointed out that the previous Monday I had worked the Bank Holiday with only one other officer and that manning levels had not only been breached but sunk without trace. I suspect that is the case everywhere. The general public have no idea.

    April 25th, 2011 at 21:07

  4. blueknight says:

    may be letting the ‘wheel fall off’is the only way that something will be done….

    April 25th, 2011 at 23:05

  5. Man in the middle says:

    I’m sure it’s no consolation but you are not alone in this moat wonderful state of affairs!!

    April 25th, 2011 at 23:53

  6. Man in the middle says:

    Should read *most* above. Bloomin auto correction! Please amend or delete. Ta

    April 25th, 2011 at 23:55

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