July 21st, 2011

Job losses shock horror

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

It appears to have come as a shock to the press & TV news today that 34,000 police jobs are to go in the next four years, amounting to around 16,000 police officers, a similar amount of civilian staff & some PCSOs.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary has announced that,√ā¬†despite√ā¬†all the lies ministers have been spouting for the last year, front line officers will be lost and there is a great risk that crime will rise.

Yet still we saw today chief officer after chief officers queueing up to give interviews to their local media about what a great job they are doing, how we just have to adapt to change and how safe the public will be despite the lack of police officers.

Working in the control room, I am well aware of the appalling service we give to many people; I have to ring them up every night apologising for my force;s inability to send an officer to see them, often within several days of their call, never mind within an hour as is the ‘unmeasured’ promise we make when we grade their calls. Sadly, we are only measured on how quick we answer the phone and send an officer within 3 minutes of that call if it’s an√ā¬†emergency.

If the chief was measured on how many people had to wait more than 8 hours, or more than a day, or more than 3 days to see an officer, they’d either be sacked or have so many officers on the front line you’d see tumbleweed flowing through the corridors of headquarters up and down the land.

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3 comments

  1. Lex Ferenda says:

    Let’s see just how long the Chief Officers are queuing up to defend the position once the Government has detailed and put into place direct recruitment of police leaders.

    July 22nd, 2011 at 08:18

  2. Mrs Mop says:

    I was recently informed that the public should not expect the police to provide an eta for police attendance to an emergency and PC plod will turn up if and when able depending upon resources and priorities. We have already passed the point of piss poor policing
    and yet the ‘service’ is set to deteriorate further.

    July 23rd, 2011 at 00:58

  3. 200 says:

    Mrs Mop,

    judging by most of your comments on this blog if the old bill turned up at your place 5 seconds before you rang with the head of the offender on a gold platter you’d still bitch

    July 23rd, 2011 at 16:06

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