December 28th, 2011

Hold the phone

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So, in an effort o save £50million quid the latest money-saving wheeze in Sussex is to ban officers from charging their mobile phones whilst at work.

I have to say, this wouldn’t bother me greatly on a personal level because I always charge my phone at home and have never had it run out no matter how many games of Angry birds I play on it. But if I was using it at work – as many officers do, we’re forever calling them on their mobile phones when their radios don’t work, as they don’t muchly – I’d be pretty pissed off to be told I couldn’t recharge my phone at work.

When Airwave first came in we were told to charge our sets at home whilst off duty, as compensation we were allowed to use the mobile facility on the phones to make personal calls. They told us that the actual cost of charging an Airwave set over the course of a year was just a few quid. I duly charged mine at home and used it to ring Mrs Weeks, and others,  if the need arose.

I handed my set in a few years ago so I don’t know if the same terms still exist.

The one thing missing in all these penny-pinching schemes is the simple fact that you get better production from your workers if they are happy. If everyone is pissed off they won;t work as hard for you. So when you take away any little perks on a drip, drip basis, it can;t come as a surprise when the workers say ‘fuck you’ when you need the stops pulling out.


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  1. Mindtheoranges says:

    My Farce never had a policy of “charge your own Airwave”. They are all locked away at the end of a tour. No comment has ever been made about charging personal mobiles at work either. As you say, when Airwave goes down (roughly once a week in some form) personal mobiles are used. Instead, my farce no longer supply plastic cups for the water dispensers. Got to love it.

    December 29th, 2011 at 08:27

  2. rafanon says:

    Sod them then. I would refuse to turn my phone on unless i needed it. If they can’t contact me on shift, tough shit, not my fault!

    December 29th, 2011 at 09:52

  3. Tony F says:

    The age old thing of watching the pennies, and letting the pounds just slip away…

    December 29th, 2011 at 16:46

  4. jaded says:

    I have a bit of an obsession with police officers and mobile phones.They have taken over our lives and at every refs break the youngsters are texting and watching videos.Even on aid the whole carrier will be looking down instead of studying the street,it drives me mad.

    Recently on aid to central London the Sergeant passed a bit of paper round for us all to put our shoulder numbers on,radio number and mobile phone number.I did the first two and left the third blank.He said “PC Jaded,what’s your mobile number?” I replied ” I haven’t got one?” The whole bus fell about laughing as if I had two heads. I do actually own one but on duty it stays in my locker all shift.

    December 29th, 2011 at 18:26

  5. Gary says:

    A number of years ago when our radio system was crap working in a rural area we asked for a mobile for job use. All the senior officers had been issued them even though they rarely strayed far from a desk. The job refused we reakoned they simply did not trust us. We took to using our own phones particularly in black spots. On one occasion I had to ring the control room and I used my own phone, normally I used the radio as a matter of principal. A couple of hours later it rang and seeing that it was the control room I ignored it, it rang a number of times over the next half hour and I ignored it. Eventually they contacted me by radio instructing me to answer my mobile phone!
    I explained that as it was my mobile phone I had discretion as to whether or not I answered it.
    A few months later we were issued a job mobile.

    December 29th, 2011 at 22:42

  6. Bof says:

    Ah but how much are they being charged for their electricity? If the same numpties signed their electricity contract that signed my farce’s maintenance one, it’ll be costing them a mint. £1700 (there is no decimal point) to replace 2 (two) lights in the car park. They’ve only been in there for 2 years so I hate to think what the long life version costs?

    January 5th, 2012 at 22:50

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