January 24th, 2012

You got the time, mate?

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My god, does nobody in the Metropolitan Police Service possess a watch?

According to the BBC this week, the Met have spent £35,000 on calling the speaking clock 110,000 times. I didn’t realise we actually still had the speaking clock, assuming that it died off years ago. But apparently we do and it costs 31 of our English pence to call it.

£35,000? They could have bought every officer a cheap watch for that.

They spent a further £200,000 calling directory enquiries. Working in the control room we’re always looking for telephone numbers to ring people during jobs we’re dealing with. I usually use the BT website or Google. How many people really don’t have access to a computer, a watch or a clock during their working day?

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4 comments

  1. Reactivley Proacctive says:

    I used to use the speaking clock to set my watch every few weeks so it was accurate. Not any more though as it has gone now. You get redirected to the greenwich meantime website. Luckily though most smart phones are now connected so they all keep perfect time and its easier to set your watch from the phone time instead.

    January 25th, 2012 at 16:24

  2. tired cop says:

    To be fair when seizing cctv it is good practise to check with the speaking clock and record this in your pnb and compare it with the live time on the system.

    January 25th, 2012 at 19:40

  3. Rurallot says:

    Posters on Gadget discussed this rather well – it works out as every officer in the Met phoning the talking clock twice; in a year.

    It also appears to be some sort of local requirement of the CPS that the talking clock is required to be accessed for verification for SOEs.

    January 27th, 2012 at 21:37

  4. Bof says:

    Come on “Tired Cop” every computer has an accurate clock in the corner of the screen? Probably more to do with The Met being in a time warp!

    January 30th, 2012 at 13:58

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