May 20th, 2012

Dream on, son

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

The Metro reports today that the Olympics will be the biggest pre-planned police operation the country has ever seen. No shit, Sherlock.

12,500 officers will be on duty for the Olympics, 9,500 of which will be drafted into London each day from forces all over the country.

I’m not a police officer (any more) and I won’t be going to London to help make the streets safe for those few people who actually got tickets, but I still haven’t had any leave approved over the summer. That’s why I still don’t know whether I can actually have a holiday with my wife and children this summer, nor whether I can actually attend my own child’s graduation or go to my best mate’s wedding. I’ve had to turn the role of best man down because I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to get leave to attend.

It’s a bit worrying that there are only 2 months to go and they still don’t know how many staff they’ll need, or when they’ll need them.

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  1. Weary says:

    It’s a joke really. I don’t mind having to work and understand that it is a one off event, but when I’m told by a superintendent that when the olympics start we are going to be doing 6 on 1 off 12 hour shifts I expect to be told which days I’m doing that more than 2 months in advance. My husband is a police officer too and we need to get family to look after our daughter. It’s all very well telling the police they can’t have leave, but both sets of grandparent can’t book anything either in case they are needed for childcare. All I want to be told is when I am working for the next few months, not a lot to ask.

    May 21st, 2012 at 04:36

  2. Betty Swollox says:

    Well, your not alone! My force has cancelled all leave/no time off during June because of the poxy Euro football crap. No leave/time off at all during July – August – Sept because of the shitty Olympics.

    You dont read that shit in the papers do you!

    May 21st, 2012 at 11:22

  3. drsolly says:

    You have my sympathy. I didn’t vote for the Olympics, and it’s going to cost me £12 billion plus the cost of policing plus the cost of these VIIP-only lanes (and I don’t think they’ll include me as a VIP) plus the cost of pretty much closing down the biggest city in the country for two weeks plus the cost of tracking down all the people who came for the Olympics and have decided to stay illegally plus … you can probably tell that I’m pretty pipssed about this all.

    It’s a pity that the police can’t strike. But it occurs to me that staff like 200 probably could, am I right?

    May 21st, 2012 at 15:45

  4. Gary says:

    Am I alone in having absolutely no interest in this over hyped,over expensive sports day?

    May 21st, 2012 at 17:41

  5. James says:

    I live in London (well, on the Eastern edge), I have no interest in the olympics, and will probably be out of the country as often as possible during the period and travelling looks terrible then.

    I think something like the olympics reminds us all, we are the little people…

    May 21st, 2012 at 18:57

  6. Blueknight says:

    The day we won (lost?) the Olympic selection all seems a long time ago. In this current climate of recession, I bet France and Spain are breathing sighs of relief.

    May 21st, 2012 at 20:53

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