As a rule, I like to think I have a fair amount of patience with most people.
One group who don’t fit into that category is made up of people who seem to think they are far more important than the rest of the population.
Their urgency that we drop everything & attend to their specific problem is usually in inverse proportion to the actual seriousness of their job.
The clue to how important the job is considered is that if we attend straight away, it’s an immediate response & we have left others waiting in order to deal. If we aren’t attending straight away you can take it as read that we don’t think it’s imperative that we do so therefore you’ll have to wait like all the other 30 or so people currently on our jobs list.
Ringing us 10 minutes after you reported the incident demanding to know why we’re not round your house will do little to advance your cause; it’ll just wind up the person who has to listen to your self-important drivel & raise your stress levels when told you’ll still have to wait just like everyone else.
The funny thing is that it’s amazing how many times people like this turn out to be local councillors, solicitors who know the chief or members of the police consultative committee. It happens so often that I wonder whether, on being appointed to such a committee, there is a course on how to demand extra attention from the police because you’re a very important person.
You always know when you are dealing with such a person because they usually introduce their membership of such a group fairly early on in the call thinking that you actually give a f*** what role they have and will apply such importance to resourcing their every need.
We probably won’t speed up the response when they threaten, (which they invariably do) to take the matter to the papers either. I’m sure if the News of the World based the content of their rag on the police response to Mrs Miggins, local councillor, being called a slag by the grunts down the road, they wouldn’t be selling many papers. Though I could be wrong.