March 19th, 2006


Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

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.

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  1. Provincial Sgt says:

    Agreed, utterly.

    I like the complaints I have to receive from these people bemoaning that they haven’t received an adequate amount of Police attention. A local PC once told one of these people how few patrol officers we had (3 to cover two towns – which is minimum staffing, though pretty much all we have) – and was subsequently stuck on for bringing the force into disrepute.

    Ain’t life grand?

    March 23rd, 2006 at 12:04

  2. Local Government Officer says:

    I too am required to serve the public and local councillors. Some can be a pain but, hey, part of the deal is that I get paid to be polite and provide the best service that I can.

    April 1st, 2006 at 08:20

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