April 27th, 2007
You have to give good news with bad, at least that’s what I’ve learned at a recent training session.
You can’t tell it like it is anymore you have to give praise aswell as criticism. that’s exactly why the education system is so crap, or at least the results are; nobody fails anymore, they just don’t pass so well.
They mentioned something about a ‘feedback sandwich’, good – bad – good, or something. This is not similar to the more familiar ‘shit sandwich’ which the police have been dutifully eating with relish for years.
So in a practical sense when the poorly trained civvies send over a crap log missing half the information the coppers on the street will need, if I go over to criticise I should also point out also something which is good.
I’ve got my lines rehearsed already.
"Crap log….. nice tits though."
April 26th, 2007
You go to a completely different environment with its own ethic when you go into a police control room.
For a start, you’re working with mainly civilians – or should I say ‘support staff’?; the people in suits at HQ don’t like us using the term ‘civvies’ anymore. Not only are they mostly non-police officers but most are women.
The last shift I worked on didn’t have any female officers. I’m not used to it, my eyes are being opened.
You have to be careful what you say, not because their delicate ears may suffer an offence – they swear far louder and more often than I do, by a very long chalk – if they don’t like what they hear they won’t tell you, they’ll tell someone else, usually a supervisor or professional standards.
I’ve only been here a matter of weeks & already someone is in trouble for saying something to a mate which was earwigged by someone else who reported them. Someone else has been grassed up for leaving work 15 minutes early (with permission from a supervisor who is also now in trouble) and someone else has been told not to say something again but doesn’t know exactly what because the supervisor telling them not to say it says she can’t reveal what it is this person shouldn’t say because to reveal what it was they had said would reveal the identity of the person to whom it was said and complained and the complainer wanted to remain anonymous, if you follow that, crazy.
And I thought it was dangerous on the streets.
April 5th, 2007
You certainly get a different perspective on your colleagues when you work in a control room; you soon find out the workers and the shirkers.
There are two types of job. Ones where everybody wants to go, things like burglary in progress, fight or drunken topless female in the High Street. These are the jobs where you get to stick on the blues & twos & get to blat from one end of town to the other – I sooo miss my driving – and hope someone else picks up the paperwork.
Then you have all the other jobs. The ones that nobody wants to go to.
Some officers make more effort than others to assist with the second type. the trouble is, the officers who willingly accept the crap jobs end up getting shafted because it’s less hassle for a controller to give a job to them than it is to end up arguing the ins & outs of a cat’s arse on the merits of police attendance with someone who can give 20 reasons why they think we shouldn’t attend. They spend more time arguing about why they shouldn’t go than it would have taken to have dealt with the bloody job in the first place.
April 4th, 2007
On Sunday 25th February 2007 an article appeared in the Sunday Express entitled "Criminal waste of Police Time". It was penned by (then) Detective Constable Johnno Hills of Sussex Police. It was another in a growing list of articles appearing all over the media from the front-line of policing, complaining about the target-driven paperwork-led culture of modern policing.
Rather prophetically one of the last paragraphs reads, "I am not ashamed to stand up and be counted, even if it means losing my job", because, as Johnno’s website says, he subsequently resigned from the force & was suspended (presumably while his resignation was being processed).
www.realpolicing.co.uk tells his story and includes a link to an online petition to John Reid to stop the delivery of shite policing.