Archive for March 7th, 2011

March 7th, 2011

Its logical, really

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So police officers have blagged £umpty squillion in overtime in the last 10 years.

This has meant officers working on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Easter & a few other bank holidays have been paid a commensurate sum for forgoing these special days that most of the population get given off.

It has meant that officers have been paid the going rate when their days off have been cancelled & they have to cover events such as demonstrations, public sporting & social events, concerts & festivals, that the vast majority of the population will have had an opportunity to attend but the officers wouldn’t, so that everyone can pick & choose how to spend their leisure time.

It has also meant that officers who are forced to stay on when their tour of duty should have ended for the simple reason of doing their job professionally & not avoiding attending  jobs 0r arresting people just because they are near to going home, have been suitably recompensed over and above the usual 30 minutes extra-time for which they receive no pay. It has paid for work done while those officers have had to give up their family time.

The only reason overtime is required is because there are not enough officers to deal with whatever it is needs to be dealt with.

Some people just don’t get it.

The answer? Reduce the overtime bill by reducing the amount of police officers available to do the job, but don’t do anything to reduce the requirement for those officers. I’m just a simple front-line grunt but it seems like some weird kind of twisted logic.

What a fucking coincidence that this huge multi-squillion bill for overtime is announced in the same week that the Home Secretary says police pay has to be cut & the review on police pay & conditions is due out. Who’d have believed these pieces of information would come out in the same week?