Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Investigation management

One of the reasons i havent updated this blog for a while, is the advent of Investigation management.
Some bright spark further up the line decided this was a good idea. The main reason being that onyone, anywhere in the force can look at exactly where i am in regards to a crime investigation.
Good i hear some people say. And in a way it can be usefull. Especially where supervisors can give you plans for how to investigate crime. Bad because the people that monitor this have no idea of what is going on.
For example, i may have 13 jobs in my docket. Some i cant deal with for a while due to the people i need to speak to being away / holiday or have moved and i dont know where they are. Now The people that manage this also set dates for things to be done, and in the ideal world this would not be a problem.
But i work in reactive policing, my day does not involve chasing people up and getting certain statements. It involves being sent to jobs, dealing with crime as it happens, interviewing suspects, and doing files etc. Thus i may not actually GET time to deal with some of the outstanding jobs. I dont work in CID and have my day taken up as an investigator.
Oh and i am still sposed to be providing a visible presence to the public, not sitting behind a desk doing paperwork.
Its a lose lose situation. I either try to investigate crime to keep our bods happy. Or i do my JOB of tackeling crime as it happens, bring offenders to justice and reassure the public, to keep the public happy.

If only someone would get their finger out of there arse and let us do the job, help us do the job rather than new initiatives to keep me in the office all day!

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