Wednesday, March 23, 2005


I wander what the election will bring the police sevice (ahem force).
The conservatives seem to want to help us fight crime by giving us more help and less paperwork.
Labour seem to want to ignore everything.
Whom will you be voting for... im sure i know what every rank and file officer is voting for.

But as usual we shall see who promises what and who delivers what. Again the police whom serve the queen and public become political pawns for the government.


Well i have driven unmarked cars now for a few weeks covering areas while we have had 2 marked cars out and about. All good fun but we had been doing Immediate jobs with no emergency warning equipment and no backing if it goes wrong, which is a bad situation to be in as the driver.
I have a choice do i 1) do my best to get to the victim and get the offender or 2) obey all rules and let the bad guy get away or the victim unsupported while they wait 10 mins while i am sat at traffic lights.
Hmmm. well i generally go for option 1 if possible but making sure i dont place myself in danger nor the public and dont crash.
I am about to get a basic course soon to enable me to drive a panda and maybe stop cars but thats the limits of the course...... better than nothing and the public can see a marked car floating about rather that a plane dark corsa that goes unnoticed.
Well will see how i get on and let you know how many other rules i can break in doing my job effectively.

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!