Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Just one of those days

Again, apologies for the long gaps. I just have so much go on, that I forget about this place. But it's nice to be able to return here every now and then.

Had a bit of a bad day yesterday. On duty on an ANPR operation. Ended up arresting a lovely lady because someone had decided to sell her a car with dodgy tax. Felt so bad because of it and with it being valentines day as well made me feel worse!
Coupled with the fact everyone was loved up and was talking about what they had got from their other halves, it made it a bit of a harsh day.

Am feeling much much better today, after recovering from a hangover (decided to drink to get over it) managed to get some good work done.

I'll try and be back more often and give you a lowdown on some of my days at the office.

ANPR - Automatic Number Plate Recognition. Runs your number against our database and if there are any problems with your vehicle (no insurance, no tax, stolen vehicle, etc.) you'll generally get pulled and may lose your vehicle as a result. So obviously the message is to make sure you're completely up to day on everything.


Saturday, October 08, 2005

It's been a while

Firstly! Apologies for not posting more often!!

For the last three months, I've been working so much I just haven't had time to think about this place. So I'm gonna blow away the cobwebs, and get back to my good self, and the people.

There are times I wonder why I do this job, and none more so than this past week, and it's fitting that I return to you now.

Being a special, I do this for free, I can do the job, all be it without the 12 weeks training, however as I found out at the beginning of the week, I'm obviously not good enough to get paid for it!
This comes as some what of a shock when so many people already in the job are telling me that I'm doing a good job, that I'm a good bobby. So I can put it down to only a couple of things:

1) They're all lying and this is some kind of Truman Show with me being Truman and all those guys acting out some kind of alternate world for me.
2) Whilst I'm able to complete a witness statement for a burglary and put together a file for court, I'm unable to complete the most basic of application forms.
3) The person who's deciding the fate of many of the applicants future lives is no more than a guy in an office with a marking sheet, not taking into account any real life experience one has, merely looking for the answer, and ticking or crossing.

I'm relatively sure the first isn't the case, however how would i know!? The second is possible, and having spoken to a few people at work, my examples could have been a little better. And the third ... well I have a feeling I might have hit the nail on the head.
I've put my life for the last 9 months into this job, and this is the response I get.

Thanks to a few good friends in the job, I didn't tell them to shove the past 9 months along with their application form so I've spent the last week on duty as much as possible, as I know that I wouldn't have returned if I hadn't.

Right, that's enough of a rant from me, I'll be returning with some stories, theories and banter soon.


Friday, July 15, 2005

The new job

Being a special kinda person, I need another job to keep me going.
I've just been through a number of days of training, 1) met one of the most undiverse trainer, 2)the quietest class of people and 3) the most boring subject in the world.

Lets look at them in a little more detail...

1) Training in the police is on the whole designed to make you feel comfortable. Designed to establish an environment where differing views can be offered in safety. This is accomplished through a good trainer.
This training, not being the police, was a whole different thing. The trainer would put you on the spot to try and embarrass you, believed somehow that sexual orientation was a thing to laugh about and couldn't be discriminatory, and was at times just rude.

2) I'm a loud person, I make no bones, but why, in a class for 6 - 7 people am I pretty much the only one answering the trainer?? The only reason I'm answering is because I wanted it to end!! And you guys are gonna be dealing with the public??? God help us!!

3) Boring, because I've done it before, boring because it doesn't relate to my job and just boring!!

Put me into my job, tell me the basics, give me and hour to play and I'll have cracked it. Don't make me sit through tripe for days learning nothing!

Rant over.


Two 16 hour days

After the events in London last week, I ended up getting called into Mytown to provide some public reassurance ...( me??? reassuring the public??) which in the end led to 16 hours doing a variety of things. The following day was a similar day but for different reasons!

I can only look and realise how professional the emergency services are in London and across the country and how they are working to clear up after this atrocity.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

What's the point of sending me to a good job??

In Myshire you have three types of drivers.

Basic - Those who can just about drive a car! If it weren't for the fact we covered such a large area, we probably wouldn't be allowed to look at one! But basic drivers are just that, able to drive a car without using any blue lights or two tones.

Sector - Those who have almost found the holy grail and who can operate the flashing lights and sirens. Only just however! No pursuit, so if someone decides to do one, then you let them go. So you can go to jobs that are "immediates".

Advanced - Well, these have found the holy grail taken the wings and stuck a steering wheel between them. They're the traffic guys, or old zulu drivers if you're old enough! They can do just about anything on the road!

The reason I make this explanation is that today, it was just a basic driver I was with. So no blues, no twos, no getting their as fast as humanly possible!
On atleast 4 occasions, we were sent to "immediates" (those jobs that are deemed by control, Well that's a whole other post, to be of such a nature to require officers there ASAP!!) where we were at completely the wrong end of town, and at rush hour, you're still making an immediate, stuck in traffic, obeying all the laws and following all the rules.
I have to ask myself, why does the force not train more up! We've got response times to meet, yet we can't because we're not allowed to!

Oh, I ask you. I don't want basic drivers driving like lunatics, I just want more sector drivers, but it seem like too much to ask.

Just one of those things.


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The start of a descending slope

Having too much time on my hands is a problem!
Having so much that annoys me is something I like to talk about!

So I've gone and done it, I've started the ball rolling down that slippery slope into the ether and created this blog.

I'm a police officer, one of the special variety, and whilst I'd love you all to know who I am and where I'm from, I know it's not a great idea, so I'll leave it at that for now, and enjoy reading!