dear diary…today we had a ‘talk’ from the inspector… I should add a man I have never actually spoken to for more than 30-seconds since joining his team 4-months ago.
He wants to know: what problems we have on out micro-beats; what we are doing about it and how this will affect crime figures (the ones we are not really concerned about…)
I walked out of the ‘briefing’ and got my 2-stone of kit on and walked to my beat. It takes me about 20-mins to walk around it once. So, I begin walking around it.
About 5-mins in…I get the radio call, “Any free town centre officers please?”…
“PC Shijuro, where are you? Can you make WH Smiths? They have detained a shoplifter playing up now…”
“Sea front near to the museum… Sure I can go… it will take me about 30-mins to walk…”
Thirty mins has busted the immediate status wide open… it is the perfect thing to say…the controller will now choose a response car… besides…single manned I would need a car anyway…to transport the prisoner.
I am cancelled.
Later I am asked by my sarge how come I didnt go to the Smiths job?
“Because I am not judged by what I do at the Smiths job-but am to the people on my beat…”
He smiles… knowingly.