With my week 90 review coming up, I can also apply to go to a different station to the one I’m at now, which I will be doing for the following reasons:
Lack of a custody suite means we have a 60 mile round trip to the one we use, which when we have someone kicking off can mean an interesting journey, one that I feel will one day end up not the way it was planned; there is only so much you can concentrate on someone when they’re sat in the back of the vehicle, and at night you can’t see what they’re up to anyway!
Lack of officers, as we’re so low on numbers, 4 if we’re lucky, someone has to be doing something really bad to get nicked. Public order stuff, I just have to warn them, warn them again, and again, and again, and then finally drive off as I can’t arrest them anyway!
Busier; there’s nothing worse than driving around and theres no vehicles or people about, I want some action, not Bruce Lee style, but after a year of being independant I have not had a successful stop-search on the street yet, and I feel that I’m seriously de-skilling.
Better jobs; at the moment it’s mostly minor assaults, which, as the town has no cctv, makes investigating them a pain in the posterior, as it’s usually one persons word against the others.
More efficient; at the moment I deal with everything, and if I’m on leave for a fortnight, then all my jobs go on pause until I get back. Things like statements may be taken 2 or 3 weeks after the event, and evidence is then lost as people forget stuff like what someone was wearing and such-like. I had an assault that occured and 2 months later I had still not been able to contact the victim, due to school holidays, my leave and my shifts. For some reason we don’t pass enquiries on, or get other people to do some of them for us, which I feel is not doing much in the way of customer satisfaction.
Better jobs and career prospects; see the above!