Logistics Departments, what’s that all about?
Before we had one, supervisors used to sort out all the time off and annual leave. They seemed to manage it quite well, it was reasonably rare to have leave refused, and if it was not possible to grant it, but it was for an important occasion, they’d usually find a way round it.
Then they brought in logistics departments. The one thing guaranteed when you create a department to deal with an issue that doesn’t really exist, is that they will fuck the whole thing up. They’ve been at it for years and they are no better now than they ever were, though all the staff in there have several years more experience by now.
Leave aside the Olympics and the fact that with three months to go to the holiday period, no annual leave has been approved. If you wanted to go abroad this year and needed to book flights, well, good luck. I still don’t know whether I’m going to get a summer holiday or not. Fortunately, we weren’t planning on going abroad though we would still like to book something, if anything is left by the time someone makes a decision on how many staff might be required during the summer.
OK, so the Olympics, is an unusual one, nobody in the force has any experience of policing one, though lord knows how much they’ve spent going abroad and trying to find out.
Christmas, though, is a different matter. As far as I know, they’ve had Christmas Day for the last 50 years. I’m told they had Christmas Day for many years prior to that. I know they had it last year and the year before and every year since the logistics department has been in existence. So why the bloody hell don’t they know how many staff they’re going to need on Christmas Day? I have no plans to go away at Christmas, I never have, but lots of my colleagues would like to. Again, they need to book in advance. Nobody can get leave yet, nobody knows when or if any leave will be approved, including the logistics department.
I sometimes wonder what they all do in their office for eight hours a day.