I can remember when I was first working as a response officer and a flat tyre was nothing more than an inconvenience, having to change the tyre myself was necessary and the only way to continue driving, after all is that not why we have a spare tyre in the first place?
A detective colleague of mine recently got a flat in his unmarked car so he called the control room on airwave to request the AA to attend and change his flat tyre, he correctly assumed changing the tyre himself was not going to be an option since the death of common sense, some time ago. The response was â€œthat will cost about Â£90 and is not cost effectiveâ€, call the force garage and arrange for them to fix itâ€.
He did this and waited until 2 mechanics eventually turned up with a low loader and took his car away to replace the failed tyre because the wheel nuts have to be torqued appropriately with a torque wrench at the workshop. Some 4 hours later his car was returned to him by the same two mechanics, one to drive the car back and the other to drive his colleague back to the workshop.
4 hours time wasted for a DC equals about Â£90.
4 hours for two mechanics must be about Â£110
Fuel from the workshops and back about Â£10
Minimum cost Â£200.
Just another prime example of how our namby pamby wishy washy organisation manages its resources.