Overtime Survey - results.
As I suspected, with its customary efficiency some police officers who want overtime aren't allowed it, and those who don't want it have to do it.
It's the story of my life.
But I have the solution. I am going to HAVE A BABY. No, this is not an announcement that I am pregnant, nor that I even have a bloke (sigh). For some reason men aren't attracted to women who work 65 hour weeks and spend the remaining 50 waking hours sitting in front of a computer. Anyway... it struck me that when a WOMAN POLICE OFFICER returns to work after having a BABY, she is allowed to do what she wants.
I long for the day when I can swan up at nine o'clock having called to say that my poor little tot has a temperature, dash off home at twelve to sort out a car-seat-emergency, come back in for a few hours and then knock off feeling "tired". When I start to build up my hours (if I can be bothered to do so at all), I won't really feel like working lates, so I'll find a nursery that closes at four. Then I'll ask to work solely early shifts with the exception of bank holidays, when I would like whichever shift will mean running into overtime, and when I am fully fit and ready to milk them for all they are worth, I will claim that I can't afford to do the job any more unless they let me work extra hours here there and everywhere.
What a joy to have a BABY.
I should temper my sarcasm by saying I am not having a go at women who have babies, just policewomen who have babies.
I support the police in their discriminatory tactics, but I do think they run the risk of encouraging non-baby-producing officers, like myself or MALES, into thinking that we too should be allowed to work flexible hours. It is ridiculous to suppose that a right-thinking man would want to work different hours simply in order to see his spouse, child or golfing partner (no euphemism intended). Just because the more pathetic of us can't handle spending days apart from our loved ones, living in perpetual exhaustion and being spammed with overtime on the one night per month we actually have planned something sociable, doesn't mean the management should give in to our moaning.
The best solution is to just fob us off into some department or other where we will never touch any real crime again. That way we can work whatever hours we choose and as our work is meaningless, it won't be a problem.
I should add, the only reason police forces pander to the needs of mothers is because they HAVE TO.
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