I did not read all of the posts, and am unsure if this has been mentioned. But I dont think its an uncommon factor. I have said this in previous
posts, that my hubby is a policeman here in Australia. He, even though he shouldnt, has told me a lot of stuff, not good, that goes on in the
One of the things that he mention, which really pinged him off, was the fact that they have "quotas" to meet. Doesnt matter what station your in,
there will always be a quota, and as said by a previous poster, this is normally due to financial reasons.
Gov money versus Private industry money:
Here in Australia we, like everyone have traffic cops, but they are not paid by the government, they are paid by one of the top insurance companies in
Australia, the NRMA. So because NRMA is paying for the time of the traffic cops, they can pull a lot of OT and not have to worry about it, no process
to get approval or anything, they are doing their jobs. But as an average cop, the time wasted in not only trying to get OT "Approved", but also
lost and wasting more time trying to book people, because your waiting around for authorisation to Spend the Gov's money, is phenomonal. WTF is with
The worst part is that if you go ahead and do the OT, even if your at an active event, and dont have time to report and request this authorised OT,
you get your butt reefed by the Station commander and may not even get paid for it, even though you were doing your job.
Then you have the difference in quality of cop now. Over here if you wish to become a cop, training is not paid for by the Gov, the person that wishes
to join has to pay their way through (again WTF). To me I feel that its not attracting the kind of Policeman that is needed here. Is there any where
else that experiences this?
Digressing again, but because of this, hubby and myself are finding that the type of Policeman we are getting are either useless as a pig in well you
know, or they are power hungry, or just dont care and wish to get rid of their cases asap... Sad state of affairs.
The ones that really do want to get out there and do the right thing are penalized for everything they do and are made to look like fools or treated
very badly, they dont like to see cops stand up and rock the boat or make the station to look like it wasnt doing the job right in the first place.
Sadly in some cases, when a reasonable cop has done nothing, its because he either cant or is not allowed to! Corruption at its finest...
Sorry if I rambled on. I have so much to say on this subject.