President's Column - Christmas reflections

NZPA Police News | Wed December 2nd, 2009

“That’s often, though not always, a good time to reflect that it’s a privilege to have a good stable home life and that whatever else is happening in our world, the focus should be on working to keep that intact.”

December is upon us again, and though it’s hard to see through the seemingly  impenetrable morass of things we have to get done between now and Christmas, know there is light on the other side.

Comprising that morass for those on the street will be the need to deal with a whole new army of smart arse drunks, the ones who don’t play up much through the year, but with a belly full of lunatic soup acquired at the work Christmas do suddenly become ten foot tall and bullet proof.

They either want to fight everyone or (sometimes worse) kiss them, making every night a Friday night for the month.

For those carrying stacks of files, it’s a major push to get as many filed before heading away on any leave which can be secured over the holiday period, so at least the pile is not too intimidating when work resumes.

That file stamp can be as tempting as the office junior at the aforementioned office work do, but wielded too liberally can have the same sorts of long-term consequences.

For managers it’s the appraisals, which have been due for months, which really cannot be put off, especially those ones, which need special attention.

The challenge with those, of course, is to achieve the balance between accuracy and finding yourself coming back to work refreshed in the New Year knowing that your total honesty means your number one problem child will still be working for you next December!

Also, there’s those silly season rosters to be prepared where you are being cajoled, bribed, compromised and downright threatened to either roster people for the plum Christmas relieving job, exclude them from the special compulsory breath test (CBT), or allow them to work through the whole period so they don’t have to
spend time with the in-laws.

And the new one for 2009: how the Hell to transport more people around for these duties with 10% fewer vehicles at your disposal?

Also pitted in the morass will be our own end of year functions, where we get to meet and introduce the results of any changed domestic arrangements through the year.

That’s often, though not always, a good time to reflect that it’s a privilege to have a good stable home life and that whatever else is happening in our world, the focus should be on working to keep that intact.

So gird the loins, wade into that big December, and look forward to sitting down somewhere, sometime over the summer with your favourite beverage in hand, good company around, secure in the knowledge you’ve done your bit in 2009 to make the world a better place.

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