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I work very hard to properly do my job. Most days I come in early and leave late on my time to make sure I am prepped and caught up so I can focus my energy on what’s important while I’m running the show. Most weeks I pull another 10 to 20 extra hours on top of that, doing the ancillary duties that I have ended up with.

One of my regular duties is completing reports for certain situations. However, despite this being done for decades, somehow there is no clear guidance about what is exactly expected in some rather common situations. Some are easy and clear, some are vague and muddled. Each section can do it in a significantly different way. Furthermore, some sections have guidelines that are quite simply impossible to follow. Therefore, the standing order is to not do portions of the whole and say you did. Makes absolutely no sense. Particularly because there is an easy solution to standardizing the whole mess. Incredulous that a large department can’t get it together. And not having an assistant to help out with the more mundane tasks, or time to specifically do the reports on top of everything else, makes it even more aggravating.

I am a very small cog in a very big wheel, so trying to make waves to get it fixed is not really an option. Not at my level. Unfortunately, trying to figure out how to best accommodate the whole mess is the only real solution I have. Hence a 15 hour shift on my day off last night, but at least I’m getting paid. However I’m close to blowing a gasket over two such reports at the same time that really need 30+ hours solely focused on each to properly complete.




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I do not work in law enforcement, but understand your concern. There should be a standard to follow that is simple and quick. It is common knowledge that cops hate writing reports. As a citizen I would rather see cops out on the street not in their cars filing out forms..
 
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Would this be NIBRS of which you speak?


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Would this be NIBRS of which you speak?


No, just routine supervisor reports for high liability things. Pursuits, uses of force, exigent entries, etc.

Much of it is pretty simple, but some things have not adjusted to modern technology and overwhelming data.




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Welcome to the wonderful world of "Police Supervisor"!

I don't regret the promotion, overall, I hope I'm doing a good job, and looking out for my workers.

But damn, dude.... Some days... Some days....

At least my bosses (Lt, Capt and Commander) all understand, and don't question my overtime slips.


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I worked with guys who gave up their stripes for the same reason. It wasn't worth the aggravation and certainly not the extra money. No explanation as to why some things are still required except "it's always been that way." That doesn't make it reasonable or efficient.

I was senior officer on my squad for many years. When the Sgt. took time off, his administrative responsibilities fell on me to supervise the squad. Funny how I could do his paperwork AND do my job everyday. Most of his 'no explanation' paperwork never got completed. No one above noticed. I doubt most of those reports are ever read.
 
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