Friday, April 13, 2007

The Adventures of 'Admin man'

It was heading towards late afternoon.

A lone police officer was tapping away at his computer anxious to finish the paperwork before the end of his shift.

He glanced at the clock..nearly there. The long weekend was coming.

Then the noise.The Red alert E mail from CJU central at Haventgothem City.
He groaned and opened the attachment. A memo from the CPS forwarded by the case clerk. He checked,it was dated two weeks ago.A demand made today to be completed by..er ...Today.

He groaned and held his head in his hands. He knew that these requests had been done or covered ages ago.Was it worth trying to E mail and phone around to ask people to check the files again? NO..it was a good job.He didn't want to jeopardise it by arguing the point.Anyway the buck always stops with the officer.
He sighed.It was the sigh of the Weary but also of the Just.

He walked to the quiet dark corner by the Photocopying machine. A place he knew so well. He glanced around. With one twirl he was 'Admin man'.
He strode purposefully back to his desk pulled out the file. His fingers were a blur as he typed out the Exhibit list again (30 items).He had checked but it hadn't been saved from that time so many months before.

He reprinted the Disclosure schedules and added a further Information Report covering those same old questions. He photocopied (again) the three Witness statements that he had personally delivered to the clerk last month.

He glanced at the clock, getting close to that time.With one bound he leaped from his desk and made his way to CJU Central.

He walked into the office, glancing to left and right, a slight bead of sweat on his furrowed brow.
'Is .. here I have some urgent paperwork for the Case of....'

One glanced up from his desk.'He is around somewhere just leave it on his desk'.
Admin man had been in this situation before.
From his utility belt he produced the bright Post-it Note of 'Attention please' and the Red 'pen of urgency'.
Placing the file and the note in a carefully judged position on the desk he smiled. He looked around again, and said 'Sorry can't wait, I have a meeting with Dr Guinness.We need to discuss saving the World'

Square of jaw and Steely of eye he swept from the room.

As he left he heard one of the Clerks say.
'Who was that masked stranger?'

As the door closed I heard another say ..

'I am not sure..anyway he will probably get an E mail next week when we lose this paperwork under some other pile'

Admin man didn't break step as he strode away.He knew his place in the Universe.
He answered the incoming call 'Dr Guinness.. I am on my way.. same place and time'

5 Comments:

Anonymous SPC said...

Another excellent post Dibble, too true aswell!

10:29 AM  
Blogger totallyun-pc said...

Ha Ha ... this post is great cos we all live the same dream.

Thank you Admin man!

2:45 AM  
Blogger Officer Dibble said...

Thanks for the comments!

This was a post driven by the receipt of one too many, apparently 'Mega Urgent' requests.... and the complete indifference when I turn up with the paperwork having chased my own tail for half a shift getting it together.

But wait.. whats that message being beamed up into the night sky?...they cant find the the MG 10?..sorry I must...awaaaaaay...

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dibble,

As an ex-CJU employee (now applying to join as an officer)I cant help but point out that the CPS probably lost it, not the CJU. The CPS would ring us and say we had neglected to send them a file, we would hunt around for it, call them to say we had definately sent it to them, only for them to say they had found it just after they had called us. They dont even look for a document, they just cause everyone else grief instead GRRRRR!

Good blog BTW
x

7:01 AM  
Blogger Officer Dibble said...

Ex CJU
Just noticed your comment..thanks!

I've had that telephone conversation with the observant CPS a few times

3:28 AM  

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