Same in Nursing paperwork paperworkpatientcare start to get affected gets
Wilma, in 1995 there was a new police office built in Wishaw on the grounds of the old office and this was supposed to be the "flagship" of the force with CCTV, latest computers, internet and intranet. It was described by the then Chief Constable as the way forward for policing as everything was going to be held on servers and hard drives and that if mirrored across the force, a small fortune would be saved in paper purchases.
Within three weeks, the office was ordering 50% more paper than it had under the old system. The staple diet of the Police, the "crime report" used to be a three page document, under the new system it would take anywhere between five and eight pages to print out.
Obviously the hope was that these crime reports wouldn't need to be printed out as they could be viewed online but the powers that be forgot to factor in an important problem.
The problem....the "gaffers" themselves. These were "older" men/women with no inkling about computers and they demanded that every crime report should be printed off so that it could be read as they had under the old system.
This is just one of the scores of separate cases where this occurred.
The job itself, like nursing, is just full of forms which were basically introduced to cover the top brasses "asses", to prevent them becoming the fall guys and place the blame fairly and squarely on the shoulders of the front line officers.
Before I finished up, I was involved in checking the reports of other officers before I forwarded them on to the Procurator Fiscal. A "domestic BOP", which could be as simple as one of the partners shouting at the other and using the "f" word would result in the arrest and detention for court the next day, for the perpetrator.
The report itself would be on average six pages which included the charge(s) and a description of the incident. The ancillary forms that accompanied this report would total thirteen different forms, each between one and eight pages.
While that may not sound a lot, it is if you accept that one incident like the one mentioned above could and usually did, take the two officers up to six hours to complete once photographing, finger printing and DNA testing took place.