y try to order replacement
toilet rolls or lightbulbs. The
y say they have to fill
out a series of forms an
d send them to a private contractor to do the work at two super stations. Meanwhile, officers have been caught short when loo rolls have run out and some
rooms have been plunged into darkness.
Ian Pointon, Kent Police Fed
eration chairman, told magazine Police Review that the mass of red tape was bonkers. He said the private finance initiative, which paid fo
the Medway HQ at Gillingham and the North Kent station in
Gravesend, had led to a hogtied agreement that stops officers from tasks as routine as changing a lightbulb. But Kent Polices PFI project team responded: If police officers or staff were used for maintenance, associations like the Police Federation and Unison woul
d challenge this.