I will be glad when I get that three day weekend off later this week. I am exhausted and spent. Troop issues are compounding on each other, and now I have some other things going on outside the job.
The problem with the latter is I am not quite sure how to approach it yet. Ever have the feeling that no matter what you do someone is going to be mad or hurt? That is where I stand now. The only question I keep asking myself is, "How can I get the point across and minimize the damage as much as possible?" Is that even a possibility? The longer this goes on, the more I think that it is not, and that I need to start looking at another alternative. I do not want to do that. I pray that I will not have to make that decision.
Back on the subject of troop issues.
I had to talk to one of my troops about showing up to his post on time, letting people know if he was going somewhere for a few minutes, staying motivated about studying for his upcoming evaluation (which I now have date for), and not looking like he is doing something he should not be doing (like sleeping, or goofing around on his cell phone for extended lengths of time).
Another troop decided not to tell anyone he had a suspended license until after he drove one of our patrol vehicles. That little tidbit came out after another supervisor asked him why he did not have a car. I should not have to tell people they should not be driving around on a suspended license. He is lucky that supervisor and my supervisor decided not to take it further.
Yet another troop conveniently missed his firing appointment. He claims he was never told. My supervisor says he announced before shift. That is how two other people who did know about it found out they had the appointment. I think I am going to believe my supervisor over the troop. My supervisor does not lie to people. Plus, the troop is supposed to look at the appointment roster after it is posted. So now, I have to make sure to remind him of his appointments, and make sure he is checking (and initialing) the appointment roster.
I scheduled the initial exams for two of my troops, and two troops who are temporarily mine until another supervisor can be assigned. I am not worried about three of them. The fourth kind of concerns me a bit, but I think we will be able to overcome the issues he has. If not, I am sure my supervisor will back me up.