I arrived at work after the morning ritual exercise and response activities with the dog. Something was different. Instructor A had been called to HQ and has been suspended. The office is in shock, what on earth has happened? Whatever is going on in the CCTC?
It also transpired that handler A has also been suspended. this was via rumour central and we were keen to get some meat on the bones of this one.
All training has been suspended, we still don’t know why but one of the generals is coming to have a bit of a chat with us. So we carry on with the dogs we have in. Whatever the management have in mind does not alter the fact we have feeding, cleaning and general welfare to consider. These responsibilities do not go away.
We find out that Instructor A is subject of an investigation by the CCTC professional standards, as is Handler A. His dog is in kennels and someone has to try to make friends with it. Enter Instructor B from stage left.
As things unfold and more information is passed on we get the first idea of things that have been alleged and are told that things will change, we are out of touch and the new way forward will be either with us or without us. We face re-deployment.
Now this is a bit odd. We haven’t done anything. Yet the CCTC specialist support services management appeared to have allocated us prejudged guilt by some weird form of association at the least or, more importantly, spotted an opportunity to initiate plan A. Their plan not ours.
We are treated as though we have done something wrong.
We have not.
Slowly, a little bit at a time, day after day, the picture becomes clearer. The nature of the ‘allegations’ are laid before us. It appears that the specialist support training unit is deemed to have too much power and influence by some. Some handlers do not like, it appears, to be criticized about their performance and have taken issue with certain unnamed instructors.
All handlers will be interviewed and the way in which specialist training is delivered WILL change and be brought in line with another area of specialist training on the specialist support district and bench-marked against it for quality control purposes.
What about the manual?
You can’t just forget about the manual because you are a general?
Or can you?
You see, the management are always right…………….
I wonder what will happen tomorrow?