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Guest blog: A day in the life of a PA.

Posted: Friday 16th November 2018
Blog: November

Guest blog_ Mandy


My day starts by diving straight into the Police and Crime Commissioner’s inbox and my own to see what needs to be done since I left them the night before.  Attention needs to be paid to late papers for meetings, last minute alterations to the diary and any crises that may have arisen which are mercifully few.

At the same time check the day’s diary – are we completely prepared, are all the logistics in place, what time have I got to fit things in around the needs of the Police & Crime Commissioner.  Fortuitously our Police & Crime Commissioner does not require a butler/waitress style Personal Assistant, as long as she’s got access to a hot cup of decaf and our guests are adequately refreshed, she’s happy – apparently I muster a decent cup of Rosy.

As with us all the phone rings – sometimes it starts at the moment I set foot in my office and other days it stays spookily quiet save the odd bombshell, I commonly get misdirected members of the public and this can vary from funny to disturbing, this is not unusual all around the Force I suspect.

The biggest part of the job is diary management and planning, I guess about 75% of the job is tweezing time out of a schedule which is always full at least three months hence.  The dreaded statement is “we need to have a meeting [of at least 10 equally busy people], next week for 2½ hours”, my fellow Personal Assistants will understand the range of emotions this provokes!

Anyway, it is a privilege to work amongst such a company of educated, funny, conscientious, supportive, dedicated, visionary and creative people near and far, I’ll take this opportunity to thank everyone who helps me do this particular job.

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