I arrived with all my stuff to run the Booth, set up in the canteen and waited for the shift to take their lunch break or ‘Piece’ as they call it. I had the same experience as anyone arriving in the canteen at a new job.. it is not that easy to join an established group at the lunch table. The first few people I asked were ‘not interested’, but I stuck with it for the next two hours and had a good response in the end.
Of the 15 people who came to the canteen:
12 took part in the process. 3 from Intelligence , 2 from Response, 7 from Community Policing.
3 were ‘fugitives from acknowledgment’ 2 abstained, 1 said ‘no’
10 people nominated colleagues for a medal, and 2 nominated their spouse.
Comments: “The qualities I believe I have are the one’s I look for in others”
” Is this a test? All these qualities seem to be police qualities”
” I enjoyed the distraction”
“My wife and I are very different in many ways, but we do have the same core qualities”
“Made me appreciate Big Bruce more” (a colleague).
“Many different people in the force with lots of similar, yet special qualities”
Having nominated himself for being good at ‘hugs’ one officer proceeded to demonstrate this on his colleague.
Kathy Friend was the Acknowledger
I am looking forward to visiting the other shifts….
For more information about the Acknowledgment Booth http://gallusgames.org/home