Annual report on the Messina Watch
Position: Master Constable of the Watch
Introduction: Dogberry is one of the longest serving members of the Messina Watch. The duties of the watch are to make sure that the laws of Messina are upheld and any criminals caught and punished. His role is to lead the members of the watch and ensure its effective working.
Strengths: Dogberry is an enthusiastic leader of the watch. He has a strong determination to keep the peace and take criminals to justice.
Areas to improve: There is a suggestion that Dogberry is sometimes willing to turn a blind eye to some criminal behaviour. This seems to be occurring where Dogberry is dealing with criminals who are violent. He has been reported as saying that his men should let dangerous thieves ‘steal away’ in case they offer any resistance to arrest. It is felt that Dogberry is fearful of the dangers of the role of Master Constable.
Another concern is that Dogberry can make mistakes with his speech. Sometimes his words are confused so that he uses the wrong words which can make his superiors fail to understand the crime that is being reported to them. One example is that he called a member of the watch ‘senseless’ when he really meant ‘sensible’. Mistakes of language can be serious in dealing with criminals and the law as it can allow criminals to escape justice.
Recommendations: Dogberry should be supported by braver, younger men who are better able to stand up to young criminals. It might be best if he takes more of a managing role leaving the actual work with criminals to be taken by the younger, stronger men.
His use of language needs to be helped by working with leading citizens of Messina such as The Sexton to ensure that he uses the right words when dealing with criminals and the law.