Kitchen Police ~

I thought this was an interesting fact and wanted to share it with you. I think Kitchen police is a neat idea…when we get tired of policing the kitchen, we ought to place one of our children on KP “Kitchen Police” duty for the day. Hey, what about letting them write tickets for messy offenders. What about an official KP badge to be worn by those on duty. Make sure there are rewards~ so that everyone wants their turn to be on “duty”.

Best wishes to you today as you serve as the “Kitchen Police”, in your home.
~ Teresa

Kitchen Police or Patrol
taken from Wikipedia

KP duty is “kitchen police” or “kitchen patrol” work under the kitchen staff assigned to junior U.S. enlisted military personnel. “KP” can be either the work or the personnel assigned to perform such work. In the latter sense it can be used for either military or civilian personnel assigned or hired for duties in the military dining facility excluding cooking

The U.S. military sometimes uses the word “police” as a verb to mean “to clean” or “to restore to order.” For example, after a company picnic on a U.S. Marine Corps base, a group of Marines might be assigned to police, or clean up, the picnic grounds. Its origins in this usage probably came from the French sense of maintaining public order. Kitchen police then may mean to restore the kitchen to order, or clean up the kitchen.

In the military, it is often more formally known as mess duty, and is restricted to enlisted personnel. A service member sometimes “put on kp” for some minor infraction committed while on duty, in uniform, or on a military installation. However, KP is usually assigned out of necessity, not for punishment. In this latter case, all junior enlisted personnel assigned to a mess would be put on a roster and regularly receive assignments to KP duty on a rotating basis.

KP duties, however, can include any tedious chores in the military mess at an installation or in the field, such as food preparation, although not cooking, or the more obvious dish washing and pot scrubbing, sweeping and mopping floors, wiping tables, serving food on the chow line, or anything else the kitchen staff sees fit to assign to its kp crew. KP duty can be particularly onerous because it is on top of all regular duties, as institutional kitchens often open before and close after regular duty hours, and generate large volumes of unpleasant food wastes.

Teresa’s Tidbit ~

Don’t forget to inspect what you expect, don’t settle for a “half done” job. It should be a job that everyone is proud of. Good training 🙂 is the key !!!

Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm  Comments (2)  

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I’ve never heard of this before. I seem to be the “Everything Police” around here.
    That has to change.
    Thanks so much for the great idea on getting started!


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