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    I know enough to know that at 04.00am it gets dark out on the streets. It has done this for the last twenty odd years, to my knowledge and will probably continue for the forseeable future. At some stage in this ‘future’ I shall retire and probably won’t give a damn if it still gets dark at 04.00am. Until then I shall be out there, somewhere, lurking in the shadows because someone, somewhere will be doing stuff they shouldn’t and then, well then I will introduce myself. In the meanwhile I shall try to remain sane and remember why I joined in the first place and try to ignore all the people who piss me off by making the job more complicated than it should be.
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    A Strategic Community Diversity Partnership. We are cutting bureaucracy and reducing the recording of target and monitoring related statistics. Our senior leaders will drive small, economical cars from our fleet surplus to save money to invest in better equipment for our frontline response officers. We are investing money to reinstate station canteens for the benefits of those 24/7 response officers. We have a pursuit policy. The message is that if you commit an offence and use a vehicle, we will follow you and stop you if necessary. It is your duty to stop when the lights and sirens are on. We take account of the findings of the Force questionnaire and are reducing the administration and management levels and returning these officers to frontline response duties. We insist on a work-life balance. We have no political masters. We are implimenting selection processes that take account of an individuals skills and proven abilities for the job. Our senior leaders will have one foot in reality and still possess the operational Policing skills they have long forgotton about and seldom used. All ranks are Police Officers first and specialists second. We will impliment career development and performance evaluation monitoring of our leaders by those officers who operate under that leadership. The most important role is that of Constable. All other roles are there to positively support the role and the responsibility of Constable and the duties performed.
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    “We trained very hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. It can be a wonderful method of creating the illusion of progress while creating confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.”......Petronius
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Sgt Terry Bryan

When I have experienced a busy shift, when I have been run ragged, been in real danger, been injured, been extremely cold, wet, ache from exhaustion, am too tired to write my statement and sometimes even to drive home, I put things into a little perspective.

I do this because I am a realist. I enjoy what I do because I feel that I can make a difference, even just a little difference, a difference to someone else.

I read this and although my risks are no-where near the same level, the reasons behind it are the same.  If you have never heard of Sgt Terry Bryan then I ask you read the article. It will take only a few minutes of your time.

I greatly admire and respect that sort of commitment to supporting to colleagues and the determination show in the face of real adversity, real hatred.

There are many people who are happy for someone else to do these things.  There are many people who support the people who do these things because they realise what it takes to do so.

Sadly, there are far too many people who fail to recognise the strength of character and determination needed. As a result they say one thing but do another for the wrong reasons, sometimes because they have an agenda that lives in the shadows.   

Reasons like that that are an insult to people like Sgt Terry Bryan.  Luckily for us, there are many, many people like Sgt Terry Bryan.

2 Responses

  1. What an article. I read that with a lump in my throat. We owe those men and women so much.

    I could relate in a strange way, to what it was like to have flash backs of something traumatic, and then see people in their day to day interactions acting like arses. You just want to shake them! All the petty bs we find ourselves unable to fathom after going through something traumatic. You are never the same, ever, and no one gets that – unless they have experienced something so life altering.

    We need to do more for these guys and gals when they come back and try to intergrate back into this world. My heart goes out to them.

  2. Wow. Such courage and humanity. It’s humbling.

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