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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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Freedom Is The Freedom To Say That Two Plus Two Make Four

Go here and read this. It is well worth worth it.

So if you are a downtrodden response officer, take encouragement from this:

your average age is routinely lower than any other department in the police and this is normally reflected in the experience you have.

You are expected to be conversant with every new piece of policy and legislation which comes out but you are never trained or given time to familiarise yourselves with it.

You are held accountable for everything that goes wrong but given no praise for the good results.

You go to the griefy jobs first and leave last.

You get no extra money, despite the fact that the risk of injury and illness to you is far greater.

Despite all of this you continually keep the wheels on.

You trust each other and you have a laugh.

You don’t and probably never will go on strike, stopping both anarchy or a military state happening.

You still have a huge amount of respect from large segments of society and every time you interact with someone you have the opportunity to ensure this continues.

You are jacks of all trade and often masters of several.

Despite the criticisms and negative feedback from the public, media and your own organisation, you are still grudgingly admired for what you do and how you do it.

You are the role model of modern and liberal policing that is still aspired to in a number of other countries around the world.

The only thing that is constant is change. The job I joined will not be the job I leave, and it is unlikely that I will be the same person, but I will be a Police Officer. I used to be a response officer and I will be again soon………………A Police Constable.     June 2008


2 Responses

  1. A big Hurrumph !!!! to that. Always undervalued never appreciated. Every department needs to go back to response for a period of 6months every two years. This way the appreciation will be shown and remembered. Nice post. Incidentally why are you going back to response?? Your decision, someone elses decision or tenure ended? Only asking cause i love your posts.

  2. Derrrrrr!!! Sorry mate, just read the link.

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