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Mr.C – Rank over knowledge.

Whilst visiting The Policeman’s Blog I found this little post from Mr C. called ‘What’s the course called?’

What is it in certain senior officers’ brains that stops them taking advice from a Constable?

Now a PC for over twelve years, I’ve been on many courses – gladly, most to do with frontline operational policing.

PSU, defensive search, numerous driving courses, drug dog, GP dog, explo dog, firearms support dog, firearms – to name but a few.

Add onto this experience with the military and a decent education, I tend to consider myself a pretty well-rounded, sensible-thinking kind of chap.

Despite all my knowledge and skills there seems to be a course that a number of Sergeants and nearly all Inspectors and above seem to have access to.

Once qualified, this course is designed to enable them to wait until a job is in full flow – and normally flowing quite nicely – before they throw their pennyworth in.

I’d say that more than nine times out of 10, their penny actually turns out to be a beautifully polished ha’penny – quite shiny but utterly worthless.

The effect normally ranges quite widely but will usually end up in the job not being sorted correctly, someone being hurt or a job taking several days to achieve the same result that was originally going to take 10 minutes.

Does anyone know the name of this course?

I would like to be promoted in the next few years, but I don’t want to make the mistake of signing up.

‘Mr C’

Amongst some of the comments, this seems to be the answer according to one reply…….

The course is called “Rank Equals Knowledge”

I have no idea who Mr C is and it could be that he drives a black van with a red stripe along the side, wears lots of gold necklaces and wants to give people who he deems to be crazy fools, lots of pain.


5 Responses

  1. I’m going for my skippers next time round. Are you saying that I’m wrong…?


  2. i’ve got a few things I want to do before I go for the exam but when I do I have no intention of subscribing to those course beliefs, if i’m ever proved wrong then I will duely expect to be kicked in the head!!

  3. we call them ‘seagulls’ – they fly in make a lot of noise, crap over everything and then dissapear……

    ‘keep talking sir, we’ll find you’ 😉

  4. like the seagull bit – I will use that!

  5. Likewise I’ve done a lot of courses; firearms, advance driving, tpac, vip driving, bodyguard, CTS, POLSA, PSU, PSU Commander, PSU Bronze/Silver, good education, widely travelled. I have never done the HQ re-chipping course. I use this to make what I think are rapid, practical decisions which get the job done quickly and make things easier for the troops. I may be wrong, but thats what I aim for.

    I recommend you all get qualified and get up the ranks. Show the clones how to do it. Take the fight to ’em.

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