January 20th, 2009


Posted in The Job - General by 200

In a few weeks I’ll still be a police officer, the next day I won’t. It’s a strange thought.

I’ll have to hand back all my uniform & kit. There’s a form for it. There’s a form for everything in the modern police force. (mind, to be fair, there’s always been a form for everything. The job would grind to a halt without forms). It lists stuff on there that I haven’t even got a clue what the hell it is much less whether I’ve got one or not.

I was wondering whether I wanted to keep anything for posterity or whether I just wanted rid of it all. I thought it might be nice to keep my epaulettes, I’ve been known as a number for the last 30 years. It might be nice to put them in a frame with the medals I’ve never worn & maybe a cap badge or helmet plate, but where would I display it? Probably get it nicely mounted, so to speak, and shove it in the loft.

I wonder whether my grandchildren will one day go through a box of stuff belonging to granddad, trying on a cap or helmet.Other than this blog I’ve never written anything down about my police career. I think this is a real shame because there is so much that happens throughout 30 years and the memory, well mine, is not that good. I’ve forgotten far, far more than I’ll ever remember. If there was one thing I’d advise someone just joining the job to do, it would be to write it down (well the funny bits & stuff that won’t get you into trouble!). I wish I’d done that.

Knowing my luck I’ll keep hold of my cap and three weeks later the door will get put in by a squad, the house’ll get searched & my pension will be stopped.

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  1. Oi says:

    Take my advice and keep what you can.
    When I retired, I thought I never wanted to be reminded of The Job again, however some years later, I now regret returning and disposing of items I could well have retained.

    January 20th, 2009 at 22:34

  2. john says:

    When you have retired, and un-retired (!) you can contemplate another (in the job) who did the same:

    January 21st, 2009 at 10:22

  3. bill says:

    I kept my cap badge, thinking “the boy will probably like that.”

    …and he promptly lost it!

    January 21st, 2009 at 16:50

  4. R/T says:

    When I transferred a few years I kept my stick, top hat, and tunic (mind – it was a particularly nice tunic!). I would say keep your stick, tunic, top hat, cap and epaulettes. Have you had the same shoulder number all your career?

    January 21st, 2009 at 17:20

  5. Annette says:

    Where would you display it?
    Here of course.
    Please photo it and show us.

    January 21st, 2009 at 19:48

  6. Tony F says:

    It is a weird sensation, 22 years a serviceman, then a civvy…Still I think you will cope Ok. The best thing I kept were my high boots. I still use them every working day.

    January 21st, 2009 at 20:06

  7. eric roberts says:

    Keep nothing, whats the point. It all collects dust.

    January 21st, 2009 at 20:51

  8. Oi says:

    Exactly what I thought at the time, Eric.

    I now wish I had kept what I could.
    Keep what you can, toss it in a box somewhere and if you feel nothing in a couple of years, then throw it out.

    January 21st, 2009 at 22:07

  9. Agent Douane says:

    In Customs I no longer am in a uniformed post but I kept my Great Coat, no cold wind gets through it, its about 3 inches thick! Good for gardening in but the neighbours must wonder why someone who looks like a Naval Officer is digging up carrotts.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 01:20

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  11. matt smith says:

    I have just started in the job and am very very new. I will take your advice 200 and promptly get scibbling. Best of luck

    January 22nd, 2009 at 18:09

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