September 2nd, 2006

Squad Officers

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Squads, don’t they really piss you off? (unless, of course, you are on one) 

There are 3 types of police officer (well 4 if you count the ones who sit on their arses in offices); frontline officers who do the lions’ share of police work, senior officers and people on squads.

Squad officers are easily identifiable; they are usually either pissed or in bed at 3am, having spent years trying to get into uniform they spend the rest of their careers trying to avoid it, they are usually full of their own self-importance and whereas uniform frontline officers deal with absolutely everything, squad officers are above dealing with most things.

They also have to use the phrase ‘not in my remit, mate’ several times a shift (mainly office hours only).

They decline to carry out work on behalf of frontline officers but expect the frontline to drop everything when they want a statement or one of their prisoners needs a lift home.

The vast majority of squad members will have come from frontline positions at some stage but will have completely forgotten what it’s like on the front line & what pressures normal officers are under all the time.

Squad officers have also forgotten that we’re all actually in the same job.

(and if you think my team were let down by some squad officers this week, again, you’d be right) 

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  1. BP says:

    Now hold on 200 weeks, I used to be in a squad job and lovely it was too. It took several days for me to fully establish the set tone for “sorry it’s not in my remit” and get the seat adjusted correctly on my chair. I will not have specialists squads knocked and misrepresented by this blog. How dare you these officers are hardworking, dedicated 9 – 5ers, unless there’s a bit of overtime involved. Do you fully appreciate what it’s like to go home on time everynight? It tough and don’t you forget it.:mad::mad::mad:

    September 3rd, 2006 at 14:10

  2. beenacop says:

    As a bit of relief from the frontline I would get to work on HOLMES incident rooms from time to time. On one job our Task Force were being used on various obbo’s and one day there leader asked the SIO if his chaps could sit in on taped interviews of suspects as they never had the chance and some were going back into uniform due to the tenure policy! This was two years after the taping of interviews!!
    After that I always found it more than a little difficult to take any of them seriously and more readily understood why so many wanted to join these squads!

    September 3rd, 2006 at 16:52

  3. YorksPC says:

    You’ll never get traced by your boss because of this. The reason? It could have come from any frontline officer in the country!

    September 29th, 2006 at 02:09

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