February 15th, 2009

So that’s it, then

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I went to bed a police officer & woke up a  civilian. At least I think I did. I’m not sure how it actually works, to be fair.

If I started in the job at 9am on Monday the first of January, do I finish at midnight on the 31st December – the last employed day – 30 years later, or do I cease to be at 08.59 on the morning of the first of January 30 years later. What happens if I go & make an arrest at 5am on the 1st of Jan? Do I still have my powers or not?

It’s academic really because I didn’t need to go into the street & nick a chav smashing up a neighbour’s fence or beating up one of the residents or trying to nick their car.

Anyway, I went to bed a copper & few blinks of the eye & a naughty dream later I wasn’t. It wasn’t anything special, the earth didn’t move, I got no deep & meaningful message from on high. I just moved, metaphorically, from one world to another.

Done. This copper has ceased to be.

I don’t actually feel any different. I still feel like I did yesterday – it still feels like I’m just on leave. But I’m now a pensioner!

I wonder what the legacy will be. Maybe I’ll have to have a bit of a think about that, or maybe it’s for the people who know me to judge. Perhaps it’s just a bit deep & philosophical for now.

One part of my life is now over and a new part has just begun.

The cheque should be through any day soon.

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  1. Weary says:

    Thank you for a life-time of service. I get the impression you’re carrying on in the Control Room, so you won’t be ripping off the mask quite yet.

    February 15th, 2009 at 23:51

  2. Ex-RUC says:

    Wierd feeling, isn’t it? One minute you’re a sworn officer, the next you’re a civvie. (OK, so I know we were all civilian police officers, so please don’t write in!)

    February 16th, 2009 at 15:18

  3. Fee says:

    Now you’re a pensioner, here are some things to remember:

    It was all so much better in your day
    Those youngsters don’t know they’re born
    Society is going to hell in a handbasket (you may have already noticed this one)
    Countdown is on Channel 4 every day and is compulsory viewing

    just joking!

    Enjoy your leave before heading back as a civvy.

    February 16th, 2009 at 20:33

  4. Agent Douane says:

    Does this mean you’ll now drive at 20 mph in a 40 mph zone on a single track road at 07:30 hrs on a clear, dry day when I’m trying to do 39.99 mph to get to work on time?

    February 17th, 2009 at 00:24

  5. 200 says:


    like you’ve ever done 39.99!

    February 20th, 2009 at 22:17

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