February 28th, 2009


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So what did your force give you as a marker of your thirty years’ service?

I know of lots of people who have retired after a life of service to a particular company & get presented with some kind of memento by the company, be it a gold watch, a clock or a framed certificate.

This doesn’t appear to happen in the police service. I have no idea whether it happens in any of the other public services.

I’m not talking about a personal gift you might get from the team of colleagues you have personally worked with, who may chip in to buy some kind of leaving present. I’m talking about something given by the company as a little recognition for several decades of loyal service.

You get fuck-all in my force. Well, that’s not strictly true, you do get a pathetic little note which says you gave 30 years of your life with exemplary service, but quite frankly I’d be embarassed to show it to anyone, you wouldn’t know it was a certificate of service, it looks more like something that came out of the chief constable’s paper recycling bin.

So what happens in other forces, my regular retirees will know… so spill the beans!

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  1. Annette says:

    You got nothing at all??
    That must have been a mistake surely?
    After all those years.

    March 1st, 2009 at 06:45

  2. Annette says:

    How about a picture of it then eh?
    please show us.

    March 1st, 2009 at 13:15

  3. Ex Chief Insp says:

    I felt really valued when I retired after 31 years service leaving as a Chief Inspector. All I got was a snotty e-mail from the admin unit asking for my locker keys and car park pass back as they were needed. I didn’t even get a letter from my BOCU commander let alone a goodbye chat apart from a few words on the day he signed my retirement papers ( I left at the end of September and put my papers in in early May). Five months after retirement my certificate of service hasn’t arrived yet. Somehow I don’t feel disappointed as I had zero expectation of any recognition anyhow. Call me old fashioned but I don’t think it’s down to me to make an appointment to say goodbye to the boss on the day I retire after 31 years service.

    March 1st, 2009 at 17:18

  4. Tony F says:

    I only did 22 in Betty Windsor’s Flying Circus. I got exactly what I expected, bugger all. However, I did get some nice leaving gifts from the rest of the troops.

    March 1st, 2009 at 18:05

  5. pchawkeye says:

    35 yrs service, bit of paper in a cheap frame 6months after I left,not even signed by the Chief but the Dep.Two 7 x 5 photos posted to me 3 months later together with a compliments slip. HR completly F’d up my pension and ‘lost ‘my P45 which took ME!!and the Tax people (who were really helpfull actually) 6 months to sort out.
    Still waiting for NARPO to contact me after filling in the on line application form.
    Before I left, I hadn’t a clue what I had to do or who to contact, I rang HR (via call handling GRRRR!) and suggested they could put together a ‘Quit Pack ‘ with everything you need to get out of the job seamlessly. That was obviously too much trouble, ‘We’ll send you the forms. Twice as it happened as they lost the first set I sent in.
    If you think the jobs F**ked now, just wait ’till you retire.

    March 1st, 2009 at 21:29

  6. MarkUK says:

    I left a company where I worked for nearly 20 years, taking early retirement on redundancy.

    I got a card so that I could still get discount at the staff shop. As we were all leaving (from our department) over about 8 months, we didn’t even buy each other gifts, by mutual agreement.

    Mind you, we did get a Christmas bonus every year. (Don’t get too jealous; it was taken into consideration when our pay was decided. They split what they expected to pay into 55 weeks rather than 52 – one week for Christmas bonus and two weeks for a “good boy bonus” at the discretion of out manager.)

    My father in law got a Christmas Tree logo stamped on his Christmas payslip!

    March 1st, 2009 at 22:37

  7. Fee says:

    Where I work if you complete 25 years’ service, without having gone batshit insane and launched a murderous rampage against the executive board, you’re given a £25 gift voucher. For a shop of your choice.

    If I make it that far (13 to date) I intend to ask for Vicky Wines vouchers and to then consume as much Buckfast as that will buy during the next company presentation. Should make life more interesting for my colleagues … if also ensuring that I don’t ever collect the £30 voucher for 30 years’ service.

    March 2nd, 2009 at 13:38

  8. Plodnomore says:

    I only managed a little over 20 years due to previous military service (where I received sod all from the Army axcept a letter stating that I was to be available for recall in the event of an emergency until my 55th birthday). My retirement from the Police resulted in a final interview with the Div Ch Supt, a rather large bosomed lady, who actually gave me a hug – I then noticed her nipples were very prominent through her blouse but put it down to the ‘emotion’ of the incident (I did, for a very tiny moment, consider taking it further but the thought of ending up on sexual assault charges on my last day put me off slightly). Apart from that, the statutory retirement certificate which is hanging in the toilet and the cheque from the Fed based on my contributions to that august organisation. Since then, sod all. I did apply for a Police staff post doing what I did as a Police officer but didn’t even get an interview “as the applicants were of a very high standard” (a 22 year old graduate straight out of uni got the job and left after 9 weeks). If you want to know how much you will be missed, put your hand in a bucket of water. The length of time you will be missed will be the time the water holds the shape of your hand! Move on, get a life, face a new challenge.

    March 3rd, 2009 at 21:59

  9. Jeffrey P says:

    Among the official retirement souvenirs that I received (certificates, letters, plaques) was an ashtray-like item, made of crystal, with my name and service details engraved thereon, and with an oversize replica of the Force’s cap badge attached.

    Said cap badge is quite easily removed, without detracting from the item’s utility. It weighs in at just under an ounce, and is made of .9999 gold.

    I didn’t realise what it was until some time after retirement!

    Not a British Force, albeit a Force in a common-law jurisdiction,
    and one that quietly values its officers.

    March 5th, 2009 at 13:52

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