May 12th, 2009

You’ve lost that loving feeling

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

Over the last couple of months I seem to get asked one question again & again, “What’s it like being a civvy now?”

I actually find this quite difficult to answer. It is different & yet it is exactly the same.

I’m doing exactly the same job I was doing before, the only difference is that I do it while wearing different clothes. The job is exactly the same. I sit in the same places, use the same equipment & work with the same people.

Yet there is something indefinably different & I’m not really sure what it is. And it’s not the fact that I get a lot more money now.

It’s like some dark cloak has been lifted from my shoulders & something feels lighter. It may be something to do with responsibility perhaps. I think, to an extent, there is a feeling that you carry some of the weight of the world upon your shoulders as a police officer. There is a feeling that your life is dedicated to righting some of the wrongs, a sense of social responsibility that entails some kind of mental burden.

My moral code hasn’t changed but I think to an extent that I’ve now left that behind; it’s somebody else’s task now, I’ve kind of left the baton behind for others to pick up.

Or maybe I’m just trying to look too deep.

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2 comments

  1. Civ_In_The_City says:

    As a civ it`s easier to walk away at the end of the day and let someone else sort things out. As a copper you`re one of the few jobs left these days where you stick around to the bitter end of every job and see things through properly. Even the bin men whip round as fast as possible to pick up the bonus and find excuses NOT to take rubbish. It`s the way of the world, God help us when government really turns policing from a service into a service industry.

    May 13th, 2009 at 16:59

  2. Tony F says:

    Its’ funny, when I left ‘Betty Windsor’s Flying Circus’ there was no great epiphany. However, on the plus side, I have not been shot at either.

    May 13th, 2009 at 19:56

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