January 24th, 2007

The Times they are a changin’

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Time for a major change methinks.

I’ve been offered the ‘opportunity’ to live out the rest of my days in the force control room. I’m seriously thinking about taking the job.

I’ve done in excess of 25 years ‘on the street’. The whole of that time has been on full shifts & the vast majority, with the exception of a small stint on traffic, has been on what we used to call ‘section’ or front-line response or whatever the current buzzword for bottom of the pile is these days.

There will be those, I guess, who will say I’ll be selling my soul to the devil, or selling-out my fellow workers or taking the easy way out, but I do feel genuinely that I’ve played my part and served my time. There aren’t many people still on the streets on shift after nearly 30 years.

So the factors to weigh up in my decision to leave the front line & go over to the dark side are;

Control Room

  • no rain
  • no paperwork
  • no court appearances, wasted or otherwise
  • leave work on time
  • no enforced overtime
  • no being spat at, pinched, kicked or otherwise abused (except on the phone)
  • no injuries (except paper cuts)
  • work at the same place every day
  • no complaints (OK fewer complaints – everyone gets complained about) 
  • grub break most days 


  • Getting to drive really fast
  • team cameraderie
  • er….
  • that’s it

I mean, come on, it’s a no brainer, surely….you wouldn’t blame me. 

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  1. Paul says:

    No, I wouldn’t. I think you’ve earned your break.

    Do you think that this is part of the problem though ? That the most important job in terms of preventing and detecting crime that the population actually care about – that of the working shift copper is viewed so negatively. When their is the opportunity to go into softer, easier jobs with no loss in salary (often I would imagine a gain in it) is one surprised that the “Service” is so ineffective in its main job ?

    Surely the likes of yourself are better employed nurturing young shift officers, whilst the system should encourage them to stay rather than “skive” ?

    January 25th, 2007 at 07:39

  2. 200 says:

    One of the sad things is that if I go into the control room I’ll be working alongside some PCs who have less than 5 years’ service, one of them has only 3!
    I wonder why someone with only 3 years’ service puts in for a job like sitting in the control room when they haven’t touched the surface of learning their trade properly.

    Well, actually I don’t wonder, I know why people like this want to get off the street, usually they hate it or can’t hack it. The sad thing is that they’re allowed to do this.

    We all know cases of officers who haven’t done front line policing for maybe 20 years or more.

    January 27th, 2007 at 07:55

  3. ted says:

    Go for it. You’ve done you’re bit. It’s a shame though that the people doing the most important job in the police get the worst treatment.
    Maybe it’s not the same everywhere but in my neck of the woods as well as providing the frontline service the 24/7 shifts are also the dogsbodys for other departments.
    Ops planning needing radios picked up from the far side of the city for example. Does somebody put their flak jacket on, get a set of keys, and go themselves? No a double crewed response car is sent. Meanwhile any jobs in the control room queue or any enquiries the car crew had need to wait a bit longer. I could give other examples but you get the picture.

    January 28th, 2007 at 15:26

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