September 24th, 2009

I’ve heard it all now

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Did you see The One Show tonight? Bloody hell it nearly had me in tears. Some detectives were moaning about the  poor working conditions & why they thought there were so many vacancies in CID.

It was presented by some ex-CID guy who now does a bit of media stuff & was an investigation into the shortage of detectives. I’d like to point out to the lovely Christine that moving from uniform to a detective role IS NOT a promotion, you numpty. As someone who spent 30 years by choice in uniform it really winds me up when people think that sticking on a Marks & Spencer suit is a promotion, it’s not; it’s like moving from the checkout at Asda to the fish department, except you don’t work nights or get spat at  & punched so often. (maybe that’s just my local Asda though!)

Apparently, the reason people don’t want to go to CID is because they handle tough cases, work long hours & don’t have the same chances for overtime as uniform, to which I would say – my arse.

You can catch The One Show – episode 24/9/09 for the next seven days on iPlayer & the relevent article is the first item on the show.

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  1. Been there says:

    Totally agree. I too was leaping up and down on the sofa when dumb Christine made those remarks and noticed the ex-cid bloke didn’t jump in to correct her. But there again, the cid blokes themselves think its a promotion!

    September 25th, 2009 at 14:30

  2. kKop says:

    Hi 200!!

    This is my first visit to your website, having found it Googling the illustrious Dr Melvin T from Inspector Gadget’s blog!!

    I’d just like to say it’s great – and as for the misrepresentation of CID as a promotion, I’m afraid it’s a common misconception held by the public. When I told my partner’s parents that I was going for promotion, the first thing they said was, “So you’re going into CID?”

    Needless to say, I had to correct them on the issue. ;)

    Keep up the good work!

    September 25th, 2009 at 14:50

  3. Tony F says:

    I shall iPlayer it. Could do with a larff.

    September 25th, 2009 at 17:59

  4. copper bottom says:

    i think the public get the misconception from the USofA – there it is a promotion of sorts…

    anyway… always gives me a laugh that old chestnut…

    September 25th, 2009 at 21:14

  5. Blueknight says:

    Back in the mid 70s and early 80s, when we worked seven days of earlies and 3 days off, lates and 2 days off and nights with 2 days off, most of us were looking at ways of getting away from it.
    CID was a popular choice thanks to the TV programme, ‘The Sweeney’ and the fact that the shifts were 9 – 5, and you were not a radio slave.
    I did Vice Squad, but I was not allowed to jump straight from that into CID without going back into uniform first.
    However within a year or two, there was a lot of opportunity for days away (and overtime) at The Miners strike, Greenham Common, Party Conferences, football, hunts. demos, etc. I was aBeat Officer as well which gave me a lot of flexibility with start and finish times and supervision was minimal. I never looked back.
    I had more variety than I would have done in CID. I have great admiration for CID Officers but I do not see what the attraction is in joining CID.

    September 26th, 2009 at 00:20

  6. copper bottom says:

    I worked in a PPU dealing with sex offenders for 5-years… great fun- I always made sure to maintain my uniform courses- public order etc…

    and I always tried to give as much respect to uniformed officers as I could… I think a lot of detectives forget quite quickly where they came from…

    September 26th, 2009 at 13:16

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