May 24th, 2010

May I help you?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So we have a new Home Secretary, just as when we have a new chief constable, the broom must come out & new policies must be created whilst old ones are ditched. The trouble is that it is never the correct ones which get binned nor the best ones that get introduced.

So what has the gorgeous Theresa got in store for us?

We’re being offered what she describes as a ‘radical new deal’. One in which police officers will be allowed to use more discretion & operational freedom from Whitehall bureaucracy. Mucyh like it was before, not so radical really Theresa, is it?

We’ll ‘bear our fair share of the burden’ of the economic crisis (cuts) n& there will be a full review on police pay & conditions (cuts) though we will be allowed to keep to the last review which gave us a three-year pay review.

Stop & Search forms will be scrapped. There will be a review of 24-hour drinking. ‘Key performance indicators’ will be dismantled & there will be a push for locally elected police commissioners.

May has said: “I know I’m a new home secretary. I know that many of you don’t know me. And I know that you want to know what sort of home secretary I will be. So let me says this: I’m not interested in running the police. If I’d wanted to run the police, I’d have done what you did and joined the police force. That is not the home secretary’s job. That’s not something many of my predecessors have understood. They just didn’t get it.”

So that’s great, the future is rosy.

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  1. Hogday says:

    The words sound good, so good, in fact, that I read them again. A lot of senior police managers should read them too, because they actually apply to them as well.

    May 25th, 2010 at 13:55

  2. Fee says:

    A bit like when we get a new boss and they haven’t a clue what we all do, but just a tad more honest. Can’t be any worse than the last one, surely?

    May 25th, 2010 at 16:07

  3. Bill Newman says:


    I am writing a blog about my experiences of a probationary PC and how I am finding life outside of training school. I wondered whether you might be willing to consider putting a link to my blog on your site and I of course would do the same? It is still in progress but the address is

    Kind regards,

    Bill Newman

    May 25th, 2010 at 17:24

  4. Tony F says:

    May you live in interesting times. (Old Chinese curse)
    May, You live in interesting times….

    May 25th, 2010 at 20:36

  5. R.P says:

    They have many more plans 2 come. Next April they are reviewing our pensions. The hot money is on them taxing our lump sum at 40%. 50 grand is more than I can afford. If you have 20 years in thats a tax of 5000 quid year on top of anything else they choose to do. If it goes ahead I for one will be cashing in and jumping ship abroad. I doubt I will be alone.

    May 26th, 2010 at 12:46

  6. Hogday says:

    R.P. well spotted. Don’t forget Ken Clarke is in there amongst them, too. Some of us remember him at the Home Office.

    May 27th, 2010 at 11:18

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