June 24th, 2010

Money for Nothing

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Unlike yesterday’s entry, which has the record for the shortest ever blog of over 1,200 at 200 Weeks, this one has nothing to do with the World Cup.

With the current financial position of the country, more & more people find that they have to pay for others’ mistakes.

The police service hasn’t escaped. People sitting in offices with spreadsheets who know the square root of fuck all about front line policing & the needs of the community will be falling over each other in the scramble to come up with new ways to save money, which will probably enhance their own personal financial bonus & guarantee them another rung on the ladder to stay out the way of the sharp end.

The latest innovation appears to hail from the met who propose a scheme where new recruits to the force won’t be paid. They have realised that if they don’t pay anyone they can save £20,000 a year on a starting PC’s salary plus all the training costs. Hmm, doing police work for bugger all renumeration, where have I heard that before, oh yes, the Special Constabulary.

So the twist is that everyone wanting to join the force will be made to start as a Special, do ‘on the job’ training for a year or more & then they’ll be allowed to join as a regular.


I don’t have anything against the Special Constabulary, there are some really able officers who put in tons of work, some seem to be there more than their regular colleagues & some are certainly more helpful. I’d never do it so fair play to them.

But these guys can afford to come in on their own time at their own expense & pick up where the government left off. Most of them have ‘proper’ jobs, so they don’t need a police wage. Someone wanting to join the police will need some form of income while they are giving up their time, presumably they want to join the police to earn an income?

The Met have a waiting list of 1,800 who have been waiting for a place since January 2009. They had already been told they wouldn’t get a sniff until at least 2011. Now the met have realised they can get them for free so have written to them all saying their applications have now been closed, buy hey, why not join us as a Special & get bugger all until you’ve given your whack to the job & then not have a guarantee of a starting salary.

Policing costs. Society needs to decide whether they want to pay or just cut corners all the time.

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  1. the_leander says:

    I would imagine that many of those who apply to join the police do so either fresh out of school or just out of the forces.

    Neither of which it seems would really allow them 12 months of breathing time to do voluntary work.

    I can’t see many people returning those applications. Those that want to join the SPC probably already have.

    June 25th, 2010 at 00:21

  2. shijuro says:

    I hate it when I am right…

    June 25th, 2010 at 08:26

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Work for a year, for nothing, then get signed up as a regular.

    In a previous job we were made to feel like we were lucky to be there. Many`s the time that by Saturday I`d worked my hours during the week but any thoughts of NOT turning in on the Sat and you were looked at like you`d landed from Mars. Of course, that was supermarkets – you know, they want you to be at home (unpaid) on one hours notice to come in on flat rate, just in case there`s a queue at the checkout. Then f*ck off home again and wait for the next call.

    Now the Met go one better, what a stroke of genius. Can`t afford to pay wages + high demand for the jobs = make them work for nothing. If the idea catches on we`ll solve the credit crisis instantly – just don`t pay anyone for anything! Maybe we just trade goods and services instead of using money.

    But are we talking about the CHANCE of a regular coppers job after 12 months. Are we talking about a GUARANTEED regular job after 12 months. If it`s guaranteed, for how long, one year, two years?

    What about after 11 months and 27 days of free coppering the current intake is deemed unsuitable and a new lot taken on (pick them up in the back of a truck from the street corners each morning?).

    Voluntary work should be just that, but an unpaid apprenticeship (not unheard of) is another thing entirely.

    We wouldn`t get bin-men or nurses working for nowt for 12 months. Would we?

    And if the pensions get attacked will we still see coppers jobs hugely over-subscribed?

    June 25th, 2010 at 11:09

  4. Tony F says:

    It sounds like Soviet Russia. People work for nothing…

    June 25th, 2010 at 21:50

  5. rafanon says:

    The military haven’t escaped either. 25 % budget cut. 2 year pay freeze (which when you add in the fact that quater/mess abd food charges will go up 3% every year) equates to at least a 6% pay cut!

    Join the job, work your arse off and when the government fuck up we (publics service) get to be the sacfrificial lamb. Nice.

    June 26th, 2010 at 15:26

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