I bumped into an old colleague this week. He’s managed to wangle his way into an office job. I’m not sure what his new remit will be but it involes looking at figures & charts & then issuing dictats about the way people do their job.
It’s another in a long line of jobs he’d had for the last 26 years or so, none of which have involved doing police work out on the street. It always amazes me the people who spend the first part of their lives wanting to get into a police uniform & almost their entire career wanting to stay out of it. My old colleague passed his probation & within a year spent a couple of years as the town centre officer. This was then regarded as a cushy little number, you worked 9 to 5, squared up the odd shoplifter & networked all the shops & businesses so you could discount on just about anything your family needed.
He then went into the then new crime bureau, telling people how to fill in crime reports & filing them. A few years as a SOCO followed until the then new detective chief superintendent found it was cheaper to employ civilian SOCOs who did the same work as police SOCOs but for less money & rights. Where to go next? Resource management seemed to fit the bill, then some job up at HQ.
Inspector Gadget talks about officers like this, those who spend so much time sitting on their arse at a desk Ã‚Â you could shave in the reflection of their uniform trousers.
As someone who spent just about 27 years in uniform on shifts on the front line, it makes me wonder how so many people get away with it. I recall when they wanted to get rid of a few PCs at one particular nick they decided to introduce a policy of ‘tenure’. This said that if you’d been one one shift for 5 years or longer you had to move. It was touted as being applicable to all departments but was only used at one station, no other department was affected & once they had moved the officers in question was quickly binned as a policy.
Office jobs are like being in the masons, they’re only open to a select few & once you have one, you have one for life. If anyone tells you there is no longer favouritism in the police force, don’t believe them.