September 14th, 2011

Standards have dropped, shock, horror

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Ex rail-regulator and government-appointed looker-into of the polcie service, Tom Winsor, he who is hoping to change the terms and conditions for police officers making the world a better place, has discovered that the standards of entry into the police force has dropped.

He has found that some people believe the quality of evidence given at court by some officers is ‘barely literate’, and noted that interview questions from the 1930s and 40s were significantly higher than those of today.

I suspect that any salty old dogs out there – like me – might agree with him. When I was tutoring new PCs I also found the standard dropped in the 90s. I had officers who couldn’t spell beyond a pretty basic level and whose sentences barely passed a pretty low level of correct grammar. I’m not sure the lower standards of those times have improved much since then.

Winsor has been told by a former commissioner of the Met and a national Federation official that standards were lowered to increase acceptance levels for black and minority ethnic applicants.

The Home Secretary was asked if the police have poor standards of literacy. She said: “That is not what I have found. I have found officers committed and dedicated to getting on with their job.” Like she’d have the first clue about educational standards in the police.


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