November 26th, 2011

Part of the team

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I don’t socialise with policemen, not any more.

Fortunately, I have several interests outside the job which mean I get to be with different folk. This hasn’t always been the case. When I was a young police officer I spent all my time with other officers. We worked together, lived together and spent our free time together.

When I got married we spent time with other couples, usually one or both of whom were police officers. I think it’s the uniqueness of the job which draws like to like, you want to be with people who know and empathise with your position and the stuff you have to do, the restrictions placed on you, people who simply understand. When you work on a police shift, you have a very close-knit set of people, who of├é┬ánecessity├é┬ámust rely on each other, often in situations when they might save your skin.

I don’t know what happened, maybe it was moving into the control room where the majority of colleagues are not police officers, but I found I was socialising with them less and less. I can’t remember the last time I went for a few beers with a police colleague.

I still maintain interests which rely on teamwork though.

I’ve spent a whole day today doing something I really love, working with a team, building up to something, putting it all into practice. I won’t say what it is because I’m quite well known for this hobby by people at work. But it involves displaying skills to people generally not known to us. After we’d finished there was a feeling of elation and the conversation in the pub afterwards was electric.

I love the nuts and bolts of my job but I’d have given it up in a heartbeat to do what I was doing today professionally.

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5 comments

  1. jaded says:

    I also tend not to go out on team do’s any more.Not because i’m unsociable.It’s because if someone misbehaves,as someone generally does,I don’t want to be there.The days of pretending to be in the toilet are long gone.If you are there and do nothing,you are just as guilty according to DPS.I haven’t got long to go and i’m not losing my pension over some idiot who can’t hold his drink!

    November 27th, 2011 at 18:36

  2. jaded says:

    I also tend not to go out on team do’s any more.Not because i’m unsociable.It’s because if someone misbehaves,as someone generally does,I don’t want to be there.The days of pretending to be in the toilet are long gone.If you are there and do nothing,you are just as guilty according to DPS.I haven’t got long to go and i’m not losing my pension over some idiot who can’t hold his drink!…

    November 27th, 2011 at 18:36

  3. Betty Swollox says:

    Im with jaded on this. My days of going for a curry or some beers with work mates are long gone. I too only have a few years left and the last thing I want is some knobber landing himself in the crap and dragging me down with them. Besides, I enjoy going home & and having nothing to do with the Police until I turn up for work, do my bit & go home.

    I will always maintain that there are 3 things that will get you sacked (1) Property – and not looking after it (2) Saying something you regret in person or online (3) Socialising with work mates – there is always one, somewhere that will drop a bollock – and down the pan you go too.

    November 27th, 2011 at 20:16

  4. Shijuro says:

    I don’t socialise with Police any more either.

    Some is down to the fact we are so accountable now for the actions of others and … I don have much in common with officers now.

    Mind you… My socialising stopped when all he Police clubs closed.

    That’s why they did it of course… Divide and conquer..

    November 27th, 2011 at 20:51

  5. Lilly lady says:

    Love doing both.

    Team night outs are still fun and so are going out with others outside of work to get a good break / different outlook on things.

    November 27th, 2011 at 21:07

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