December 16th, 2011

I always wanted letters after my name

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So the latest idea of Home Secretary Theresa May is to create a new professional policing body, to which all police officers will pay between £50 and £250, depending on rank, to be a member.

It’s not clear whether it will replace the Police Federation, or run alongside (or should that be against), but May says that the purpose is to ”develop policing as a single profession” and “act only in the public interest.” So nothing about acting in the members’ interest, then?

Initial reaction from some colleagues is rather muted, though one or two are saying that if she expects police officers to pay £50 of their hard earned, she can go poke it up her arse.

Apparently, part of the ethos for setting up such a professional organisation – for which officers will need qualifications to join – is the reduction of bureaucracy. I love it when in order to reduce bureaucracy you haev to create something which in itself creates more bureaucracy.

I know that some other professionas have ‘professional bodies’ to which they must belong in order to get a job. I can’t see this one for the police coming in without a lot of pissed-off-edness.



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  1. bill says:

    I know I’m not contributing anything to this post, but I have to quote the lines “Initial reaction from some colleagues is rather muted, though one or two are saying that if she expects police officers to pay £50 of their hard earned, she can go poke it up her arse.”

    That just had me in stitches.

    December 17th, 2011 at 10:23

  2. TZ says:

    It’s crap like this that makes me glad I retire in 3 weeks time!

    December 17th, 2011 at 18:30

  3. Tony F says:

    I have a plan. You all give me £50 per annum each. And I will promise to spend it wisely. Mainly on wine, women and song. I shall then fritter away the remainder. Sorry.

    December 17th, 2011 at 19:07

  4. Lilly lady says:

    Are there any of the ‘proposals’ that were flying about a year ago we are NOT having?

    December 17th, 2011 at 22:14

  5. Paul says:

    I’m a teacher. The Mrs is a Nurse.

    Teachers have the GTC. Currently this is free. Nurse have the NMC, which you have to pay about £70 a year to otherwise you can’t work.

    Both are otherwise identical. They do absolutely nothing for the people doing the job ; they support all government whims of the week.

    They do absolutely nothing about things that concern teachers, such as the appalling behaviour of children nowadays or the use of Cover Supervisors as teachers (a bit like PCSOs vs PCs except they have the same job as teachers without the pay, PCSOs have limited powers).

    They have kangaroo courts to punish the workforce, (sometimes when the people involved have been already prosecuted) which are out of control. They also have the nice concept that if you are dragged in front of them (which can happen on almost any pretext) and you win 100% you do not get costs in any circumstances (the body has highly paid lawyers of course).

    Both bodies produce expensively printed PR cr*p which no-one ever reads because there is never anything of interest.

    December 18th, 2011 at 14:32

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