February 18th, 2012

Dead Mans’ Shoes

Posted in The Job - General by 200

News today that the GMP will be recruiting 50 new officers a year for the next three years.

I really feel sorry for youngsters these days, particularly ones like me who grow up wanting to do nothing more than stick on a blue suit and help society sort itself out. With so few forces recruiting over the last few years, and for the√ā¬†foreseeable√ā¬†future, they have absolutely no chance of realising their dream job, even though I would not follow the same path had I known then what I know now.

Policing has never been about the money, in most cases it has never been about power, nor the desire to tread on the rights of the working masses, beat up a few protestors and black people, or the need to feel superior over quivering motorists. It’s been about wanting to put something back into society, despite what the daily fail tells you.

It’s such a shame that √ā¬†thousands and thousands of √ā¬†idiots willing and able candidates will never get the chance to fulfill their dream, just because a few greedy people fucked up the country’s money and a few other people didn’t have the skill or willingness to sort it out.

When the GMP announce the vacancies, what are the best on number of applications per space available?

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  1. joe says:

    You’d hope that with a relatively limited intake (and assuming the numbers of applicants per place are as high as previously) the people of Manchester would be assured of getting the best new coppers; however, what’s the betting they get the most PC PCs!

    February 19th, 2012 at 13:27

  2. Gary says:

    Or that they are personal friends of the new Police Commissioner!

    February 19th, 2012 at 14:02

  3. Rurallot says:

    GlosPol are apparently going to be recruiting 75 PCs, however the recruiting will be opened to police staff first, then PCSOs, then Specials & only when they’ve had their go will it be opened to the public…

    February 19th, 2012 at 17:41

  4. Plodnomore says:

    At our training college, we were expected to spend a couple of hours each evening in the Centre bar with our classmates – to build up a sense of camaraderie – and our instructors would often join us for a beer or two, which they never seemed to pay for, but that’s bye the by. One evening, the senior instructor told us that if we joined the Police to right the wrongs of society then we were wasting our time. He said there were too many wrongs; too many people not wanting the wrongs to be righted; too many people with an interest in the wrongs not being righted, and not enough Police. He said it was not only the criminals who were against the Police, but the politicians, the judges, the media and the majority of the general public. At first I thought this was the mutterings of a cynical failure – ‘if you can’t do the job then teach’ sort of thing – but I very soon found out that he was right. You may be big and powerful but try standing on one leg with one hand held behind your back and no matter how hard you try, you will lose every time. That, unfortunately, is the current state of Policing in this country at the moment – as it has been for many years. I depair for the new recruits full of hope and a keen desire to do the right thing.

    February 19th, 2012 at 20:01

  5. Hibbo says:

    “it has never been about power, nor the desire to tread on the rights of the working masses, beat up a few protestors and black people, or the need to feel superior over quivering motorists.”

    Oh you do make me larf, 200!

    February 19th, 2012 at 22:33

  6. Blueknight says:

    Plodnomore, Was that Ashford in the mid 70s? It all seems very familiar

    February 19th, 2012 at 22:42

  7. Plodnomore says:

    Blueknight, correct place but wrong decade (out by 10-ish years).

    February 20th, 2012 at 06:51

  8. 200 says:


    you really do have nothing to add to this blog, it’s probably about time you took the chip on your shoulder and fucked off somewhere else.

    February 20th, 2012 at 21:14

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