Archive for February 3rd, 2009

February 3rd, 2009

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Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I had one of those, you couldn’t make it up moments this morning.

Regular readers will know I retire very soon & the 200 weeks of the title will be up. Further, you’ll recall that I am going to return to Her Majesty’s Constabulary to work in the control room as a civilian communications operator.

Although I’ve been employed by the force for 30 years in the office of constable, I still had to undergo security checks in order to get the gig.

Well today, I had to take a copy of my birth certificate & photo driving licence across to HR to prove I am who I’ve said I was for the last 30 years.

I assume that somewhere on the application form for a post in the force is a tick box which says ‘proof of ID’. If there’s a tick box, there must be someone with a responsibility to fill it in. And probably someone else whose job it is to check whether they have ticked the tick-box & more importantly, what evidence has been used in order for them to be able to fulfill the criteria to be able to fill in the tick-box.

So when I rang them & said words to the effect that I’ve been asked to provide proof of my identity, can we take it that as I’ve been employed by you for 30 years and you have been paying my salary into the same bank account for 30 years, ringing me at home whenever you wanted me to come in early, can we take it as read that you actually know who I am or are we to assume that you’ve been employing me for 30 years without actually knowing my identity.

The answer I received led to me standing outside the HR office while a girl on work experience photocopied my birth certificate & driving licence.

In the words of another police blogger, ‘you couldn’t make it up’.