Give Bullying The Boot

Let’s be honest bullying of any sort has no place in modern society, I don’t think very many would disagree with that’s.

The irony is that many who vow to stamp out bullying are, in fact, some of the biggest bullies themselves.

I was having an e-chat yesterday with somebody yesterday and we agreed that (as highlighted in Alex Stewart’s article in the press) that many Police Senior Officers were guilty of bullying.   “If you don’t like it you can leave”‘ “Just Fucking Do It” and many more similar examples.  Those attitudes belong in a totally different era, and have absolutely no place in modern day Policing, or indeed, in modern day life.

Our Thin Blue Line is thin enough already. We certainly do not need any officer, Front Line or not, to be BULLIED out of the Service. Alex is the latest, not the only, example.  I don’t need to name them but we have seen several examples in the last year or two of CORPORATE BULLYING and are the culprits brought to account for it?…………Silence.

What chance do we stand though when our leaders set us such a terrible example?  It’s almost as though it’s a course of conduct which is condoned at the very top.  Intelligent, educated people resorting to bullying to control the underlings and get their own way.   Governments who change the law because their policies are unlawful.  BULLYING in my humble opinion.

Then there are the unforgettable statements such as

Reform or I will reform you – “The Federation was created by an Act of Parliament and it can be reformed by an Act of Parliament. If you do not change of your own accord, we will impose change on you.”

“So that is my offer to you: more reform to make your lives better, to save police time, and to give you more discretion so that you can get on with the jobs you are trained to do.

You can choose to work with me. Or you can choose to shout from the sidelines. ……..;;”

That is not a choice, that is the Home Secretary BULLYING the Federation to get in line with the agenda.  Like a playground bully “if you don’t do as I say you’ll be sorry”

I know we won’t normally have another election for a few years now, but it is incumbent upon us to let our politicians know that BULLYING has no part to play in our society, no part to play in a democracy. Politicians are supposed to be better than that.

 

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4 comments on “Give Bullying The Boot

  1. I have just resigned due to being bullied for over 15 months after eighteen good years of service and yearly appraisals.
    I have made an official complaint which is still ongoing.
    He abused his position and authority.
    I am now realising that this is more common in the police force, then ever.
    We need to hear more examples and how much stress this causes for officers and their family.

    • I’m truly sorry to hear that Aubrey. Yes it is making an unwelcome return but in a truly more insidious form than ever before. The sooner it’s stamped out permanently the beter everybody will be

  2. Bullying I fear nowadays is camouflaged within the police service as a ‘robust’ management style. I look forward to the day when an officer(s) wearing body-warn video (BWV) records such behaviour and then challenges his PSD plus to take action.

    No doubt the service will say BWV should be turned off in the station. I raised this issue last year with police officers and asked a PSD officer would he conduct a meeting with BWV turned on – no.

    “One rule” for them and another for the rest. Sad.

  3. I can empathise with Aubry having experienced the culture within the same force at the highest levels.

    The bullying culture starts at the top and continues due to a lack of accountability.

    With regards to the article from Alex, this is common place, caring and compassion seems to have been eroded gradually.
    When I transferred to another force, I handed over my uniform etc in a bin liner over a front counter and did not have any form of exit interview.

    Whilst off sick as a result of serious bullying at high levels for whistleblowing, my long service and good conduct medal arrived in a brown envelope.
    Times have changed and I have noticed that the way the public are treated including victims of crime mirrors the way we treat our colleagues.

    It will take time for the police service as it usually does to go full circle and reinvent the wheel and realise we are there for the public.

    Interestingly crimes are now described as ‘areas of business’ in police management terminology.

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