RetiredAndAngry

Degree Level Recruiting

I’m sorry, I’m off again, but in my own defence it is a topic I feel very strongly about. Today I was sparked off by a Tweet from West Yorks Federation, followed by a...

The Answer To Everything Is NOT 42

Like many others of a certain age I grew up believing that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42. It took Supercomputer Deep Thought 7½ million years...

Citizens of West Mercia…….

This possibly won’t be my best-read post, but I feel I owe it to the citizens of West Mercia. The benevolent Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, has decided that we can have some...

Why Won’t Londoners Join The Met Police?

Recruitment into any Police Force has been a nightmare since 2010.  Cuts in the name of #Austerity have both slowed (or reversed) recruitment, and introduced an element of uncertainty as to the suitability of...

Direct Entry Detectives

Time to put some meat on the bones and look at DE Detectives in a bit more detail. I have restricted my interest to the Metropolitan Police who ‘invented’ the scheme. I should point...

How Many Police Officers Have Taken Their Own Lives?

We don’t know. My initial reaction to that was that I found it staggering, but then I began to think a little deeper. Journalist Carl Eve of the Plymouth Herald has written what I...

PTSD – Have We Really Improved?

Before I get going I’d just like to make it clear that this is not a competition. My scars are not bigger or worse than your scars. We are who we are and we...

Policing – Experience vs Degrees & Direct Entry

I have never heard the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Cressida Dick, denounce the College of Policing’s soon-to-be-enacted policy of No Entry to the Police Service without a degree unless it’s via the...

How Grass Roots Front Line Policing Gave Us Police Now

I almost apologise for banging on about Police Now. I’ll stop soon, honest. One of the things that stretched my curiosity was “how did Police Now come to exist in the first place?” I...