Police Uplift Programme – I Just Can’t Take It Seriously
Last Updated on April 30, 2022 by RetiredAndAngry
Just a short one for this Bank Holiday weekend, on one of my favourite topics (to write about) the Police Uplift Programme.
This week saw the release of their latest quarterly updates, up to 31st March 2022.
This shows that they have succeeded in recruiting 13,576 of the 20,000 they have pledged to recruit before this time next year.
My initial reaction is that they are going to have to keep it up to recruit a further 6,500 in 12 months. Not impossible by any means, but they can’t afford to let up.
Then I started to look at the underlying, supporting data, and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
In order to get those 13,576 extra officers it seems that they had to recruit a total of 31,006 officers. Wow.
And then I discovered a dataset that I’d never noticed before. The ages of those ‘extra’ Police Officers.
Since April 2020 the Home Office have been collecting and publishing the ages of their ‘extra’ officers.
Of the 31,006 recruited under this system we now know the age groups of 24,577 of them.
Out of 24,577 we find that 1,253 were in the 41-55 age group and 46 were in the Over 55 age group.
In the absence of any information to the contrary I’m happy to accept that many, if not all, of the 41-55 year olds were ex military, and it’s fair to say that they would bring with them life experiences and other transferrable skills, 46 over the age of 55? Really? Even if they were ex military they’re not going to have a long and esteemded career are they? On the brightS side they won’t be bothering te Pension Scheme for very long will they, hardly time to build up any kind of reasonable pension at all. 55-60 years of age, on a Response Team, chasing criminals, struggling with violent criminals. I can only speak for myself but I would neither want to be doing things like that at that age, neither would I want my local officers to be doing it for me. How will they deal with the Fitness Tests, knife-wielding, drugged-up, booze-fuelled thugs on the streets?
As an amusing aside, of those 1,253 41-55 year olds,we find that over a quarter of them (369) went to one Force, the Met. Not sure how I feel about that, they are the biggest single Force, and no Force took none. The Met also inherited 38 of the 46 Over 55s. Many Forces took none of those.
It just seems to me that, in order to hit their numerical target of 20,000 nett, they will accept almost anybody, but I could be wrong. I look forward to the day when they publish the data around Entry Routes, how many had degrees, how many signed up for Apprenticeship, and how many came in the old-fashioned way?