Policing By Degrees

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  1. John Walsh says:

    In the Met pre 1968 it was necessary to hold a pass in the Civil Service Police Subjects exam before one could be considered for promotion. A second class pass enabled one to be promoted to Sergeant and Station Sergeant, a first class to Inspector and above provided of course that they passed the relevant promotion exam or selection board.
    I was one of the thickos who had no O or A levels but managed to get a first class pass. The exam was I think a test of common sense.
    Many officers were unable to pass rhese exams and so having passed the police promotion exam were inable to advance.
    In 1968 ‘The abolition of the prevention of idiots act’ was enacted the Civil Service exam was done away with and the flood gates opened to all those who could learn by rote but had little understanding of policing.
    That is where the senior ranks came from in the 70s and 80s.
    As far as I know there isn’t a university in the land that provides a degree course in Common Sense.
    That is where the fault lies.
    Rant over.

  2. Rufus says:

    I have a degree. I have one of those that you had to take a loan out for (I’m still paying ot off and I’m 35 after leaving university over 14 years ago). It has absolutely no value to what I do now. It won’t get me promoted any quicker! And the really frustrating fact is, that after nearly six years service I come out with £200 less than a PART TIME PCSO every pay day! That’s how far a degree gets you. If I was leaving university now with perhaps at minimum £27,000 debt the last career would be thinking of would be the police with the new £19,000 starting salary. Are Winsor and May deluded??? The police will never attract the brightest and aspirational graduates on that paltry salary. I bet even local authority parking wardens get more than that!!!

    • Alan says:

      I think it was last year that the House of Commons were advertising for a Barista at far more than the £19k starting salary for a Constable. That puts the government’s priorities into perspective Rufus.

      • Rufus says:

        It certainly does. I really cannot see a fresh out the door Oxford or Cambridge graduate with a first class honours degree thinking to themselves ‘You know what? Forget going to Harvard to do my Masters/PhD. Forget going into the financial sector and earning mega bucks. I am gonna join up Bullshire Constabularly where I can earn £19,000 and after two years of being grinded down and risking my life and health I might (MIGHT) have opportunity to be promoted to sgt!!!’ Even the HPDS or direct level entry scheme is going to attract them and even if it does they won’t stay. Not the most intelligent anyway because the pay of an Inspector and all the responsibility is not worth it when they could be high flyers anywhere in the world. Bloody hell, will the £19,000 even make minimum wage when a huge chunk of pension is removed??? There will be bobbies literally coming out with £900 – £1000 a month soon. Better off working as a barista! At least these graduates won’t be doing 10-14hr shifts with not even a drinks break.

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