To Crust Or Not To Crust……..
Last Updated on July 15, 2022 11:44 am by RetiredAndAngry
Those of you who know me will know by now that I can be a bit ‘crusty’ at times. I don’t often suffer fools gladly and whilst reluctantly acceptant of change, I’m definitely NOT a fan of ‘Change for Change’s Sake’, which we seem to witness far too often in the world of Policing.
Like literally thousands of others on here, I did my 30 years with pride and came out the other end with a sistifikit that says Exemplary (I had to look that one up), so I kind of think that gives me the right to hold opinions on how things are going.
You may not wish to hear those opinions, and that’s fine by me, just scroll on by, I’ll never know.
Almost everybody on Social Media expresses an opinion on something. That’s absolutely fine too, because I can scroll on by, or I can respond depending upon how my mood takes me. We can either engage in civilised debate or ignore/block/mute each other.
Unusually for me I’ve thought long and hard about this post, but decided to write it anyway, if only for my own benefit.
What has really wound this old dinosaur up this week is a number of the current generation complaining about us retired officers and suggesting that we should (and I’ll paraprase here) STFU and leave them to get on with it.
I can only speak for myself here, and I’m sure others will chip in if they want to.
I don’t believe that I have EVER said anything detrimental about the current generation of Police Offiers, especially individual officers. I have the same respect for them as my generation, and the ones that went before me. We all do/did the Job as it is/was in our time.
I don’t agree with suggestions that the current generation do the Job ‘better’ than we did. It’s different times and can’t be compared. The Job is certainly done ‘differently’ now, because it has to be.
From what I can see from the outside and from current officers who actually talk to me, it’s exceedingly demanding, busy and often complex, with unknown numbers of competing priorities.
I acknowledge that, and am totally happy to accept it, and the demands that places on a reduced workforce.
HOWEVER, I most definitely do not agree with some of the ‘reforms’ of Policing that are being forced upon us and the one that has gripped me so much this week is Graduate/Apprenticeship Entry. I’m not going to repeat myself too much here, my thoughts on that are well documented within this blog. BUT (never start a sentence with BUT) these are criticisms of the ‘system’ not the recruits, apprentices, probationers, whatever you want to call them.
If you want to join Policing you are quite obviously obliged to follow one of the routes available in the area within which you would want to work. As pointed out in my previous post, not every Force offers all of the options.
I don’t have any kind of problem with a recruit (or established officer) wanting to obtain a degree, as long as it’s relevant to Policing. My point has always been that it should not be a rerequisite to join, or follow the Apprenticeship route with the qualifications that requires to join.
Those conditions would mean that some of the most brilliant Murder Squad Detectives I have ever known would no longer be eligible to even join, and that cannot be good for them, the Job or the Public. They were the very best in their field some of them with hardly a handful of O Levels between them.
Anybody reading this who is currently on a Graduate Entry or Apprenticeship Course I genuinely wish you the best of luck. I don’t blame you one bit for taking the path you have taken, I can assure you that it is the system that I am critical of, not yourselves.
Policing has always had good, bad and indifferent officers, and that will continue despite what bits of paper you have in your portfolio. Policing needs a certain type of person which is rarely reflected on a piece of paper.
I would highly recommend a Degree (but not necessarily Pre Join) for officers who want to follow the promotion route, but you don’t need a degree in anything just to understand the law, that’s something you either can or can’t do.
I’ll leave you with one final thought, not all of the voices joining in on Social Media are who they purport to be. There have been a few ‘Walts’ detected over the years. All I’ll say is read back through their timeline, and you’ll get a feeling for whether it’s Walt or No Walt.
Anyway. that’s enough from me, I’ll quit before I anger the whole of Social Media. Enjoy the weekend, sounds like it will be a hot one. I’m off to enjoy an ice cold glass of Blue Nun. See you back here soon if I don’t get blocked.