Where Has The Police Force Gone?

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  1. Gordon Williamson says:

    Alan couldn’t agree more!
    Went through a very similar start to my Service but on a central division.
    Had some very good Inspectors on relief and some outstanding DI’s and DCI’s whilst on crime squad.
    Not to mention some true leadership from old school Commanders etc.
    My days on the SPG were very memorable because of the leadership and loyalty of my colleagues and Senior Officers.
    They trusted your professionalism and backed you up.
    Sadly I watched all that change and it is so very sad to see a truly great Police Force being reduced to a shadow of it’s former self.
    I mean no disrespect to the present day rank and file Officers who I believe still possess the core values that we all had but lack the structure, support and loyalty of the so called management.
    Sadly so very few show any leadership or loyalty to their Officers and certainly do not deserve to lead and are a liability!
    With a few exceptions!
    Thanks Alan for speaking out on behalf of so many of us.

    • retiredandangry says:

      Agree totally Gordon. I have no problem with the Ground Floor, or possibly even the 1st floor, but the current generation of senior management is so far removed from an old school Leader. They don’t trust, have to delegate because most can’t do and they inspire nobody. If I recall the very first time I began to see the cracks was during the riots when we hacked, kitted up, all the way from Q to Brixton only to be told when we got there to remove our shields and not use any of the tactics we had been taught at PO/DSU training, but just stand there and take it. Wrong on so many levels

  2. Gary says:

    I too remember Sgt Butcher and enjoyed my 5 years in the Met before transfer to a rural constabulary. The biggest shock I had was the loss of a cameraderie in the Met that made a shift a great place to work. I joined a world of back stabbing and totally undeserved old fashioned deference to senior ranks.

    • retiredandangry says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. Now that I can talk to officers from the Counties I too realise what a different world the Met was, in many different ways

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