Before the government announced these two reports and their cuts, I had a massive ambition to join the police. I knew it wouldn't be all what it is seen as on "The Bill" and that there would be a lot of rubbish to put up with at times, but it was still a career that made me think "Yeah, I would love to do that!".
Now, most of the attractions of the job are being flushed down the toilet. The perhaps biggest perk of "Job security" will no longer exist if Part 2 goes ahead (funny how there's still no right to strike
) and officers would no longer be lead by experienced Inspectors, but by those who could be potentially as young as 23 with minute or no experience. I'll be honest, these are the two that I would hate to be accepted, but as Sam says, probably 99% will go ahead. Honestly, if the Fed can't argue a good case and actually win it, what is the point of you guys having it?
I feel angry that there has been very little information about Winsor's sources and that he has been very careful in how he writes so that he can, in my opinion, confuse the living day lights out of people. Is he saying ALL applicants (specials, PCSO's and external) will need 3 A levels or equivalent or that that is another pathway in besides Specials or PCSO? Also what happened when he was accused of faking officer's names in Part 1? Seemed to get off that lightly. I really feel sorry for anyone is an officer at the minute, this isn't cost saving, this is pure attack! First it seemed Winsor was just targeting serving officers but we now all see it's aspiring one's too. Are the government seriously trying to destroy our police service?
Despite all my thoughts, I still seem to be attracted to the job. Maybe it's a thing of I don't want the government to ruin my ambitions - hopefully they'll be out in a couple of years and we'll have a party that actually cares about this country. In a way I'm glad there's a special pathway in, it gives me a chance to see the role up front and decided if it's a career for me or not. All I'd say is, May, if you think by hiring this man you are doing your party any favours, think again! Rant over...
Edited by Millman, 16 March 2012 - 09:26 PM.