I have intentionally avoided putting this on the thread started by hora yesterday because I don't want to detract from the murder of two colleagues yesterday. However in response to my comments on there last night I was contacted by an STW'er who shall remain nameless who has expressed an interest in joining the Police and wanted my views on it as a career.
I've responded to him by email but thought I might copy the content down here . Just to get it off my chest.
(awaits I struggle with long sentences comments)
"Forgive me if this reply isn't overly positive but as you know GMP was hit pretty hard with the loss of two colleagues yesterday.
On the plus side my job gives me an enormous amount of pride, however this government are systematically ruining the Police Service by cutting budgets, reducing police numbers and changing our pay and conditions for the worse. I signed up to 30 years in 1996 with a "guaranteed" pension package at that time. Not to much to ask really as I also agreed to pay 11% of my pay into my pension for the next 30 years.
Frontline policing - which every officer at every rank has done for an absolute minimum of two years is a tiring, stressful, dirty, and downright dangerous job. Not only do you risk your lives every day but you also put yourself at risk of discipline, complaints, prosecution, sacking and imprisonment. In the last 17 years, 5 colleagues of mine have been sacked because their reactions to a violent or intimidating situation were deemed "over the top". One of them went to prison and another is awaiting sentence next month.
Frontline policing is also potentially the most rewarding job in the world. I have been involved in rescuing people from burning buildings, giving immediate first aid to people stabbed through the chest and throat and have reunited lost children to grateful parents.
I've also sat beside a 6 year old boy who had been hit by a car while he died. He couldn't speak English but I know he just wanted his mum. Ive held peoples stomach contents in whilst my colleagues have driven them to hospital because we couldnt wait for an ambulance. I have been a detective for 10 years and have interviewed people like Cregan countless times. You can't let it get to you - but it does from time to time.
Now the government has decided that the Police need to work for a little bit harder, with a few less colleagues, for a little less money, for a whole lot longer (in many cases) and to come out at the end with a lot less pension than they agreed to when they signed up all those years ago.
Does it still sound like the job for you?"