Franksinatra. I have added my email to my profile. Any chance you could drop me an email about some decent routes in the borders. Cheers
Thoughts on joining the Police
Everyone else, thanks for the feedback. I think the most important thing is getting Mrs S on board, I'll go for the softly softly approach!
Your age is irrelevant. I didn't join until I was 32. Having a bit of life experience behind you is a good thing
I joined two and a half years ago aged 28, a lad I joined with was 42 at the time. If I was a single bloke it'd be the best job in the world. As it stands we have a two year old and another due shortly and it certainly puts strain on home life. I work for IOM constabulary and we have to do 2 years 24/7 shifts before thinking about doing anything else. I'll be looking to move sideways in to CID as soon as I can get my foot in the door not purely for professional reasons but because it will suit my home life so much better, my missus often feels like a single mum at weekends at the minute.
The recent reforms are taking a lot of the old perks away and the old guard will tell you it's not a patch on what it used to be. But what is? As it stands I can't be made redundant, the pay is average (i take home about 22k after the raft of deductions) and sometimes the job is a hoot. Sometimes it's shit but again, what job isn't? It's about the most diverse job out there, if your face fits the possibilities are endless.
Do it. What's to lose?
I started the first of the two threads that Mildred has linked on the previous page and my opinion hasn't really changed much.
Just coming up to 18 years in now and have been fortunate enough to work in a wide variety of specialist roles including major incident investigation. I absolutely live my work and am lucky enough to lead a small team of equally committed staff in an area of work that interests me greatly. There are certainly some lazy unfit individuals but I would say these are now a small minority that give the rest of us a bad name and with ever increasing fitness requirements these will no doubt decrease over time.
Don't underestimate the strain that it can put on a marriage, especially in the early years while you and your family learn to adjust to the commitment you have undertaken. It brought my marriage to an abrupt end within two years of joining (not saying it was all blissful beforehand!)
I joined at 28 having previously owned my own small business and I thought that had been a life consuming commitment but it was nothing compared to joining the police. You certainly find out who your friends are.
Over the last 18 years the number of "pre-police" friends that I had has dwindled into single figures. Almost all of the people I now socialise with are people I have met through work. I'm not really sure how that has come about but there it is.
Yet in the same vein I don't socialise with many work people, I used to when I was younger and the job was a bit all consuming! Now I love going home and forgetting about work, so got friends from all walks of life and rarely socialise with work people.
Pigface there is no more affairs/cheating going on than in a lot of other jobs. It is just more open I thinka s people talk about it because we often spent more hours with a crew mate than with a wife/husband/partner.
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