This man will not be popular with police officers seeing numbers and resources cut. The ‘plan’ is clearly to go further. He has noted that all police pay contains an element of anti-social hours pay while most don’t work them. I’ve long thought this pay should only go to those working the hours and in greater amounts. This won’t happen – they’ll just chew out money from those not working the hours.
He’s against of officer class – yet we have ACPO? He thinks vital lessons are learned as constable and sergeant, so there should be no direct officer entry. Why not make the same true of the Army then? Police have a meritocracy? Not one I’ve noticed. I’d say we need to recruit and keep good coppers close to the ground, not Peter-Principle them to bureaucratic office-incompetence.
Many jobs that people should hold a warrant card to do (in the sense of the discipline code) have little to do with Response jobs and there could clearly be direct entry to them. It’s hard to see the ‘bouncers with warrant cards’ on booze-strip patrol needing to be other than part-time and with limited training either.
The complaints that evidence is ‘illiterate’ is bunkum – do we want our cops honest or like lawyers? Does anyone know the relationship between honesty and skill with words? Yet one could believe a decline in standards over 60 years because there has been a decline in the standards of our qualifications. Modern graduates are hardly literate.
The full report is due in January next year. The chance for meaningful reform will be lost – policing needs reshaping to modern democratic conditions and the basic uniform job needs to be one sought after, not one to escape from. Much of the rest of police work, given so many end up not on the streets should be directly recruitable – it’s essentially bureaucratic, may require special technical skills not available in the uniform section, and right of passage into it from ‘plodding’ (the hardest jobs cops do) may simply leach the skills needed from this pool. I’d contend this leaching has gone on to the detriment of coppering for 60 years,
I’d like to see coppering a twenty-year period with regulars supported by part-timers, and seen as the core activity. Drawing all police jobs from this basic pool that is required to be fit and able bodied is to discriminate against the disabled – and worse against the wider pool of skills in the broad population.
This report, from the pinch-faced weasel, will just be about further cuts, with a little icing. I’d guess we are paying many of our cops too much, and that this isn’t going to the ones doing the real work. In the current economy, about to get much worse, we could probably cut salaries by 40% and still maintain the force – I say this because economics is shafted and we are back in 1920 when worse happened. The chickens are coming home to roost.
Do we rally need to give career opportunities to the uniform preening ass-holes eating chocolate-dipped strawberries and sipping champagne at ACPO conferences – or get a service running with some solid, honest lads and lasses competent in what is actually (like most others) a limited job that demands character rather than skill in weasel words and arse-licking? He ain’t asked these questions, isn’t Mr Weasel.
Cops I’ve taught as mature students hardly match the ‘think’ image associated with this reporting and when did we start thinking being good with paperwork such an important thing anyway? It would be the last thing I looked for in a good copper.