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Hi guys, I've just finished my degree and I'm thinking about joining my local police force as an officer. I'm currently in the process of becoming a special which should give me a good taste for it, however I have a few questions in the meantime... 1) Does having a good degree behind you carry much weight in terms of your career progression? 2) Roughly how many years would you need to spend in uniform before having a realistic chance of being able to specialise? 3) Once you have specialised, is it possible to move from one branch to another? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
I work in GMP and PMIt is killing us! E|veryone is so fed up because of a new thing called PMIT, don't know what it stands for but it represents the death of the CID, poor quality service to the public and creating feelings of mass suicide amongst all ranks and departments. 'Sir' Peter's baby PMIT is poorly thought out and poorly executed. Basically they've merged the Neighbourhood officers with PCSO's and detectives, after splitting them between two or three stations and shoving them all into one big room, where detectives have to discuss rapes, robberies, gang crimes and sensitive intelligence next to PCSO's discussing brew stops. PC's have basically been told they're not good enough and need to be brought up to standard and that the detectives will do that, tutoring them for no extra pay alongside them having to investigate serious crimes, submit huge lengthy prosecution files and Coroners files all because some idiot decided to get rid of training schools and long service tutors. Those same detectives who have no desk to sit at, no computer and no phone in most cases, and have to hot desk with people who need to update crimes or check their ebay bid. Why don't they get that each police officer or PCSO has a different role to play and have different needs to carry out their job effectively. Why don't they get that investing in initial and ongoing training is a really good idea, how about a training school taught by people with service and experience. How about tutors with experience. How about Sergeants and Inspectors with experience, rather than those with 3 years who've never put a file in because they now have units to interview prisoners mechanically and robotically. How about letting those recruits go for attachments in units such as traffic, CID, Soco to see if anything interests them further then they will strive to shine in those areas and try to join after a few years on the streets. Sound familiar? How about teaching those new recruits how to interview suspects and submit files by giving them tutors who've done it themselves. Not rocket science. In industry this policy PMIt would be the equivalent of putting office admin staff and call takers into a warehouse with the packers where no one can achieve anything productive because even though they all work for the same company, they have different needs to carry out their role, such as chairs, desks, phones and computers to take orders and deal with customers, or shelves to stack things on and machinery to move things round. Anyone who came up with the idea of integrating them would be sacked! It's all a load of crap and even the Manchester Evening News have carried it in their paper today 15.03.2013 because it's such a joke.