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After 8 years in the police force I decided to apply for another job with the local council and I have been offered the position.It will mean the same pay, 11 mins from home and not the 1 hour commute each way, permanent position and 60/40 office based. 

The reason I applied was to re address my work and home life balance having an 8 week and 3 year old sons. 

I now have the dilemma of leaving the police service and is the grass always greener on the other side? 

I'm struggling with postives at this time to remain in the career that I wanted so badly!! The plan when I started was to go on cid but after seeing them in action or lack of it just waiting for all enquires to be done and just being a glorified interviewer it doesn't appeal to me. Perhaps this is just my force. I have thought of other areas to work in the force and nothing seems that appealing and some are almost impossible to get into. 

What's peoples advice am I mad to be considering leaving?? 

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My last post was the police officer working multi agency in council offices with a council manager.I saw a sergeant once a flood.Most of the staff were extremely happy with very manageable workloads with as much time as needed to type things up.The pace of life was much slower and it was an atmosphere of support rather than blame.People could go part time and come back full time.I never saw holiday refused and if there was a 'crisis' at home then they could go no problem.If they had a difficult case then they would have supervision to sort it out or even a case conference.

The downside for me is that everything took forever and specialist workers were like the scarlet pimpernel and everything was soo slooooow it drove me nuts.

You have probably made a good choice.You will get all bank holidays off.Our office was like the Marie celesete during school holidays.

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On ‎18‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 07:44, HURDLER1 said:

After 8 years in the police force I decided to apply for another job with the local council and I have been offered the position.It will mean the same pay, 11 mins from home and not the 1 hour commute each way, permanent position and 60/40 office based. 

The reason I applied was to re address my work and home life balance having an 8 week and 3 year old sons. 

I now have the dilemma of leaving the police service and is the grass always greener on the other side? 

I'm struggling with postives at this time to remain in the career that I wanted so badly!! The plan when I started was to go on cid but after seeing them in action or lack of it just waiting for all enquires to be done and just being a glorified interviewer it doesn't appeal to me. Perhaps this is just my force. I have thought of other areas to work in the force and nothing seems that appealing and some are almost impossible to get into. 

What's peoples advice am I mad to be considering leaving?? 

My advice would be continue with your goal and become a DC. If you are right you will have a nationally recognised accreditation which you can utilise outside the job.

If you find the CID is as you imagined you may find yourself in a cushy job where other people do all the work and you sit in the office polishing your winkleboots- you may like being paid for doing nothing.

Or.... you may find that your eyes are opened about what goes on on the CID and your previous impression was about 1000 miles from the truth and you may find that it satisfies your ambitions...

There is only one way to find out... Go on the CID and come back tell us how easy it is compared to your old role....I dare you ;)

HMS

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Hurdler, The choice is yours but if you want a family life where you can see your children grow u and not be harassed by the little toe rags then go for it. Mind you having said that my children were alright as we lived in a housing area where the Police were respected.  It is all about personal choices and they have to be right for you. Whatever you decide good luck to you

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Why don't you take a 5yr career break and if you like it then leave at the end. We have had numerous people leave on this and a female is working in the same department she worked as a PC with the local council, she loves it. M - F, weekends off, 3 kids……..loves it.

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