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State of the Metropolitan police

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
I had been a proper copper before I joined the army and then joined as a Special after the army and university. My mate, who had stayed the course as a copper, told me I would not like it when I tod him I was going in as a Special. Back-stabbing, seniors only interested in keeping smooth waters to further their careers, a move towards being more social workers in uniform and diversity training every fortnight for a newly identified minority group. But, I joined.

They never gave us any kit during training to be Specials as it may have been money wasted if someone left before being sent to the nick of their choice. We all passed and were issued with enough uniform to be able to be sworn in and stand next to the local MP for photographs. We were told to get issued a locker at our respective nicks, get a chitty and only then we would be issued with our section 5 PAVA spray, batons, etc.

I wandered off to my nick where I had already been attending parade nights whilst training and asked for a locker. Without going into the boring details, between an Inspector and a civvy clerk it took 3, yes THREE, months to allocate a locker to me. Yet every time I went down to the locker room there were rows of them with their doors open and empty.

I had access to all the kit, but no locker to keep it in.
Keep it the boot of your car like I did, although there was one occasion as I was driving home that I had to turn round as I remembered they might want the firearm back :)
 
I'm struggling with this, even the Police Service Investigators on my watch were provided with all they needed by my efforts, and none of that 'back door' stuff either. What's gone wrong?
 
Keep it the boot of your car like I did, although there was one occasion as I was driving home that I had to turn round as I remembered they might want the firearm back :)

Policy was that PAVA had to be kept in your own locker at the nick, all other kit could be taken home if that floated your boat.

I attended the parade nights for the three months, even the regular blokes were asking when I would be out and about as they saw me as a useful Special. Noises were made, I even went to do a face to face with the clerk and the admin Inspector.......and still nothing happened.
 
I had been a proper copper before I joined the army and then joined as a Special after the army and university. My mate, who had stayed the course as a copper, told me I would not like it when I tod him I was going in as a Special. Back-stabbing, seniors only interested in keeping smooth waters to further their careers, a move towards being more social workers in uniform and diversity training every fortnight for a newly identified minority group. But, I joined.

They never gave us any kit during training to be Specials as it may have been money wasted if someone left before being sent to the nick of their choice. We all passed and were issued with enough uniform to be able to be sworn in and stand next to the local MP for photographs. We were told to get issued a locker at our respective nicks, get a chitty and only then we would be issued with our section 5 PAVA spray, batons, etc.

I wandered off to my nick where I had already been attending parade nights whilst training and asked for a locker. Without going into the boring details, between an Inspector and a civvy clerk it took 3, yes THREE, months to allocate a locker to me. Yet every time I went down to the locker room there were rows of them with their doors open and empty.

I had access to all the kit, but no locker to keep it in.

How could that have happened? Did you find out what caused the delay?
 
How could that have happened? Did you find out what caused the delay?

Lethargy on the part of the Inspector. I'm being serious.

Another bloke arrived two months after me and he hung around for a month and we were both given our lockers at the same time. I can't remember her title, but it was the woman who was the non-uniform person running the Specials for the whole Force. When I joined she wanted me to work out of a different nick and to be the Area Officer (there was a vacancy) as soon as I joined due to having been a copper in a previous life. Anyway, I bumped into her in the local Blacks outdoor shop during the third month of my wait and she asked how I was doing, so I told her, and then magically a locker appeared.
 

In_Twists

Old-Salt
I had been a proper copper before I joined the army and then joined as a Special after the army and university. My mate, who had stayed the course as a copper, told me I would not like it when I tod him I was going in as a Special. Back-stabbing, seniors only interested in keeping smooth waters to further their careers, a move towards being more social workers in uniform and diversity training every fortnight for a newly identified minority group. But, I joined.

They never gave us any kit during training to be Specials as it may have been money wasted if someone left before being sent to the nick of their choice. We all passed and were issued with enough uniform to be able to be sworn in and stand next to the local MP for photographs. We were told to get issued a locker at our respective nicks, get a chitty and only then we would be issued with our section 5 PAVA spray, batons, etc.

I wandered off to my nick where I had already been attending parade nights whilst training and asked for a locker. Without going into the boring details, between an Inspector and a civvy clerk it took 3, yes THREE, months to allocate a locker to me. Yet every time I went down to the locker room there were rows of them with their doors open and empty.

I had access to all the kit, but no locker to keep it in.

Let me guess - the Inspector and the clerk rarely worked the same shift pattern , or had comms with each other, and when you came in, neither were there, either.
Pfft!
 
Let me guess - the Inspector and the clerk rarely worked the same shift pattern , or had comms with each other, and when you came in, neither were there, either.
Pfft!

being admin staff they both flextime worked the hours between 6am and 6pm, monday to friday.
 
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