Itâ€™s convenient for them that constables have no right to strike, no protection by employment law, no personal life that the job canâ€™t invade, no control over their working hours or workload, and are forbidden from speaking out without the certainty of being sacked.
My career includes both a county force and the Met, and I simply cannot any longer give support to such organisations. I have to communicate my experiences. My criticisms arenâ€™t against the constables, who are almost entirely decent hard-working folk who make the job work â€“ despite the management creating hare-brained practices and an astonishing structure of hoops to leap through. The constables accept almost unbelievable intrusion into their personal lives, but they keep making it work because they still think itâ€™s a good job and an important one. Despite the recent erosion that has turned a career for life into a job, the rank-and-file still care about their professionalism.
We need a management who get out of the way and allow the PCs to do the job they love. Managers must also start communicating with the public. If we're not allowed to speak, and the only information comes in the form of management sound-bites and propaganda how can people know what we do and what goes wrong?
In the hope of bringing about a fruitful dialogue, I intend to share here some of my thoughts in the lead up to the completion of my manuscript. I hope you will find some of them interesting.