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Promotion makes your brain leak....
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April 2010 at 21:17
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Seeing some of the people passing the recent Sergeants it fills me with a lot of hope and some dread. A couple of individuals should not have been signed up to do the exam in the first place let alone progress any further now they have managed to pass it!
A few lads I know will make good, if not, great Sergeants and I can only wish them well.
What fascinates me now is seeing how the 'Part one'ers' start adapting their behaviour to how they feel a Sergeant should be behaving. I love seeing how suddenly they start taking an interest in how a job in reviewed or how job allocations are made as opposed to just moaning about it as a typical PC does (Well me at least!)
In some of the more poorly selected individuals the 'treading on people' starts... any opportunity, however petty, is taken to either make themselves look better or other look worse. Minor errors made by once colleagues become serious and huge incompetency issues and advice is dished out however unwanted and ill thought out. If a PC ever did this to me they would get a Foxtrot Oscar....
I have even heard of one person, who had literally got their results of passing through, speak to a probationer boasting about how they had worked out a training regime to get their skills up to their level. I'm sure if we lived in that special time in the 70's a PC would have got a shoeing for being such a cock!
Such is the times we live in, I don't think the police service itself is evil or mean (The kajority of the people are well meaning if mostly clueless), but the subculture of promotion and getting what you want by whatever means necessary is truly obnoxious.
Incidentally, if you get a chance please read 'A Fair Cop' by Michael Bunting. It's about a PC who, through no fault of his own, is literally shat on by the system and is sent to jail for Common Assault - his literal fight for survival is one of the most engrossing yet depressing tales I've read in a long time and, although it's a bitter review of the police, it does ring true... Oh and one of the reason he went to jail was because of a 'newly promoted' Sergeant giving evidence against him (no doubt the PS got a good entry for their WBA out of it).
Shows who you can rely on doesn't it?
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