When I was a young man, the police were a benchmark.
If you joined the police, you knew the starting wage was roughly a third higher than any other job with limited qualifications.
As you progressed in time and experience your wage would increase accordingly; you joined a better-than-average pension scheme and looked forward to retiring at 45 or 55, by your own choice.
Your financial standing would improve by taking sergeants’ and then inspectors exams. When vacancies occurred, you would be eligible for promotion.
The policeman/woman was respected by the public and the management on the whole, the public knew that it was a good job, the management knew they had well- trained officers.
Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, all kept police wages up and increased police numbers at any sign of national stress.
I find it sad and foolish to get rid of experienced officers: cut overtime, pensions, bonuses, for commanding officers and other top officers, (this is in lieu of unpaid overtime, mountains of paperwork and being nice to people they might not like, but dare not say).
To get these officers to do all the training, take all the exams and to be able to stand up with pride and say, when asked: “I am a police officer!”
Then the country will be seen to respect them and the public will respect them too.
I am not a policeman, I am not related to a policeman/woman, I don’t have any friends who are police but I talk to policemen and women.
They tell me morale is at an all time low while dishonesty and low morals and crime by the public increase week by week. They are expected to sort it. And they do.
Every one in the country wants money. Make realistic economies, yes.
But let’s get officers who are smartly dressed and genuinely like to talk to the public. After all we will all scream when things go wrong.