Walking the thin blue line……….

Describe the job description of a police Officer…… that would be a question I would ask of any prospective candidate wanting to join todays police service.

Many varied answers would ensue, some brilliant, some dire. When I had my final interview with a superintendent and an inspector, the purpose of which was to vet the selection procedure that had propelled me thus far, it was to see if I had that quality, something paper tests or observations skills cannot show. The quality to lead, to take control, to keep calm when all around did not, to do the right thing, to keep going when everything told me to give up.

That was seventeen years ago…. I’m still here. I guess that superintendent and Inspector were a good judge of character.

These last two years have seen some monumental changes to the police in this country. Don’t expect me to criticize or lay blame. That is for other people to do, who have a louder voice and who can more make a difference.

To the police officers that would disagree then this is the point of this blog. We missed a trick in my opinion. We played politics when we should have concentrated, silently on the skills that make us the best police force in the world.

Our actions day in and day out should speak for us. The countless acts of selfless bravery; putting others before ourselves, whether that be the vagrant or our partners and children; running towards trouble when everyone else is running away; risking our own lives to save someone else’s.

We should continue these qualities, silently, respectfully and with inner pride.

When we joined, no one said it would be easy and indeed, only when it gets hard do we show the steel that makes us what we are. In my opinion we have, to some extent, lost sight slightly of who we are.

We have lost to some extent our pride, down trodden, under valued and at times vilified. No one said it would be easy. That’s why men and women of a certain quality do the job they do.

Knowing the qualities required and indeed possessed, then this could be our finest hour.

One man can’t change the world, but a man can change the world for one person.


About Walk the Talk

I have been a Police Officer for 20 years. It’s fair to say I have just about seen it all. I have spent my service working major town centres on response seeing all that life can throw at a human being. But, for the last eight years I have been on the road policing unit in its various guises. It is on this unit that I have seen life transpire to deal its cruelest hand. Both as an investigating officer and a family liaison officer, I have witnessed tragedy that at times I am at a loss to understand and at worse comprehend. Wholly committed to saving lives, this is the role of the road policing officer. As I have gotten older and realising that my emotional sponge is saturated I have looked and taken a very real interest in personal wellbeing and how WE can make our life experience better what ever we do. Taking the media of blogging a stage further I now produce podcasts on that topic. Join me if you would on an evolving journey that no doubt will produce a few surprises along the way.
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One Response to Walking the thin blue line……….

  1. julieanneda says:

    You know I have a great regard for you.
    #respect X

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