We get quite a few anonymous messages sent to us via our Facebook page, Emergency Services Humour.
Many of the messages which we receive contain stories and blogs written by oppos (colleagues) serving on the front line of emergency services the world over.
Some of these stories and blogs are funny, and some of them aren’t. The stories which we do not share, go into our fortnightly eMagazine, aptly named ‘S__ts & Giggles’ (for the aforementioned reasons).
On an average week, we reach around 2.3 million people via our various digital platforms. I guess it means that we/you have a voice – a voice that was not possible only a few years ago.
This is why we want to share not only the funnier & light-hearted side of serving in the emergency services, but the ‘darker’ side also.
The following blog was sent into us via our contact us page, and its author asked us to share it with our audience. Even if one person, maybe a member of senior management, reads this account and decides to do MORE for the wellbeing of their troops, then the point in our sharing it would be more than worth it:
“A decade ago, walking into Hendon for the first time, the smell of boot polish in the air and the sight of Officers in white gloves with their families at their passing out parade – I never dreamed I’d do a day less than a full service….
Today, after 10 years I handed back my Warrant card, Cuffs, CS Spray, Asp & that God awful tablet.
Why? Life’s too short.
Life’s too short to work tirelessly for a thankless organisation who pander to and wipe the arses of an ungrateful, brattish, unappreciative, critical, self entitled society. A society that the MET themselves created by treating them as “customers” because we are being run like a business (the customer is always right…)
Life’s too short to try & win the support of a worryingly & increasingly Anti Police mainstream media with out of context, unbalanced stories to appeal to the bleating sheeple of the above society.
Life’s too short to be constantly criticised on FaceBook, home of “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” brigades, post match critical analysis experts & keyboard warriors. Breeding ground of “crime awareness” groups where every post starts with “not a crime but,” home to cowardly keyboard Ninjas running the world from the safety of their armchairs & ignorant Middle Class self important buffoons steering most conversations quickly round to immigration. Such groups are surely well intentioned but there remains a sinister undertone of vigilantism & an inability/unwillingness to differentiate between the CPS and the Police.
Life’s too short to be told “you will not spend New Years’ Eve with your family,” “You will stay late without question,” “you will work this day,” “you will investigate this pathetic excuse for a crime” because the public refuse to help themselves, come off of Facebook, agree to disagree or simply grow up.
We will continue to facilitate the crime ridden Notting Hill carnival through fear of being called names if we highlight the danger of the event & call for its cancellation. We will continue to record drug dealing concerns from the shop owner who sells cannabis grinders, we will do social services’ jobs for them. We will continue to try in vein to undo the “police will take you away” mentality parents are brainwashing their children with (then wonder why there’s a natural barrier between us.)
Life’s too short to be scowled at for getting a sandwich, spoken down to by someone with different ornaments on their epaulettes than you – to eat when your told, go home when your told, be told shift times are changing and be expected to ignore regulations & all entitlements. It’s unacceptable and childish to have to beg, steal and borrow resources to help one do their job.
A note to Officers young in service – Stop MAKING the job work!!! Take your 11 hrs between shifts, invoke your right to a refreshment break, use leave, go sick if you need to go sick, finish on time if your not going to be paid. The job should work because it’s a workable system, NOT because of its reliability on the good will of its staff. This is wrong on every level.
Life is too short mainly because you will NEVER see the words “best cop ever,” “did the most overtime” “didn’t see their family,” “was the biggest yes person in the organisation,” “arrested the most people” etched onto a grave stone or a memorial.
You can’t watch the job take it’s first steps, the job will not choose your retirement home for you. Work hard people but please work to live, don’t live to work. If you have that the wrong way round, you have a problem.
The Police is a sinking ship ladies and gentlemen and I for one am grabbing a life jacket and swimming back to my family, and things that I love.
To the great British public – “Another one bites the dust” well done. Reap what you sow.
To my colleges still serving – I salute you.
If you have any blogs or stories which you would like to share with us, then contact us via our Facebook page