A recently retired police officer has shared their thoughts about their time on the thin blue line.
Well, having been in uniform since 1987, today is my first day as a civilian since my teens.
I served the first 14 in the Royal Marines with some of the loyalist, toughest, bravest and, more importantly, funniest men on the planet. The remainder (minus a couple in maritime security) is in the police.
I’m very proud of my time as a commando, less so my time as a cop. The police have ceased to be what they were created to be. Overly politicised, poorly led and sadly corrupted beyond recognition.
I was constantly amazed by the quality of the people I worked with in “The job” some of the kindest, most dedicated, selfless people you could meet but, unfortunately, led, on the whole, by some of the most selfish, cowardly sociopaths. Petty-minded bureaucrats are too arrogant and dull-witted to see how harmful they are.
From the government down in the U.K., it would appear to me that our worst people have risen to the top, and nowhere is this more apparent than the police. I’m not sure we can ever do anything about it, but it certainly explains the mess we are in.
I can 100% say I never bowed to pressure from above, I never made a decision for any other reason than I believed it to be the right thing to do and although I was often on the receiving end of the petty spite of “The bosses” they never changed the way I did my job.
There are some horrible violent people out there, and sometimes they need to be met with the requisite level of force. I’m glad I got to do that, and it has been a privilege to work with people willing to put themselves in harm’s way for others despite very little thanks and even less support.
I’ll never wear a uniform again, but I will continue to ignore the petty, bureaucratic tyrannies of the selfish, moronic dullards who call themselves our superiors. I will also be far less guarded in my speech when I have to deal with them
Thanks to anyone I served with, I hope I didn’t let you down, and I apologise for my many failings.
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