A PCSO has written an open resignation letter that has captured the sentiment of many police officers and police staff who are leaving the force after serving for a number of years.
In his letter (below), PCSO Hamer cites the ‘increase in pressure’ and ‘increased personal risk’ as being two of the reasons why he has decided to leave the service.
PCSO Hamer also states that the decision has been based on what is ‘best for his family’ and what is best for his personal health.
The letter states:
“Today I turn 30 years old and this marks 10 years of service in the police in Rossendale. I’ve gained so much life experience over the years and it’s been amazing to have the opportunity to improve the quality of many lives in our community.
Over the years, the pressure has increased and so has the personal risk. I cannot speak for others but my morale has depleted and I find myself unable to continue in this role.
So it’s with deep sadness that I have today taken the decision to give notice of resignation from Lancashire Constabulary.
I’m doing this for the sake of my health and my family. An opportunity has arisen whereby can provide a better quality of life for my children and I must do right by them. I will be leaving the Policing sector and entering the world of self employment.
I have worked with some incredible and caring people over the years. Some who have already left the service and some still serving and doing their best under increasing workload and reduced resources.
I’d like to thank Lancashire Constabulary for the support and providing me with my role within the service during these challenging times and the opportunity to make a difference in Rossendale”.
It is always sad when someone leaves the emergency services family. Especially someone like PCSO Hamer who has ten years’ worth of invaluable and vital experience.
That’s ten years of relationships which he has built with his local community and ten years of knowledge in relation to knowing who and what is responsible for crime in the community that he served.
Most senior officers are doing their best in relation to trying to carry on providing a service that the public expect of them.
But in truth the, quite frankly, outrageous cuts which the emergency services had to endure during so-called ‘austerity’ are still having a dramatic
Whilst I retired from the police a few years ago, I have several members of my family who are still serving.
The pressure they are feeling and the risk to their personal safety has never been greater in the 30 years that I have been in and around the police family.
When we hear about people being let off of having to go to prison, despite knocking a police officer unconscious simply because the attacker had a college course to attend, then it is little wonder that experienced officers are leaving.
The men and women who decided to cut the budgets of the police force and other parts of the emergency services have a lot to answer for.
We are all paying the price for their ill-informed decisions and people like PCSO Hamer are leaving a job that they once loved because they have had enough of exposing themselves to the increased risks which have come as a result of more violent crime and fewer resources.
We are living in testing times and I salute the men and women who are having to shore up the damage which has been caused by the bad decisions of a few, which have adversely affected the lives of the many.
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