A serving detective has talked openly in an interview with the Police Federation of England & Wales about feeling undervalued in his role as a Detective.
During the short interview, T/DS Mark Petrovic, from Nottinghamshire Police, talked candidly about how he feels that the role of a Detective is currently ‘undervalued’ and ‘not appreciated’.
He said that few people understand the role and what is required of the modern-day detective.
T/DS Petrovic called for more detectives to be placed into vital posts at a time when criminal investigation departments around the country are experiencing an unprecedented increase in their workloads.
He said that his own force, Nottinghamshire Police, currently had a ‘number of vacancies’ throughout many of its investigative departments and said that many officers did not want to make the move from uniform to CID owing to their preference for their current shift patterns and extra rest days.
T/DS also cited the fact that his colleagues benefited from a shift allowance that made them ‘£1200 better off per year’.
He called for this balance to be redressed in order to make the role of a detective more appealing to ‘new starters’.
When asked if there is anything he would change if he could go back in time, T/DS Petrovic said that he ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ and that he was glad that he took the career path that he chose.
He said that the role of a detective is still a fantastic career opportunity for young [in service] officers to go into and that the role is still ‘very rewarding’.
Many forces accross the country are struggling to fill detective vacancies with some forces, such as the Metropolitan Police, offering ‘bonuses’ to officers who successfully pass the detectives exam.
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