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999 what's yr emergency...why would anyone want to be a police officer??

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ggirl Mon 22-Oct-12 21:41:34

it seems like arguments and dealing with people 'kickin off' all the time?

could not do that job !

VivaLeBeaver Mon 22-Oct-12 21:42:43

I'd like to do it. But a serious injury at 18 meant I couldn't join up, that and shit eyesight. I was a cadet for 2 years, loved it.

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Mon 22-Oct-12 21:45:27

I am calm in critical situations, but by god I would knock some of them out. I couldnt do that job. Would love to be a paramedic but due to my dodgy back I doubt I can.

ggirl Mon 22-Oct-12 21:46:11

I'd hate to be a paramedic , too many drunks.

BertieBotts Mon 22-Oct-12 21:46:58

I'd quite like to be a police officer. I don't think people kicking off would bother me when I knew I could just call upon a couple of other officers to help me do that ninja thing where they twist their arm and then pin them to the floor grin

Am rubbish at confrontation though. Have a vague dream/idea that if I joined the police I would somehow manage to learn this through sheer force of will. (And maybe training!)

Now, paramedic, that's something I could never do <squeamish> or be a firefighter <wuss>.

ggirl Mon 22-Oct-12 21:49:13

it's the relentless drunken violence that would depress me

PartyFops Mon 22-Oct-12 22:02:20

I don't wear enough make up to be a Police Officer. Plus I would run and hide as soon as someone became aggressive.

Can't believe that heavily made up officer was driving and putting lippy on at the same time. Driving without due care and attention surely? grin

vigglewiggle Mon 22-Oct-12 22:08:28

Party I noticed that and was mortified!

You must remember that these sort of TV programs will have recorded hours and hours of 'dull' footage of officers helping decent members of the public and doing paperwork. They only show the dramatic bits. We don't fight with someone on every shift unless we are doing something wrong!

To answer the OP's question - I wanted to investigate things and lock-up the baddies. I really enjoy my job even when dealing with sad individuals like tonight's program highlighted!

butisthismyname Mon 22-Oct-12 22:17:00

I couldn't be a paramedic. I would be screeching my head off at the idiots who get pissed and call 999 because of their own stupidity.
My DH works in forensics - there are hundreds of graduates in this every year thinking it's a dead glam CSI type existance but he comes home having been fairly bored most days grin The odd dead body from an exciting'case' really is rare!
Said millions of grads also keep the pay down sad

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:19:05

its not all its cracked up to be....

cant quite work out what id rather be though. so for now....

brighthair Mon 22-Oct-12 22:22:03

Yeah, they did film for hours and hours. So pleased they showed a colleague being sworn at on the programme... Was waiting for that

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:22:30

oh....and Mr Windsor....its defo not for the bloody pay or conditions. cheers!

from next year, we will be working Xmas day for nothing. a day back, no enhanced pay.
who else in their right mind works xmas day for nothing more than a day back? and we are not going to be able to retire until 60....ill be chasing these idiots down on a zimmer then shall i....

<off soap box now>
promise. off for a wine

the reality is what you see - its a rum job.

vigglewiggle Mon 22-Oct-12 22:24:53

Have you had a rough day Vicar?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 22-Oct-12 22:29:41

Vicar, is that for current coppers as well, the retirement age going up?

Nhs pension age is now linked to state retirement age for anyone who started from 2008 and onwards. So currently that's 67. Can't see me coping on labour ward at 67.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:29:50

im ok now viggle. i have wine its a seriously odd job. on the one hand i love the aspect that is helping people - some jobs are very very satisfying,
other aspects are just heatbreaking and its a rather thankless job most of the time,
getting called names doesnt bother me at all, but going to stabbings single crewed with no back up cos numbers have been decimated bothers me, i never feel safe.

timetosmile Mon 22-Oct-12 22:30:05

DH becoming entertainingly aggrieved:-

"Think about the taxpayers money...."

"Leave'em on the pavement in their own vomit..."

"Where are the police dogs?!"

"Water cannons, WATER CANNONS...."

Think he's warming up for the Jimmy Saville thing later.....

VivaLeBeaver Mon 22-Oct-12 22:31:00

My sil is in her 40s and says she's only a couple of years off retirement. Though she said that last year, she'll be gutted if she's got to do another 15 years.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:32:12

yep viva - when the windsor proposals from part 2 get brought in that will be for all current coppers - most will have to work much longer to get the same pension.
i dont honestly think the powers that be understand what a toll this work takes on body and soul....shift work, long hours, physically and mentally demanding job, i have no idea how they expect us to be front line at 60. confused

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:38:48

...on a lighter note, i have wine

as you were.

vigglewiggle Mon 22-Oct-12 22:40:06

Vicar it is getting more difficult, that's for sure. wine

Viva - as it stands, those with less than 10 years left will be protected (because the officers who negotiated the terms virtually all have less than 10 years left angry).

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:58:44

it can be the most satisfying job in the world and the funniest.....there are times i have had such a laugh.

i wait for the day i feel safe doing it though and my crime list stresses the hell out of me....

its a love hate relationship at the mo....when it becomes more hate than love i will bow out.

ChristmasKate Mon 22-Oct-12 23:03:35

I'm ex ambulance service, shuch fond memories of being called a cunt and hoping my mum dies of cancer.

All from the safety of a phone line and I was mainly eating take away at 2am.

Massive respect to those still out on the road, no one appreciated the shit they went through on a daily basis. We had bad days in control, nothing worse than hearing the raw screams of help when a mother or father finds there baby not breathing and in desperate need of help.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 23:30:05

i was slightly aghast at big haired bright lippied bobby.....i am very girly but even i draw the line at bright lippy for work! and my hair is tied up....too much temptation for someone to grab hold of and pull.....

Shesparkles Mon 22-Oct-12 23:34:26

I couldn't do it. I'm a police dispatcher and fortunately only have to deal with,the idiots on the phones. Not a day goes by when I don't say to a cop "couldn't do your job". They really are fab. smile

gymboywalton Mon 22-Oct-12 23:34:49

i love this programme-it's very very interesting

i'll tell you what though-i won't be going to blackpool if i can help it!!!

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