Thursday, 9 July 2009

Police top-brass troughers have learned nothing

Let's get rid of a myth. Policing is not a high-risk occupation. OK, it's more dangerous than working on a supermarket check-out, but nowhere near as dangerous as working in the construction industry. A construction worker dies nearly every day in the UK; the only policeman to have died on duty this year was allegedly murdered by a colleague. The police are citizens in uniform. They're not members of the fighting forces. Their lists of work-related 'injuries' are frequently trivial and would go unreported by any other occupational group; wasp stings, a bruised thumb, a banged knee when climbing out of car. With generous sick pay and an unacceptable level of 'medical' early retirement, they're cosseted prima donnas. We all know this, because we're paying for this largesse.

Senior police officers are not equivalent to the commanding officers of our fighting forces, despite aping their insignia. They're more like NHS managers. Indeed, given the number of 'sick' plods they're responsible for, they could almost be redesignated as health administrators.

Yet these troughers have decided they need a number of devious mechanisms to up their wedge. Not happy with a NHS Manager's pay, they think they deserve more. These troughers have only one aim - to max their final salary, and retire as early as they can on a taxpayer funded final-salary pension. So please don't bleat to me about 'committment to public service' or 'putting our lives on the line' or being 'the thin blue line that preserves the nation from anarchy'. They're troughers. No less venal and no less corrupt than the MPs who have done exactly the same.

8 comments:

TheBigYin said...

I noticed this in Middlesbrough where I live about these 'top' policemen who get perks way way over the top. Here is one of them.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4479963.Mayor_criticises____obscene____wages/

Blue Eyes said...

Mr R you appear to be conflating senior officers' activities with the usually benign actions of the actual "front line" officers.

Nick von Mises said...

The other point being that when their incompetence and politicking leads to the inevitable disasters, they have no accountability either.

Army officers have the very real threat of enemy fire (see recent Afghanistan news) or in other wars the threat of fragging. Not so cops.

Anonymous said...

Mmm, Radders - there's something else in here...

Q - when you fear that riots might break out and wholesale anarchy grip the country, how do you get the Chiefs of Police on your side?

A - Corrupt them. Bribe them. Make 'em an offer they can't refuse.

Coney Island

Bill Quango MP said...

Have to agree with BE.
Turn on C5 or ITV any time after 12am to see police men and women facing some pretty troubling and violent incidents. Or if you live in any town in the UK stick your head out of the window at about the same time on a Saturday night.

talwin said...

Jeez Raedwald. Not sure that if you're fortunate enough to be able to cut - or a job attracts - a juicy but above-board pay/perks deal that necessarily makes you venal and corrupt. A lucky bastard, sure.

And as for "tax-payer funded final salary pension", I think it's only fair to point out that cops pay 11 1/2 % contributions from their salary, ab anitio, for their pension (that's why, when a cop misbehaves, the oft-heard cry 'he should lose his pension' is bollocks)

talwin said...

or ab initio even.

banned said...

Evenin' Troughicer.