DS from Eltham resigns (on Facebook)

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DS from Eltham resigns (on Facebook)

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https://www.facebook.com/nic.spencer11/ ... 8158347322 (public setting)
Nic Sargie

March 30 at 10:20am · London ·
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Here are my reasons for quitting after 10 years. My resignation letter. Enjoy all. Share, like, disagree, comment. Whatever you want!

Nicola Sargant
A/Detective Sergeant
Eltham LPT

29th March 2014

Dear Inspector *****,

I am writing to you formally, to issue notice of my intention to resign from the Metropolitan Police Service.

I would like to point out before I go any further, that this is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have gone through several emotions and scenarios prior to making my final decision in submitting this letter to you. I have deliberated this for quite some time with my family and friends, I have doubted myself, I have cried at the thought of what I am walking away from and I have been fearful of what the future holds but unfortunately, there is only so much a human being can take before they are finally pushed to the point of no return.

With the greatest respect to you as my line manager and the few individuals I admire, in my opinion, this organisation has become a complete farce and I no longer wish to be a passenger on a sinking Titanic.

Since day one of my training at Hendon, 10 years ago, I knew I had the will, drive and determination to succeed and progress my career but most importantly of all, I wanted to make a positive difference to those people in desperate need of intervention and support. In my first few years as a Police Officer, I was able to do just that, I loved getting up in the morning and coming to work wondering what was in store, wondering who I could help, who I could arrest and who I could make a real difference to. I was so proud of being a Police Officer, and back then I had no doubts whatsoever that I was here for the long haul.

In my early days Police Officers were not constrained and suffocated by meeting ever changing targets for offences that politicians decided would be their flavour of the month offence. We all knew we were here to do a certain job. That job was to protect the public and to fight crime. We got on with it. We were given the time we needed to deal with whatever situation arose properly and according to the victims needs. We had time to take statements and gather evidence in the crucial early stages of incidents, or even to just sit with an inconsolable victim who needed some comfort at their lowest points. We were given time to put reports on to a high enough standard that secondary investigators would not have to waste hours upon hours mopping up the mess that nowadays officers leave behind. It is a very sad reality that a large proportion of present day frontline officers are continually cutting corners and making mistakes on the most basic of tasks, on a regular basis. I have personally reviewed many crime reports where supposed ‘initial investigators’ have missed sometimes vital pieces of evidence or clear and immediate lines of enquiry because they need to rush off and meet the target time of the next call. How are we possibly providing the public a good service in these circumstances? And in what way are we supporting or even attempting to ease the ever increasing burden of secondary investigators and Detectives by getting it right at the front end first time as the Commissioner has quoted so many times? It simply is not happening.

Having just completed the Commissioner’s 2-day Leadership Programme I almost fell off my chair when I learned the Mayor of London’s 20.20.20 target for the Metropolitan Police, the most farcical of any targets I have ever seen! There is absolutely no way on this earth that we can (legitimately) cut costs by 20%, reduce neighbourhood crime by 20% and increase public confidence by 20% in this current climate.

On a personal level I have been let down by this organisation beyond repair. I was given the role of Acting Detective Sergeant in 2010 after my then line manager left for another job. I did not ask for this role but was approached by my senior managers at that time who informed me that they believed I had the potential to get the job done and go far. I felt valued and honoured to be chosen over my peers and once I accepted the role, I worked the hardest I could on keeping my team motivated to prove that I could be a good leader and manager within a busy Domestic Violence Unit. I relished the opportunity and excelled in driving performance up and getting the best results I could for the victims, for the unit I worked in, and for my borough. I was actively encouraged to develop as a leader and told on several occasions how highly I was regarded among the senior management on the borough. As a result, some senior managers would often approach me with items from their own workloads asking me to assist in completing projects. Despite my own heavy workload I wanted to show I was capable of any task given to me so I never once turned down a request from any senior manager who had asked for my help. Each time I was asked to take on an additional task I would be told the same thing by my superiors “This will be great evidence for your promotion” or “It’s a good development opportunity”. I was assured that when the time came for a promotion process to be announced I would be stood in very good stead because of all the additional projects I had undertaken outside of my individual remit, even taking on work at Inspector level two ranks higher than myself!

Some three years later, after collectively filling up a mailbox with a wealth of evidence for promotion, the announcement was made. I took so much time making sure I picked the best examples of evidence that would make me stand out from the rest as I knew the process would be competitive. I had it on good faith that I was the number one candidate for my borough and it was more of a formality for me getting the promotion, as I had effectively been doing a Sergeant’s job, very well, for the preceding 3 years already. I knew my application was strong because some senior managers had helped me in selecting the right examples to make sure my application was water tight, even checking it for me afterwards.

Yesterday I received a phone call from my Chief Inspector telling me I did not even get through the paper sift stages. I was completely dumbfounded! I have devoted over 10 years of my life to this job, blood, sweat, tears and all. I have devised training packages, I have set up shift patterns, I have assisted in bringing new services to victims on the borough, I have volunteered in my own time talking to children coming from broken and violent homes, I have lead several investigation and proactive teams, I have obtained funding for additional services, I have organised hit days, you name it, I have done it. I have probably completed more work as a Sergeant in the past 3 years than an actual substantive Sergeant, or in some cases, Inspectors!

It was at that point yesterday the reality finally sank in to me. No one actually cares about me or where my career is going. I am nothing but a number and that’s all I ever will be. I am simply a cog in this rusty old machine that grinds over and over, maybe soon to even break down completely. My home life has suffered on so many occasions due to being a Police Officer but you manage to find it within yourself to keep going knowing that you are helping others that need it. As I stated in the beginning of this letter there is only so much we can take as human beings before we decide to say “no more” and for me, that time has now come.

I am not prepared to support an organisation that clearly does not support its individuals or give recognition where it is worked hard for and deserved (despite what senior police officers say publicly).

Sir, thank you for taking time to read this and I would like to make it clear nothing I have said is intended towards you personally. I would also like to thank you for supporting me in the past few months I have worked for you.

I am aware that in accordance with Regulations, I am required to provide you with one month’s notice. Therefore I would like this notice to take effect from the date of this letter and my last day of service for pay purposes and my MetHR record will be 30th April 2014.

Yours sincerely,

A/DS Nicola Sargant
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Bit one-sided though....
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A shame that she has ended up feeling it necessary to write such a letter. I've been aware for a long time that management phrases such as "investors in people" ring extremely hollow. We are just numbers and, as a colleague said to me not too long go, "Remember that the day after you leave, your collar number will be on someone else's shoulder." The days of the "police family" are gone. You are just an employee in the same way a Tesco (for example) employee is just an employee. I can't see things improving for some time yet.
One of the biggest surprises I have these days, is the number of police staff (PCSO's, admin etc) and Specials who apply to be a police officer, knowing full well what comes with the job these days. An even bigger surprise is that some of them then complain about their workload.
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they do and when becoming a PC nowadays there is no Police Section House to live in and no "Police House" either

Tom Winsor has set about making sure that PCs now have to work far longer to achieve a much watered down version of what the Police Pension used to be, sadly the job has to be less about providing a service to the public because of the truly eye watering CUTS that have been made to Police Budgets, as you know Police Stations have been closed across the whole country to achieve massive reductions in Police Running costs

plenty of PCSOs have become PCs and actually reverted BACK to being PCSOs and even more have just stuck it out just wishing they had never gone for PC in the first place, I think our very own Alihowe can tell you all about that

sad times :(
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falkor wrote:they do and when becoming a PC nowadays there is no Police Section House to live in and no "Police House" either

Tom Winsor has set about making sure that PCs now have to work far longer to achieve a much watered down version of what the Police Pension used to be, sadly the job has to be less about providing a service to the public because of the truly eye watering CUTS that have been made to Police Budgets, as you know Police Stations have been closed across the whole country to achieve massive reductions in Police Running costs

plenty of PCSOs have become PCs and actually reverted BACK to being PCSOs and even more have just stuck it out just wishing they had never gone for PC in the first place, I think our very own Alihowe can tell you all about that

sad times :(
Not Ex PCSOs but there are an awful lot of people who think the Police do Fire Brigade Policing and spend 90% of the time chasing thieves, stopping/chasing cars, and having fights and generally acting the part of Tony Stamp.

Spending 90% of their time, faffing around with persistent missings, going to neighbour disputes, acting as referee in domestic warfare and being a social worker after 5pm comes as a bit of a shock. I think that has a lot to do with TV programmes and to some extent the recruitment process not making that clear. People then join and become demoralised.

It would cost a lot less to put people off at the application rather than train them for 2 years only for them to leave then, or spend 33yrs moaning, whining and being disaffected.


Then there is the "jobs fucked" (to use their parlance) bunch...... by and large the jobs as fucked as you make it, or the bunch who are perhaps cynics or in my view of closed mind who will read a job non the computer and decare it a Civil dispute, or an RJ without actually speaking to the IP or even leaving the office.
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Dark Lord, I couldn't have put it better myself
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A very well written post DL..

I cant help thinking that the letter is a loud protest from an officer aggrieved at being passed over for promotion?
I do hope that the officer isn't silly enough to be submitting this in the hope that she will be begged to reconsider? The MET doesn't work like that!

As mentioned previously - its very one sided and I also think that to put such a letter onto blinkin facebook does demonstrate that perhaps this officer has a slightly questionable judgement?
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Agreed. The MET is a large force, chances are there were numerous people who were far better than she. So she's been passed over. Now instead of doing something sensible like refusing to continue acting up, or requesting a transfer to another borough or another, smaller force she has packed in her career. I can't help thinking that there is far more to this, either that or she is being a martyr.
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To be totally honest, l think that the Mayor of London took take a long hard look in the mirror. You cannot cut this and that by 20% its virtually impossible. We need more coppers on the street NOT LESS.
Crime is going up each day, and it won't stop. Crooks are not stupid, they know there is not enough officers on the street, calls are not being answered, as there is not enough people out there.

I feel extremely sorry for police officers, they are stressed to keep figures down, But this cannot be done. When you think when l was a kid, everyone wanted to be a copper. Now, with specials and PCSO's going for PC - its a big,big differences. some of my mates have gone for PC, but have packed it in after several months as they cannot cope. :slcud:
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