No experience necessary as Met recruits new detectives

June 2, 2017 Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , UK


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Hazel Speed


Perhaps the reader considers that it may be fun to become a Hercule Poirot, or a Miss Marple perhaps?

One may not be able to bring all the suspects together in the drawing room in order to pronounce that the real murderer hit the victim on the head with a candlestick, in the library; however, the Metropolitan Police are looking to appoint a number of detectives from outside the Force, without the need to go through the more traditional routes of wearing uniform or walking the beat!

This is a pilot scheme by the Met, though it crossed my mind there may be problems.

First of all, what about existing uniformed Police? Would they resent this new scheme and, also, what about present uniformed Officers whose ambition is to also become detectives; where do they stand?

Other aspects might be that given candidates will come from different professions, there will inevitably be situations whereby data protection issues might arise, and they will have access to learn of any criminal records relating to friends and colleagues, so potential conflict of interest there also.

From what I have heard via discussions in the media, it seems to be the ‘case’, that whilst this liberal stance exists in itself, lines are still being drawn as to who can apply, when, to be frank, I do not think that is fair to many who fall the wrong sides of same, for arbitrary reasons.

On the good side, however, I have always expounded the values of lateral opportunities across professions, and, no doubt one day ‘ability’ will be the key requirement on a CV or résumé, rather than traditional ladder climbing, within sole or principal environments.

In Government circles, Ministers are often moved from one post to another and many, we all know, may be incapable of doing either. IT is the only area where youth has the advantage because of that kind of skill being more prevalent within their generation.

Leaving aside for a moment that medical training is one of a few unique areas where training and qualifications are required, one can envisage, nevertheless, that an artist would make a potential surgeon or theatre staff responsible for sewing operation wounds post-surgery. Equally a retired surgeon could obviously be a potentially great artist.

The trouble is, most professions want to safeguard their existing reputations and standing as they may have spent a lifetime getting to be where they have ended up.

Politicians would do well to visit homes and speak to ‘ordinary’ people ‘off the record’ just to see what aspects of their policies may have affected their lives.

Anyway, we shall see how this intriguing Police project progresses, and if it proves successful, it is expected that similar opportunities will be made available throughout the country.

Small ‘think tanks’ related thereto, may also help, where all evidence is shared and deliberated to confidential support teams, who may also be able to suggest further strategies to these new detectives.

After all, having access to more than one ‘little grey cell’ must be a bonus.




Hazel Speed

Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine

Hazel Speed is a Philosopher, Writer, and Artist with various creative projects at differing stages of development. Her flaship project is an animation which has produced a film short: She has also written an E-novel, ‘Just Suppose…!‘ which is available via the attached link.

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