I just wanted to congratulate the College of Policing, no, seriously. In one glorious stroke you have denegrated every Police Officer without a degree. As if the media and gvt attacks upon their credibility were not enough to chip away at their self esteem and well being! You appear to have said that their personal experience, commitment and dedication is worth not a jot! Good morale boost that. From the outside it looks like a ploy to give your own existence meaning and sustainability. At what price?
How are you ever going to get inclusion right if you can’t even include the bulk of your own workforce? Is a degree the only way to prove that on one day at a particular time critical thinking skills were apparent: ok, that was under exam conditions, with weeks to prepare and not during a life and death scenario those who do that and have done that haven’t got the paper to prove it so it doesn’t count right? That can’t be measured.
I am not usually so critical (well not often) how are you going to rebuild the officers you have just knocked down? How are you going to ensure that those already there are going to have their experience and competence recognised, particularly in the future when a *qualified* officer and an established one are applying for promotion a few years down the track? That’s supposing that the established officers stay around that long to find out! Hmmm, mass leaving would certainly save money on redundancy pay when compulsory severance comes in wouldn’t it?
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I have been thinking about the very goal focused society that we have, all the inspirational quotes that people use to stay focused and achieve their goals. That may suit many, it can give a much needed direction, it can also enable us to be trapped on a conveyor belt or into a state of being that makes us so goal orientated that we are inadvertently complying with the blinkered self centred life style which seem to be the *ideal* many organisations, corporations and governments want:
If you *succeed* you can be a part of the elite, if you don’t someone else can profit from the work you’ve done and *succeed* in your place. At least you’re too busy to notice that you could be a part of the process for change…
Yes, I am cynical 😉
As usual I digress!
To me life is all about the journey, it was how I taught, it is how I parent and it is how I live. The journey takes us to places we may not have expected, where we can learn so much about others, ourselves and what is needed to be a useful member of the community of humanity. We can sit and take time to listen to voices we may not have heard. We can gaze upon wonders big and small that reveal themselves in the process of *being*. We can learn about what is effective and what becomes barriers. Some barriers need to be removed, others are there to serve as warning of danger. We can test which it is: what is safe for me may not be safe for you and vice versa. There is no rigid framework of what is *best* it is what it is, the hills and valleys come. The experiences can be positive or horrendously negative at the moment we have them. The journey is composed of both. To me that gives them value whether I’d rather have avoided them or not!
Oh Cripes, I’m sounding all preachy!
The journey gives me fuel to fight those things that I perceive as injustice and to give me insight into things that I had thought were wrong, often with new understanding I realise the positive or negative value I held needs to be adjusted. Sometimes my fight becomes stronger other times I realise that I was mistaken or where I was directing my fight was not the place where the challenge needed to be placed.
Journeys, for me are what life is about, what do you think? Can you show me?