The police are responsible for their assigned area. The police have to think on their feet and decide what do in different situations: Gun Crime, ASBOs, Abandoned Cars and Vandalism. It is their responsibility to decide on the correct course of action and face any consequences. They are also responsible for the safety of the officers in their unit. It is also the police's responsibility to for fill their roles and purpose in the force plan statements.
Like other services the police are responsible for their employees. The also have to manage their budget from the HM treasury given to them by the Home Office. As well as ensuring that the public don't commit crimes, the police must also ensure that none of their division breaks the law. When on duty the police must abide by the Legislation peace act 1984. Mission statements The police's government in their division sets out mission statements. They state the main objective and purpose of their division. Three roles in the police service
CID stands for Criminal Investigation Department. It is their job to investigate and attempt to solve large or more serious crimes such as murders, robbery, drug dealing etc. The officers that work in the CID have different titles to the uniformed officers. They are known as a DI (Detective Inspector). The CID work together with the Forensics Investigation Unit in order to help in the solving of the crime. Although it is CID's job to solve crimes, not every crime is in the end resolved and the case is never closed. It is standard practice to re-evaluate the cases if new evidence turns up or a certain period of time passes.
The ASU are the unit that direct and control the police helicopter for aerial pursuit. Therefore ASU stands for Air Support Unit. The helicopter is equipped with a search light, specialist radio and an infra red imaging camera to sense heat, usually of a person. It is also equipped with night vision so the pilots can see in day and night. The CASU is not just used for pursuits; they are also used to direct police officers into dangerous situations and evacuate injured. The helicopter used by the Thames Valley is a Eurocopter EC135. They are usually painted blue and yellow so they can be seen and can travel up to 200mph. It is this speed that can save lives.
It is not uncommon for criminals to use weapons like knives or guns. When this happens, the Firearms officers are called on. They are specially trained officers that carry an assortment of gun and usually a taser gun. They also carry equipment that standard police officers would not have like, stingers, thermals and a red mallet to knock down doors with a signal blow. There is always one team of armed officers on stand by at all times in one division.
Conditions of the police service
There are many conditions in which police will have to work. When on the beat with or without a car they must work in all whether conditions while still working effectively. It is always unknown what a police officer may have to face.
Their salary varies due to the division they are in. It also depends on what rank and position they hold. On average a police officer receives an annual rate of 20,000 with an annual pay rise. Unfortunately the government has recently cut their yearly percentage increase. Every police officer work 8hour shifts to an average of 40 hours per week.
Police pay and entitlements also depend on their length of service. The table below sows the annual pay for a police officer service. A Police officer receives a maximum of 22 days holiday leave on commencement. This increases with each year of service. They also receive full pay for 6 months during sick leave or maternity leave
Positive and negative aspects of the police service
Police officers are generally respected throughout the general community. They receive good pay and are paid full sick leave and over time. They can work flexible hours and, depending on their length of service, a good pension scheme. A career in the police also opens a wide variety of different jobs in the police so employment in the police can go in any direction. As well as training for the different roles in the police, other courses are open such as computer courses, drawing courses etc. These courses can lead in promotion.