Huw Oxburgh’s article ‘Police Federation criticises degree plans’ [Herald, November 20] brought to mind an incident during the mid 1960s. I was instructed to meet a London train to collect two HM Government Inspectors of Constabulary, and convey them to a hotel near Grand Parade. They were members of a selection panel being held here to interview candidates for the Police College at Bramshill. The two government inspectors duly arrived at the railway station and they introduced me to another gentleman who was the personnel selection officer for a large international UK-based company. He also was part of the selection panel staying at the same hotel. All three settled into the police car and I proceeded to the hotel. The senior inspector said to the personnel selection officer, “I suppose you get quite a number of applications from undergraduates in your line of business?” To which the gentleman said, “Yes, we do, far more than we can ever employ.” The inspector replied, “I thought that would be the case. We in the police service do not get many. The ones we do get are generally no good.” I suspect Matt Webb, chairman of the Sussex Police Federation, wishes that this particular government inspector was still serving.
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