This is what PC Joseph Torkington said in full –
“To Chief Constable Hopkins,
I am PC 11834 Joe Torkington. I am currently a Neighbourhood Beat Officer based on the J Division.
I write to inform you that as of this date – Monday 28th August 2017 – I hereby give notice of my resignation from my role of Constable with Greater Manchester Police.
My Police journey effectively began as a kid as the son of a Police Sergeant – my Dad served thirty years in Derbyshire Constabulary. I lived on the same street as Divisional Headquarters and growing up, I was very much part of what back then was a ‘real’ Police family.
Throughout my youth, I ate in the canteen, trained in the gym, played pool in the bar and five aside football in the drill hall, all the while surrounded by my Dads friends and colleagues.
Naturally this experience had a profound effect upon me and in 2005 aged twenty six I commenced my training with GMP. Bruche was everything I’d hoped it would be. I fit right in, settled quickly and bonded with all my classmates.
Landing on Division six months later was a slightly different affair to say the least! The eager friendly faces I had encountered at training school were few and far between, but I persevered against the odds, proved myself a capable officer and remained true to myself.
In 2008, an attachment to the VCT seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up and so I left Response for what turned out to be arguably the most enjoyable year of my career. The officers in that department were pro-active, dedicated and ambitious and we got involved in some great jobs with equally fantastic results. Despite my love of the VCT role, the imminent arrival of my third child meant a need for more family friendly hours and so I successfully applied for the role of NBO.
When I began this role in late 2009, Neighbourhood Policing still existed. I took genuine pride in walking my beat, getting to know my community and having the responsibility for tackling any problems that came my way. I had great supervision and colleagues and felt valued and happy in my work.
Unfortunately, as the years have passed, the role has been gradually eroded and marginalised, to the extent I have genuinely struggled at times to understand exactly what is expected of me. Despite remaining an NBO, I have increasingly done anything but Neighbourhood work, yet my photo remains on posters and the like, thus giving the community the impression that they have a dedicated local officer! I actually consider this in itself to be beyond misleading, if not entirely fraudulent.
Indeed, I firmly believe it was this continuing deception to both staff and the public alike that gave birth to my now deep rooted mistrust of the Government and our entire organisation. Other factors followed further compounding my lack of faith and belief…Windsor; the Pay Freeze; the demolition of the terms and conditions of our pensions; the heavy cuts to frontline resources; the increasing bureaucracy despite constant promises for its reduction; the constant changes of systems, focus, direction, priorities, shift patterns, teams, geographical beats, policies, process, protocol, all without any apparent benefit to anyone other than those in the upper echelons of the promotion system.
The result of the aforementioned? Plummeting morale..
I can only truly speak for myself, but I am fairly certain my views are shared by the many not the few, that the Police Service is, all clichés aside, at breaking point. I just can’t understand what is going on? Response are parading on so few officers there aren’t actually any officers free to attend Grade One’s. I can’t even begin to express the feeling of despair I feel listening to Comms. trying to give out jobs to patrols that don’t exist and of officers being sent to dangerous jobs with little, or no back up. How some of my colleagues can turn up to work knowing they could be walking into a nightmare alone is beyond me. I have more than admiration for their individual and collective resilience.
I would never claim to be the hardest of men, but once upon a time I could do this job well and was not afraid of confrontation. However, for the last two to three years at work, I have been in a permanent state of anxiety and stress. I feel consumed and surrounded by negativity and whatever I have tried to do to lift such feelings has failed because the situation at work keeps getting worse.
Despite what the Government says, this job is all about numbers. I’m happy to turn up to any job as long as I have colleagues with me. I’m brave, but I’m not stupid. I have three kids and a glass back, I need back up. I need that reassurance and assistance and it doesn’t exist.
So Sir, it is with regret that I see no other option but to resign. I’d love to say I was riding off into the sunset, walking into a well-paid job etc., but I’m not. I’m going to be earning minimum wage and no doubt struggling financially, but hopefully I’ll be able to recover from my anxiety and depression away from what Policing has become. It is a shame as I truly believe I have a lot to offer this job, I have skills and knowledge and experience. I have always worked hard and endeavoured to treat everyone I have encountered with dignity and respect, not because the job tells me too, but because I know that is the right thing to do. I joined the Police to serve and protect. I have tried Sir I can proudly say that.
I wish all my colleagues of every rank I leave behind, all the luck in the world and they will always have my upmost respect. I nod in respect to you to Sir, I know you lead us in difficult times and I imagine with many constraints and restrictions placed upon you.
To the government I have nothing good to say whatsoever, they should hang their heads in shame.
As for me…what can I say…I am more than a number…….”
This is the latest shameful indictment on the Tory party while they remain under United Nations investigation.
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