Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
The Metropolitan Police Service is still, despite what people think, a working-class organization and as such rejects totally the notion of an officer class. That is why every newly minted constable, regardless of their educational background, has to spend a two-year probationary period as an ordinary plod on the streets. This is because nothing builds character like being abused, spat at, and vomited on by members of the public.
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