Are you unemployed?
Looking for an easy job with security and a good pension?
Why not join the police then.
Renfrewshire Council is offering an 11-month, full-time traineeship where the unemployed can work alongside regular police officers patrolling the streets. You'll be paid the National Living Wage.
Seems like a great idea.
The only people who don't seem to be very happy with the idea though is the Scottish Police Federation (the police union).
They are complaining that using the unemployed as full-time special constables is nothing more than "policing on the cheap".
It's a bit more than that methinks.
The 'policing on the cheap' argument is a dishonest ploy by the SPF to hide the fact that they're actually scared of new police recruits coming in and doing the job for a lot less - and probably doing a damn decent job of it in to the bargain.
It also puts the police and the SPF in a bit of an awkward position.
Because our police specifically like to target the poor, the vulnerable, and the unemployed in our society. They make for easy 'collars' and their buddies in the Crown office get easy peasy prosecutions against them.
But under this new scheme the poor, the vulnerable, and the unemployed will be the police.
So you can now see why the idea doesn't sit too comfortably with the SPF.
I have a message for the police and their moaning faced union.
Shut up, and get on with it.
Because if you don't, and keep pushing this false argument about it being about 'policing on the cheap' - and keep moaning about how much the special constables are to be paid - then we, the public, may just suggest we take this idea one step further.
And as well as paying unemployed special constables the National Living Wage we may just decide to pay YOU, the regular police, what you're actually worth for the job you do.
And trust me, that wage will come in well below the National Living Wage.