The NZ Police's 'Get better work stories' recruitment ads have been annoying me for some time now. I don't like the idea that anyone might be motivated to join the Police by the thought of having more racy anecdotes to tell their buddies. This seems downright immature to me - the antithesis of the professionalism and ethical conduct we should expect from the Police. I for one wouldn't want to report a sexual assault to the Police knowing I might become the source of a tale told at the pub after work.
But it was the ad I saw a couple of nights ago that really pushed me over the edge. It features a woman Police officer briefing a room full of her colleagues, who are apparently about to begin searching for a missing child. As she's giving instructions, the camera moves to a child who has appeared at the back of the room. The child puts up his hand and asks if he can go to the toilet. The camera moves back to the policewoman, and we realise she is not a Police officer at all - merely a primary school teacher reading to a group of children seated around her. As she's been reading, the teacher has been fantasising about leaving her mundane job caring for and educating children, to do something worthwhile and interesting instead.