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Prison Officers Association

Post by SWM5436 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:21 am

My question regarding this is, Is it really worth joining the POA? The reason I ask is, near enough every post on Know The Danger talks about the POA not being very helpful with relation to Prison Officer problems. I realise that there is always 2 sides to every story but it seems there is a massive discord between the officers and senior management at some establishments yet the POA appear to be as much use as a chocolate fire guard in most cases.

I am not by any means disrespecting POA but would like to hear some positive comments from serving officers about them rather than all the negatives from what appears to be a coven of tired old bitter and twisted “dinosaurs”.
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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by Mcfc26 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:27 am

Yes for the legal cover.
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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by Lthenewbie » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:12 am

SWM5436 wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:21 am
My question regarding this is, Is it really worth joining the POA? The reason I ask is, near enough every post on Know The Danger talks about the POA not being very helpful with relation to Prison Officer problems. I realise that there is always 2 sides to every story but it seems there is a massive discord between the officers and senior management at some establishments yet the POA appear to be as much use as a chocolate fire guard in most cases.

I am not by any means disrespecting POA but would like to hear some positive comments from serving officers about them rather than all the negatives from what appears to be a coven of tired old bitter and twisted “dinosaurs”.

I was thinking the same the latest recommendations from them asking for us to be armed with cs spray etc but then most officers moaning it will be no good in an enclosed space ... how in touch with members are they?

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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by Celticbhoy » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:32 am

I feel it's worth joining just for benefits. You get things like legal cover and a considerable pay out for death in service to name but a few. No doubt they will appear for an hour talk at your training centre during your training. I know they do up in Scotland.

Agree they don't always achieve what they set out to do and for a few of the poa reps it's been a while since they walked a landing.

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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by SgtBush » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:06 pm

Yes even if its just for legal cover.
Also I saved £1400 on the priceof a 1 year old car bought thru the poa

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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by roninwarrior83 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:37 pm

And you get a snazzy diary

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Post by Gravey957 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:01 pm

I know that there are differing posts regarding the POA but the question you need to ask yourself is " can you afford to pay for legal support if Jimmy on A wing accuses you of an assault?

The POA is there to provide it's members the support should an incident arise
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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by SWM5436 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:06 pm

Thanks all, I will be joining when asked to sign up (mainly for the legal cover) just wanted to know if you thought it was worth It? Obviously legal cover is a must in this job.
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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by Fireflash » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:36 pm

Any union is as strong as its members

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Re: Prison Officers Association

Post by TangoVictor » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:39 pm

Legal cover has got to be worth it.

I find unions are like condoms. I’d rather have one and not need it, then need it and not have one.

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