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Old 14th Mar 2015, 6:12 pm   #103
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Default Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.

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Originally Posted by Nicklyons2 View Post
Referring to policemen as '"officer" in my childhood they were 'constables'.
Indeed: in my mindspace "officers" are the upper-ranks [think military-equivalents of Commissioned grades - Lieutentants-and-above].

Generic Police-constables, PCSOs and sergeants are 'other ranks' and I don't record them as 'officer' in any offical documentation.

Though it gets a bit confusing these days when an initial inductee to GCHQ [or the various MI5/6/7-type services] is today a "Surveillance Officer" even when they're straight out of college. In times-past they were "Research Assistants" for their first decade or so.
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