Yes, some are stuck in the background and for many its by their own choice to avoid the punitive shift rostas of the genuine Front Line bobbies. The comment about civilians is very harsh and biased. Many of these experienced staff did not just take Voluntary Redundancy .... they have been MADE redundant by GMP. They did not jump the sinking ship as commented. They wanted to remain employed as part of what used to be called The Police Family and showed tremendous loyalty to GMP and to the police officers and units they worked with. They also have mortgages and families to support and have painfully joined the ranks of this counyty's Unemployed ... desperately seeking new employment like so many others. The police force is not an industry, it's a public service of duty and care. Life moves on indeed, but scathing generalisations disrespect the hundreds of operational support staff made redundant already by GMP... many had quite specific experience that met the needs of the criminal justice system.