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    • Hi all
      I'm debating whether to transfer to COLP but given the small area I'm not sure whether it will be busy enough.
      Can anyone advise me on what's it's like to work there? Are there long periods where nothing happens and your left twiddling your thumbs?
      Is it busy enough during the night to be proactive?
      Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
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    • Scheme has been hailed as way to tackle under-resourcing of investigation teams.

      A trainee hired under the Met Police’s flagship direct entry detective programme was dismissed at a privately held misconduct hearing, Police Oracle can reveal.

      The trainee DC traveled without a valid ticket on a train and gave misleading accounts of the situation.

      The officer had also not passed the national investigators exam (NIE) after two attempts, Police Oracle understands. This meant he could not re-take the test for another 18 months despite being recruited as a detective.

      His travel took place just days after the scheme – which is also known as pathfinder for detective constable pathway – got underway last summer.

      It sees officers who have not previously walked the beat become warranted officer detectives after intensive investigation training. The first cohort of 20 were all experienced special constables. The programme is unconnected to direct entry to specific ranks.

      At a recent special case hearing Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball ordered the former special out of the force. The Met said this was held in private in order to “prevent the disclosure of non-relevant personal information”.

      Another officer in the same cohort also failed the NIE twice. She is now in training to become a uniformed PC.

      Seventeen of the pathfinder detectives from the first cohort have passed out and are on boroughs being trained by experienced coaches, including retired detectives.

      Around another 50, not recruited from the special constabulary, have joined the Met and are undergoing initial training.

      In January Commander Richard Smith hailed the scheme as an example of what the force is doing to tackle problems with resources for detectives.

      At a press conference on a plan to tackle disclosure failings he told Police Oracle: "The wider issues of detective recruitment are being addressed within the Met and you'll be aware of some of the [initiatives] we...


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    • I've been a Special for eight years.  It was meant to be a stepping stone to joining the regulars.  See if I like it before applying etc.  

      Safe to say I love it.  I do well above the hours I need to.  Last year it was 1,500+ the year before was 1,400+.  I've had some fantastic opportunities over the years from driver training to TV shows.  I still look forward to going on duty.  

      My plan had always been to join the regulars.  The last year or so I'm not too sure if I want to do it.  I've got my assessment day in May, but I'm tempted to withdraw from it.  I've started looking at a new career (driving instructor if anyone is interested) and staying as a Special.  

      I think its down to loving being a Special too much.  I work on an amazing team.  I've had some fantastic training over the last year or two (drug wipe, FIT, PNC, standard driving).  Part of me doesn't want to leave the team.  I would want to get back on it ASAP, but its going to be years down the line.  I also love the flexibility I have.  I can text my SGT on the day and I'm always welcome, and if need be I can cancel on the day and it isn't a problem (I don't like doing this mind you!).  

      Has anyone else decided to stay being a Special rather than applying for the regulars?  
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    • 12 March 2018
      Following lobbying from PFEW at the police pension schemes' governance body, the Scheme Advisory Board, the Home Office has now issued a pension calculator for members of the police pension schemes.
      The calculator allows members to get an idea of their projected pension at retirement, to help them plan for the future. The calculator can be found at:
      Members can use their annual pension statements to help them input information into the calculator.
      The calculator provides Members with an estimate of their pensions only and it is recommended that they seek independent financial advice before making any financial decisions.
      Andy Fittes said: "We have been lobbying the Home Office to provide a calculator for some time now and we are pleased that it has now been issued. The calculator will provide assistance to members in making important decisions when planning for their financial future."
      Currently, different pension administrators are used by police forces to run the schemes, so there is a lack of consistency in the format and standard of the pension benefit statements being provided to members across England and Wales. That consistency is now provided by the Pension Calculator.
      Following continued lobbying by PFEW the Home Office last June agreed to provide a police pension calculator for officers. The calculator now provided allows officers in all three police pension schemes to be able to obtain illustrations of the benefits they are likely to receive when they retire.
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    • The chief constable has refused to make promises about the unit's future.

      Caeser retired from TVP after ten years of service in 2016

      A mounted police unit is hoping to save itself from being disbanded through private sponsorships and by training Special Constables.

      The announcement Thames Valley Police is considering cutting its mounted section altogether in the face of budget cuts provoked an outcry earlier this year.

      A cull of its dog and roads policing units are also on the table.

      But the specialist teams were granted a temporary reprieve at the eleventh hour in January as Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld postponed his decision.

      According to Thames Valley Police Federation the mounted unit is now trying to raise £500,000 in sponsorship to replace two transport vehicles and is in talks with Chief Constable Francis Habgood about a longer term business case for their survival.

      Craig O’Leary, Thames Valley Police Federation Chairman, said: “The future of the mounted branch was not brought up in the most recent Police and Crime Commissioner budget meeting and it wasn’t put forward as a cut.

      “But we have a situation with our mounted section where we have two transport vehicles that need replacing, and that’s to the cost of £500,000.

      “In today’s current climate that’s an awful lot of money. The chief has met with the officers on the mounted section and I think they’ve had a very good discussion, and there are plans afoot to try to secure funding for that department that’s outside the police budget that’s given to them."

      Mr O’Leary added: “There are some very real challenges that Thames Valley Police are facing over the next three years. There will be a commencement of department by department review on what service they’re providing and how can that be improved, and whether we working as smart as we can be.

      “If we can work smarter and realise some efficiency savings then I think that’s certainly the route that the...
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