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  2. For us to access PNC read-only (names/vehicles) is a 3 day course that is highly sought after and very hard to get on. Full PNC including update etc is 8 days. There's additional courses for things like QUEST etc on top as well. #Met
  3. We can do a distance learning course (not NCALT, but working through workbooks on a training system) but we then have to go sit an exam.
  4. CoP do not permit proper DCT/Terminal access to PNC via NCALT. SRG or Gateway access can be permitted via NCALT and additional training (such as NICHE).
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  6. Ah. Sounds like the usual "But we've always done it this way" initial hype. Interesting developments.
  7. These people are from companies that specialise in drugs testing. They cut hair samples all day, every day. Don't worry about it - they'll do it in such a way you won't notice.
  8. My hair is long and I don't want too much cutting before the wedding.
  9. In fairness I don't think it is a huge issue really so I don't think you are! As @Milankovitchwas rightly saying BTP doesn't really exist outside of the main hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow so really the railway may actually get a better, more consistent service. I was more curious about the supposed merger of the three forces and what impact this may have, as has been said probably will lead to it speeding up. Itll be interesting to see how it pans out.
  10. I must admit, I don't see the issue here? Am I missing something?
  11. If anything I think this will just speed that up to be honest. The big issue with Police Scotland is money. Just the same as other forces in the UK budgets are being slashed but a different approach has been taken with the mergers. It means officer numbers have been fairly static but money has to be saved elsewhere so a lot of police staff have gone, the estate has been downsized and so on. Whether that is the right thing to do or not is up for debate but when I look at what is going on south of the border I'm really glad I don't work down there. Double crewing is still the norm, the "old" pay scales have been kept and various other changes that have happened in E&W haven't up here. The only real alternative was to cut officer numbers as has happened in E&W but it's difficult to argue that was a better option now that we are starting to see the effects of that.
  12. Hello Grother On behalf of the Police Community Team I would like to personally welcome you to our forum. Please feel free to say hello and introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about you, what brought you to Police Community and what you hope to use the site for as we would love to hear. If you have any questions that you would like to ask the Police Community Team please feel free to drop one of us a message. Best Wishes Chief Rat
  13. It's the latter! Think it forms part of the vetting to make sure I'm not living in a crack den or housing public enemy no.1
  14. Not heard of the home visit before. Is this instead of, or as well as, the Force interview?
  15. We have access via MDTs to PNC. That's an NCALT and face to face training session. I had it in my mind that full access via a desk top unit was a 2 week course??
  16. They can give you a terry nupkins if you're polite.
  17. Can I ask them to do it in a pattern so that I have a Nike tick in the back of my hair?
  18. Hello DM9267 On behalf of the Police Community Team I would like to personally welcome you to our forum. Please feel free to say hello and introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about you, what brought you to Police Community and what you hope to use the site for as we would love to hear. If you have any questions that you would like to ask the Police Community Team please feel free to drop one of us a message. Best Wishes Chief Rat
  19. Sounds promising! Hopefully that offer is just around the corner and you can kiss hmps goodbye! I'm still waiting on a home visit date from my Force, HR have said that it will be 'soon', although I appreciate they have a massive workload it's characteristically vague!!
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  21. Thanks. I think if they do happen it's likely to be well into the new year
  22. Just got to the date for my uniform fit and pre-induction. Still waiting on the CTC but the fact they're moving forward with this inspires me, might even do my resignation letter tonight... exciting times.
  23. Venezuela crisis: Hunt for pilot after attack on Supreme Court 28 June 2017 From the section Latin America & Caribbean Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe helicopter circles buildings before gunshots and a bang are heardThe Venezuelan military is hunting for a rogue elite police officer suspected of carrying out a helicopter attack on the country's Supreme Court. Oscar Pérez posted Instagram videos admitting the attack and calling on Venezuelans to rise up against the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The officer's home has been searched as the president put the entire military on alert, citing a "terrorist attack". The country is in the midst of a deep economic and political crisis. Who piloted Venezuela's helicopter attack? What can happen in one day in Venezuela Nobody was injured in the helicopter attack, which took place at around sunset on Tuesday evening. One police source reported by Reuters said that the helicopter had been dumped in Higuerote, on the Caribbean coast, but that the pilot had not been found. The report has not been verified. What happened in the attack? A blue police helicopter was seen flying over central Caracas carrying a banner reading "350 Freedom" - a reference to a clause in the constitution cited by opponents of Mr Maduro to claim his government is illegitimate. The helicopter, reportedly stolen, carried the marks of the CICPC forensic police force, for which Oscar Pérez has worked for 15 years. Images on social media showed two occupants, one masked. The government said 15 shots were fired at a social event at the interior ministry. The helicopter then flew to the court and dropped four Israeli-made grenades of "Colombian origin". One failed to detonate. No-one was injured. Many of those opposed to Mr Maduro see the Supreme Court as one of his main supporters. Who flew the helicopter? The police officer identified himself as Oscar Pérez in the Instagram video statements. Appearing in military fatigues and flanked by armed, masked men in uniform, he appealed to Venezuelans to oppose "tyranny". Image copyright Instagram Image caption A police officer identifying himself as Oscar Pérez made a statement on Instagram "We are a coalition of military employees, policemen and civilians who are looking for balance and are against this criminal government," he said. "We don't belong to any political tendency or party. We are nationalists, patriots and institutionalists." He said the "fight" was not against the security forces but "against the impunity of this government. It is against tyranny". Mr Pérez is a colourful character, judging by his posts on social media. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Oscar Perez poses at a CICPC event in March 2015 He is pictured brandishing a high-calibre weapon while scuba-diving, and in another video shows off his gun skills by shooting a target over his shoulder, using only a make-up mirror as a guide. He also appeared in the 2015 Venezuelan movie, Suspended Death, which tells the story of elite police officers rescuing the victim of a kidnapping. How has the government responded? President Maduro appeared on state television to denounce the attack. He said: "I have activated the entire armed forces to defend the peace. And you can be assured that sooner or later, we are going to capture that helicopter and those that carried out this terror attack against the institutions of the country." Image copyright EPA Image caption An increased military presence has been reported in areas of the country Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino López urged Venezuelans to remain calm and stay vigilant. State TV showed images of the pilot in front of the US Capitol building in Washington. Mr Maduro has long claimed the US government is attempting to have him overthrown. And the opposition? Some of the president's opponents took to social media to suggest he was responsible for staging the helicopter attack in order to justify a further crackdown on dissent. Julio Borges, leader of the opposition-controlled legislature, said: "It seems like a movie. Some people say it is a hoax, some say it is real, some say that it was police personnel who really are fed up. "I summarise it like this: a government is decaying and rotting, while a nation is fighting for dignity." Freddy Guevara, of the opposition MUD alliance, posted a tweet on Wednesday calling on people to continue to oppose the Maduro government. He said: "Maduro knows that nobody supports him, so today more than ever we must continue in the street, generating pressure to overcome this dictatorship!" Could this have been a coup attempt? President Maduro has often alleged attempts to unseat him, and was quick to suggest this was another, but it is unclear how much support the police officer has. Image copyright EPA Image caption President Maduro is facing regular protests against his government He said the pilot had previously worked for former Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who the president has accused of links to the CIA. Mr Rodriguez Torres quickly denied any involvement, saying he was "not convinced" by the helicopter event. "Conclusion? A cheap show. Who gains from this? Only Nicolas, for two reasons: to give credibility to his coup d'etat talk, and to blame [me]," he said. Inside Venezuela's anti-government protests What is behind Venezuela's turmoil? The wider picture in Venezuela? There have been almost daily anti-government protests in Venezuela for more than two months as the country's economic and political crisis worsens. Those opposed to the government say they are determined to keep protests going until fresh elections are called and the government is ousted. More than 70 people have been killed in protest-related violence since 1 April, according to the chief prosecutor's office. Going hungry in Venezuela View the full article
  24. Couldn't agree more. Good point well made. To me this point can't just be glossed over or ignored. We can never accept bloodshed that can be prevented. As we have gone over quite a few times now it really does wind me up when people continually say that it wouldn't be possible to arm the police in the UK, the officers wouldn't be able to do it etc. Pretty much every other country in the world can do it, are we saying that British cops are sub standard? The argument around training people to ARV level is ridiculous. Why would everyone need to be trained to this level? As I have said before people only seem to see 'all or nothing'. My biggest concern is this is what would actually be discussed by chief officers and we would get no further forward. Put it this way we wouldn't expect every person on the road to drive to F1 racing standard, doesn't mean we should insist no one can have a licence. This isn't a trailblazing idea or some new invention. We are way behind the times and need to catch up. The longer we dilly dally around the more we are exposing hard working officers and members of the public to unnecessary risk.
  25. Please do! And thank you
  26. Put it this way, if the first officers on scene at the London Bridge attack had been armed they could've ended it there and then and possibly saved themselves and others from being further injured. Not taking anything at all away from him and his colleagues they are heroes.
  27. I started in November 2015, it's just what I've heard from colleagues that there won't be any until the end of the year. Not sure when they'll start again unfortunately.
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