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  1. Stephen Maize

    Police help

    People on here have been trying to help me with my problems. Do you think they will always strive to do so?
  2. James1230981

    Police drug test

    Hi thanks for reading, I had recently applied for the police and after researching more about everything that can happen within the recruitment process I noticed that spontaneous drug misuse tests are issued. I’m an honest person looking for some advice on how I could go about addressing my problem; I had smoked cannabis in small quantities before the start of the year during the festive season for the first time. I isolate myself from trouble and the move was pretty silly on my behalf, I don’t associate with anybody and know that from my use of the substance I will or may test positive when tested. I’m pretty young only being 18, the move was stupendous and I feel very embarrassed about even trying the substance to begin with, I have isolated myself from my old group of friends for 2 years now and had been asked to meet up during said season to celebrate. So simplifying my story I have smoked cannabis, I left school after barely coping with bullying with a group of friends like minded, mental health affected me for a duration of approximately 1 year which was noticeable due to constant effects of Irritable bowel syndrome. I’m of the belief that with self education on how to properly process your problematic thoughts that the effects of mental health can be addressed. That timeframe from then to now I have begun to feel more enthusiastic towards making a life for myself because most youths my age with my problem of being unemployed for so long actually face mental barriers stopping them finding employment. I spent 2 months writing my Application form more determined to prove that anything is possible for someone who may have lived and dealt with my current circumstances and had been stupidly caught up in a moment where maybe the only opportunity to actually achieve something great and to prove my worth could be declined due to this test. Back to the isolation part, I don’t look for any sympathy - I struggled with self confidence, due to my physical appearance, which has always led to bullying. I left school after my exams and have been absent from anything other than college which the same bullying happened again. until recently where I saw a recent police application. If I go through the process and I am unsuccessful, Is there anyone who I could speak to and to discuss my problem? I’m positive I can pass all my assessments just the excuse of using an excuse about my problem really makes me nervous and deeply disappointed in myself. There are no excuses towards drug misuse and I strongly wish that if whoever reads this looking for the same answers can be helped accordingly. Thank you for reading and I hope this can be of help to whoever reads, I’ll respect every answer I get in reply. I feel so strong mentally and ambitious towards pursuing my dream career, happiness is key to everything in life. Happiness comes from motivation and motivation comes from helping others in need which I truely believe I will make the most of.
  3. SimonT

    Be careful

    I'm in a new role at the moment. It's stressful, but not overly so and certainly not more than I have dealt with for years. It is a new challenge so in I have dived. For the last couple of weeks I have been irritable, angry, short tempered and generally unpleasant to be around. But I didn't notice. It wasn't until my other half called me on it that I realised that something was up. Some significant introspection later and I feel pretty good. Its like my irritation has been washed away. The reason I mention it is that I genuinely didn't realise. I like to think I'm pretty solid mentally and mental health and welfare is an interest of mine. So it was a surprise to find something awry without any obvious reason. So take care of yourself and listen to people concerned about you. Also, The charity Mind have support specifically for emergency services. Your local federation will have support available and the backup buddy app can signpost you to all sorts of immediate and long term help.
  4. Hi all, Hopefully you can help me out with my below issue I’m a probationer, came out of my 10 week tutorship around 5 weeks ago now. And I’m still getting the feeling I’m way out of my depth. Even though I’m independent I find myself contacting the sgt / colleagues for advice around jobs and ‘what to do’ I feel like I’m 90% of the time relying on my colleagues to help me. Is this normal of probationers? How long will this last? Although being signed off as independent I don’t feel very independent and often feel swamped at jobs and still not knowing what to do. Cheers
  5. I had an argument with a shop keeper today becusdr they refused to refund a product that was clearly right for a refund. The shop staff said to me when I was walking out they are calling police to issue Pins harrasment notice. Can arguing about a refund really be harrasment to someone.
  6. xand_xand

    final interview

    Hi guys, I have my final interview coming up in a few days time and im in a dilemma as to what to wear.. The communication states ''business dress or uniform''. Im a currently serving Spc Sgt with same force so thought turning up in my uniform with epaulets would show my current position and my respect for the uniform and the force...i also feel id probably feel more at ease/relaxed on the day too...but im back and forth on this and wondered what you guys thought? thanks
  7. metallicazza

    Advice required..passed final interview

    Good Afternoon Guys, I hope someone on here can help, so I attended a final interview back in November of last year to be told I had passed the final interview but unfortunately couldn't guarantee me an intake as there wasn't enough vacancies. they have advised that should a place open up on the intakes planned for this year or any further intakes my application could be fast tracked to pre employment stages etc. They have advised on keeping my application on hold for a minimum of 12 months, what I want to know is it worth to do so or look to apply for another force if recruitment opens? has anyone had any success with this? and also what is required for my application to be considered? is it people dropping out from intakes or budgets being revealed? and what is the likely hood of something coming up? it's quite disheartening to go through a whole process, pass everything and not progress even the website states 'candidates who pass the final interview WILL be given a conditional offer of employment , sounds like a guarantee to me so to say I was surprised when I found this out is an understatement. Again I would really appreciate it if any advice can be given on this or offer any help. thanks guys.
  8. HELP!!! I am having a nightmare at the moment. I have my LONG awaited start date coming up in 2 weeks and 2 months ago developed plantar fasciitis It is a horrible horrible pain in my feet, which is all honestly is improving VERY slowly! For anyone who isn't sure what it is it is basically it is what is like a shock absorber on the bottom of your foot that connects your heel and top part of your foot and causing massive pain when walking. It happens in the morning and evening mostly. So during the day I feel pretty ok although I am not sure how running etc would go down. My issue is.... Do I tell my force about this and explain I will be fine during my first 3 months of classroom training? or do I such it up and hope for the best come January when I will be out on the streets!? So torn on what the right thing to do is. Just don't want anymore set backs to my start date!
  9. Hello, first-time post... I am a serving member of the met (PCSO) which I joined with a view to becoming a PC. Passed all of my assessments; now I have received an email saying I failed my vetting. I know why it is (although third party info can't be given by vetting)... My dad got arrested in the year between my PCSO vet and now. I was so disgusted I moved house ASAP, but there has not been a resolution to the case yet (no bail, no charge, no conviction or NFA) I severed contact with my father from this time; only seeing him at Christmas (and that was to read some of his documents for my appeal) What I would like to know is (and I appreciate these are opinions and shan't be taken as gospel) how you think my appeal will do... I have followed ACPO & ACPOS national vetting procedures for the policing community as well as met-specific SOP and quoted both to show that I took every step practicable to distance myself. I am already in a public facing role and have access to sensitive data already and my integrity has never been called into question (I have attached character reference from two sergeants) My appeal is based on a 'perverse decision' as per form 7288 - Appeal form. ACPOS SOP 17 - Third Party Risk Assessment points such as lack of knowledge of activity have been discussed (I didn't have a clue) but my fear is that they will refuse me because a family member is currently under investigation. I have never had dealings with police (apart from my job of course) and neither has anyone else I know. I have heard that the Met are really good when it comes to balanced decisions and I pray that they see that my current service is exemplary and I have done nothing wrong.. Of course they may just refuse as there is an ongoing investigation into a family member. I loathe being in this position that is not my doing. Any similar stories/success stories to keep my spirits up? Any posts at all would be good! Thanks in advance
  10. Rogue One

    PAYE Number

    Hi all. I'm still waiting on access to the BTP members area so I'll have to post here. Could anyone give me the PAYE number for BTP so I can complete a tax relief form? Thanks in advance. Tom
  11. DeltaJuliet

    Day 2 Assessment: "Group Activities"

    Hi All, I'm a relative newbie to the forum who has recently passed the Assessment Centre and has now been invited to a second assessment. This has been described as a "group activity" based on the Policing Professional Framework. I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with this type of assessment and if they might be able to outline what might occur? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks. DJ
  12. Hi all, If it's alright with the mods, I'd like to leave a link to my blog post here as it'll probably be more easily found by those who it'll be helpful to. I am an interviewer for SC assessment days in my force and have written a substantial blog post about a few common issues and some do's & dont's which lead to people failing their interviews. Anyone who is applying or thinking about it, please feel free to have a read, you may find it helpful. Please also read the top introductory section of the blog, I am an interviewer for SCs in one force and as such what I say may more, less or even not at all helpful as things differ around the country. Anyway, hopefully some of you will make use of it. Any general questions about interviews feel free to leave a comment on the blog or PM me. Thanks HPE
  13. Nice to see a paper reporting the police in a good light for a change http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/bride-groom-arrive-wedding-police-6151315
  14. Okay, I'll keep it brief. New strange bit of witchcraft in the house, apparently it does some kinda magic after pressing a few buttons... Though it is better than the old one as you don't need a degree in engineering and be proficient at flying an aircraft to get it to work and be on the right setting! only thing is... even at a low RPM it really does not like me and I have to make sure it doesn't make a bit for freedom... Floor is level as floors generally are and the little spinny legs on the front are even. Even at 600RPM it likes to play a game and try to run away or likes to knock seven shades out of the adjacent kitchen unit.... any ideas???
  15. CR8623

    High Blood Pressure

    Morning all So, I've been getting nosebleeds now, on average, once a week. These last between 2-4 minutes and they are thick, heavy bleeds. The last time I had these was when I was in the army at 17 and that was due to high blood pressure. Friday, I had a nosebleed at around 1800hrs. Then I was out on duty from 2000 x 0400 and the paramedic who I work with took my blood pressure. It was alarmingly high at 167/102 (I'm told for someone my age it should be at 120/80) So I was told to go see my GP asap.. Saturday morning in the bath- nosebleed. Starts gushing out. Ruins my bath. Great. So I gave 111 a call and they advised me to go to A&E within the hour - I told them I didn't and it was a bit of a fuss. Anyway.. About 10 minutes before my mother was taking me to A&E and probably 30-40 minutes after the phone call, another nosebleed. This time it was only a very small, light one. Seen by the doctor in the hospital and I was in and out within an hour. He reckons is secondary hypertension, so I said secondary to what? Doctor doesn't know so said to make an appointment with my GP to arrange blood tests and all other things to see what's going on, exactly. Saturday evening - around 1750hrs, stood in the queue for some food. Got to the front of the queue, nosebleed. Wasn't happy! Has anyone had any experiences like this? I have my medical for a police force in about 2 months time - will high BP affect me passing? Any advice. Someone. Please. Cheers
  16. adrian.middleton

    Emergency Button Use - Examples please

    Hi all. I'm curious about how and when the police Emergency Assistance buttons are used. What kind of situations may call for it? And I'm assuming that in terms of response teams / patrols, they are normally done in pairs, so I'm guessing use of the button would mean something pretty hairy right?
  17. Sir Penguin

    Filling out the application form

    I'm currently filling out an application form for the regs and I have downloaded the word document from the constabulary website. If you see below it says "you should make it clear what their relationship to you is, i.e. if you are referring to your full sister you should delete brother, half and step. My problem is that I can only edit the parts in grey as it is a protected form. I've tried following a tutorial online to unlock the form and it's also password protected. Then I'm led on to a page which tells me how to remove the password protection, but surely they can't have made it this hard! I was thinking about just writing "Full brother" and then my brothers name, however it clearly says to remove the text. I think this form is the one that most forces use so I'm sure some people may have run into this problem before. Any suggestions? If anybody wants to download the application form and have a go here's the link Application Form
  18. Chief Cheetah

    SkyHD TVLink

    Can't seem to get my TVLink devices to work.   I had standard Sky+ up to a few days agao.  This old grey box had the RF in and outs on the back.  This fed into a powered splitter that then fed two other TV's, one in the bedroom and one in the office.  The bedroom TV we shall call TV2 and the office TV3, TV1 is the downstairs TV directly connected to the box.  Both TV2 and TV3 had a TVLink device manufactured by Global Communications attached.  Everthing worked fine.   Now received a SKY+HD box.  This is the newest type with integrated WiFi.  There is no RF In and Out on the rear but it does have a I/O port.   I have connected a Triax RF I/O device ( http://cpc.farnell.com/triax/370419/io-link-triax/dp/AP02859?crosssellid=AP02859&crosssell=true&in_merch=true& ) with dual RF out.  I have also enabled the RF2 output in the settings on the box.  I have retuned the TV's 2 and 3.   I can receive pictures and Sound on TV2 and TV3 but I am having trouble changing the channels with the TVLinks.  When I first connected it TV2 TVLink worked, then I connected TV3 but the TVLink wouldn't work.  I unplugged the TVLink for TV2 and then TV3 worked.  Wow.  I assumed it was a lack of power in the Triax RF I/O so I connected the power supply to it (bear in mind both these TV's go through a splitter that is powered from the mains).  I then unplugged TV3 TVLink and tried TV2 TVLink again but it didn't work.  Now I can't get the TVLink on TV2 to work at all no matter what configuration I use.   Anyone any ideas?  I have read up on decoupled patch cables and shielding as well as moving it away from the main device and have yet to try these things but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience and what you did.   I hope all of the above makes sense.  It's massively frustrating.   P.S. Sky refuse to help as they don't want you attaching two TV's to the box as they want you to pay for multiroom, they don't even like you attaching a second if they are honest but they have begrudgingly added the RF I/O socket for this.   Thanks in advance.
  19. There’s a lot of content on this site about the MDP but I can’t find the information I’m looking for so here goes: I would like to hear from anyone who has recently completed their training in Essex and started the actual job. Can you give info on the following: At present it looks like those who are successful in completing their training at Essex will be serving their probation in Scotland. For those in this position how easy was it finding accommodation and what standard is it in general. What are the average rents being paid? What are you left with at the end of the month when you have paid-out your rent and day-to-day living costs etc? Did you receive any help at all in finding suitable accommodation from the MDP or are you left to do this yourself? Lastly, how are you finding the probation side of things? Thanks in advance for any information.
  20. claire19855

    Strathclyde Application 2012

    Hi there! New to the forums and I am just in the process of doing the application for Strathclyde police. Hoping to get it sent in by the end of this week. Anyone have any idea of the closing date for this recruitment drive? I applied just before the last recruitment freeze and at that time all you had to do was write a personal statement. I passed the paper siveve then and was waiting on a fitness test date when the freeze happened. Now with the new application Im struggling a bit with the questions, anyone else in the same boat. :) C

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