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I'm interested how peoples thoughts of joining the regulars 'straight off the street'. Have you done so? Do you think you'd have found the recruitment selection and assessment process easier if you'd had prior experience in a police environment? Do you think you would find your role as a Police officer easier if you'd had prior experience in a police environment? Do you think having prior experience as a Special or PCSO gives people an advantage over 'straight off the street' applicants during the recruitment phase? Do you think new PC's who have been PCSO's or Specials go on to become better officers than those who haven't? I'm interested to know peoples thoughts on any of the above, or anything similar. I'm planning to apply shortly to become a regular PC with no previous Police background, however after a few weeks of reading this and other forums I've noticed there seems to be a huge amount of people who have gone down the Special or PCSO route before applying for the regulars. Whilst i realise it is not a requirement, I'm starting to wonder if I'm at a disadvantage? Say for example there are 50 vacancies and 100 applicants. 50 of those applicants are PCSO's, 40 are Specials and 10 are 'off the street', then those off us straight off the street have no chance right?