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  1. pearcejackson

    Anyone gearing up for 2020 Ospre/NPPF?

    It’s almost that time of year boys and girls; to register interest for next years exam and was wondering if anyone is doing it? I’ve never sat it before but think it’s about time I get going on it..
  2. IrishCop

    Political Stunts

    This in my view was wrong, I don't blame the PM but I believe the Police Commander should have removed the Officers from the background during what was essentially a politically speech by the PM. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-49599379 This is what happened in Australia when a politician tried to pull a similar stunt, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-28/defence-chiefs-desert-christopher-pyne-in-press-conference/10949250
  3. LosingGrip

    Career advice

    Evening all, I'm hoping some on here can give me a bit of advice or maybe help me see things a bit clearer. I'm currently having sleepless nights as not sure what to do. I've been a Special since 2010. I have loved it (minus the first six months). I soon realised I wanted to be a PC. I applied a couple of times and failed either at the papershift or assessment centre. December I had my second assessment centre and failed by 2% on working with others. I appealed the result as I got the paperwork late. This was agreed and they sorted another assessment centre six months later. I had this in May (I think) and passed. Because I appealed I didn't have to do the papershift like last time. Next stage is a local interview. However, they don't know when this will be. They haven't recruited this year and not sure if, or when they will be again. However, D&C have recently which Dorset have an alliance with, so hoping we may soon. What I'm losing sleep over is what to do. Do I stay and wait for them to offer an interview and hope it's not too long a wait (I've heard assessment centre results only stay for a year?). I've considered transferring my application to another force, but I don't think this will be possible for money reasons. Plus I love the area I livein at the moment. My other option is to stay being a Special and find another career. I've already started lookingat this and it would be a driving instructor. However this is going to cost close to £2,000 if I pass everything first time. I'm changing between waiting and leaving a number of times a day. It doesn't help that the job I'm in now is one I dislike. Any advice would be great. I know the only person who can decide is me, but be good to get views from other people.
  4. LosingGrip

    It's been a long time coming!

    Bonus points to whoever knows the song that has the blog title in! Happened to be listening to it as I was thinking of a name! As the title suggests, its been a long time to start my PC training. I'll start from the beginning. Some will be vague for a reason. Ten years ago I was in a rut. In a job I hated (petrol station) about to start a uni course I wasn't interested in, but felt forced to apply for uni at college (radio production). I was at work and got talking to a police officer whilst their colleague was fuelling up. There job sounded amazing! The conversation was cut short as a job came in and they went off on blues. Whilst at work I googled joining the police. Actually found this form (before it was Police Community) from that search. Annoying my local force had just stopped their most recent recruitment phase. No worries, they recruit a number of times a year. In the meantime, I learnt about the Specials. I've always been a quiet person and wasn't sure if I was suited to policing. Was I fit enough? I grew up wanting to be a policeman officer (won't lie, Hot Fuzz has something to do with it!), but never thought I would do it. I figured by becoming a Special first, I could at least try before I buy as such. Ten years ago today I found out that I had passed the papershift and was invited for a interview and some tests. I don't remember much about these, other than the interview was over really quickly. A few years ago a supervisor told me the scoring system for it (its changed now). It was scary how bad it was and how easy it was to pass! Not that I was complaining...I was joining as a Special! I started my training in January 2010. The training wasn't brilliant, in fact it was rubbish. 13 days in total. One a week other than personal safety which was a full weekend. But I passed. My station choice was a mistake thinking back, but also a good thing. Thankfully things have changed massively now. It was seen by regulars as a place to get away without doing any work. They didn't want to be proactive. Their patrol would be from one nick to another for a cuppa. Annoying to say the least. Even more annoying as I don't drink tea or coffee! Anyway, I moved stations. It wasn't as easy as just asking to move though. But that's a whole different story that ended with me resigning and coming back a few months later. My new station was brilliant. The regulars were amazing. Supportive and happy to see me. Felt like one of the team. My tutor was great. Saw what I was good at and what I needed to improve on quickly and helped me with all that. I got signed off as independent and got a A to B car course. Traffic was my passion. I would take the laser out and go to any places members of the public had moaned about speeders. Would call up for any jobs that came in and deal with them as well. Call up for the rubbishy jobs to help out. Annoyingly my force didn't allow Specials to take statements from witnesses (I know!), so there was only so much I could do. We also couldn't interview. But, the squad were happy to help. Around 2013 recruitment finally started again, although not in my force but another one. Seeing as I was with my girlfriend who lived in this force, and we had talked about moving in together it made sense to apply for them. Thankfully that didn't go any further than the papershift as we broke up in 2014! I applied for my force again but failed the papershift. I was never any good at application forms! 2014 I moved to another department. Traffic. I loved it. The squad was amazing. I still did some shifts at my old station, but mainly with traffic. Crewed with the regulars and with other specials. Dealt with some cracking jobs (mobile phone stop ended with a PWITS and the person getting three years inside for his first ever offence!). Once a year I seemed to get a phase of not enjoying it. I was doing a lot of hours (100+ a month). I had moved departments at my day job and was now a delivery driver. It was normally around Xmas this happened, when work became manic. Things were also stressful at home and my on/off relationship was now off fully (woo!). 2016 I applied again. Passed the papershift and had my assessment centre. Wow...I don't remember much of it, but when I got home I slept for 16 hours. I was sick twice during it as well. Unsurprisingly I failed. I wasn't upset though. 2017 I applied again. This time I had been giving extra time due to my dyslexia that had been diagnosed between the two. Failed again...but got the paperwork late so appealed. This was upheld. All this meant was another AC in six months time. 2018 was my third attempt. I had told myself that this would be my last attempt. I considered other careers, was looking at becoming a driving instructor. I had been given my response ticket in 2017, was loving my role and work was OK. I passed! Not a great score, but I passed! I got my email whilst waiting to see a doctor about a injury from a car crash, so couldn't really jump up and down like I wanted to! Next stage was my interview...they didn't know when this would be. I passed my AC in June/July time. September I emailed HR to see If they had any update. Didn't hear anything back (I had huge problems with HR during the process). December I still hadn't heard back. The MET had removed their requirement to be a resident there before applying so looked at transferring my AC result across. For family reasons I decided to withdraw this in mid January. A week later I got a email saying my final interview would be a week and a day later. Result! Thankfully I had the day off. Annoying the day after I put my back out and couldn't walk! Three weeks off work in the end. But as I couldn't do anything but revise that's what I did! Interview was so much better than the AC interview. I think it helped it was at my HQ compared to Ryton College of Policing HQ and knew my way around. The interviewers were great. Friendly, relaxing. I also had man flu. Everything was against me. My back was killing and every time I coughed I wanted to cry! I found out there and then if I passed or not. Longest five minutes of my life waiting in the HR room. Thankfully just myself and some HR people. Small talk was awkward! Called back in, sat down and told I've passed. I was over the moon. Massive sigh of relief. Had to remind myself not to swear! Next was medical and fitness with vetting in the background. Only thing I was slightly concerned about was my medical due to my back, and my vetting due to my dad who I have nothing to do with. Medical passed. Fitness test passed. Vetting passed. Told I was given a start date of July, but would hear once my references had returned. Annoyingly my day job required me to sign some paperwork to say they can give my reference to the Police...but no one knew this! In the end a friend who is a Special and a manager at another store phoned my manager and asked him to email one across to HR that day (company policy is Head Office do references not managers at the store). Got my offer the next day! (This was made more stressful as I was buying a flat at the time and needed my offer of contract for the mortgage company to give me a mortgage!). I have never been so happy. There is something nice about knowing you can quit your job you hate at any time! I lasted a week before I handed my notice in (only had a week to give), giving me two weeks off beforehand. I'm now into week three of my training and loving it. Being a Special has helped massively. Some days are a bit boring (IT for example. My access got taken away and wont be given back until I do all the training again!). The class is great. We all get along really well. The trainers are fantastic. I'm struggling with the Monday to Friday bit though. Most my shifts were lates as well, so my 0600 alarm five days a week is a killer! I've got no social life at the moment as I'm so tired. I'm doing two hours+ revision a night. But its the best thing I've done (other than meeting my girlfriend if she sees this!). It doesn't feel like I'm going to work. The saying 'if you find a job you love, you'll never work again' is true. I'll do a post about what I've done so far later. I'll do it on a weekly case as its easier.
  5. DevonDumpling

    2018 Intakes

    The Kent forum doesn't seem to be getting used much recently but I was just wondering if there's anyone out there joining in this round of recruitment? Got my medical and uniform fitting coming up and hoping to get on the October intake.
  6. Hi guys, So had recruitment already happened for 2015? I've checked out the recruitment webpage which states "We will be re-opening our next recruitment campaign during 2015". What's the deal? I'd be interested in putting in an application. I'm a Special over in North Wales waiting for recruitment windows to open and the West Mercia area isn't too far for me to uproot to. That is, unless, they only recruit from their Specials / PCSOs / locals? Let me know! Cheers, Ed
  7. Hello all, Ive got my intensive course starting next week. Any tips ? Also this PT kit does the trainers have to be all white ?
  8. Hi all. Just wondering if there are any Dyfed powys people on here for the proposed April 2017 PC intake? I'm aware that new recruits started this week from discussions and posts on here. Has anyone heard any details on how many posts are available? A start date, etc....... Or any info really? Thanks
  9. oscar24

    PC 2015 recruitment

    Hi all. Anyone on here currently going through the process? Stay safe!
  10. I have just been made an offer to start on the 27th March 2017 at Henden for foundation training as a PC. Anyone else here due to start then?
  11. LosingGrip

    Dorset Police Officer Recruitment

    Fifth of January 2015 PC recruitment opens again for Dorset. More information here. Good luck to those that apply!
  12. danswans

    Becoming a PC - My Blog

    So, taking influence from @Eddzz!! and his wonderful blog, I've decided to post my own spin on what it means / involves to become a PC. I got the official go ahead about 2 1/2 weeks ago that I had been successful and I would be on the next intake, which starts on Monday October 24th. Lots of paperwork, forms and signatures to complete before then. I've been invited for a pre employment day on Saturday 15th October at the force training school. This is to be shown around, meet your new trainers / colleagues and to go through the uniform fitting again. I say again, as up until last month I was a serving special constable for the same force. It all started when I moved from Wales to England to live in Kent. I met a girl who's from this area and things kind of went from there. I didn't have any friends, family or close connections to spend time with so it was all very difficult. I joined the specials in June 2015 and I instantly fell in love with the job. The unpredictable nature of calls, tasks and day to day activities still makes me smile now. My current job is working within forensic mental health services, which sounds great, but can become boring at times - so the change is very much a good one! I feel a sense of personal proudness to not only become a special constable for one of the UKs largest forces, but to also be on the verge of becoming a full time PC. It's really been a long and difficult road but soon to be over. I aim to share my experiences and what it's like to be a PC and hopefully inspire more of you who wish to follow suit. I will update again sharing what I get up to on Saturday at the pre employment day - if there's anything you wish to know or ask, don't hesitate to comment! Dan
  13. Please see the following links for North Wales Police recruitment updates. Police Community NWP recruitment updates Official NWP recruitment section
  14. Hi everyone, Thought I'd set a topic up for all those applying in the latest MSC to PC recruitment. Feel free to post any questions you may have regarding it!
  15. Benjamon1991

    West Midlands Police PC recruitment 2015

    I thought I'd start this thread due to the lack of WMP forum activity. I had my final interview two weeks ago and I am currently waiting to hear back. I was told there were a number of intakes from November 2015 all the way though to early 2017 depending on how well candidates performed throughout the recruitment process - higher scorers starting first. Is anyone else in a similar position? It seems to me that they're leaving it very late to inform people of success with a potential November intake considering most employers will require a months notice and candidates will need to find living arrangements pretty soon! Anyone currently training with WMP may be able to shed some light on this?
  16. Hey all, I currently have an application in with a force and have so far passed the SEARCH assessment centre and am awaiting my final interview. Another force currently has open vacancies for PCs. I have contacted said force who have said they would accept my transferred SEARCH score in an application. Question is: would I be able to submit a second application to another force whilst a current application is still in process? Way I see it is that if my interview in the current application goes tits up then I have another chance with a different force relatively soon after the fact. Let me know. Cheers.
  17. The thread name is a reference to what I've been told my a lot of PCs who describe the difference between being a Regular and a Special. This thread is directed towards those who started off as Specials then became PCs. Apart from the obvious, what are the differences for both roles? From the PCs I've spoken to, I've gathered a collective opinion as follows: 1) Getting used to shift work whereas Specials can obviously choose when to volunteer 2) A lot more responsibility for following through on jobs 3) A lot of paperwork Does that sum it up? I have opinions from some who work in the service who say that they know Specials who then became PCs. These SC to PC individuals then realise that it's ''so different'' that they don't like Policing anymore. I am a Special btw keen to become a PC.
  18. Becoming a PC just got a little harder. http://content.met.police.uk/Site/whowearelookingfor From Monday 20th July, in order to be eligible to apply to become a new police constable in the Met, you must also be able to speak one of the below 14 languages (in addition to English): • Yoruba (Nigeria) • Hebrew • Arabic • Hindi • Punjabi • Italian • German • Turkish • Greek • Spanish • Polish • Portuguese • Sinhali (Sri Lanka) • Bengali
  19. RailPlod

    August PC Intake

    Hey all, anyone else on board for August PC intake?
  20. Hi all, Just joined today after much lurking. Unsure if this fits here or elsewhere, but my topic for discussion is what second job can I do which will fit in around being a response cop? I'm approaching 3 years service, love this job despite the constant media battering we get. I'm on the old payscale so I accept it's not a badly paid job by any means but I would like to get another job/hobby to supplement my income, particularly as I still rent and want to build up some deposit money for a mortgage. I'm on a 6 on 4 off pattern so I certainly feel like I could do a couple of days work each set of rest days. I do whatever overtime is going but thats quite irregular. I've thought about it and most part time jobs don't really work with a rolling 6 on 4 off pattern as my days off are different each calendar week. I enjoy driving so have thought about casual driving jobs, which I reckon I'd need at least a C category licence for so there is a cost in obtaining that. Any ideas, inspirations or opinions please?
  21. Recruitment The recruitment window for Police Constable will open on the 18th May. For all recruitment enquiries please email mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk There will be a PC awareness seminar held on the 28th April An Application Form, Assessment Centre and Interview workshop will be on the 6th May. You can book onto the workshop via our current vacancies page. There will also be a Seminar and Application Form, Assessment Centre and Interview workshop made available to Female and BME Applicants only. The seminar will be on the 29th April and the Application Form, Assessment Centre and Interview workshop will be on 7th May 2015 To book onto these please email positive.action@cheshire.pnn.police.uk - please be advised the Application Form, Assessment Centre and Interview workshop is now fully booked. We will also be holding live Q & A sessions for those who wish to ask any questions relating to the role or the application process. These dates are; Tuesday 12th May 12:00 - 13:00 and Thursday 21st May 18:00 - 19:30 Cheshire Constabulary currently adhere to the national College of Policing recruitment process, and would like to highlight that due to the high volume of application forms that we receive, and the initial standards that have been set, we may not be able to progress candidates who do not achieve a competency based question score of 11 and above at the application stage. Those that are unsuccessful at this stage of the recruitment process can apply to future PC campaigns, but we would recommend guidance is sought around the application form. Interested in becoming a Police Constable in Cheshire? Being a police officer is not just about having a demanding job. The public have to be able to put great trust in police officers who hold very significant powers and responsibilities. We’re Here is our commitment to the public to address the issues that they tell us are the most important to them. The commitments cover four key areas of our business: We’re Here Where You Need Us, When You Need Us We’re Here for Victims We’re Here for Justice We’re Here for Communities The Standards required of a Police Officer are laid out nationally in the Code of Ethics. Before deciding to apply to be a police officer please read the Code of Ethics and consider very carefully whether these are standards you can commit to demonstrating at all times both during and outside working hours. You should also complete the pre-application questionnaire to check your eligibility and suitability for the role of a Police Constable. If after reading the Code of Ethics and completing the questionnaire you are sure that a career as a Police Constable is for you, you should read the relevant pages on the website which will give you the information you need. Change in recruitment process The recruitment process for Cheshire Constabulary has changed. Like many other Forces, the Cheshire Constabulary has moved towards requesting that those joining the force as a police officer do so with a professional qualification. This brings the police service in line with other professions, such as teaching and health, where those applying to join must have first completed a relevant academic course. Certificate in Knowledge of Policing Cheshire Constabulary is committed to ensuring it attracts the highest calibre of people, from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible, as Police Constables. The College of Policing has recently recommended a minimum eligibility criterion, for Police Constable Applicants, to attain the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP) The College of Policing website has more information about the CKP and independent providers of the qualification. Change to SEARCH Assessment Centre pass mark With the requirement to complete the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing qualification, Cheshire Constabulary has also reviewed the SEARCH Assessment Centre pass mark. It has aligned it with the national recommendation and has adopted the national pass mark of 50%. Anyone who has achieved a SEARCH result of 50% or more within the past 12 months is now eligible to apply to Cheshire Constabulary, subject to meeting the minimum eligibility criteria of the CKP. Policing, Law and Investigation Foundation Degree The Constabulary has joined with the University of Chester in offering a two year Foundation degree course in Policing, Law, and Investigation, with the option of an additional third year to attain a BSc. This qualification has been designed to equip aspiring police officers with the relevant skills and knowledge required for a career as a police officer and students on this course are required to become a Special Constable in order to achieve the practical learning outcomes of the course. An exciting and rewarding career Working as a Police Constable is an exciting and rewarding career with the chance to explore acadamic and vocational opportunities. Not only is the selection process rigorous and demanding, but the policing role itself asks much of officers who are appointed. The job is mentally and often physically challenging and requires personal energy, resilience and commitment. Attributes and values So you want to be a Police Constable? You'll need to have the following attributes: Honesty and integrity Physical fitness Sensitivity and tact Communication skills Drive and determination Rational decision making An ability to work independently and as part of a team But first you'll have to meet our minimum requirements for age, residency and physical fitness. The Standards required of a Police Officer are laid out nationally in the Code of Ethics, which can be accessed via the College of Policing website. https://www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/pcs.aspx
  22. Gem56

    MSC to PC

    Wondering if anybody on here is preparing for their MSC to PC day 1? I am and am very nervous to say the least :-) Any tips would be hugely appreciated!
  23. stoppedreality

    Recruitment Deadline - 7th May

    Kent PC applications close on the 7th May, get yours in now! http://www.kent.police.uk/join_us/police_officer/pol_off.html Good luck to all of those who have already applied.
  24. NPspecial

    Pc recuitment

    Anyone heard more about thier submitted applications ? Also can anyone confirm that they have got rid of responae shifts and now everyone Is classed as NPT but on a response shift rota ?
  25. miffy

    New PC Problems

    Okay so today I just built a computer, but its being a problem child. anyone got any ideas? Specs are: AMD FX4300 HyperX 8GB 1866Mhz DDR3 EVGA GTX 750 SC MSI 970A Motherboard Corsair CXM500 SanDisk Pules 128GB SSD Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Its currently refusing to display anything, even with a different monitor and was displaying earlier Currently had 3 BSOD in the space of an hour. Installation of EVGA programs and drivers arent working properly. FireFox crashes instantly

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