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  1. I was reading the other day about the plans being put in place by most if not all Home Office forces and some non home office forces for how they plan to deal with future recruitment of new staff and their educational standards. If I understand if correctly they are now proposing that those who are not educated to a degree level will be required to undertake a 3 apprenticeship in which they will Join as a constable, and follow an apprenticeship in professional policing practice - earning whilst they learn. The route is said to normally take three years with both on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, they will complete your probation and achieve a degree. Alternatively if you have a degree in any subject, you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route normally takes two years, and the learning you have undergone is recognised in a graduate diploma in professional policing practice when you complete your probation. The third option being If you want to study first, you can do a three year degree in professional policing at your own expense, and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme. Being a special constable can be included in this route. More information about how it's all planned out can be found here: https://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Learning/Policing-Education-Qualifications-Framework/Entry-routes-for-police-constables/Pages/Entry-routes-for-police-constables.aspx I'm told that once this is off the ground and it's 'working well' then there is even plans to role it out for specials, PCSO's and even Police Staff roles! My question is what are everyone's thoughts on this, do you think it's a good thing or a bad thing?
  2. At least six forces will soon be competing for the same talent. (clockwise from top) Dave Jones, Alec Wood, Simon Edens, Stephen Kavanagh, Pat Gallan and Mark Polin are all leaving the police service Some 12 per cent of police forces in England and Wales are now recruiting for a new chief constable, just over a year after warnings were aired over a lack of available talent to fill vacancies. Recent weeks have seen five chief constables and a Met assistant commissioner announce they are leaving the police service. These include the national leads for some of the most high profile and challenging portfolios – digital policing, volunteering, aviation and performance management. North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin, the head of the Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association, is also leaving the service. Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton has been in post since 2012 and in policing for 38 years, and is not retiring. He told Police Oracle: “The loss of wisdom at the top is a concern. It is a worry but the next generation, with our support, will have to do the business.” On why chiefs might want to leave, he said: “That there are so many changes to pension rules means sometimes people have to make decisions that are best for their families. I know it can be the case that it isn't financially sound to stay, you would effectively be paying the government to stay in." There have already been concerns raised about the lack of candidates for chief constable jobs, with a Police Oracle analysis revealing most chiefs appointed in 2015 had been the only candidate for their job. Last year chiefs noted an imminent shortage of would-be chief officers being trained to meet upcoming vacancies, but the NPCC urged the government not to introduce direct entry at the top level of the service. Former British Transport Police chief Andy Trotter told Police Oracle: “I don’t remember such a number of chiefs retiring at the same time though I don’t know if you can read too much into it – there is a whole new life outside where you can relax a bit more. “The pressures have always been great but I think they have become more personal, the focus is now very much on the chief especially in the media. “On the recruitment side, police and crime commissioners often know the deputy and people aren’t going to risk running if they don’t think they have a chance. “In the past people had to move around to different forces before becoming a chief constable and I think a fresh face at the top is helpful.” Chief constable retirements announced in April and May (so far): CC Mark Polin - North Wales – head of CPOSA. Length of service: 35 years. CC Simon Edens – Northants – head of the NPCC performance management committee. 37 years. CC Dave Jones – North Yorks – NPCC lead for citizens in policing. 32 years. CC Stephen Kavanagh – Essex – NPCC lead for digital policing. 33 years. CC Alec Wood – Cambs – NPCC lead for aviation. 32 years. Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan – Met Police. 31 years. At least six forces will now be competing among the same small pool of candidates in the coming months for a new chief constable and, in the Met, a new assistant commissioner – which is the equivalent rank to a chief. One policing insider said: “What has the College and NPCC contribution to this actually been? There was a leadership review launched in 2015 to much fanfare which was meant to put in place changes including to deal with chief officer recruitment to bring about a wider pool of candidates, but – like changing the police rank structure - hardly any of it has been implemented.” But Dafydd Llywelyn, from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said: “As part of their role in representing the public, police and crime commissioners are directly responsible for the appointment of chief constables. PCCs are working with the College of Policing to ensure that the talent pool of applicants for these key roles is as broad and deep as possible. “We will continue to work with the College and other key stakeholders to ensure that any obstacles and barriers to chief officer recruitment that the College have identified are fully addressed.” The College has revised its application process for would-be candidates to the senior command course and held workshops to encourage under-represented groups to put themselves forward for the roles. Jo Noakes, SCC director for the College of Policing, said: “An increase in the number of applications for last year’s Strategic Command Course (SCC) assessment processes resulted in our most diverse course yet. “The delegates that graduated in March 2018 included more superintendents and police staff. “There were also increases in underrepresented groups and students from other law enforcement agencies and public sector partners. “To maintain this momentum we are continuing to deliver briefing events, career development workshops and development centres to clearly explain the process for the SCC and encourage even more applications.” She added: “Following consultation with the service at the end of 2017 we are now looking at how we can further support progression to chief officer ranks, provide support for appointments and professionally develop newly appointed chief officers.” The NPCC did not respond to a request for comment on the issue before this article went live. View On Police Oracle
  3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5162283/Police-condemned-advertising-day-non-white-men.html Apparently you need to tick at least one of the following boxes to be welcome; Black or minority ethnic Gay or Lesbian Transgender Be female Have a learning disability
  4. Just wanted to get an update as to what individual forces allow with regard to driving in the special constabulary. The old table is a a few years out of date - I know a few forces have new policies now. Here's a survey for you to complete if you like. I'll collate the responses into a snazzy table. Mods: Wasn't sure whether to put this in the specials recruitment forum or not. Please move if you think necessary.
  5. Please see the following links for North Wales Police recruitment updates. Police Community NWP recruitment updates Official NWP recruitment section
  6. 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?
  7. Hi all, I recently applied to Hampshire constabulary and passed the first day assessment, but due to a review of their specials recruitment I won't be able proceed any further until the second half of next year. As I live in the very north east of Hampshire I was wondering about applying to Thames Valley constabulary. I'm pretty close to Reading. What is the recruitment situation like currently? Are there any issues with applying to two forces at the same time?
  8. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone else has applied for BTP Specials in Scotland? Applications are open until 5th December. Any people who have been through the application process; could you spare any advice regarding the tests and interview that will come up should I pass the application stage? Cheers ML
  9. When I started the specials recruitment process I tried to look up a rough timescale, but could not find one anywhere. This is obviously due to individual force's, the individuals that are applying and their personal circumstances. Below is my timeline, it seems to have gone smoothly so hopefully this is an average timeline. Application form completed – mid/End of May First correspondence back to offer dates for assessment day (taken as a woohoo!) - end of June. Assessment day (Interview, Situational Judgement and Written) – mid July. Vetting Personal - End of July. Vetting Financial - End of July. Doctor’s report and eye test – end of July. Substance Misuse – Mid August. Biometric testing – Mid August. Police Medical – Mid October. Offer as a special – Start of Nov. Training starts – End of Nov. Attestation planned for – March 2015! Hope this helps anyone going through the process Woody

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