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  1. http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/meet-the-senior-officer-about-to-lead-portsmouth-police-after-just-a-year-as-a-cop-1-8172882 Senior cop Maggie Blyth is set to take command of all officers in Portsmouth – despite having only put on a uniform a year ago. As the city’s district commander, she will be leading scores of officers who have climbed their way up the ranks and garnered years of experience on the beat Read more at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/meet-the-senior-officer-about-to-lead-portsmouth-police-after-just-a-year-as-a-cop-1-8172882
  2. I've just been reading about the Sheehy report and it's recommendations to abolish Chief Superintendents. It reminds me of the Chief Inspector thing at the minute. Do you think the Borough based policing model, divisions inline with local authorities etc., has delivered better policing to residents? I believe the dormer was an area policing model, was that better? Out of interest, does anyone know how many 'area' divisions they were in the Met? Assume is must have been loads? Cheers,
  3. I was wondering how the shift setup works. If you're on Group A, B, C etc., will you have the same Inspector? Do they work the same shift patterns or? Also, at the HQ who will be the most senior officer running things? Is it just and Inspector or do they have Superintendents etc. For force size if it's different mine is GMP. I understand if something happens they'll get people out of bed. Just in general what's the most senior and does it differ from force to force etc.
  4. I have thought long and hard about posting this , and mods if you're not happy feel free to edit or even delete it There has been debate on here recently about how policing and the polices attitudes have changed and not for the best. It occurred to me that a lot of my service ( albeit as a ' hobby bobby ', but one who was valued, took notice and was one of the team) was over the period being discussed,and I got to wondering were things really that much better in the not so distant past Certanly in the glory days before savage cutbacks the officer numbers were much better,but I would want to look at less concrete issues than that. Definitely IMHO there were things that were better. The police had more autonomy and were able to use their common sense more, there wasn't the worry that making a simple mistake could lead to months or years of worrying or even the loss of a job. The 'ways and means act ' was often used and did achieve results. So far so good (old days) but were things so much better in the bigger picture? I experienced sexism and sexual remarks,and saw racism. Homophobia was rife .Some of the stories I heard of things that happened would have made PSDs hair stand on end ,there is a chance that some of this was bobbies 'bigging themselves up' to a young woman , but even then ,some things I did see would induce apoplexy today i.e. drinking on duty, married officers visiting their mistress(es) during the shift etc Reference was made to a 'can't be bothered ' attitude today well back then a call to an ASB job within quarter of an hour of finishing time could result in a response of 'area searched no trace ' or a warp speed drive past. Male victims of domestic abuse were considered wimps who needed to grow a pair. The attitude to sexual crime could be victim blaming to say the least As for CID. They were a law unto themselves, I could make another post just about them ( Gene Hunt wasn't that big a caricature) And yet I bl@@dy loved it But I didn't know better Where they the good old days? No they were different
  5. I'm sure you're all very familiar with the last weeks news of Daily shootings, Mass shootings and such incidents. I'll try and set the scene for what follows, Me and my colleague are both walking through the busy town centre, 10;45am on the lovely sunny Monday morning Begining our shift. Nothing out of the ordinary yet, we'd done a loop of the town and began to walk through the centre past, just past the local food places. A Member of the public leaned in as if to say something, while pointing they whisper, "There's a black bag down there.." I look behind this bin next to the cafe, shaded by a tree and bin, the bag inbetween. Rather busy area. Around a meter by a half a meter not a small bag by any measure. The bag, already opened a couple Centimeters, I cautiously leaned over to have a look, my colleague taking a few steps backwards.. As i peer over all I managed to make out was what appeared to be a black box with a few wires in the bag. Not to be too alarmed, Hidden big back, box, wires. No one around it, the usual thing to leave in a busy area right? Heart slightly racing..giving a slightly nervous look to my colleague as they gaze on.. What more to do than give the zip a slight poke with my baton to try and open it.. Failing to move the zip without touching it, I step back. Contemplating what im going to say to control. A male comes running up from behind shouting 'wait, wait!'.... What felt like a tense few seconds, followed by "Sorry mate.. I Left my speaker.." Brilliant. I did speak to the male about it, as there were a few concerned people looking at me, and I spoke to another officer about this afterwards, and they taught me the H.O.T principle for reporting things, In hindsight I'd of done it much differently and been more cautious. live & learn, luckily.
  6. On the 29th of March 2016, it will be one year to the day since I started training to become a Special Constable. I was on a training course recently and my colleagues, who are far longer in service than me, were asking me if the job was what I expected it to be. I replied that it was, but it got me thinking about the changes I've seen in the last year and the lessons I've learned. I thought this might be handy advice for those of you looking to join, or a throwback for those of you "old sweats"! 1. "Regular customers" are often the most polite and compliant custodies you will have. I cannot count the number of times I have been sworn at, borderline assaulted, and been obstructed by people who have never encountered or had little contact with the criminal justice system. On the other hand, I might deal with someone who has 30, 40, 50 previous convictions, who is the most compliant and cooperative custody around. Just because someone is a career criminal, doesn't necessarily make them a bad person. 2. Don't believe everything you hear. This goes for everything. Caller reporting 20 males fighting with baseball bats in the street? It's more likely 4 or 5, and it's most likely a bit of fisticuffs over nothing. Female complainer making a claim of repeated domestic abuse over the past 20 years? It transpires that she'd been plotting to leave her husband for several months and had exaggerated claims of his controlling and possessive behaviour in order to get him out of the way to move her new man into the house. People make things up, people lie, and people are good at it - more often than you'd like to think. 3. Don't panic. Might be a bit of an obvious one, but I used to go into calls fearing the worst. A concern for welfare would result in a body. A missing person would result in a kidnapping, or a body. A knife call would result in a desperate roll-around trying to avoid being stabbed. A 20-man fight would result in a panic button activation. I'd be deploying baton and spray left, right and centre. The truth is, you don't know what you're dealing with until it's in front of you. I've learned to stop assuming the worst and think of a logical plan without any assumptions. Think on your feet, don't try and plan everything before it's even happened. 4. OST is not real life. I felt way more equipped to deal with violent situations after my OST, but the truth is that I've never used any of the techniques when I've been out working, except the use of cuffs and restraints. I can't count the number of times I've rolled about with someone trying to get a cuff on them and you end up cuffing them "any which way but loose" as my instructor used to say. So you've cuffed them rear back to back and both palms are facing the same way? It's fine, we can swap that round. Don't worry about doing it perfectly, just worry about doing it. 5. People do live in poverty in this country. I have been in houses where children are being brought up with holes in their clothes, not enough food, a filthy house, and bare walls. I've seen homes that are at the point of ruin. I never expected to see it, but it does exist, and not always through fault or criminality. 6. You don't need as much sleep as you think you do. I used to sleep for 10+ hours at the weekend. Those were the days. Now I survive on 6 or 7 hours over a lateshift weekend - with some assistance! 7. Caffeine is life. See above. If you join and you don't like coffee, I hope you like Monster/Red Bull because you're going to need it. 8. Sometimes it's boring, but sometimes it's really busy. You might get a locus, or a constant ob. You could drive around for an entire 10 hour shift and not catch a thing. Your partner might get stuck in the office with paperwork that you can't help with. It's not always as exciting as the telly would have you believe! But then you get shifts where you don't stop - I have been on a 13 and a half hour shift before. It was not ideal, but I was busy the whole time. I've been bounced about from call to call, bottoming out jobs and on to the next one. It happens. And it doesn't necessarily happen at the times you'd expect it to. 9. Your "normal" friends and family might not get it. I don't have any friends who I knew prior to the job that were specials, so when I started working every weekend and fitting my friends and family around that, they really didn't understand like I thought they would. I'm pretty sure I've lost some friends over it, but at the end of the day it's only happened because they weren't true friends to begin with. You will learn quickly who is important enough to make time for and who isn't - not everyone thinks it's admirable, and not everyone likes the police. 10. You would do anything for your colleagues, and they'd do anything for you. I used to think that the job would be like my regular day job - I have colleagues who are great, but I wouldn't go out of my way to help. In the police service the only time I find myself really fearing the worst is when a red button goes off or an assistance shout goes out. Everyone will pile out of the office for two people, race across the city and run to help no matter what they're running into. It's worse being on the receiving end - I've put out an assistance shout myself, and what was happening wasn't as bad as listening to the panic in the voices of others as they made their way over. The service really is like a family and no matter how long you've been in, everyone always helps their own. What lessons did you learn compared to when you first started?
  7. Just a video I came across the other day on Bullshire, thought it was really well made and a realistic depiction of what it's like to be "Job".
  8. Police Hour: Full story An absolutely stonking photo with so much going on in it that really sums up what the police have to deal with as a result of not only NYE 'celebrations' but also pretty much every weekend with our 'night time economy'.
  9. during day 2 we just seized some vehicles and did some TORs , Bit boring to describe that for a few hours ( but i enjoyed it ) Day 3: Rank:SC Length of Service:3 months Planned Hours:0700x1500 Type of Shift:Traffic 0700; Gear up at breifing, get out callsign and my colleague/prep the car **** head out for an operation ****car known for someone wanted and recent fail to stops is spotted and we begin responding along with other units. **** arrive at a location to await dispatch from helicopter **** dispatched to go stop car, car fails to stop and we and another unit begin pursuit went a long time following directions from helicopter (would of not been possible without the heli), eventually car the person was caught and arrested. As much as I'd love to go into more detail of how AWESOME the pursuit was, also i've removed times/details lost track of time between now and approximately 1300 when we were booking him into custody...there was a long wait. 1430 back to the office to compelte paperwork 1550 paperwork complete home time Traffic cops got nothing on me after this, the drivers of the vehicle(s) showed some incredible skill and resiliance, traffic do actually do something Most exhilerating shift ive ever had... by far. How i refer to being a special ; "it's like watching traffic cops, except then someone asks you what to do". Well this was literally my traffic cops day
  10. Blog: The best job in the world

    PC Heather Hutchinson thinks she’s got the best job in the world. She spent four years working in the force control room before becoming a response officer in 2008. I love my job. Absolutely love it. I’ve done so many different jobs in my time, I’ve travelled the world and experienced all types of working environments, nothing compares to the challenges you face every day as a police officer. You never know what you may be turning up to and that is what drives me on a day-to-day basis. During your career you can specialise in so many different areas, I can’t imagine ever being bored while working for the police. You constantly have to think on your feet, working out how to solve the many problems you’re faced with, and it sounds a cliché, but you really never know what to expect. You can be that empathetic ear to people, the person that tells a domestic violence victim that they’re not being silly if they still love the person they have spent their life with. When someone is suffering on a daily basis – having their life made a living hell – it’s nice to know you can make a difference. For that reason I find it really rewarding responding to domestic violence and harassment incidents. If I can get victims to open up to me, and get the best out of them onto paper in order for their statement to be as impactful as possible in court, then I know I’ve done a good job. A lot of our time as response officers is spent dealing with people who are experiencing mental health issues. I attended an incident the other day where a man was suffering from severe anxiety. He wasn’t committing any crime, but he had been making threats to harm himself. He didn’t want to come with me as he was agoraphobic so didn’t want to leave his house, but I couldn’t have left him at home alone as we have a duty of care to ensure he doesn’t come to any harm. After a bit of problem solving, I managed to arrange for someone from the local crisis team to come and give him the support he needed, and get the wheels in motion for long term help. That day I went home feeling like I’d achieved something and really made a difference to someone’s life. On Monday our new operating model launched, which I think will have a really positive impact on the way in which response policing works. The new model will see us become more of an all-round officer. Before we were just responding to incidents and handing them over to others to deal with. Now we are able to see jobs through from start to finish which should enhance victim satisfaction. We’ll be getting to improve our interview techniques too – a vital skill in policing – as we’ll be doing them more often now. I occasionally work in our force control room and I think the new model with really help with how things are run in there – we’ll be able to give a more efficient service. The biggest challenge facing our force at the moment is the lack of resources, but I’m positive the new way of working will help improve that. Despite the challenges that come with being a response officer, I feel very privileged to do this job. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Source
  11. Policing Studies (FDA)

    Source: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduates/2015/policing-studies
  12. Are there any rules or tips when it comes to dealing with family, relatives or even people you know? A couple scenarios: 1. You stop a vehicle for speeding and mobile. Once stopped, you move to talk to driver and its your friend or someone you know. Do you deal with it yourself, or ask your colleague to deal with it 2. You are off duty, with the family having a meal in restaurant. Things get heated, arguing, and Aunt slaps cousin. Do you warn them to calm down and leave, OR call it in OR turn a blind eye?
  13. CKP Requirement

    It's becoming more and more common for police forces to require you to have the CKP (Certificate in knowledge of policing) before joining. So out of curiosity, I'm wondering whether it's aim is to shorten down the training days due to having done some self study in the different areas of policing, or if it's just so that you have a bit of general knowledge? Has anyone recently joined a force with the CKP?
  14. WPC 56

    On BBC 1 there is a new drama 'WPC 56'. It's set in 1956 and follows the first WPC in a West Midlands town. I personally find it very interesting and wondered if anyone else had seen it and their thoughts on it? If it was anything like how it is portrayed in the drama, policing has had a variety of positive changes!

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