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  1. OscarWhiskeyEchoNovember

    Looking to join cadets?

    Are you looking to join the Volunteer Police Cadets? well look no further! here i will tell you what we do as cadets. - Drill (My favorite) - First Aid - Law Lessons - Community Projects - Crime Prevention Advice (handing out to Members of Public) - Fundraising Events - Duke of Edinburgh Award - Visits to/from other departments within the police/other agencies - cross county/cross country competitions - Assisting in Police Operations and much, much more! the cadets also offers a fantastic opportunity that if you stay a cadet until you turn 19 you can get a BTEC Qualification, also opportunities such as rank promotions and awards. As a current VPC, i can tell you now if your force offers this opportunity, take it! * - Please note not all of the 42 forces in the UK have a cadet scheme, always check beforehand Lancashire Constabulary Cadet - OWEN
  2. Hi guys, I've been given a conditional offer and a start date in October to become a BTP PCSO in inner London. I've passed my medical and I am just waiting for my vetting. Does anyone know how long vetting will usually take for PCSOs? I'm on holiday for a few weeks in September and would need to give my notice in before I go away as it would be too late to do so within my notice period when I get back. Another question I have, sorry if this should be in a separate post - it's my first post - is about progressing in BTP. I have aspirations to move from PCSO to PC in a couple of years on the job, however would this be possible considering in 2020 you will need a degree to be a police officer? Thanks for your time.
  3. There appears to be quite a few forces out there that are open for transferees at Constable level at the moment. As recruitment for PCs looks like it is starting picking up, its a timely topic as transferees offer a quick, cheap and easy way to get experienced officers into a force without the need to provide the costly basic training. So, has anybody on here ever transferred forces? Can you tell us about your experience of going through the process? What was it like? Why did you choose to transfer? Were the forces significantly different and what sort of impact did that make? What was it like knowing how to do the job on the street, but not knowing the area, the local policies and procedures, your new force's systems, etc. Did you regret it or was it the right move? What tips would you give to others who are considering a transfer? And the key question - if you could rewind, would you do it again?
  4. Hopeful

    Degree/Graduate Diploma in Policing

    Good morning, I’m considering applying to West Midlands Police but have noticed they now require a route of training while studying to achieve either a Degree or a Graduate Diploma in Policing. This is the first time I’ve seen this entry route personally from a force but my question is generally with regards to the starting pay as the force website is a bit vague stating that the pay starts between £18,000-£23,124 and upon contacting the recruitment team, they don’t appear to know but have told me to assume it would be the lower end as I would be starting as an apprentice, should my application be successful. Has anyone ever joined via this route? I personally do not have a degree but I have my A-levels along with the CKP so I would assume I’d be joining as an apprentice student constable upon success. Whilst it is a long term ambition of mine to get into the police, I sadly cannot live on the lower end of the pay scale they’re suggesting and don’t want to waste their time if it turns out to be the lower end of the pay scale mentioned - I am 30 with a young family and even the higher end of the suggested starting pay would be a pay cut but I could manage, however the lower end would sadly mean a no go for me ☹️. If anyone could shed any light on this I’d be extremely grateful. 🙂 Like I said I would love to get into the job but don’t want to get my hopes up in applying to only turn the job away based on the starting pay. Thanks for your time
  5. 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
  6. luke4387

    Eyesight Test

    Hello, I passed my final interview on Friday for my local force and was sent forms to complete etc. I had my eyes tested today and I have excellent vision, passed with the test easily. However, I am slightly colourblind, not monochromism (instant fail), just couldn’t see the occasional number in the clusters. I am also a serving PCSO for the same force I’ve applied to and my deficiency has not hindered me at all. Are there officers who are colourblind? Will I have to do further eyesight tests with occupational health? I’d be gutted if I failed because of something out of my control and incurable! Please can I ask for people’s thoughts and experiences? Thank you!
  7. Hi, I recently received my special constable conditional offer from Hampshire Constabulary and have sent off all my vetting, medical and reference forms. My medical is in a few days with the OHU and my fitness test was 2 weeks away but now its been postponed by 6 weeks. I was just wondering if anyone could shed any light on whether I now have to wait for my fitness date in December before I can be given a date for training. The email didn't mention when gateway training would be starting and I thought maybe I'd get the dates for this before my fitness test is complete as I have heard of a few people who begin gateway training before they actually do their fitness test. I know no one can give me an exact answer but I'm just looking for any advice from anyone who has been through the process. Thanks! W
  8. Lnax

    Start date

    Hello, Just wondering if anyone else on here has passed everything and is waiting for their start date with Norfolk? I have been provisionally booked in for the July intake, but I’ve been advised that it’s subject to change.
  9. fat-albert

    My options

    Hello everyone I've recently gone through my application with Derbyshire constabulary and was awaiting a start date which I was told would be between October 2018 to the end of 2019. I was offered a place on the new police constable degree apprenticeship scheme which would of started in September but due to being mobilised with the RAF until October I had to turn down the opportunity. I've since had an email saying I've now been placed in a pool of reserves awaiting a start date between October and the end of 2019 but I don't have a guaranteed place on any intake and if I don't get in before 2019 they will just terminate my application. Obviously this is a bit of a blow as it was the first I've heard throughout the whole process that after passing everything I still might be rejected. I've asked for information on another PCDA course to see if I could apply as they had already offered me the chance to do one course but they don't have any info on another course and told me just to check the website and they also can't tell me where I am in the pool of reserves so I don't know if I even have a realistic chance of getting a place. Are there any options here? My local forces of West Midlands and West Mercia aren't recruiting at the moment but my friend who starts with West Mercia in May said when it happened to him they offered him a place in a different force, is it worth asking my two local forces if that's an option? While I know there is still a chance for me to start with Derbyshire I don't just want to sit around till the end of 2019 just to find out I've wasted all that time. Thanks in advance
  10. Eebs

    2018 recruitment;

    Greetings, it's been a while since any posts and I've posted; To start it simply, has or is anyone applying or thinking of applying for the 2018 year? I'm aware the last application stage began November 2017, is anyone in for the January assessment centres? Any other news, many new recruits or specials around?
  11. Good day I am currently a Captain in the South African Police Force. I work in a specialized unit dealing with forensic, photographic and fingerprint investigations of crime scenes. I have a degree in Policing as well as various courses that was done through the South African Police service for the specific field I am employed in. I would like to fine out what the requirements for a police member from outside the UK are to apply to join one of the police forces in the UK. I would appreciate any feedback from someone that has knowledge of this process Kind Regards Adele Germishuizen
  12. Do we have any dog handlers on the forum who might be kind enough to offer some advice? I'm currently in the process of completing my application for a transfer from response to dog section. The application basically consists of one question and as such I'm having a bit of trouble with structuring my answer. The question is: "Using the role requirement and advert please state the reason for your application and provide evidence of your personal qualities and skills that are relevant to this opportunity". I know that I need to go through the advert and role requirement and pick out jobs I've been involved with to evidence my capabilities. My concern though is I feel a bit like I'm over selling myself, saying look how good I am you should pick me! If there are any handlers that are able to offer any tips or advice for getting through the paper sift I would be very grateful. Thanks
  13. Hi all, I'm currently going through my police officer application and have reached my medical stage and I'm just awaiting a date to go speak with the force medical team. My question regards pre-reading prior to starting training school have any of you done this and if so did you find it beneficial? I've been considering getting a copy of the latest Blackstones Policing Manual to have a read through so I can better equip myself for when I do finally start training. My current role which is also within the police allows me to have knowledge of law and crime but not to the scale of a police officer? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
  14. Laura1988

    Police Scotland March Intake

    Hi everyone, I’ve just received my final offer and will be heading to Tulliallan on 26th March 2018. Just wondering if there is anyone else on here doing so and if there are any specific forum groups on the go already that I can be directed to? Thanks, Laura
  15. So it will be a good 6 months before I start training! Since finding out my start date I have seriously become demotivated in my current role ?! And every hour now seems like a life time! For those of you that have had to wait a few months before starting etc, how have you kept yourself motivated without your current role taking a serious hit in terms of motivation? To say I can't wait to get out and start as a PC is an understatement of the year! But over the moon to have been given my start date!
  16. Good day all, Just thought I’d see if there is anybody else attending the AC next weekend and to see how your preparation is going? What is you biggest worry about the AC and which Div have you applied for. I am applying for C Div, I’ve managed to arrange half an hour with an PC at my local station today which will hopefully help with the presentation to get a better understanding daily life. Beat regards and good luck DSMGP
  17. For anyone considering joining West Yorkshire Police as a police officer they will be reopening their recruitment for 2018 starting on Monday 26th February through until Sunday 11th March.
  18. Jon825

    Job For Life?

    Hi All I’m due to start Police Officer Training in March after a two year wait and couldn’t be more excited to begin. Can anyone tell me what the feel is at the moment in terms of job security and long term investment in Police Officers? I hope to be with the Police till I retire but with the current government cutbacks is this still a realistic goal? Can this still be a job for life? Regards
  19. Hopeful

    "Positive Action"

    What would your personal view on the following be? https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/may_2016_recruitment Long story short, I along with 30 others had our applications withdrawn from the recruitment process in March as there were 'no vacancies' which obviously after completing the entire recruitment process is totally gutting as in my eyes, I was becoming a police officer whenever the vacancies arose. I have never read anywhere online or from any serving officers of a police force dropping Applicants as to my knowledge, they usually just keep them until a position become available. Anyway, to add insult to injury, Cheshire Police reopened recruitment, much to my annoyance and others and so I made the FOI request as I was curious as I had a gut feeling that there was either no women or no black or people of an ethnic minority group and as you can see from the information provided, there were not and now I'm left thinking that Cheshire Police has blatantly discriminated against white males. I just wanted to get some other people's opinions as I am left wondering if I have ground to make a formal complaint or if I should leave it be and move on as I may also be thinking to much on this situation. I know that I am not going to get into Cheshire Police and to be honest, I'm pretty fed up of them after being left waiting for such long periods of time not knowing what's going on, but I feel that I along with the other 29 applicants, we may possibly have been discriminated against. I am just left feeling deflated and my confidence in the police recruitment process is pretty much destroyed. I'm currently on hold with an application to the BTP now but I'll be honest, I'm not getting my hopes up after being let down. Policing is something I'd love to get into but I'm just worried I'm going to be jumping through hoops again to have my hopes and dreams shattered at their latest convenience. Thank you for your time.
  20. quickdantheman

    SC - Appeal Process/Rights On Vetting?

    Hi All, Firstly a huge thank you to all who are currently serving this Country, under any role that is currently within a police force, I truly admire what you represent. My joining this site is very recent, and a last port of call if I am completely honest. I have had to many knockbacks now over the years, but most recent is vetting. I am told as an external applicant that I have no right of appeal, & that section 6 of some type of act 1996 there is no reason to disclose the decision to myself. Added to this, I am informed that under no circumstances, in any capacity or post am I able to apply to this force again, I am stunned!. I have sought local assistance via my local MP, which at first looked promising etc, with the avenue of data protection, right of appeal, subject to access form etc.............. Sadly this concluded my MP informed me with the Chief Constable himself explaining via telephone, that the decision was final, that I am not of suitability in the role of constable and there was no right of appeal? Is there anyone out there, that can look at this ethically and explain to me where I go now. I am confused, as I currently work as a volunteer in an organisation that works from the same office as police. So I can pass a CRB but not vetting? Confused.......................? Appreciate any advice
  21. Quickone

    Start in a couple of months

    Hi, I'm due to start police training in a couple of months and I have a couple of questions, What are the first few weeks of training like, will there be assessments straight away? Are you supplied with all the information you need to study for assessments or will I need to purchase extra material? If you fail an assessment, do you get any option to re-take it? I received my welcome pack through the post with basic information I need to know, I've already booked an appointment to have my uniform fitted and I am planning on ordering a pair of Altberg boots, but is there anymore preparation I need to do before starting training? Sorry for all the questions I know they will probably differ from force to force. Thanks. I should also add that I am completely new to policing and haven't done anything like this before.
  22. j4321j

    Specials Training Start Date

    Hi, I recently received my special constable conditional offer and have sent off all my vetting, medical and reference forms. My medical is in a few days with the OHU and my fitness test was 2 weeks away but now its been postponed by 6 weeks. I was just wondering if anyone could shed any light on whether I now have to wait for my fitness date in December before I can be given a date for training. The email didn't mention when gateway training would be starting and I thought maybe I'd get the dates for this before my fitness test is complete as I have heard of a few people who begin gateway training before they actually do their fitness test. I know no one can give me an exact answer but I'm just looking for any advice from anyone who has been through the process. Thanks! W
  23. Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum so apologies I am still find my feet. I am looking to see If anyone is at the same stage as me and see what information people have? I have passed interview and assessment centre (back at end of August 2017) and I am about to head back to Aberdeen for my final fitness/medical etc an the end of this month with a possible start date during the December intake (however this has not been 100% confirmed yet). Anyone who is at roughly the same stage as me, would be good to chat and compare information. Thanks Lisa
  24. Kce240114

    Failed vetting

    I’ve recently passed all aspects of recruitment but failed vetting. I was told in a letter that it was because I failed to disclose an informal action I got when I was 14 (now 28). I have emailed to try to get the decision overturned as I didn’t know any action had been taken and also it’s not a caution or conviction. Vetting won’t even listen to me and all I keep getting told is the reason was outlined in my rejection letter and they can’t talk to me further due to data protection laws. If it was to do with a third party would they have said this in the letter also (obviously not telling me who or what) but just outlined that as a cause also? I’m so disappointed as it was a genuine mistake and I wouldn’t of lied about it if I had got asked about it but wasn’t even given a chance. No vetting interview or anything. Any help or guidance would be appreciated
  25. Hello Everyone, I have not posted to these forums for a number of years as I was thinking of applying to join the police back in 2007 however I have just plodded along in life working in banking for the last 11 years and I feel I am in desperate need of a change. Its not all bad as if I hadn't of started working in a bank then I wouldn't of met my wife and we have now been together for 10 years and married for 7 so some good has come out of a job that I don't really like! Now as Essex are recruiting again I am thinking of applying as I am now 32 and have a lot more life experience behind me than I probably did when I was 22. I went to a career evening Essex Police held on Tuesday and spoke to a few different areas including the specials, regulars, roads policing and CID and it was really interesting. The thing I am wondering is whether to apply for the Specials or for the Regulars. There were also student officers there and they said its a long process to get in but like with anything if its something you really want you will get there eventually. They also reckoned I would be better off just going straight in and applying for the regulars as after this recruitment campaign you never know how long it will be until the next one. The only slight thing that is worrying me is the fact I have to wear glasses all the time and my left eye is weaker where some of the cells died when I was younger and wasn't picked up until I was around 8 years old. Now with glasses I am able to drive but can't without spectacles. Without my glasses I can still see things close up its just things that are in the distance that I struggle with. I get my eyes tested every 2 years and when I went to my most recent appointment last month I was diagnosed with a condition called keratoconus. The optician said it was not something to be too concerned about as its quite common, but did say he wants me to carry on having eye tests at least every 2 years. When I spoke to recruitment they seemed to think it would not be a problem if I can drive already. I just wouldn't want to apply and potentially get all the way through and fail the eye sight test. Below is further information about the condition: http://www.moorfields.nhs.uk/condition/keratoconus Do you think this is something that would stop me joining? Sorry for the long post, but any help or advice from anyone on the forums would be greatly appreciated Thanks everyone Andrew

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