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  1. As any candidate knows these areas are being assessed at both stages. My struggle comes from understanding how much I need to learn for each respective stage. For example, whilst learning about the structure of Police Scotland you might come across Local Policing. In Scotland this is done under a Deputy Chief Officer. Scotland is then broken down into three geographical locations - East, North and West, each headed by a Assistant Chief Constable. These are then broken down into Divisions. There are thirteen, each headed by a Chief Superintendent (also known as Division Commanders in this context). This can be further broken down into Area Commands, headed by Chief Inspectors. These are then managed by Ward following the three-hundred-and-three Wards used in public authority elections. Each Ward includes a local police team (response) and a local problem solving team (community). Now, would this be enough for the Initial Interview? Or would they want me to then break down each division (L, E, N) and each regional resource (Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, Edingburgh, Highlands and Islands respectively)? This is important to understanding my workload. And as a side note, I don't understand what a "ward" is but the Police Scotland search function is currently under maintenance, making it difficult to understand. Please someone respond.
  2. Hi, this is a query I am desperate to get some light shead on, I recently suffered an ACL injury the doctor give me option to operate or have physio. I have been having private physio and I’m able to run and complete bleep test etc with no issues. I am wondering if due to the fact of having a Torn ACL but the doctor is happy that it won’t effect my performance and states I don’t require the surgery no longer as my knee is strong enough with out... would I still fail the medical? Has anyone passed the medical with a similar knee issue or anything I would love to hear and get some positive feedback hopefully! The only thing I have left to pass in the medical!
  3. Dale Evans

    2019 Study Books

    Hi All, First time I have written on this forum, and I come to you all for some help and advice. I am looking to join Gloucestershire Constabulary in March for full time police. I have been pointed in the direction of the how2become books for some study time but the issue I am facing is that there are now two to choose from. One is pre 2019 and has a lot of 5* reviews but there has been a new release of the how2become a police officer with the updated application process. This one does state that it follows the trial version as this application process is yet to be agreed. Which do I chose? I don't want to buy the pre 2019 and miss anything that the new one has, but equally as its a trial version do I go for the older version ? will the content still be up to date? HELP!!!
  4. HI All, I am a newbie to the forum and this is my first post. I am looking to join Gloucestershire Constabulary when they open recruitment in March. I have looked online for a few months previous for books which covers the correct information which I can use. The How2become books always come out on top for results but there are two, and I am undecided which to order. One is an older version with lots of 5* reviews but the other covers the 2019 trial selection process. HELP!! which would be better suited as we are only into the new year and wouldn't want to get one which misses anything out. Thank you in advance. Dale
  5. Hi, Does anyone here work for NCA and willing to DM me about their experiences for working them? Wondering what it is like to work for NCA and what sort of activities you are involved in. Where are the London offices? Their experiences in the role and progression Any specific information about working as an Intel Officer? Many thanks!
  6. Hello everyone, I have recently applied for one of my local forces in November and it is currently still in the sitting process. Another local force has recently opened recruitment and I was wondering can I apply here too? I know you can't sit two SEARCH centres in six months. I sat one last January. Cheers.
  7. Leonalia

    West Midlands Special Recruitment 208

    Hi all! Hoping someone may be able to advise! I have been looking for details of the stages involved in Specials Selection at West Midlands in 2018. So far I have completed: • Online application • Specials Online assessment (Video interview & online values based assessment Have also been offered a combined appointment for fitness testing, biometric testing and photo in the new year. I would really appreciate any advice as to where I currently am in the process (what’s left!)? Are there further assessments or is this now at pre-offer checks? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  8. Policeman123

    Moving abroad

    Hello all, Currently serving for a force down south. I have been looking at moving to the states or Canada to become an officer. It does really interest me, and I'm conpleltley aware of most forces won't consider me due to not being a an American or Canadian citizen. However I am aware that some departments will consider you and sponsor you as long as you have a green card/permit to work. Has anyone Done this? Can anyone shed light on this? What are people's honest views.
  9. SnowBall

    MOD Police transfers 2019

    Has anyone heard anything about whether MOD police will open up transfers again in the near future? Understand this is a bit of a crystal ball question but I know on a sister forum you have a member MDPREC whom may peruse this forum under a different username. JD
  10. 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
  11. Hi guys, ive tried searching but haven’t managed to find a thread where the direct entry scheme is discussed. Is there such a thing here? Cheers.
  12. The Met has announced today that it is temporarily removing the London residency criteria for new PC recruits. If you want to join the Met as a PC and don't live in London, now is your chance - for a limited period of time only! You also do not have to have the CKP prior to starting your training either. More details here: http://news.met.police.uk/news/launch-of-time-limited-opportunity-for-non-londoners-to-join-the-met-330091?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Subscription&utm_content=current_news
  13. 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
  14. sierrafoxtrott

    Transferring Forces

    Hi all - I’ve recently completed my probation period with West Midlands Police and within the next 2 years will look to relocate back where my family live (Surrey), and will apply for a transfer. I know very little about transferring at present, so looking for some info. I am booked on to undertake my taser x26 course in December this year, and just awaiting a date for my response driving course and PO level II. Does anyone know whether we can take these tickets with us when we transfer or will we lose this and have to retrain with our new force all over again to obtain these? Thanks in advance.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.

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