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  1. Policey_Man

    Sussex Police Collar Numbers

    I came across a few Sussex police officers the other day - not in a position to chat with them - and they all had different letters on their collar numbers on them. I know that some forces issue them for Boroughs (e.g. the Met) or certain specialisms, but having a look around the internet, it appears that Sussex's are much more random. I noticed this also in the recent BBC programme Cuffs, but just assumed it was a made up thing for TV. Can someone explain them?
  2. Recruitment Update WE ARE OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT! Want to find out more about becoming a PC and what we look for? Then come and meet us at one of our local Meet the Met events. Learn more here Am I eligible? Find out if you've got what it takes to become a Police Constable with the Met. Remember, you'll need to have successfully completed the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) before starting your training course. View eligibility requirements Metropolitan Police Constable Becoming a Police Constable offers a stable, respected career that you can be proud to perform - and that could progress in many different directions. How to Become a Police Constable To become a Police Constable you need a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). Find out more about the journey to becoming a Police Constable. Certificate in Knowledge of Policing Before you start your training course to become a new Police Constable in the Met, you need to successfully complete a relevant qualification.Normally, this will be the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). In most cases, the CKP remains valid for up to three years after you've completed it. For more information please visit the Met Police careers website. http://www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/newconstable/ To Apply: https://static.wcn.co.uk/5027735/765/1544801_appl.html Your London, Your Met. Policing one of the world's most vibrant cities can be challenging, exciting and, with a supportive team around you, incredibly rewarding. The Job
  3. I have been meaning to write this blog for a while and as I sit here studying for my definitions check this Friday, I can think of no better time than to avoid said study and put into words my experiences over the past five weeks! I'm hoping this will give prospective recruits a little bit of insight into the IPLDP format and I intend on writing a series of blogs as my time on the course progresses. So here goes... In my force, an IPLDP course consists of 18 recruits, no more, no less and not limited to any particular background. On my course we are a fairly good mix of ex-PCSOs, ex-Special Constables as well as four recruits with no policing background at all (I myself previously serving as an SC for the same force). As the weeks on the course go by you soon notice that all of that past experience is largely irrelevant and actually counterintuitive on occasion - you really are unlearning all that you've learnt and are starting back at square-1! This gives those from outside of the service somewhat of an advantage in my opinion and you may well find that the trainers and bosses agree with that train of thought! Much, much more is expected of you as a PC and this is reflected in the training. Not to put anyone off, of course, I'm having a great time thus far and am thankful to be where I am! Anyway, I shall take you through my weeks thus far just to give you an idea of what to expect! WEEK 1 For all intents and purposes, week 1 was very much an introduction to the Police Service and my force in general. We received input from all the relevant bosses, a talk from the Police Federation (who had us signed up to a million different things by the time they'd left!) as well as various other guest speakers with introductions to different aspects of the Police Service. We started this week in civilian clothes as at this point we were not sworn in constables! The heat that week was unbearable also, so office wear was not the most comfortable (mind you, neither is the uniform itself!). Day 2 in the first week we had our induction exam. This exam tested our knowledge on topics detailed in our induction folders that were given to us at the welcome evening two weeks prior to our start date. All of the recruits were nervous for this exam, perhaps a bit too nervous than we should have been, but everyone pulled through and passed! The following day we had our fitness assessment. This is not designed to be a pass / fail assessment as we had already had this prior to starting training (national standard of 5.4 on the bleep test), but rather to gauge our level of fitness. The assessment consisted of the bleep test to destruction followed by a spin on the Fitech bike, which determines the level you should be hitting on the bleep test. This, unfortunately, is where we sustained our first casualty on the course. A recruit with lasting injuries from a recent car accident was unable to participate in the fitness due to pain in their neck. With this being quite high-risk and with rest / physio being the only remedy, it was decided by the trainers and occupational health that the recruit would be leaving our intake and held back for another. This was obviously quite emotionally distressing for the recruit as they, like all of us, had worked very hard and jumped through hoops to get to where they were - it was sad to see them leave. The recruit was gone by the following day and another prospective recruit lined up to take their place in the next week. I can't overemphasise how precious places on these courses are... My particular force accepts only the best candidates to fill vacancies for PCs and there is always somebody ready to take your place if, for whatever reason, you can't continue... On the Thursday of week 1 and with all introduction and assessments out of the way, it was time to get attested! Despite me having done this before as an SC, this time was different - more special and poignant. The entire morning was more-or-less spent learning our attestation inside and out... In our force, we read the attestation in both Welsh and English and have to say it in unison. For anyone who has read the Police attestation before, you will know that it isn't exactly written in the plainest of English - the same applies to the Welsh! It took us a while for us all to get our pronunciations right and our pauses nailed down, but we had it polished by lunch time! We then donned our No.1 uniforms; tunics, dress shirts/trousers, helmets/hats and boots (bulled to perfection) and made our way to the local Magistrates Court. There were a few hiccups along the way, a particular constable forgetting his helmet and another falling victim to a heavy dollop of seagull poo, but the less said about that the better! Upon our arrival at the course we were promptly informed that Magistrates were not available to attest us today... However, a District Judge was present (sitting in on a case previously) who was happy to swear us in - a rare treat! After a rather sweaty and uncomfortable wait in the lobby of the court, we were directed into the main courtroom and read our attestation in front of the judge - all went well and the attestation sounded great! He did fall off his chair at one point, but we remained composed... We were now Police Constables - sworn in and eager to crack on... From now on we would be turning up to class in our freshly pressed uniforms and expertly bulled boots (still getting the hang of that...). To top the week off we had a talk from the Chief Constable - this was a great opportunity for us to ask questions re the future of our careers in the service and for him to share his ideas for the future. WEEK 2 Onto the next week... Again, a bit more introduction. We were introduced to the force IT systems - yawn-fest, though it has to be done I suppose... Many of us had seen this all before in our previous roles, but a refresher is always useful. The class were also issued with the Pocket Notebooks (PNBs) and we were given a run-through of how and what to record in them. We went through various PNB exercises, writing mock entries to get a feel for how we might best use our PNBs in the future. A lot of forces these days don't issue PNBs to their officers and some may look at them as a somewhat outdated form of note-taking, however, our force still recognises a use and importance in their existence and I am inclined to agree! The next day we had an input from the Professional Standards Department (PSD). PSD are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the force and the maintaining of the image of the Police Service in general, as well as routing out any corruption within the body of staff! This input was presumably meant to put the fear into us, however, we all found it very informative and interesting. We are all now very aware of what you should and shouldn't be doing and how an abuse of your position can easily land you without a job! It is mostly common sense, but it doesn't hurt to hammer it home. A lot of input on diversity this week - a big topic for the police. In the ever-changing and diverse society that is the British population, it is more important than ever for the Police service in the UK to recognise how we can better represent the people we serve. During these sessions we had guest speakers from various backgrounds relating to disability, sexual orientation/gender, religion, etc. all of whom provided very interesting and thought-provoking talks - we were also given the opportunity to ask questions and to determine how we might better serve these different communities as Police officers in the future. In terms of fitness input, we also had another assessment this week in the form of a timed mile. This time was recorded and added to our force records for future reference as we are expected to improve on this time in subsequent assessments. WEEK 3 By this time the class had started to come together a bit more with friendships beginning to form. When you spend the best part of 40 hours a week in close proximity to the same people, you find that relationships begin to form between you and your colleagues, perhaps more so than in other working environments. Everybody is there for the same reason and we are all in the same boat! This week also saw the workload up tremendously compared to the previous two weeks. We were now getting stuck into our legislation and were given our crime books and definitions lists... Over the next few weeks we would be expected to become familiar with these materials as it would form the basis for our crime exam at the end of Week 10 - daunting stuff! Week 3 was a real mixed bag - we covered the National Decision Model (NDM) in-depth, as this really forms a basis for modern policing. Nothing more to say about that... Being a Welsh force we also had a Welsh-input session - it is expected of all officers to reach a certain level of proficiency during the 24-week course so as to be operationally competent in the language. Some find this easier than others. We also had one-to-one sessions regarding our fitness from the weeks previously. Our Fitech bike results from Week 1 would tell us where we should be at on the bleep test and our timed mile times were also scrutinised. Both of these we would be expected to improve on throughout the duration of the course. Throughout the rest of the week, we spent our days learning our Police cautions and receiving inputs on forming reasonable suspicion and belief - the grounds on which policing is founded! This all culminated in a roleplay towards the end of the week in which we were to exercise our new found knowledge / powers in tackling a rather unrealistic scenario of littering in a public place! I'm sure that may be the last time I ever encounter such a situation, but who knows... We were all graded on our performances during the roleplays and given feedback on where to improve. It was our first roleplay of many and, of course, mistakes were made by all - the course is one big learning curve from beginning to end! Following the role plays we were given an input on statement writing. We would be expected to write a detailed statement regarding the roleplays from the day before. The statements were written as per the input we were given following on from the roleplays. They were then collected in and marked by the trainers - we would be given feedback on these at a later date. WEEK 4 This has, so far, been the most challenging week for the class - we were K.O.'d by the end of it! The workload ramped up once again as we found ourselves knee-deep in new legislation and with definitions to learn. Powers of Arrest & Further Detention and arrest necessities were the main agenda for this week - it would tie into everything we did. We were once again faced with another roleplay task, this time tackling a situation involving suspicion of theft. This one went terribly for me and has, so far, been my worst day on the course. Everything just went wrong - my mind went blank, I lost my legislation, my necessity for arrest - it all went tits up! I came out with the feedback and all I can do now is learn from my mistakes. The rest of the class experienced similar hiccups and we were all given a bit of a row at the end of the day - we needed to improve because things weren't going to get any easier... I said this week was a tough one and with the roleplays out of the way we still weren't out of the woods! At the end of the week we had our definitions check... That definition book we were given the week previously, we had a lot in there that we needed to have memorised because we were about to be tested on it! The definitions checks in our force take form as a "fill in the blanks" kind of task... The definitions will have been written out, but with critical words removed from the extract. It is important that the correct words are entered into the blank spaces as any slight deviation could entirely change the meaning of the definition and thus nullify the legislation. Thankfully everyone had prepared and we came out feeling confident... Success! We all did well and the week finished on a high. WEEK 5 And that's it up to now! I wanted to keep this somewhat brief, but that really hasn't happened... I've left out bits here and there, but that is largely the process up to now... The pleasantries are well and truly over with by week 5 and a noticeable pattern in the way the course is delivered is starting to become apparent. New legislation is thrown at us every week along with routine knowledge checks. Our fitness is tested weekly - we're pushed hard. Our uniform is scrutinised... It is all quite alien at first, but this is our daily routine now. These next few weeks will see even more challenges as we start to get stuck into the physical side of things with Personal Safety Training in Week 7 - three weeks after that and we will be almost half-way through. That still seems a long way off, but I'm sure before I know it we will be there. It will be on to the traffic legislation then (a further 10 weeks dedicated to that!), but I shall try not to get ahead of myself. I hope whoever reads this finds it interesting. I shall endevour to put together another one of these blogs as the weeks go by - I'm sure I'll have plenty interesting to tell you!
  4. Hi there guys I am in a position at the moment where I am looking to move out of my current home county of Cornwall where I am a Special Constable to gain experience elsewhere. Kent Police are a force which have came to my attention and I am looking at putting an application in for regulars soon. I am just wondering if anybody else on here has done this, how did they find the process applying out of the force area, how did you settle? what are Kent Police like to work for as a force? Any pointers or advice is welcome Many thanks
  5. Freeslice

    WM PC recruitment 17/18

    Hey Guys, Was just wondering if anyone was going through the recruitment at the moment. Ive just passed me assessment centre and waiting for the next stage, not sure if anyone else is on here?
  6. Hi Members For starters, I would like to voice my appreciation to all the active members in here for all the positive and helpful advice given in this forum. I have trawled through many of the topics and posts and do feel that I've learnt something from many of your shared experiences. I have worked in the private sector for many years, in a managerial capacity, but also served in the Armed Forces for several years prior to that. Although I'm no longer a youngster (so to speak) it has been my hankering for a long time to join the Police Services. The right time simply never seemed to come along. Until now. So, a month ago I bit the proverbial bullet and as soon as I saw the Metropolitan Police recruitment gates flung open again I took the plunge and finally did it. I applied online on 30/09. Got through the paper-sifting and then passed the secondary online tests. I now have a confirmed Day 1 Assessment in London on 01/11. I'm currently preparing for the assessments with the help of several related books I bought online, and will attend an Assessment Day training course down in Kent on 22/10. With a lot of the advice I've absorbed from the posts in this forum, and with all my own studying in preparation for the big day, all I can do now is hope (and pray) it goes to plan on the day, and thereafter. I'm not deluded in any way by thinking it will be an easy ride ahead, but I am a firm believer that anything is achievable, if you really want it and if you put your mind to it. Good luck to all the other applicants too! If I may share this link, it strikes a cord in me that I know I am making the right decision. https://youtu.be/mO0FFoM2S8A
  7. Hi all, First post here. I wondered how many had recently applied to Hampshire Constabulary on the June/July 2016 recruitment drive? I understand that Hampshire conduct initial interviews prior to national SEARCH assessment. Has anyone had recent experience of these initial interviews? I can see the advantages of interviewing applications prior to paying to put them through the national process, just wondered how different this interview is to the normal 'final interview' post SEARCH. Many thanks in advance.
  8. The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Friday 16 December 2016. Only emailed applications will be accepted. https://www.lincs.police.uk/about-us/join-us/vacancies/police-officer/apply-now-to-become-a-police-officer/
  9. 2016 recruitment drive has begun and the next application process starts on December 1st. You can only apply between 1-4 December so make sure you are ready. http://www.humberside.police.uk/police-officer
  10. 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
  11. georgemgla

    Police Scotland Applications 2016

    Hi all, Looking for as much information as you can possibly throw at me regarding the recruitment process as it is just now (be really handy if anyone in training at Tulliallan just now or recent probationers were on here and had a bit of advice). Just trying to find out as much about the job as possible and the recruitment process, a more specific place to start could be can anyone tell me how G division is? Want to stick that down as my first choice (and hopefully get it) as It'd be great to get the city centre beat. Also looking to find out whats involved in the fitness test, would say Im relatively fit at the moment don't think the bleep test will be an issue (unless you guys can tell me differently that its incredibly tough?) but is there anything else involved I should think about? Anyone on here submitted an application recently and has any tips would be great? Lastly I've heard that recruitments wide open just now i.e. they're really trying to get numbers up so its easier to get through the paper sift right now, any truth to this that anyones heard of? Don't get me wrong Im not by any means looking to sail through it or be ticked through it I know it'll be a challenge, and its one Im looking forward to but if Im going to stand a better chance of getting in by putting in an application ASAP rather than in the next 2-3 weeks then I'm going to give myself the best chance possible and do it as soon as. Thanks in advance guys (and lasses)
  12. Avalanche52

    Gmp final interview

    Hi guys I have had my final interview for gmp last Thursday, I am a bit worried for my results as people who has done it the same time, earlier and after mine have had there results and passed. Is this normal as I am worried it may mean I have failed? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. So here I am, updating you after 15~ weeks - I've been meaning to for a while and have had several not-so-subtle reminders from certain members to do so *cough* @XA84 *cough* ... Where do I start? I'm not going to go week by week as in my previous entry, as that would take more time than I have to spare. Well I'm actually in week 20 of training now and a lot has happened since my last blog post. There have been many ups and downs in that time and at the moment training really does feel like it is winding up and drawing to a close. Since we last spoke we have had two sets of exams, a crime exam and a traffic exam, and have done away with our weekly definition checks (ask me the definition of Burglary 9.1b, I dare you). I think it is probably best that I post a few shorter entries highlighting some of the “best bits” from throughout the training, so yes, I guess this means I’m committing myself to writing a few more entries after this one – don’t worry, I’ve got a few ideas for some reading material. Let’s start with role-plays.. ;-) We've had several practical / role-play assessments throughout the past 20 weeks and what they are really designed to do is test our law knowledge by putting it into practice . These for the most part have gone fairly disastrously wrong for me... Well maybe that is an exaggeration, but there has definitely been a steep learning curve – but that’s what training is for right; getting things wrong and learning from your mistakes? Right. So our first major (and most memorable) role-play day was maybe about the week 9 mark... My force are fortunate in the sense that we have quite a few facilities tucked away in the middle of nowhere at which we can host our interactive assessments. This particular role-play day was held at a (now disused) airbase. The day focused mainly on putting our stop search PACE S1 knowledge into practice. Having learnt the principles of Stop Search in class, G.O.W.I.S.E.L.Y. etc. we were tasked with attending ‘incidents’ during which a S1 PACE Stop Search would be carried out. Special Constables had volunteered to be the stooges on this occasion and would be the persons that we would search. We had been paired off into mainly mixed-sex pairs where possible to avoid issues in searching people of the opposite sex (the law says where practicable the constable searching should be of the same gender as the detained person). I myself was paired with a male colleague, so we would just have to manage the situations that we were dealt. Through the radio came our first ‘job’ – we were to attend a location where a member of the public had observed two females causing criminal damage to building. This particularly role-play went fair smoothly – we ascertained who the two females were, confirmed that no female colleagues were available to search and gave them the G.O.W.I.S.E.L.Y. spiel – sorted! The female I searched was particularly disgruntled that she was being searched by male officer – no problem, the law says that officers can use reasonable force to conduct the search, so on went the handcuffs! The search was positive and we found the ‘article’ that the criminal damage had been caused with. Both females were promptly arrested and that was one role-play done and dusted. We were given feedback by the assessor. A few things to improve on, but mainly good. Off we trotted back to the parade room to complete our pocket notebook entries for the arrest and to await our next call to a job. This is where it started to go downhill... Our next job was to a report of an incident of suspected interference with a motor vehicle – a man had been seen “pouring some liquid onto a vehicle”. We attended the scene and found the described male. My colleague called to the male who then decided to walk away from us and ignore my colleague’s request for him to stop. My colleague took the male by the arm and told him to stay where he was... The male was then detained, searched, one thing led to another and soon we were frog-marching him across the carpark in an arm-lock back to the place we had discovered him in. Big mistake. We subsequently found what we were looking for – brake fluid which the male had been using to damage the vehicle. He was arrested for interference with a motor vehicle and for causing criminal damage... All well and good had we not got there by some rather unlawful means. The feedback wasn’t good. From the moment my colleague grabbed the suspect’s arm the whole role-play went out the window. Had enacted that situation in a real life scenario we could well have found ourselves facing the court for two counts of assault. Safe to say that put a downer on the rest of the day, but as I said before, this is what training is for – we shall both learn from those mistakes. Silver lining and all that! Following the debrief from that day, it was clear to see that there were improvements to be made, both in our knowledge of the law and our application of it. Thankfully we weren’t the only ones. It wasn’t all negative either. All of us had come a long way since week 1 and it was clear to see that we were all well on our way to becoming good police officers one way or another. We had all acted very professionally, accepted criticism, realised our mistakes and bounced back with positivity. I can tell you that now I feel as though I have come on leagues since that day. Saying that, I know that I still have a lot to learn and thinking forward to the time I start on division only excites me more for the challenges that lie ahead. The series will continue...
  14. molls72002

    ESP Policing

    Afternoon, Just wanted to get an idea on how people view ESP (Employer Supported) Policing within the Special Constabulary? and also what people feel are the pros and cons. I can see the benefits for employers such as BTP who encourage their police staff to take part and offer them the opportunity to work 8 hours per month of their full time role out on the streets as a Special as well as any training required. It allows staff to see both sides of the coin but also gives BTP a larger number of officers to use when needed. Opinions please.............
  15. After having been closed for the last few months, external recruitment for regulars will be re-opening shortly for the MPS. An exact date is not known yet however it's anticipated to be late January 2016. However, of note is that the MPS have opted to KEEP the 2nd language requirement following it's trial last year but they have extended the list of accepted languages from 16 to 25. These are; Arabic • Bengali • Bulgarian • Cantonese • Estonian • Farsi • French • German • Greek • Hebrew • Hindi • Italian • Lithuanian • Polish • Portuguese • Punjabi • Romanian • Sinhala • Somali • Spanish • Tamil • Turkish • Urdu • Vietnamese • Yoruba (Nigeria) This is in addition to the standing requirements of having lived in London for 3 of the last 6 years, and also holding a CKP qualification prior to attestation. However, the MPS do now deliver this internally for those who do not have one, so having it prior to application is not required. Those interested, keep an eye on this link; http://www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/newconstable/
  16. 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?
  17. Hi everyone I'd be very interested to see the feedback on this poll, which I have kept very basic and to 6 questions so as to keep it concise . This surrounds the activities undertaken by SC's and what they most and least enjoy. The lists are non-exhaustive and would really benefit from "Others" answers being expanded upon. Ideally we'd split this by regional service, and work out what they get their SC's to do compared to others - but that can come later. PS. This is in "General Discussion" rather than "Polls" - so feel free to move this
  18. Jackthelad2

    Intake 2015/16

    Evening all, i'm currently going the recruitment process with Kent Police for the Regs and just waiting on a Start date. Just wondered if there is anyone else out there in a similar position? Cheers, Jack
  19. I work in work in a large force. I've recently noticed that acting / temp promotion seems to be the norm. Clearly we have vacancies for these people to be able to act, but if we're supposedly shrinking, how do we have all of these people acting up? In my office 3/6 PS's are actors (one has been doing it since 2012!). We even have an acting Inspector despite being at our agreed strength of 2 Inspectors and both being in post. I look across at other garages and they're in much the same position. Looking at the boroughs the pattern is much the same. More actors than Equity! We've just gone through a promotion process where a number of Sgt's were told that they would be promoted. Since then the amount of PC's actually being promoted has got less and less each month to the point that some are now thinking that they won't get promoted. We're about to enter a process for 250ish inspectors..... But I can't help thinking that it won't be enough and it will leave a large gap in the amount of PS's.... So we'll have more A/PS's! And it goes round and round. I remember joining this force in 2000 and we had one acting PS and that was it. It just seems to have spiralled out of control. So the point is this: Given the results of the spending review for this force will hit in November what are we going to do with all these vacant roles for substantively promoted officers? Keep using actors to plug the gaps as they can be knocked down a rank quickly and easily? What are others experiences? Do you high numbers of vacancies? I'm not anti acting up. I did it myself for six months last year and that was enough for me.
  20. Hi guys, I'm currently going through the application process to become a Special Constable with Humberside police with the long term goal of becoming a Reg. I just wanted to hear how many of you had made the transition and how it was etc. Thanks in advance
  21. Good evening! I recently applied to become a Met PC (second language pilot scheme) and completed the online assessments last week. I was quite confident I had performed well...until I got the email saying I hadn't reached the pass mark. A total reality check! I must admit I had totally underestimated the online assessments when there is obviously some kind of technique to perform well in them, something I didn't even think about. Luckily, I've been offered the chance to resit them and was wondering if any of you is/ has been in the same position? The email was quite vague and stated the Met is not allowed to give feedback at this stage so I'm not sure if I under performed in just one, two of all three tests! Do you reckon they'll make me sit all 3 regardless or which one I failed? They only send resits on Fridays so I'm guessing I'll get mine this upcoming week. In the meantime I'm doing SJT / Behavioural styles tests online to familiarise myself with the format. I'm pretty sure I messed up the SJT one as I allocated the same scale point to different scenarios (i.e I put two scenarios under 'somewhat effective', for example), something they said we're allowed to do but I think it may be a trap! All tests I'm doing online only allow you to choose one for each scenario. Keeping my fingers crossed for next week. Any advice will be appreciated! Cheers
  22. scott jones

    Provisional acceptance letter

    Hey, I am so pleased that today I received a provisional acceptance letter from Wiltshire police as a PC! Has anyone else applied to work within Wiltshire? How long do all the checks take? They say they check: Please note that this offer of employment is subject to satisfactory medical checks (including drugs/alcohol tests), character checks, security checks, biometric vetting, media checks, finance checks, Professional Standards Department checks and references. Thanks Scott
  23. Hi, does anybody have an assessment centre upcoming or recently passed one and willing to discuss? :)
  24. There have been lots of questions lately re Borough Choices for new PCs - in particular people are wanting to know what the new groups are for posting preferences, so I thought it would help to create a new thread with this information at the top. New PCs joining the Met now have to pick three groups of Boroughs where they would prefer to work. The Met does not offer 6 choices of individual Boroughs anymore. You now simply pick your three preferences from a list of 11 groups and list them in order of 1, 2, 3. You don't get any more input than that during recruitment. You usually find out your posting (i.e.which Borough you're going to) when you get your formal offer of a training course / start date from recruitment. Recently, I've heard that some offers have stated things such as that 'no posting appeals will be considered' and 'no changes are allowed'. Once you are assigned to a Borough, the management in that Borough who are responsible for new recruits will then tell you which team, station, etc you're going to work from... this is not managed by recruitment and sometimes this will not be finalised until towards the end of your time at training school or perhaps even during street duties. Sometimes, the Borough might allow you to express a preference about what team you go to or station you're going to work from, but even then, there are no guarantees. Don't expect to hear much from your Borough whilst you're at training school. Please remember that with the Met, it is a requirement that you work where the Service needs you and you can be moved at any time. This may very well happen during your career. I'm not sure if it works the same for Specials now or if this new system is just for regulars. Here are the groups that you can pick: Area 1 - Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge Area 2 - Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest Area 3 - Hackney, Haringey, Enfield Area 4 - Islington, Camden, Westminster Area 5 - Brent, Harrow, Barnet Area 6 - Hillingdon, Ealing Area 7 - Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth Area 8 - Hounslow, Richmond, Kingston Area 9 - Merton, Sutton, Croydon Area 10 - Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham Area 11 - Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich There is a collection of threads which will allow you to research individual Boroughs here: http://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php/topic/117981-unit-descriptions-and-links-to-borough-threads/ If you have questions about these Boroughs, please ask them on these threads so all the information can be kept together for future reference and in case other people have the same questions. With thanks for rapidresponse2010 who has typed out the list of groups and previously posted them (http://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php/topic/144845-met-regs-training/page-3?hl=%26quot%3Barea+1%26quot%3B#entry2605662)
  25. Hi, I have just decided to change my preference of my posting from C Division to Inner London. I am from Lancashire and have never lived in London before. I have been told that for before I even start training I will need to find my own place to live and this will then become my home whilst working there. I was advised that a lot of student officers in my position tend to do a house/flat share. I just wanted to know if anyone has had the same problem as me and what you did? Also if there is anyone else that is in my position and is looking for a house share for the start of august intake then please direct message. thanks

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