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  1. The last 4 working days have felt like 4 working years, filled with endless refreshing of emails and irrational Google hunts as to how long for SEARCH results... This morning I got the call that I had been waiting eagerly for/dreading, I've passed the assessment centre! Ecstatic is not the word! Whilst I'm under no illusions that the final interview is far from a formality, I'm confident after my past experience was that it was a much less robotic and unfriendly assessment environment than the AC. I'm booked in for the interview next Friday morning, so it feels like the journey is slowly but shortly coming towards its end - hopefully not too abruptly. Congratulations to all those who got good news today, and commiserations to those who didn't, I know how it feels to be dumped out of this process but, to use a cliche, pick yourself up, dust yourself down and get back on that horse in 6 months time. Cue garbled panicking post on Friday around 1pm, it's time for a beer...
  2. So today was the day I've been counting down for over a month. After meticulous preparation, I was still apprehensive that I would get caught out by something! Things started to go awry at about 0230 this morning when my darling son decided to scream the house down - and then continue to wake up shouting every hour until I got up at 0600. It's the first time he's done it in months and it's almost like he knew I needed my sleep! As for the Assessment Centre itself, obviously I can't go into too much detail about the content but I'm cautiously happy with how I performed. I can remember a few points where I waffled or lost my trail of thought which will mark me down, but I didn't freeze and I'm hoping that will carry me through! To anyone reading this a week or more before your Assessment Centre, I would 100% recommend Brendan from Blue Light Consultancy's courses. I was added to his support group for free 4 days before my Centre and so didn't have enough time for his course to be fully useful, however he was fantastic and I would say that for the extra resources available, £120 is definitely value for money - especially as it will be 1/15th of your first pay packet if you get through! He won't give you all the answers, but he'll teach you to understand the centre and what they're asking of you so that you can work them out yourself. I guess now all I can do is twiddle my thumbs and check my emails for the anxious wait - I've already naively checked them twice hoping to see good news - even though I'm fully aware that the reports don't get sent to the CoP til tomorrow! Hopefully I'll have the news I want next week, but until I've seen that email and read it 5 times to make sure it's not a cruel joke, I'm not counting my chickens!
  3. 0800. Meet up in local station with Sgt, the area drug DC, a uniformed PC, dog handler and three other specials. Get a briefing on the two search warrants we will be executing - there were supposed to be three but one has been postponed. 0900. Door answered and in we go. Mum and toddler are fine, laddo is spark out on the sofa. We wake him up. He is not really with it. The drug dog goes through without any particular indication so we begin searching. I find a wrap of cannabis between the DVD cases, which the mum claims. She is taken down to the station to receive a cannabis warning. We also find a used grinder and a large stash of 'herbal resin' pouches. Laddo claims they are his supply for the week - if they were then he is a miracle of science. They are seized-the DC explains that if they test as legal and there is no corroboration that he is supplying then they will be returned. Various phones are also seized. 1130. We are back at the nick for a break and then head out to our second address. A drive-by suggested that there was no-one home so the ARU are called and happily attend with the 'Big Red Key'. The drug dog indicates in the living room (I use the term living loosely - this place is beyond description). We find a grinder, a cannabis plant and various other bits that make it worthwhile. Eventually a woman with two young children comes back - I assume she is the gran, but the DC knows her and tells me she is not yet 40 - I am seldom lost for words but this is one of those times - This woman is ten years younger than me and looks twenty years older. She goes mental at us and her kids end up calming her down. Her partner turns up and is mellow - he takes ownership of the plant and agrees to come in tomorrow to give a statement. We depart. Back at the nick various markers are updated for child welfare etc. 1400. We depart. One of my Special colleagues, who is Temp S/Sgt and I go back to our home station where we have secured that most precious of commodities...NEW LOCKERS!!!! Four big lockers - eventually we will double up but for the moment we can have one each (Luuuuuxurrrrry) and a set of Pava/Tetra lockers. The only problem is they are over by the Traffic office - across the courtyard, down the stairs and round several sharp bends - (the lift is U/S as well). Our colleagues assist in true spirit of policing...They hold the doors and make "To me...To you" comments! We get them in position, Label them up and I shift my gear over. 1530. Knock off. A very successful day where the Special Constabulary did what it does best. We provided bodies on the ground.
  4. So yesterday was the first stage of the process which involved travelling to the training school. Definitely a trip I hope I'll be making much more before 2017 is out! The Assessment Centre briefing was essentially what it said on the tin. If you're about to go for yours, the gist is that you hand in your relevant ID/qualification/eligibility documents to the Recruitment team, and then sit with your potential future coursemates in the canteen, making small talk until you are called through to book an assessment centre date and then directed to a lecture theatre where you are given a presentation on the rest of the recruitment process and essentially just a bit more information about the job that you're applying for. I was given a date for the assessment centre (18/05/2017 at 0800) and told that the rest of the process should pass much quicker than I expected!! All in all, the briefing took around 2 hours, despite the possible 4 hours mentioned on the invitation email but it was good to meet a few other people in the process and to have at least some more idea of timescales but now time to book holiday from work and prepare for SEARCH!!
  5. With the risk of other posts ending up off topic. I thought it maybe best to start a new one here about the controversial issue of stop and search. Now after reading I realise that to stop and search someone you need to have reasonable suspicion, I think we all could agree about that bit. Where were falling over ourselves is what amounts to reasonable suspicion. I posted two videos in one post where I believed just what was contained in the videos was an abuse of this power. We can only determine on what we see in the video's and what's being said. Not to determine with what we might think could of happened but only on the facts we can see. Here's one of the video's again and I would like to start with the first part of GOWISELY which is grounds for search. I don't want to assume anything but to just go by what can be seen. So what would be the grounds for search in this first video. I've also read that if grounds for search isn't established properly then that leaves the officer open to an assault charge. How true would that be or have I read it wrong.
  6. A woman is taking the Met to court over her treatment during a search A charity worker wrongly identified as one of the London rioters today won £10,000 damages from the police after being made to reveal her “deformed” toes during a search. Janine David, 29, had been mistakenly named by an anonymous caller as having taken part in the looting of a sports shop in Tottenham in August 2011. She was arrested the following year and held for two hours, during which time she said she was traumatised by being made to take off her shoes. Miss David, of Hackney, has “not fully formed” toes and told Central London county court that only two or three people had ever seen them before. She sued the Met for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment and the jury found in her favour. The force also faces a legal bill of up to an estimated £50,000. The police said that the only reason Miss David was arrested was that she refused to give her address — but the jury found she had not even been asked for it. After the verdict Miss David said outside court: “No matter what happens, I hope that this case will bring about a change in policing in cases like mine. “Arrest is a huge thing for some people. I have had panic attacks since, I am always in hospital because of these, I have a heart condition. It’s hard for me to trust anyone any more. I really just needed closure. Nobody ever asked me for my address.” The jury heard that the first Miss David knew about the police wanting to speak to her was when they visited her mother’s home in May 2012. The psychology graduate then called 101 and arranged to go to Bethnal Green Police Station to meet a detective but was arrested when she arrived. In an emotional voice, she told the court how she had been strip-searched, drug-tested and made to take off her shoes, which was particularly difficult because of her foot condition. Put in a cell, she broke down and, amid fears over her heart condition, was seen by a nurse. Miss David also said she worried that the arrest would ruin her chances of getting a job working with vulnerable young people. The jury found that no inquiry as to her home address was made before she was read her rights. Judge Alan Saggerson said the officer had “reasonable grounds” to suspect Miss David, but the arrest was not necessary. “Had she been asked for her address, she would have undoubtedly given it,” which would have avoided “all the unpleasantness” of custody. “There has never been any shadow of a doubt that she was entirely innocent,” he concluded. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/wrongly-arrested-woman-awarded-10000-after-police-forced-her-to-reveal-deformed-toes-10377611.html
  7. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32036443
  8. The Criminal Justice Act 1988, provides powers for a constable to enter and search school premises. Which of the following statements are correct? A constable may enter any school premises and search any person if there is reasonable grounds to believe they have possession of an article which has a blade or is sharply pointed. A constable may enter any school premises and search any person if there is reasonable grounds to suspect that they have possession of an article and search any premises for any offensive weapons. This power exists if the constable reasonably suspects one of the offences is being committed. The constable must believe that the article or weapon discovered is a blade or sharply pointed instrument before he/she can seize it.