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  1. Hey there guys! I have an assessment centre on the 30th June 2019 for Specials with BTP, was curious if anyone else has theirs on the same day? If you are, which divisions are you going for? Cheers!
  2. blakey

    Specials

    i thought i start a new post !!! 1. what force are you with ? 2. how long you been a special ? 3. what are you looking to get out of being a special, are you looking to get in as PC ? 4. what internal courses does your force allow you to go on ?
  3. Cathedral Bobby

    Personal Safety Training

    Looking at the number concerns raised around the quality/quantity of PST I start to wonder what is actually being delivered by different forces. Within the cathedral constabularies we receive two full days annually of PST, which generally covers unarmed techniques, rigid handcuffs and tactical baton training. Although these are repeated on every occasion they occasionally include cell/vehicle extraction (not that we have any), leg restraints etc. We do not have PAVA so don't cover this. We also have a written knowledge check test which must be passed along with competency assessment. We receive separate first aid training so this does not form part of PST. From some Home Office force colleagues I have spoken to it appears some officers only get one day annual refresher and in one force this includes first aid. Now the quality of instruction we receive is excellent, however, I think two days annually is insufficient, never mind one. I just wondered what the picture was nationally, and if officers are receiving only one day training annually isn't it any wonder injuries to officers are sky high. I know some posters are PST instructors so I would particularly welcome hearing from them.
  4. Daveylad1986

    Specials first shift tips

    Hi folks I am on my first few hours tomorrow evening as a special constable. Full of nerves and excitment. ANY first tips would be welcomed please asap. Thankyou
  5. When I started the specials recruitment process I tried to look up a rough timescale/guide, but could not find one anywhere. This is obviously due to individual force's, the individuals that are applying and their personal circumstances. Below is my timeline for South Yorkshire Police and a bit of detail (not to much as something's need to be a surprise), it seems to have gone smoothly so hopefully this is an average timeline. Application form completed – Mid/End of May write it out in rough several times if needed, this is the first major hurdle that many fall at so take you time with it and get it right. First correspondence back to offer dates for assessment day (taken as a woohoo!) - end of June. use this time to read up, there is stuff on the police college site that really helps and you will be sent/emailed stuff. Assessment day (Interview, Situational Judgement and Written) – mid July. Go smart. Interview - as above read up, but more importantly tell how YOU would/ what YOU would and use examples of what YOU have done to show this. IF a timed interview dont let it throw you its amazing how fast the time goes. SJT - again go with you gut, dont over complicate. Written - read the brief well and read up on the Police college website (after i apply section) Vetting Personal - End of July. This is down to you, not a lot i or anyone can do, read the guidance, make sure its correctly filled out/ take your time. Vetting Financial - End of July. Again this is down to you, not a lot i or anyone else on the forum can do, read the guidance, make sure its correctly filled out/ take your time. Doctor’s report and eye test – end of July. Its again down to you, my Doctor was great and didn't charge but that's rare as its all a money making exercise, be ready to pay up front but you normally can get this back. Eye test normally you have to pay for its about £20. Substance Misuse – Mid August. (Drugs alcohol and medication abuse) Now this is one thing i wish i had been told, this was a hair sample for me. But i have very short hair! so to get the sample i ended up looking like a coconut/ bowling ball as they had to take so much for the sample and it took ages to grow back, 3 clear bald patches, thanks! Grow your hair before the test! Also make sure you declare anything you have had from the GP as this can effect but they will tell you this. I had an operation 2 months before so had to get in touch with the hospital and ask what they gave me. Biometric testing – Mid August. Finger prints etc very straight forward. Police Medical – Mid October. Your feel like a lab rat but its all very straight forward. Offer as a special – Start of Nov. EEEK! Training starts – End of Nov. Now the hard work starts! A couple of things (not going to write up the entire training) I did 220hrs (this is just at the training centre not including online learning, come to that in a bit) in 3 1/2 months on top of a full-time high pressured job. So its possible and very enjoyable but be prepared. it affected our childcare and even my wife's working hours, not to mention the weekends and beer! PST (Personal safety training) get ready to get very close to your team mates, Brilliant fun and obviously a very real side to it, "out the back of the wrist for cuffs!" Physical. A basic level of fitness is needed but don't be complacent/caught out, a member of our team was put back due to fitness. NCALTS!! there is going to be a lot of online learning, its the bit no one told us about. be prepared to sit for lots of hours ( and i mean lots) ticking of the mandatory online learning at home. The Law, loads to take in but its amazing how much you learn and how fast, just listen but more importantly ASK, the instructors are cops and have been there done it and really do have the T-shirt to prove it. we spent hours listening to funny stories about their experiences, they will tell if you ask! Role plays and assessments - by the time you are doing them you know what they are testing you for. COMMUNICATION! is the key. its the age old thing of treat as you wish to be treated. Human not robot, speak to the people. but whatever you do don't call them MATE! Get you Hep B booked in and started ASAP, speak to OC health or ask a tutor. Attestation – March 2015! Enjoy it,take your time and absorb the moment, photo time. now it suddenly feels very really and heavy. that Warrant card really does make you re-assess the world around you and what you do. Hope this helps anyone going through the process, its been a hard few months but also extremely enjoyable and worthwhile Now to book my first shift and the next chapter begins. Woody
  6. Hello, anyone up for role ? 😉 https://www.met.police.uk/car/careers/met/police-staff-roles/police-staff-vacancies/metropolitan-special-constabulary-coordinator/metropolitan-special-constabulary-coordinator-overview/
  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. Apparently there was a National Conference about Citizens in Policing, and someone has basically been live-tweeting it under #CiPconf2018. Which, if anyone else is a fan of the Police Academy movies, reminds me of #4, Citizens On Patrol (or, 'COP'). The new National Special Constabulary Strategy for the next few years was presented, and there's a copy online if anyone's interested in it. https://www.north-wales.police.uk/media/655467/national-special-constabulary-strategy-en.pdf AND, a random fact I found out along the way - the City of London Police are the reigning Olympic champions... ...at Tug-of-War.
  9. Being of limited experience, I thought it would be good to get opinions on the question above, that I've been thinking about recently. How are Specials used in your force? And how do you think better use could be got out of Specials?
  10. Simoncole3

    (Another) Vetting query

    Hi guys, sorry for another vetting quary/sob story but any optimism/supportwould be hugely appreciated. Here goes.. so I applied back in August to become a Special Constable for Avon and Somerset police. Passed the online test, went to open evening; all good. Then had the paper sift; this time last year when I applied I failed at this point however this year the god/s were looking down on me and I got through. Result. Next came the assesment centre at HQ. Was super nervous, didn’t know how I fared. Got my results last Wednesday; I smashed it! 5/15 A’s 9 B’s and 1 C(50% I’m serving the public, very close to failing). 78% overall, 55% is a pass for this constabulary so pretty good I think. However, here comes the hiccup; the vetting. Issues number 1; back in 2012 I got a fine for drunken disorderly; got caught peeing down an allyway on a NYE night out. Really stupid, biggest regret of my life so far. Issue no 2; about 3 months ago I got caught running a red by a traffic camera. Again so stupid. I took the ‘What’s driving us course’ in lieu of points and a fine. So still have zero points on my licence. Issue no 3. My dad. He went to Borstal when he was a kid, no idea what for, he’s never told me. We live approx 250 miles away and we only see each other a couple times a year. Small caveat on this; my Grandma is a magistrate and I assumed her and her family woild of been vetted for her role; if so then she passed. So shouldnt be too much of a hiccup I (really) hope. It does say on the A & S vetting page on their website that the main people that fail vetting are people that have had FPNs within the last 5 years. I clearly fail in this department so is there any point even going to the physical/medical/ biometrical testing in a couple of weeks if I’m likely to fail at vetting? any words of wisdom, optimism would be greatly welcomed
  11. Cori

    Special Constable Assessment

    Hello, before applying to The Met as a Special, I would like to gather all possible information about the assessment process. There is a lot of different information out there, which are raising more questions than answers. As mentioned my force of choice is The Met as I’m aware the assessment process is not standardised across the UK. I have tried to contact The Met a few times directly, but got no answer. I have bought books, but they seem to be for ‘normal’ PCs. I wonder if the tests are identical or does it differ for Specials. I would like to prepare myself as good as possible, therefore I really appreciate any answers by anyone who went through the process specifically with The Met lately. What are the tests to take on Day 1? Are there roll-plays for Specials, if so, how many? Thanks a lot for your help! Cori
  12. SmoothPear

    Failed Specials Recruitment

    Alright, so this is for a friend of mine. They had signed up to volunteer for Specials, ended up passing everything except for the last test, I think it was the part where they scour every bit of the internet. The reason they had given for failing my friend was that he/she didn't use correct language on social media. What's bizarre is that they're not one to use brash language or crude humour. And even more so they had met my friend, interviewed, and had them take tests. Everything was spot on except social media. Can they really use that as a means to fail someone? What's a good plan to move forward or get answers?
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  14. Becca-El

    Force switching

    Afternoon all, A question about the possibility of switching forces. I'm in sixth form college and doing A levels atm but I'd like to join the specials force at the end of March after turning 18 but my question is, I'm planning on going to uni, so how easy is it to switch forces after about 5/6 months (bear in mind much of it will be training and processing the application, that's if I even get in) to whichever force is in the area that my uni is (probably either Manchester or possibly Oxford/somewhere in Scotland). Or is there a way to train in the area I'm at at the moment and then start working as a Special wherever I ended up at uni (how long does training take??) ?? Also I'm confident that I'll have the time at uni as I don't drink (I'm on medication that means I can't) and I thoroughly dislike nights out. I know I'm only gonna be 18 and still a student but I'm fit and healthy (I've run half marathons, cycled 200km, etc.) and feel pretty up to it so yep! Thanks a bunch! Becca-El
  15. PSCBen Brooker

    Advanced Driving

    Hi Everyone, I am a police officer coming through the specials process at the moment (I have been accepted and start training in November) 1) I currently only hold a Full Manual Licence. Am I going to be more attractive to the police regulars if i undertake special driving courses or broaden the vehicles i'm able to drive for example maybe getting my Motorbike licence or undertaking a ROSPA advance driving course? 2) As someone with medical knowledge I could carry extra items and responded to medical emergencies as well. Would this knowledge put me 'ahead in the queue when it comes to driving with the police as you are more useful, if you get what i'm saying? 3) If i undertake driving courses and they cross with what you have to completed in the police later down the line for example a traffic cop, would you have to re-do them, i don't want to waste money....... 4) How long until you start driving solo patrol in the specials, is it part of training/ force specific? Thank you for your answers everyone!
  16. Following on from this topic, I have collated all the data and put it into a graph as show below. I appreciate some of the data may not be accurate because of changes in policy. If you find that something is inaccurate please leave a comment below, private message me or fill out the survey in the topic linked above and I will update the table when I can. I would ask that you only feed me information that you know to be true to keep it as accurate as possible. If you do this then please leave a reply in the comments box saying how you know this to be true. You will notice that there are some blank area's and this is because I haven't been given the information yet so the above paragraph applies. Hope you all find it useful Downloadable version available here: Updated 05/07/17
  17. Klaus

    Dorchester Event

    Hello, Is there anyone on here who specials in or near Dorchester? I'm helping organise something down that way later this month and could use the help of some local officers. Please drop me a PM if you're an SC or PC in the area. Thanks
  18. Special Constabulary Driving Authority Table View File Downloadable version Submitter Sir Penguin Submitted 04/07/17 Category General Public Downloads  
  19. stoppedreality

    Kent Police Issued Uniform

    As someone has already done in another forum, I suppose I should do some grown up stuff. Can someone post the issued kit and uniform lists for Regs and Specials for KPS?
  20. Hello all. Apologies if a similar discussion is already somewhere on this forum, I've a lot of digging to do! I'm currently as serving SC, but had been requested to have another hearing test done, since I've taken on new hearing aids. Prior to joining the job, I was tested the standard way and an extended field test was done also. I passed the extended field test with no concerns. I would like to hear from anyone in the job, Regulars or Specials, that have any hearing disability please. I'm more than happy to private message. I'd just like to ascertain your experiences, etc please, because, as it stands, there is no union or federation that we, as Specials, are able to turn to and I really need some advice. Many thanks in advance.
  21. Hi all, So I'm through the paper sift and have my assessment on the 27th March and have a quick q for anyone who might have been through the MET Special Assessment recently. In the documentation I've been sent it says there is a written test and interview. Can anyone tell me if the written part entails a numeracy test? Numeracy has always been a weak point of mine and if it is included I'd like to try my best to remember all of that wonderful maths I hated at school 12 years ago... Thanks, sim
  22. PCC ordered force to have 900 volunteer officers – but nearly 300 have been removed since he left office. A celebratory picture issued in August 2015 featuring former PCC Adam Simmonds and Chief Constable Simon Edens, marking the force having 500 specials. In January 2017 it has 438 Specials numbers have dropped by nearly 40 per cent at a force which spent £250,000 in an effort to have 900 of the officers on its books. Former Northamptonshire PCC Adam Simmonds imposed the target number for specials recruitment while he was in office. In a bid to achieve this he outsourced work to recruitment firm Manpower, having them chase the target right up until he stood down as PCC in May. Specials numbers peaked at 722 in March 2016 as a result of this, but have now dropped to 438. Stephen Mold, his successor in the PCC post, abolished the arbitrary target last May. Supt Chris Hillery, head of local policing at the force, said in a statement: “A number of specials resigned in 2016 and we were very pleased to welcome some who joined the force as full-time officers. However, for others, their personal circumstances had changed and they were no longer able to commit to regular duties.” He added the force has been contacting those who had not been active in the last six months to see if they wanted to stay on, which led to a number being taken off the books. “Our special constables remain an important part of our workforce and we now have 438 volunteer officers who complete regular tours of duty and make a highly valued contribution to our operational activities,” Supt Hillery added. The PCC-driven policy was the subject of disquiet among some in the force, and HMIC criticised it for bringing in too many specials too quickly. But Mr Simmonds, speaking to PoliceOracle.com last year, claimed: "The amount of money […] [£250,000] isn't a lot for what we were getting out of it and what we have got out of it: which is hundreds of thousands of more hours and more people engaged in policing and more opportunities for people to reduce crime.” Former officer Justin Brown, who toyed with standing for the PCC job himself described the spending as “utterly incredible, utterly wasteful” and labelled the 900-target as being politically driven “as opposed to an operational need”. Essex PCC Roger Hirst and Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl have both recently made similar pledges, telling their respective forces to double the number of specials. View On Police Oracle
  23. Nick Wilde

    Competency based question queries

    With the application form, structured interview and final interview, there are at least two parts of the SC recruitment process that involve competency based questions. Does anyone have any experience of if it's possible a question or two say from the application form, will be repeated in either of the interviews? If so, would you be expected to provide a different answer to the one used on your application? And also, would you say it was acceptable to use an answer on your form to answer a different question in interview (assuming of course that answer was also relevant to the interview question)? Any advice or experiences appreciated, thanks
  24. I was having a browse over the law in relation to incapacitant sprays (PAVA/CS etc) and am a bit confused with the legistlation: So if specials are not members of the police force in E&W and they aren't employees either are they technically breaking the law or have I missed something here?
  25. ademuzzy

    Situational Judgement Test

    Could anyone point me in the right direction, as to where I might find examples of the tests I will face at the special constables assessment centre? I have not taken one of these tests before and I really don't know what to expect.

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