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  1. The operation-stalling attack was kept under control by the force's Cyber Crime Unit. Left to right: Special Sergeant and Lead on Cyber Specials, Michael Moore, Nick Carver and Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew. Special Constables who helped the NHS during the summer’s cyber-attack have been recognised at a ceremony celebrating their work. The group from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Cyber Crime Unit lent their skills and support to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Their work was praised by Chief Constable Charlie Hall and the CEO of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Nick Carver. Mr Carver said input from the specials meant patients were not as adversely affected by the cyber-attack in Hertfordshire. Their award was part of a dedicated Employer Supported Policing (ESP) event at Police Headquarters. CC Hall said: “We are focused on protecting vulnerable people and need to adapt our workforce to help investigate such crimes –volunteers with the different skills we require can help. “We want to continue the conversation with you and your organisations to see how we can work to encourage your staff to give up their time to come and help us. The value we give back to you will help your staff, your businesses and society as a result." He added. There are currently 25 organisations signed up to the ESP scheme in Hertfordshire, including Tesco, Which?, McMullen Brewery and Sons and local district and borough councils. View on Police Oracle
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  3. hi im a cadet with the gwent police cadets but I'm curious Ive been told I may have to have braces but am applying for specials within the next 2/3 months I'm 18 and wondering if police officers can have braces while serving I have never seen an officer with braces any ideas?
  4. Hello! I was actually wondering which police force is the most comprehensive, open to discussion... towards Specials. And where they are the most fitted in, in term of variety of the duties, carrier opportunities, investigating and tackling crimes... because I think I know there is any national programme for Specials and that the local police forces are independant in the process of Specials recruitment, training and tasks allocation between these and regular officers. Thanks for any reply Jpourriert
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. Home Visit

    It's been a while since I've posted on this blog, mainly because nothing's been happening. I attended my medical which went smoothly, but involved waiting for 4 hours with other candidates in the piping hot waiting room of a converted semi detached. Aside from that it's just been chasing up references and trying to extend my son's vocabulary past "dog", "mum", "dad" and "gone" (which is apparently now a noun used to refer to a bin) Late this morning I got a call from my local Neighbourhood Sergeant asking for a home visit. Nearly an hour later and the kettle was on and I was panic shaving the mess that I haven't bothered to touch since my interview at the start of the month. The home visit was the part of the process that really intrigued me, having not made it to this stage before it was a complete unknown although some of the saints on here gave me at least an inkling of what to expect. The first test was a fairly simple one - white tea none. I didn't get any feedback on that but there was no vomiting so I'm taking it as a pass The visit essentially consisted of an ID check, around 20 questions designed to find out my attitudes towards drugs, binge drinking and right wing political groups as well as making sure that there was nothing that I hadn't failed to declare on my vetting forms. The questions were fairly formal, but after they were out the way I had an opportunity to sit and have a cuppa with a serving supervisor who could answer any questions about the job in a formal setting. Just the vetting to wait back on now so hopefully this time next week I'll have a final offer of employment Hopefully...
  8. Special Constabulary Driving Authority Table View File Downloadable version Submitter Sir Penguin Submitted 04/07/17 Category General Public Downloads  
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. I have finally got round to making a updated version of the Driving Permissions.
  17. West Mercia Police is currently searching for a special kind of person to help us in the policing of your local community. Today, more than ever, we need everyone's help. Why not give us yours in the most direct and practical way of all - by joining us as a Special Constable volunteer. Do you like being involved with people? Are you looking for voluntary work? Would you enjoy working as a responsible and respected member of a well-organised team? Application Process We are looking for special constables within West Mercia Police to make a minimum 2 years commitment to the role where possible. For details of the eligibility criteria, recruitment process, assessment process and medical requirements please review the guidance documents. If you wish to express an interest in applying, please download an application form here: Special Constable - Application Form [1Mb] Please email the completed application form to specials@warwickshireandwestmercia.pnn.police.uk or alternatively if you require any further information on the special recruitment process please contact us on 01905 331433. Article taken from : https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/6359/Join-as-a-special-constable
  18. 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
  19. Any rumors for Specials recruitment 16/17

    Hi all, anyone know of any rumors for Specials recruitment in 16/17? Kind Regards Owen
  20. 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.............
  21. Hi all, I'm currently just about to start training for Notts specials having passed all pre-employment checks. I joined with the intention of getting into the regulars, while also gaining experience and a true insight into the job. However, my neighboring force Derbyshire have announced plans that they want to recruit 240 regular officers over the next three years. They are opening up recruitment at the end of the month, and I'm torn between what I should do. To make things even more confusing, Nottinghamshire have advised that they plan to open up recruitment in the new year. Ideally I don't want to hold out as these things aren't guaranteed and could be postponed or cancelled without notice. I can't help feeling bad if I were to just ditch my specials application/training, as they have invested time and money into me already. But I also see this as an opportunity to try and get in, and if I don't succeed then I always have the specials to continue with at Notts. Although of course I'd have to wait six months to reapply and I would miss the Notts regular intake! Just looking for some advice from people who have been there and done it already. Thanks, Adam
  22. I know that because I live in one of the home counties it makes it very hard for me to become a regular PC in London, even though I know areas of London better than most spending lots of time due to family living in London so I make frequent trips. So I was wondering what ways are there to become a regular other than just waiting till they lift the requirement? I know that if you complete 200 hours of being a special you can become a regular, but do you have to live in London still? And if you don't have to do they still recruit internally from special to regular? Are there any other ways? Will the requirement be lifted anytime soon? Thanks for the help
  23. PLANS to put a special constable in every parish in Essex have been branded a “publicity stunt” by the county’s police union boss. Echo full story: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/14641306.Bobbies_on_the_beat_plan_labelled_a____stunt___/?utm_content=buffer39c3e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#comments-anchor Arghh, this makes me so angry. Doesn't this PCC know that the idea of Parish Special Constables doesn't work as Northants have already scrapped their trial of it?
  24. Hello all Wondering if anyone could help with a few questions I've got. Im a former SC served 18 months in Cambridgeshire however had to leave last November due to a change in job and personal circumstances am desperate to get back into specialing I miss it greatly am thinking of pinging an application off to Lincs as i live close to the Lincs border i understand that they offer intensive 2 week courses and im keenest on that option if i do get through the application process. is this course residential? And is it held at the force HQ in Lincoln? As i dont drive and itd be a bit of a pain and costly to commute from home to HQ everyday and hows the course structured? Is it first week law training and second week things like OST, first aid and role plays etc? Any help would be massively appreciated
  25. Just wanted to get an update as to what individual forces allow with regard to driving in the special constabulary. The old table is a a few years out of date - I know a few forces have new policies now. Here's a survey for you to complete if you like. I'll collate the responses into a snazzy table. Mods: Wasn't sure whether to put this in the specials recruitment forum or not. Please move if you think necessary.

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