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  1. Transfer to Surrey Police?

    Hello all, I am looking to transfer to Surrey Police and have a number of questions. If anyone can answer some or all of them it would be a great help! If anyone has recently transferred any general comments or advice surrounding the process would be appreciated. Thanks... Is overtime easy to come by? Is this usually staying on to help the next shift or can extra days be requested etc... How soon after starting would a response driving course be given? Are these easy to get or is there a long waiting list? Do police station have parking for personal cars? What is the shift pattern like, is it the usual 6 on 4 off?
  2. My wife's parents are potentially retiring to Dumfries in the not too distant future and the idea of transferring north of the border has come up. It would help with child care and allow us to be near them as they get older. I'm not 100% convinced by the idea but I can see the merits in moving: there would be the added bonus that I could either be mortgage-free or upgrade to a much nicer house compared with what I have in the London-area. This is a very early fact-finding stage and I'm not set on the move - indeed, before this morning I didn't even realise a transfer was possible. I'm currently a PC in the Met with nearly 8 years service. I'm in a specialised (although not too specialised!) role. Up until a year ago I was a bog-standard uniformed neighbourhood cop, before that I was a response cop. So, my questions are: - Is there anyone on here who has made the change over? How did it go? How was learning a new legal system? Was there a big culture change? - What's the Dumfries/border area like? What's it like to live? What's it like to police? I was looking at Lockerbie as it seemed to have good transport links to both Edinburgh and Glasgow (thinking about potential jobs for the wife) but also back down South. Is there anyone you would definitely not want to live/work? - What is morale like? I would imagine it is better than most forces down south. What are promotion/job prospects like for specialist roles? I currently do a very interesting, albeit niche, role and fully accept that I will have to go back to being a response or neighbourhood cop - that doesn't bother me but if there are prospects of moving into other departments a few years down the line then I'd like to: part of me sees going back to response would be something of a "backward step". I have a friend who moved to a small English force and he said that everything was pretty much "dead man's shoes" and that you would need to expect to spend 30 years in uniform. One of the benefits of the Met is the absolutely huge range of jobs available. - On a rather more silly note, how would being an English Cop in Scotland go down? Both with colleagues and with the public. I can see myself getting plenty of ribbing.... but would there be downright hostility from the "customers"? (more so than usual). - Are there any particular areas that people would recommend to live/work? - Are there any other comments or pointers anyone would make? In terms of next steps I'm weighing up my options: Police Scotland are currently recruiting transferees and I'm seriously thinking of putting in an application. It seem like a long process so I would have plenty of time for fact finding and house hunting. In the meantime I'm thinking of making a little scoping trip up there to see what I think of the place.
  3. Farewell

    Farewell, I have meticulously enjoyed every shift as a special constable, giving back to the community and protecting the values and oath to the service and public. It has been a total ride, through arresting to making the best brews. I tendered my resignation as of last night and now moving onto the Met to join the regulars, starting tomorrow. I will miss City Plan and the drunken nights, shifts with RPU from Smithdown Lane to my neighbourhood at Speke/Garston. Above all, stay safe and stay in school. In Memory of 6554 Phillips and 6944 Doyle whom both I have worked with as a colleague. Kindest regards, Otee
  4. Questions around Transferring

    Hi Guys, I'll try and keep this short and concise; I've been a special with WYP for around 4 months, however I'd also applied to Universities this year, and didn't get into my first choice (which is in West Yorkshire). On to the point, I got accepted into a Uni at Leicester, and as part of the uni-course they like you to become a special. Seeing as I am already one, what would the process for transferring from WYP to Leicestershire Police be like? I didn't ask this in the Leicestershire forum as it seems a bit dead, and this is more of a general question as Leicestershire don't seem to have any information at all on their website concerning transfers (please correct me If I'm wrong!). I'm not IPS, and I haven't done a great deal of competencies toward it, however as I said I have been attested 3-4 months now, so it's not like I'm still in training. I realise WYP probably aren't going to be too happy about me leaving so soon, but life just does this sometimes! Apologies for rambling, I've actually just come off a late shift so a little tired, my main question is-- how complicated would a transfer be, is it even possible at my stage, and would I need an interview etc again (even though I literally just came off training not so long ago). I understand I'll probably have to do some training, but I'm not so much looking at the finer details just how difficult the whole process might be, or whether it would be easier for me to 're-join'? If that's even possible, seems a bit odd attesting twice but there you go! Appreciate any help or guidance.
  5. Well, as above really- I'm an independent special with TVP and really want to transfer to my home force. I've sent an email enquiry more than a month ago, with no response. I wondered if anyone might be able to put me in contact with their line management, who might then be able to give me a specific person to talk to, or even just talk to me about the process. I'm in the WGC/Stevenage/Hatfield area, if there is anyone working local, please get in touch. I didn't take a regular police job offer, I'm in withdrawal now, and need to keep my finger in the pie so to speak. Please, help a brother out!

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