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alicing

On Friday 26th June 2017, less than a week ago, I passed out as a PC

Since my last update, training has been a mixture a three week response driving course, final knowledge checks and consolidation days, parade practice and our pass out parade. Our standard response driving course was incredible and by far one of the best parts of the 26 week training course. We traveled up and down the force every day at crazy speeds and I loved every second of it, blue lights especially! The final driving test was so nerve-wracking, so much more scary than my actual driving test, and passing with only three minors left me absolutely over the moon and so ready to jump in a job car for real. Since finishing the driving course, we've been back in HQ for some frantic, last-minute lessons that we've missed throughout the six months and preparation for our Pass Out parade which would soon be coming up. And it did soon come!

With our final week having finally arrived, I think a weird sense of bitter-sweet came over all of us, including our trainers. The day we'd all been waiting and wishing for since the day we got our acceptances, and now that it was finally here, we were sad for training to be coming to an end. The bond that we made as a group was something I never thought would happen in such a short time. The friends I have made on the training course are ones I know I will be mates with for life, a reminder of where we all started and a friendly face to turn to in times of need.

The day of our Pass Out soon came around and with bulled boots and pressed uniform, we all lined up ready to march in in front of all of our family and friends for a final farewell. I've never felt more proud of myself, and those around me, in my whole life. I cannot believe the amount I have learnt in the past six months and even more so cannot believe that it's over. Our trainer calls us to attention and we all individually get called up to receive our certificates and shake the chiefs hand. Then come the awards, the Highest Achiever going to the officer who is coming to my station with me, who deserved such an award so much for all his hard work, the Most Improved award for one of the single mums on the course who has improved in confidence every single day since day one, and the Chief Constables Award for Outstanding Achievement, which was awarded to one of the best friends I've ever made in my whole life, a girl who deserved it more than anyone else in the world and who was born to be PC. I am so proud of all of us for making it this far and every single one of the people I trained with will make excellent officers! 

 I think the realisation has hit me now that this is it, it's finally time to get out there for real. I've never been so nervous but excited in my life! I've also never cried as much as I did on our last day, realising that most of us will be working opposite ends of a very large force and some of us may never cross paths again. But I'm so ready for the start of the real training, my tutorship out on division, which will last 15 weeks, and the rest of my career in such an amazing job.

Yesterday, I met John Sutherland, author of 'Blue: A Memoir, Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces', a man who has quickly become an inspiration to me and who's book I highly recommend to everyone, whether in the job or not.

Bring on Sunday and my first ever shift as a PC!!

 

Thank you for reading x

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Congrats Alice!! Keep yourself save and go get em!


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alicing
2 minutes ago, H-H said:

Congrats Alice!! Keep yourself save and go get em!


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Thank you so much and a massive congrats to you for passing the AC, what a massive achievement, you have suuuch exciting things to come!! 

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18 minutes ago, alicing said:

Thank you so much and a massive congrats to you for passing the AC, what a massive achievement, you have suuuch exciting things to come!! 

Thank you! Still got a few hurdles to jump but fingers crossed! Make sure you keep blogging your 10 weeks, it'll keep me sane during the wait along and no doubt be good for you to look back at! Way jealous that you've already done your response course!!

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56 minutes ago, H-H said:

Thank you! Still got a few hurdles to jump but fingers crossed! Make sure you keep blogging your 10 weeks, it'll keep me sane during the wait along and no doubt be good for you to look back at! Way jealous that you've already done your response course!!

Have faith and be yourself! I will try to, yep it's so nice to look back and read these already. When I joined this force I didn't even realise that it was one of few that does response course as part of initial training, but because of the size of the areas we cover it would be silly not to really, but it was soooo fun haha. 

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Hyphen

Really good to read through the experience. I didn't get to do my driving course through my initial training, I did mine after probation but is an excellent course. It also changed me as a driver in everyday life and I still get the thrill when I put the blue lights on.

I was useless with the parade and marching side of things but still look back at it fondly.

Good luck for your first shift, be nice to see how it goes if you get time to post! 

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Be very appreciative of the fact you get to drive so early on! In most forces it takes several years and in my force there are officers with over 15 years service who have still not been given a course.

You are most lucky! :)


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13 hours ago, alicing said:

Have faith and be yourself! I will try to, yep it's so nice to look back and read these already. When I joined this force I didn't even realise that it was one of few that does response course as part of initial training, but because of the size of the areas we cover it would be silly not to really, but it was soooo fun haha. 

Cheers!! Is it A&S that you're in or have I completely made that up?

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Cheers!! Is it A&S that you're in or have I completely made that up?

A&S only do basic driving during training.

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LeSquirrel

Well done, very envious of you doing your standard course in training. Responding to immediate calls and being stuck in traffic is a bit of a joke. Typical wait is around 3+ years from joining in my force.

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Congratulations Alice! These are a fantastic read. Look forward to hearing about your first shift!

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Congratulations on passing out, your blogs have been an inspiration to any aspiring officers myself included.

Keep safe out there!

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alicing

Thank you all for all the lovely comments!! It's been a complete whirlwind and yes @AMW4 an absolute dream come true! To think that a year ago I had dropped out of uni and was working in a pub desperate for a new job and a new start and now it's here and I'm absolutely loving it. 

The response driving was one of the best things I've ever done to be honest, and yeah @Hyphen like you said it completely changed me as a driver. 

I'm on my last night shift tonight so I will hopefully be able to pop a post up on my rest days about my first set of shifts, but safe to say they've been amazing and I'm so happy to finally be where I am! 

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