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RobbieTheBobby

MET PC to MSC

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RobbieTheBobby

Hi All,

Am hoping someone might be able to shed some light on this please. I recently left the MET as a full time Constable. I left due to personal and family issues, but absolutely loved the job and would like to join as a Special constable. 

Now I know this isn't the usual route - PC to MSC. Just wondered if anyone else had done this and what your thoughts are on doing this, whether your a PC or MSC

I was on team full time and that's what I'd ideally like to do as a special. Unfortunately I didn't really get to meet too many MSC, although a few did occasionally man us up on team.

So a few questions;

Do you think I'd be bored as a special, having done the job full time?

What do Specials typically do and how does this work? Are they their own 'team'? 

Would I be able to bypass the training, as I've obviously already done this once? 

Any thoughts or advice before I contact recruitment would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

 

 

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Smiley Culture

I can't say much to your specific questions I'm afraid.  However, I have come across Specials who were previously regulars, so yes there are some who've done it.  In one case (GMP) the officer just swapped collar numbers and returned to his division - if I remember correctly there was an issue with regards to him bringing across his response driving permit but that was resolved in the end.  I'm not sure about the other two: one was also staying in the same force (WYP) but I'm not sure how smooth a transition it was (I guess it depends on how long a gap there was between him leaving regs and joining Specials and what his force's policy was, neither of which I know); the other I think left one force as a reg and then joined another as a Special, again though I'm not sure how long a gap she had between them or what her second force's take was on the issue.

In terms of how an ex-reg might get on in Specials - it's not something I've done so couldn't comment.  Nor (as you've probably guessed) could I comment on how the Met does it.

Hopefully someone else will be along soon to give you a better answer than I can!

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danswans

Sorry I'm confused. You left the job full time due to personal issues but now you want to re join as a special to work full time? Can't you go back in full time PC?

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Burnsy2023
10 minutes ago, danswans said:

Sorry I'm confused. You left the job full time due to personal issues but now you want to re join as a special to work full time? Can't you go back in full time PC?

It doesn't say he wants to be a special full time.

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danswans
It doesn't say he wants to be a special full time.

It says "I was on team full time and ideally that's what I'd like to do as a special" ????

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Burnsy2023
Just now, danswans said:


It says "I was on team full time and ideally that's what I'd like to do as a special" ????

I think he's just referring to being on a response shift.

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Smiley Culture
2 hours ago, Burnsy2023 said:

I think he's just referring to being on a response shift.

That's how I read it too. Incidentally @RobbieTheBobby, whether you can do that as a Special is likely to be force-specific as well.

 

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Posh
On 05/01/2018 at 21:27, RobbieTheBobby said:

Do you think I'd be bored as a special, having done the job full time?

What do Specials typically do and how does this work? Are they their own 'team'? 

Would I be able to bypass the training, as I've obviously already done this once? 

Any thoughts or advice before I contact recruitment would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

1. Absolutely not, being a Special is all about what you make of it. I think you'll enjoy the additional flexibility and not having your rest days cancelled!

2. Varies by OCU/BCU. However a consistent theme is that those who put the effort in and have the skills and knowledge are supported to work with a wide variety of teams/specialisms.

3. So long as you have left within the last 5 years you will skip training. A training needs analysis will be done to figure out the horrendous number of NCALT you'll have missed and need to do oh and you might get a few days input on anything that's changed drastically if you're lucky!

Feel free to PM me with any additional questions. Whereabouts in the MPD are you based? We have vacancies where I am...

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jamieMET

I much preferred my time in the MSC than i do now as a PC. If I was ever to revert back, I would be immediately off BOCU and be attached to the many specialist roles avaliable these days. 

What takes my fancy is the new reactive team based at the car pounds who primarily deal with OP Reclaim only. 

 

As has already been covered you wouldn’t need to re-do training and your current courses should be transferred if you havn’t gone out of date. 

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Policey_Man

My understanding is similar to what @Posh and @jamieMET have written.... I think if you re-join in a short period of time, you can skip the training. As a former regular, your experience and knowledge will be invaluable to other MSC officers and you'll probably be asked to take on a supervisors role quite quickly I would expect. Think carefully before doing that though.

If you're still in touch with some mates from the job, I'm pretty sure there was a section on police officer to MSC on People Pages which you might want to ask them to print off for you to read.

I don't think it is a weird thing to do and I have met several people who have done this before. I think you'll have a lot more freedom in the job as a MSC officer than you would as a PC, and I also think you'll be treated differently too. Expect to be asked lots of questions about why you left as a PC and re-joined as MSC though, as it is a rather unique thing to do.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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