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Chrish229

Hi guys ! Basically I'm trying to make this decision but everytime I mull it over I can't choose ! 

So I asked Kent Police if I could transfer my assessment centre results (ticket) and sent a photocopy of my results, I never heard back ! So I said "I'm not waiting any longer !" And went ahead applying to MOD Police with my ticket ! They received my application and today emailed me and said I will be given s vetting form nearer the time of my firearms assessment which is March 2016 ! At the same time Kent popped an email as well :'( They said my results were fine and gave me a link to fill in an application form and once I had done that they would invite me to an interview in October 2015 (next month !) and that if I passed the interview I would be put on an intake in Feb 2016 !

Need advice ! I'm pulling my hair out :'(

Do I pick MOD and get in without an interview so that means no stress ? 

Do I pick Kent, have to WITHDRAW my application with MOD and hope I pass the interview ?! 

I am aware what MOD is like by the way. 

Any advice would be amazing ! 

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Eebs

Depends what you'd like to do. Personally i'd go for the firearms, because thats what interests me. And it's a secure job (as in you've got it.) If you 100% need a job for money, go MOD. Depends if you fancy being NPT/Response or going firearms and being sent somewhere then specialize

 

(or always transfer out after 2 years is a pretty safe bet and you'd have a firearms ticket)

MOD also just changed their fitness test to 5.6 for standard firearms officer (specialist roles still higher) so not hard to pass either. Firearms assessment is literally 'hold this rifle, cock it, reload it, hold it up. Same with a pistol' with full gear and they talk you through it, may also include interview on role of an AFO ect unless they've changed it 

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Chrish229

Yeah I agree ! I'm interested in firearms ! My mate who thought he killed it the interview said he failed (with Kent).

Can you transfer out of MOD ?! I searched on the Met website and Dorset (my force) on transferring and they require you to be from a Home Office force ? Is this always gonna be the case or is it due to budget cuts ?


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Eebs

MOD Is home office isn't it?

 

I'm not entirely sure but you can currently transfer to BTP firearms unit from MOD (which definately is a home office force :P ) then possibly transfer to another force.. long process but its probably a lot quicker than joining as a regular to become a firearms officer (depending on your force waiting times)

I'd certainly go for MOD, they have some good specializations and i like the MP7 ;) 

 

if you don't mind me asking, Which force did you sit your SEARCH with, and why didn't you take it any further (or did you fail final interview or something?)

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Chrish229

I think it's part of the Ministry of Defence isn't it ? Oh really ? BTP is quite interesting ! I am 75% MOD now ???? I'm going to speak to my regular colleagues tomorrow (I'm a special) and see what they think ! I'm only 20 it's not like this will be my only force to join in life ahahahahaha ! Are you MOD ?
I went with West Mids Police and got 55% in the assessment centres, they required 60% ????


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MOD Police are not a home office force. As such, you'll quite often find that you'll not be accepted as a transferee by other forces. Some will, but often forces stipulate 'Home Office or BTP only'.



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MOD Police are not a home office force. As such, you'll quite often find that you'll not be accepted as a transferee by other forces. Some will, but often forces stipulate 'Home Office or BTP only'.


 

Ah thank-you. This would be why i was thinking MOD-BTP-home office (but still tough to get in? :P )

I spoke to my collegues about when i was applying and they said it'd be really good, it's a well paying job (after the payrises), and firearms are fun.. :P Wouldn't mind going into MOD S.E.G :P 

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I think it's part of the Ministry of Defence isn't it ? Oh really ? BTP is quite interesting ! I am 75% MOD now ???? I'm going to speak to my regular colleagues tomorrow (I'm a special) and see what they think ! I'm only 20 it's not like this will be my only force to join in life ahahahahaha ! Are you MOD ?
I went with West Mids Police and got 55% in the assessment centres, they required 60% ????


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Klaus cleared it up, so MOD-BTP-HO force is possible.. might be still difficult but still a good way in. Not sure about the %'s you still might need the correct % to apply HO.

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MOD Police is part of the Civil Service and that's the pension scheme you'll end up in, rather than the Police one. You can also be made redundant as an MOD officer whereas a HO cop you can't (yet).
It all depends what you want to do. If you want to drive around the perimeter fence of critical infrastructure in a 4x4 without a care in the world go for MDP. If you want to be a cop go for Kent.
If you're thinking of being allowed to transfer out you'll be disappointed. BTP have recently included MOD officers in their recruitment because they needed more AFO's and that won't last forever. You may have heard tales of officers going from MDP to HO forces but what you don't hear is those officers had previously undertaken at least 2 years service in a HO force before going to MDP and then back again otherwise you start from scratch as a probationer.
I don't mean to be rude but if you think that an interview with Kent is too much of an obstacle to overcome for a well paid career then maybe Policing isn't for you?

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On 24/09/2015 at 13:39, Prae said:

MOD Police is part of the Civil Service and that's the pension scheme you'll end up in, rather than the Police one. You can also be made redundant as an MOD officer whereas a HO cop you can't (yet).
It all depends what you want to do. If you want to drive around the perimeter fence of critical infrastructure in a 4x4 without a care in the world go for MDP. If you want to be a cop go for Kent.
If you're thinking of being allowed to transfer out you'll be disappointed. BTP have recently included MOD officers in their recruitment because they needed more AFO's and that won't last forever. You may have heard tales of officers going from MDP to HO forces but what you don't hear is those officers had previously undertaken at least 2 years service in a HO force before going to MDP and then back again otherwise you start from scratch as a probationer.
I don't mean to be rude but if you think that an interview with Kent is too much of an obstacle to overcome for a well paid career then maybe Policing isn't for you?

I echo this. If you want to a police officer then you should apply to an HO force. If you want to whizz around in a car and show people your gun then sure, apply MoD. An interview should not put you off wanting to apply to a job that you genuinely want to do - it's a a part of life.

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