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    Scanner will now be installed in every Met custody suite. An officer, whose groundbreaking work has the capacity to “change policing”, has been honoured with an international award. Met Detective Inspector Julie Henderson created a digitised footprint system – the equivalent of the fingerprint system – after becoming frustrated that offenders were getting away with crimes because of the antiquated system of storing footwear prints on paper. The out-of-date system meant only three per cent of officers would take footwear prints from suspects, resulting in evidence being lost. As a result, DI Henderson researched how to make digital footwear prints the same as the national fingerprint system, so officers could take a scan of the footwear as part of the custody process which could then be downloaded and searched nationally. After finding no other force in the world had developed such a system, she contacted a Chinese company that had developed a footwear scanner which gave her two free of charge. She approached her senior leadership team and management board at the Met and the Home Office, securing funding for the project and a national trial. After being seconded to the force’s Capability and Support team to work on the scheme full time, a trial was launched in Colindale which proved a success. Within 12 months there were 117 detections with an 80 per cent conviction rate, an increase in compliance from three per cent to 70 per cent, a 98 per cent improvement in the speed of results and a 92 per cent decrease in cost per print. There will soon be a footwear scanner in every Met custody suite and the project is now one of the Commissioner’s Commitments. She has been given an award for her efforts from the International Association for Women in Policing, with one of her colleagues saying: “This will change policing as we currently know it.” View on Police Oracle
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    Evening All Sorry if this is the wrong place for this. I am currently a probationer on a response team (I will not say where as I believe this is unprofessional). I have honestly had enough and am looking for other jobs. Since I have been here it has been a disaster. Training was very inadequate, we turned up to street duties having never been shown how to use a radio or even do a statement properly. Within less than four months of joining I was posted to an NPT/LPT attachement where it was fully of 95% probationers and very rarely saw a sergeant, hardly any working computers, always getting threatening emails from managers criticising us over every little thing. Despite the LPT being so poorly managed and very rarely seeing a superivosr, I recieved a very good PDR report from my supervisor aswell. Following this I was shipped off to a reponse team where things have been going even more downhill. Despite putting myself up for everything, getting my basic drivers done and always being off late due to wanting to get a good a work return as possible, I have been put on an action plan for not achieving arrest targets. This is despite the fact I have been put on so many constant watched, hospital guards and booking in the skippers prisoners that they arrest. I am constantly getting moaned at over things despite never being trained on them. To top it off several of the other officers on my team have been getting action plans over various matters. I have been told if my arrest figures dont improve then I wont pass my probation. Supervisors and the inspector are rude and bullies. If you ask for help they have a go at you and say you should know what you are doing, they leave you on crime scenes for up to 12 hours at a time without a toilet break or water break. They stick people on for things which seem so minor. I was so motivated when I started, however I just feel I can never win and no matter how hard I try it is never good enough. The other probationers on my team have also had enough, with two of the 8 people I began training with have already left. If this the general consensus amoungst probationers that you are treated like crap? or does it not improve when you are made substantive? There are even experienced officers that have told me "get out why you can". I understand I have to pay my dues but I honestly dont feel I care anymore. I also have lost confidence in the criminal justice system, where as what I deal with seems to be the same old crap everyday, with people seemingly use the police as leverage to get what they want. Sorry for the rant. Danny.
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    I have already merged your duplicate post in relation to this matter, this will now be your 3rd separate topic in relation to this matter. I am happy for this matter to be discussed but please do not create duplicate threads.
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    A little bit old this thread now but I thought I'd share my experiences of being in 2 different forces as a probationer: MDP Awful. Truly awful. Anyone above Inspector didn't give a toss and it was rare an Inspector cared (I had a great Inspector on my section so I got lucky). From the moment I left training to the moment I left the force I couldn't wait to get out. There was no backing for any aspirations you may have and absolutely no empathy or consideration given to officers who were struggling as I was due to personal circumstances. All they cared about was that you were on your gate. Cheshire I joined quite recently and I have to admit I have loved every single second of it. I was in training for a short period due to having the policing degree and previous long term Special experience. There were a few minor teething issues when I left the training school such as various computer systems not being updated but they were ironed out quickly. The support network available is absolutely superb, the backing and help I've received from supervision up to the ACC was outstanding. They introduced themselves and spoke to me like a person and not just as a number. Obviously I respected rank, but it felt like a conversation with a friend. The people on my block are brilliant and will drop anything to help you out and this prevelant amongst my block. We have a block of over half probationers but it's a well run, well oiled block with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind it. Going back to the original post I genuinely can't believe you've were set arrest records. Surely this goes against PACE? I can partly understand detection rates but if you're given a job which is going nowhere commonly what are you supposed to do? Gene Hunt it and pin it on someone? I do hope in the 12/13 months or so that have passed since this post that it has improved for you and you're still in the job.
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    Hi all, Thank again for all the advice, had another interview for West Yorkshire yesterday morning and can happily confirm i passed the interview. Onto vetting, medical etc now so fingers crossed all will be well. Thanks again to everyone who helped/ advised me - very much appreciated. Regards, James.
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    Just a quick update. Thankfully the situation has been resolved and my vetting status has been reinstated; I'll be starting the internal CKP next week
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    Are you giving your answers in a STAR format - situation, task, action result? Situation – What was the situation? What was the background and context? Task – What specific task did you need to accomplish? Action – What specifically did you say and do? What were the actions you took? Result – What were the results of your actions? What was the impact? What did you learn? Are you saying what you did e.g. "I did this", "I did that", rather than a generic "we" Are you aware of any major projects or priorities in your force (I'd hope you would, being a special), along with the mission statement/values, etc - and are you including any of this knowledge and research in your answers, where possible? Assuming it is a competency based interview, are your examples fully reflecting the relevant competencies? Do your examples truly fit the question - it can be quite easy to give a rehearsed answer, but not actually answer their question! Have a look at this post too, from a user called "IT Wizard" on PoliceSpecials: http://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php?/topic/151189-final-interview-tips/&do=findComment&comment=2690143 Good luck!
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    AC results are valid for 12 months. Some forces don't like to accept candidates after they have failed the final interview as it looks like are happy to become an officer wherever they can get in. 6 months will absolutely fly by and you know what to expect so it should be much easier the next time around.
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    Thanks for your advice all. Quite amazing to see officers out there actually positive about the job! I don't mean to be rude, but could someone PM me about what sort of percentage overtime could prop the wage up? The difficulty is that I'm the sole earner at the moment, plus can't see my wife going back to work anytime soon with a baby on the way! I wish it wasn't an issue because money has never been my goal, but it would be really useful to get some indication.