Matt C

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About Matt C

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    Travelling, photography, music, tinkering with old bangers and walking me dogs!!
  1. I left the RAF 8 years ago to join the Police, and I can honestly say that I've never looked back! That said, I expected a 'smooth transition', thinking that both jobs would share many similarities. The truth, there was hardly any! It's a VERY different job. A better job!
  2. I think the 'mobile Tepatalk' is playing up. My apologies for double-posts...
  3. I think the 'mobile Tepatalk' is playing up. My apologies for double-posts...
  4. Correct Cherry Beat. I 'opted out'. The tax-code changes and you do get less back than you may initially expect. As long as you are aware of that.... Correct Cherry Beat. I 'opted out'. The tax-code changes and you do get less back than you may initially expect. As long as you are aware of that....
  5. Yeah, that bit had me confused too. Who advised you to resign? Speak with an independent solicitor. I was in a loosely similar situation following brain-surgery, and found that liaising directly with the council (who are ultimately the pension-provider) far more enlightening than dealing with the Police Federation. They will be able to 'clarify the numbers' at least, and a good solicitor should be able to deal with the legal-side. (I was lucky and managed to stay in the job, but I understand your frustration at the lack of clear information. Stick with it, and double-check any advice given to you for accuracy!)
  6. I don't know what the CPS are like, but in Scotland (if there are multiple charges) the Procurator Fiscal's Office are quite happy to 'quit proceedings' on certain charges in return for an agreed 'guilty' charge on others. Usually, 'Police Assault' is one of the first to be 'negotiated away', without consent or consultation. I'm afraid it's one of the things you just need to get your head around. I even know of a cop who was assaulted by a Hep-C carrier who spat a mouthful of blood at his face during an arrest, (thankfully no contact) and that ended up as a 'no-proceeding' in return for an accepted guilty plea on a much 'lesser' charge! Comes with the job, I'm afraid.
  7. Some would call you a 'cynic'. I'm more inclined to call you a 'realist'.....
  8. In fairness, we shouldn't be inconveniencing people over something as trivial as a criminal offence.....
  9. Or: "Setting a minimum standard. Failing to achieve it"
  10. "Lies, damned lies and statistics". Yeah...something like that......
  11. It's easy to "catch the bug"...
  12. Everything really.... (and I really do mean EVERYTHING!) I go from pre-ordering the latest albums right back to 1950's "Julie London" and the like... Music is one of the areas where you can get an awful lot of value for your money (yes I'm Scottish) and especially with the older, 'collectible' LP's, plenty of album-art and inserts. For me, part of the pleasure is in 'the hunt', finding good examples that haven't been played in decades. Ironically (at the moment at least) prices of good, well maintained vinyl increases in value far more than placing money in savings!
  13. Couldn't they introduce some kind of 'cumulative sentencing'....? Say you got sentenced to 4 years, but only served 2 before released on half-licence. Then (for example) 6 years later you are caught again and sentenced to, I dunno, say 3 years, wouldn't it be fair to add the 'unserved' 2 years from the initial conviction to the new sentence? Now THAT might focus the minds of a few crims! I would also make half-licence a 'one shot deal', that can only be used for a criminals first ever custodial sentence. After that, you do the full ticket!!
  14. Well, I had never heard of 'Key Performance Indicators' before Police Scotland came into being. (We used to be able to judge how well we were performing from the reaction we received from the public we served, rather than needing bar-charts to tell us....)
  15. I'm going to go out on a limb and say I think this is quite a good idea!!