Matt C

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About Matt C

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  • Birthday 03/01/1975

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    Travelling, photography, music, tinkering with old bangers and walking me dogs!!
  1. Army Officer, looking elsewhere

    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. Road rage

    The driver appears to have been inconsiderate, but by all accounts the horse rider hasn't exactly covered herself glory, either! Did she think that "whipping the car" would make it behave? Bottom line, irrespective or whether you are in the 'right', if you damage other people's stuff, be prepared to have to fork out for it....
  3. Road rage

    The driver appears to have been inconsiderate, but by all accounts the horse rider hasn't exactly covered herself glory, either! Did she think that "whipping the car" would make it behave? Bottom line, irrespective or whether you are in the 'right', if you damage other people's stuff, be prepared to have to fork out for it....
  4. Police pension question

    I think the 'mobile Tepatalk' is playing up. My apologies for double-posts...
  5. Police pension question

    I think the 'mobile Tepatalk' is playing up. My apologies for double-posts...
  6. Police pension question

    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....
  7. 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!)
  8. Resist Arrest

    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.
  9. Rapist may have HIV from victim

    Some would call you a 'cynic'. I'm more inclined to call you a 'realist'.....
  10. National Crime Agency Recruitment?

    I'm probably wrong, but I'm guessing that the posts will already be filled (over-staffed actually) as the whole thing is essentially a 're-branding exercise' of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Just another example of trying to do more, with less. Don't buy into the spin that it will be a 'British FBI'. It won't be anywhere near as 'sexy', and will basically be 'business as usual' (only with a reduced budget)
  11. A Judge with sense!

    In fairness, we shouldn't be inconveniencing people over something as trivial as a criminal offence.....
  12. Dorset Police outsource crime scene guarding

    Or: "Setting a minimum standard. Failing to achieve it"
  13. "Lies, damned lies and statistics". Yeah...something like that......
  14. what's your hobby?

    It's easy to "catch the bug"...