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  1. Paulie, you maybe looking further into this than you need to. For one thing, you being booked on your response course is proof enough that you're doing OK. Especially only after 10 months! It is an expensive course and your force would not let you take it if they did not think you were worthy of it. When I read your post it was like looking back into the past. I was in exactly the same situation but I let it get out of hand. Without going into boring details, I suffered a massive confidence lack and therefore a lot of people thought I wasn't up to the job. I tied myself up in knots and eventually my assessor wouldn't sign me off and I had to resign 1 month before my 2 years - GUTTED was not the word. I would HATE this to happen to anyone else - as long as you know your powers so that you know what you're talking about then you should be OK. Best of luck, Guybrush
  2. Medical and uniform fitting on 22 August, fitness test on 7th Sept and if all well and good an intake date of 18th Nov. Gh0st, don't be too concerned as everything else should just fall into place, passing the A/C is the most important bit I think.
  3. I quite agree with most of the above. In my force, I investigated a large fraud with 3 arrests with 3 charges, stopped someone hanging themselves in custody with a blanket, helped on 3 murders and a rape not one single word of thanks. Not that I expected any but it would have been nice to hear "Well done, excellent job". I just try to remember that I get paid every month and my pay IS my thanks.
  4. When I joined at 29, I got nothing but compliments from friends and family. They all said the same thing: "You've got a huge amount of life expeience to bring with you". I was not the oldest either, in fact there was a 37 year old on my intake. Even one of my friends was in his mid 40s when he joined. I'd just go for it! It was quite interesting because on my intake, there were no school levers or people joining on their 18th birthdays. They were all people that had previous jobs/careers. As per above comments - you are at a good age to join. The only thing I found uncomforatble with joining a little bit later on in life was that sometimes I had to take a bollocking from someone much younger than myself. I found it very hard to keep my mouth shut when someone was having a go at me and all I could think of was "you were probably in nappies when I was at school"! Age really should not be an issue but sometimes I could not help it. I would join first and then think about your career path. Try not to judge it too soon as being a seargent or inspector may not be what you think. Anyway I wish you the very best of luck. Guybrush
  5. No more than there are 3 possible intakes - September, October and November.
  6. Actually, ignore this...they've just phoned to say I've passed!
  7. Has anyone got their results back yet? It's been 6 working days now and still nothing...
  8. Having a balance on a credit card is not necessarily bad. Infact the bank or organisation love it when you have a balance because it's earning them money. Similarly, they hate it when you clear the balance every month becuase they are not earning any interest out of you. They are not going to give you a bad credit rating because you have a balance - it's perfectly normal as per above comments. However, if you start missing payments and defaulting then it WILL start being a problem as it would prove you to be unreliable and uncredit worthy. As long as you always meet the minimum payment every month you will be absolutley fine. Best of luck. Guybrush
  9. Sect172, Some very good points - which force are you with? G.
  10. Hi P!NK, Let me get this correct - you applied on 23/09 and you got your assessment on 11/10. It took just two and a half weeks to get your assessment? OMG that's fast. I posted my applicaton to TVP this morning so hopefully if this trend continues, I may hear something very soon. I just assumed that it would takes weeks (even months) to hear back from TVP. Best of luck with everything. Guybrush
  11. Thanks SpudSL, that's all I wanted to know! Incidently, does anyone know the time frame for TVP SCs from application to appointment? Hope to have my application done in the next 3 weeks or so. Thanks again, Guybrush
  12. To cut a very very long story short my assessor would not pass me on my eNVQ. My 2 years was fast approaching and my eNVQ was only up to about 60% when it should have been completed. I put a lot of work in but a lot of it was discredited by the assessor. I got the POLFED involved and after weeks of meetings and case conferences it became clear that HR and my assessor wanted me gone. Eventually the head of HR said that he was going to take me to the chief constable and recommend that they dispenced with my services. The Fed rep said that that the chances of the CC not taking the recommendation is practically zero. It was either resign or get sacked. So I had no choice but to resign. Gutted was not the word.
  13. james c, Another fair comment, however I would like to think of myself as an exception to this. I was a regular with another force but was forced to resign 1 month before completing my probation. I loved independant patrol and I have seen many things through to court (magistrate and crown). I also know exactly what the reality is and how PCs an SCs differ. Given half a chance I would join TVP as a regular but they are not recruiting (who is?). I am desperate to get back in so the obvious solution is to join as a SC for the interim. Don't get me wrong - I'm not expecting to be fast tracked into the regs when they open up recruitment, but it still should stand me in good stead for when they do. Cheers, Guybrush
  14. Fair comment. I was just asking.
  15. Why not?