CalvinK

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  1. Parents criminal record?

    Azz, If you have no contact with your father, then there will be no problems on that side of the fence. If you disclose it and don't hide it, it shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you tell them you haven't had any contact with him since whenever it was. Just make sure you disclose it. If you don't know the specific offences, just mention you are aware he has a criminal history. That will show that you're at least being honest. If the situation between you and your father changes, you will need to inform the relevant authorities who will then make a decision. As for your mother, I don't forsee a problem either. Once again, you need to disclose it and let them make the decision. You can't be penalised for what your family do. You just need to be open and honest about what you know and let them make the decision. The main thing is whether you have criminal convictions, how serious they are, and whether you have disclosed them. Everything else will have some factor in the decision, but family members having convictions won't necessarily preclude you from joining.
  2. Police Recruitment 2012

    Nothing known for definite as to when recruitment will open up. All I am aware of is the first course will be for those who have been on hold since 2008 (like myself), but no definite start dates have been given, despite rumours saying May.
  3. Police Recruitment 2012

    Oh don't get me wrong, I'm not berating anybody for doing so, as it is a good way to see what it is like. I suppose the thing that irritates me are Specials who think they deserve a job after a certain number of years service, when it is categorically stated by forces that Specials will have to go through the same process as anyone else to become a regular. I do think this is changing in some forces to allow certain modules to be completed before joining or some sort of fast-track. Indeed Specials who join to become a Regular often have a more proactive method to learning, there are three who I could name who are fantastic and really are above the usual standard expected of Specials. Having read through my last post I can see how it could have been misinterpreted as an attack. Specials (prospective and current) need to be made well aware that although they may intend to become a regular officer, they will not receive any priority in becoming a regular officer, and nor should they expect any. If anything, Specials should be aware of the effects that the financial constraints have had on their force. This July will have been 4 years since I applied and although things have once again started progressing, I'm still well aware that there will be cuts etc.
  4. Police Recruitment 2012

    Yes. Some forces will be recruiting externally. Derbyshire being one of them. Speaking of which:
  5. You might be thinking of proposals to limit theft at a certain amount. [Link] I do recall a case a few years ago where the defendant had stolen a low value item (a tin of beans comes to mind) worth about 19p, and elected a jury trial costing a huge amount for the taxpayer. The case was criticised by the judge at the time if I remember correctly. Unfortunately despite my best efforts I can't source it though.
  6. PC RATHBAND

    Deeply saddened by the news. I never met David but I recall the day's events and he has been an inspiration with his work afterwards. I shall be making a donation to BLF at some point today in his name.
  7. Police Recruitment 2012

    Stating that people should be careful joining as a Special completely undermines the point of Specials. If people join the Specials primarily because they want to join the Regulars, then arguably you are joining for the wrong reasons. Personally I joined as it has enabled me to get a chance to learn how the processes work, whether I would like to do it before committing, and more importantly because I wanted to do my bit, so to speak, to assist in the community. After 3 and a half years I am still in the applications process for the regulars (albeit the final stages) but I completely appreciate the situation that most forces are in and that they can't afford to recruit a lot of officers.
  8. Police Recruitment 2012

    I think the issue is with Assessment Centre passes. If I remember correctly I was told they are only valid for a year - Derbyshire was allowed to extend that to two but I was told that if I didn't continue my application then my assessment centre pass would expire and I'd have to start from the beginning again. Not really ideal!
  9. I am going to pick up on one thing I'm afraid! Theft is a triable either way offence so could in theory elect for a jury trial.
  10. Estranged Uncle

    As always, declare it and let the Vetting Unit decide. From what you're saying, I can't see it being a problem, as jemz said, you can't be held responsible for someone else's actions.
  11. Joining as a Special

    All criminal records are accessible to the police. However with it not being a conviction, it being so long ago and a relatively minor incident etc I don't think you will have much to worry about. All you need to do is mention it on your form and let the Vetting Unit decide whether to accept you. You've just got to disclose it and see what they say. @OP As a Special (or indeed any member of the extended policing family) you will be placed under the same security checks. Joining as a Special is not going to show HR that you really want to do the job, they won't even consider that as part of their selection criteria and I think if that's your only intention to join the Specials then you shouldn't bother. The drink driving offence is an offence that is a serious offence, especially considering the campaigns that the police take part in to prevent people from doing so. It is only right (in my personal opinion) that some time has passed until the conviction before you can join. And if you want an example of an impeccable lifestyle then I'll give you one. I've never committed a criminal offence. There are plenty of other officers who could probably say the same thing. The point you need to realise is that despite what others may think, you want to join a respectable profession that upholds the law. How can you realistically tell someone off for drink driving when you have done so in the (hypothetically if you got in) last 5 years? The police are not above the law and those who have committed a criminal offence who are already in the job will naturally have to submit a form to their PSD so that they can make a decision as to what will happen to them.
  12. Career In the Police

    I would always mention it. Let them decide if it will affect it. If you've been completely honest by telling them even if it doesn't matter, then they can't exactly criticise you. However if you don't tell them, they can say you weren't showing honesty and integrity.
  13. Mens Rea?

    I'll address your first point that was contained within your quote. I appreciate that it is perhaps not good law. However you bring forward a very good argument. I would argue that if defendant has asked whether they were being subjected to force, and they told the defendant they weren't, then is it really fair that the defendant is penalised for what he at the time thought was a consensual (and legal) act? I would argue that is rather unfair on the defendant. I'm not sure how things would proceed from there, and as I am no expert in the matter I wouldn't like to speculate. However on the other side, the defendant knows that the sex industry is (without trying to be stereotypical, this is based on the general public's knowledge of it through media portrayal) dodgy and there is a likelihood that someone could be coerced or subject to force - I'd argue that although it appears a reputable agency, that he is engaging in business within the sex industry he would at least be aware of the potential for danger and so to some extent is responsible. Your scenario is an interesting one, as it does bring up issues of consent as well. I'm certainly in no position to explain how it should be dealt with but unfortunately Parliament do make bad laws and some do seem very unfair at times. I really don't know how to answer the question other than say that he is aware that the industry is dodgy and that girls are coerced so he takes the risk willingly.
  14. Mens Rea?

    The reason why it is a strict liability offence is simple really. It wound render the law redundant if all you had to say to be found not guilty was "I didn't know she was subjected to force". I think that due to media portrayals most if not all people will be aware of the coercion and drug problem that is present in that industry and so by paying for sex they take the risk that they could potentially pay for sex with someone who is coerced into it. Recklessness is not a defence. The reason why the client is prosecuted is to make it a deterrant in my opinion. The thoughts behind it are probably that if you stifle the demand, then you stifle the trade. How well that works in practice is for another topic I think. If you did something and did not know it was against the law, then you shouldn't be allowed to get away with it just because you didn't know it was against the law. That would set a very dangerous precedent whereby all you would have to do is convince the jury that you were not aware that the law existed, and you would be find innocent. As a result, thankfully, ignorance of the law is not a defence.
  15. Police Recruitment 2012

    Can't speak for other forces but Derbyshire are progressing my regulars application - ironically it's going faster than it has for the past 4 years! Their website states they are also looking to take on some officers later this year.