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  1. Motoring insurance, rogue/bad companies.

    Not sure a broker would really recommend/avoid an insurer based solely upon web comments. What happened when you asked the broker on the concerns you have with this insurer? Some brokers will deal with the whole market and some may decide to only use Class A ones, ask and see what they have to say.
  2. Motoring insurance, rogue/bad companies.

    Curious, your asking for advice on how to get info on the Ins Co and then provide a source of customer feedback! Perhaps a chat with your broker to understand why the broker selected that particular company to put your business with! Why did s/he select them, were they the only ones to take your risk, was it the cheapest, what is broker's feedback. With so many online options, was/is there a particular reason for using your own broker? They say there is no value in loyalty in insurance. You may want to consider doing your own homework to find an insurer. If you decide to move insurers it may incur a penalty but your comment suggests your concerned and it may be worth it for your peace of mind.
  3. Flexible working

    I'be known several officers working less than the standard hours, both short and ling term, yes it impacts on their overall pension period, but generally they have to make a little more effort themselves to manage their work role because of their needs being slightly out of kilt with the rest of the team/office/dept. Ask and see what the result is.
  4. IMHO if you look at S139 of CJA'88 it relates to knives and says the act only relates to those over 3 inches- in effect its the definition of which knives the act is dealing with, so when we look at the sale of knives to which the act applies (as "defined" under S139), it would also only apply to those over 3 inches.
  5. Question of law: What constitutes in "uniform"?

    Many moons ago the fact you didn't have a cap/helmet on was deemed enough to still be in uniform. Most of the cases are/were to do with being on foot duty rather than in vehicle. It was only relatively recently that the question of a marked/unmarked vehicle came into play. Perhaps the question you should ask, as it would be one the court would ask, how would the other motorist know you were police? If you were the other motorist, would you in all honesty know and recognise that unmarked vehicle with the short driver sat behind the wheel with no recognisable hat, one epaulette at least obscured by the seatbelt, etc etc. Would you being that other motorist really know or suspect the vehicle was a police car?
  6. Witness Statements

    Firstly the final bit about going to court - only say they are willing to attend if they prepared to do so. The way people are approached to give a statement is by the common request and some don't always realise that they may actually have to go to court and repeat what has been written in the statement. And of course there are others who may provide statements that can assist an investigation but would be seen as an unwilling or hostile witness - it helps the decision makers understand the weight of the evidence the case has. Proforma's area all well and good for very prescriptive information but they can also lead the statement taker to forget/omit information that specific witnesses may have to offer. You have probably already found that the space to include information on a proforma may be too small for what the witness wishes to say and conversely a large gap is left for just a few words. If, as you say, you are young in service as painstaking as it may seem perhaps it will serve you well to get all forms of statement taking done well and off pat so you can afford to use pro-forma at a later stage without missing what may be vital evidence. Remembering that the court's / jury's view on the quality of a witness may deteriorate / be challenged if they stand in the box and when giving live evidence 'suddenly' remember things. It can be less they have 'suddenly' remembered, more that they could have put it in the statement from the outset had it been taken thoroughly in the first place.
  7. Mmmm, more rather than less agricultural tractors would still be seen as motor vehicle and few machines would be classed as just being mechanically propelled - definition of agricultural vehicle in C&U starts off by saying " a motor vehicle ....."
  8. Mr daz

    A simplified reply would be that if you can see the lamp then you need the right colour, if it's only the light emitted from the lamp, then any colour - think about the lights to illuminate the underside. Like all these things, the closer you are to fitting questionable lamps the more likely you will be to getting stopped as an officer will be looking to check.
  9. Private land - not a problem. Don't even need the high fences etc
  10. So makes you wonder why they were going to hand over ANY addresses to aANY direct mail marketing company whether they were gun owners or any other group on their databases. Will the Met be advertising for anew media manager?
  11. There are "box cutters" that suit cutting wrapping etc, but not sure there is any knife For the SPECiFIC use of opening boxes.
  12. Big Decision to Leave Job!!

    There are pretty much two certainties - that initially the grass IS always greener on the other side, and you probably noticed that when you left your prev job to join the police. Secondly, by default, once you ave settled into the new job (Whatever it may be), the grass becomes less green and you start to find reason for fault or discontent. It reads as if you had a desire to join the job and then found it wasn't what you wanted - doesn't that remind you of choosing a new car, wallpaper, pretty much anything that you absolutely craved and then found reason to decide it wasn't for you after all. Its a bold, brave and in my view, sensible and brave person who has the opportunity and chooses their work to match the life/work balance. By the sounds of it there is no loss financially. In local government you may find opportunities for development / promotion in the future. within reason its a fairly secure, financially sound and structured place to work. There are lots of saying along the lines of regretting what you didn't do is greater than the loss of not doing it etc. What's the worst that can happen? Stay and get locked into 35 years in the hope of a pension and being miserable, leaving and getting "locked" out of the police. Do a quick internet search of SWOT analysis and do it for this decision. PM if you want
  13. Its entirely up to you / RAYNET what you wear, what I was trying to say but you seemed to miss, is to ask if you saw someone wearing the kit, would you see them as a police office or just someone wearing a hi-viz. Once you have decided on that, you can use that view if asked. The reason to ask, is if you align too closely with one of the emer services then you may cause confusion at a time when clarity is needed. Personally, its the label on the front/back that says what organisation you belong to rather than the fact its yellow or not. At least by opting for another colour you make yourselves immediately identifiable as well as compliant in terms of safety. If your wearing at an incident the chances of you being confused with being a police officer are truly minimal - lots of people have a radio/radios. As you say, its more to do with your actions and your actions are most unlikely to be interpreted as police either. Are you sure colour is a requirement? Consider how you can make yourselves stand out or differentiate from the rest. Nothing worse than trying to find someone amongst a horde of yellow hi-viz and having to rely on looking at their backs - just think, if you as RAYNET/other even had green collars, red hats or something, that reduces the confusion. Just a hi-viz could mean anything from someone from the media, street cleaning team or 'another' organisation.
  14. AFAIK there is no legislation about the blue/silver reflective markings on clothing , otherwise no issues. Put it another way, if you were to see someone in the kit your proposing, would you think it was a) a police officer, b) an ex-officer with old kit or c) someone who chose to buy/use second hand kit rather than buy what may be more appropriate kit? Out of interest, if your involved in RAYNET and likely to be outside, why not think of going for orange rather than yellow - yellow attracts flies & bugs whilst orange doesn't!
  15. Interview - Addressing Interviewers

    Avoid using too many sir/ma'am etc you can have a healthy, respectful conversation without using either their 'rank' or name. As the applicant is not yet a member of the thayer, using sir/ma'am can be a little squirmy in the conversation unless you're used to it. Be natural.