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tjosmith last won the day on November 3 2010

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  1. Advice needed re: A/C results.

    I recently passed my a/c with 70%, and these two areas were also my weakest.
  2. I think it's unfortunate that a number of potential candidates who live, study and/or work in Derbyshire have been unable to get application forms. From what I can see, people have applied from a number of neighbouring forces which is fair enough, but I would question how successful this campaign will be for Derbyshire police. The local interview is surely going to include the question, "why Derbyshire police?" - the reply "because you're the only force recruiting" isn't going to cut it! Get yourself in the Special's and wait for the next round of internal recruitment.
  3. recruitment openings?

    Just to add a bit more context, I applied in January 2008 for WMP, and still waiting.
  4. Oh no, I'm about to lose my job! :(

    I'm still astonished that our applications are open and pending. Let's hope we all get some good news next year! Just out of curiousity, who was tempted to apply for BTP earlier this month?
  5. what are your views on special constables

    Thanks, I hope I do. I'm Sheffield based.
  6. what are your views on special constables

    This is an interesting post for a new SC such as myself. The way I see it is that the key role for SC's at busy times at weekends (when the majority of SC's turn out as you say) is to increase police visibility in town centres, ASB hotspots etc. I'd therefore like to think that I would use my discretion as much as possible i.e. use of FPND, Section 27's for D&D etc. Some SC's are gung ho I'm sure (I can think of a few who are going to jump in like Rambo after our training has finished), but so are many new regular probationers. It guess it depends on the mindset of the officer. For me, I joined the job to keep people safe and get involved in local issues; if I lock someone up to do that then so be it, but I want to spend as much of my time volunteering out on the streets as I can meeting people and getting involved, not in custody kicking my heels. Just my two pence worth...
  7. Advice Please

    Police checks for police officers and staff go way beyond PNC and convictions. They will look at a number of local intelligence systems that the general public have, and never will have, any knowledge. Declare any contact you have ever had with the police and let recruitment decide if it's relevant or not. Best of luck if you choose to apply.
  8. Too late to start a decent police career ?

    I work with a number of officers who joined in their 30's. Given that people now will be required to work until they are much older, there is no reason why you could not achieve a full & varied career in the service at the age of 31. The changes to police pay & conditions proposed by the current government also means that the old 30 year career & pension will be a thing of the past so age becomes even less of a factor.
  9. Failed hearing test on day 2 medical

    I too failed my hearing test, but after seeing a specialist, I was passed. I also had to attend a practical hearing test at the training centre for my force where I had to listen to and repeat messages passed on Airwave in different environments i.e. police car with blues & two's, a role play domestic incident, in an office etc. Forces should make reasonable adjustments for any disability. I'm sure I read on this forum once about a Special who has a hearing aid so don't give up. Go and see a specialist through your GP and keep your OCU updated on the findings. Best of luck.
  10. Special Constables are they still needed

    Spot on Scouse Bobby - I'd sign up for that. PCSO's in my force have been ring fenced for two more years. With elected Commissioner's to be introduced after this time, I can't see many pledging to keep PCSO's and will use the money for additional police officer's instead.
  11. South Yorkshire Specials

    Hardly! We only get 8 hours a month! With the cuts taking place throughout the force, I might not have a staff job for too much longer! Which district do you hope to serve in? I'm soon to be moving to Snig Hill so will ask to work from there hopefully and just leave my kit under my desk!
  12. South Yorkshire Specials

    I'm police staff at Sheffield district. Nothing exciting, but it's good experience whilst I wait to try and join as a regular. They let us have paid time off to be a SC too which is good!
  13. South Yorkshire Specials

    Well done to you too. Feel free to PM me nearer 19th June. I already work for SYP so if you've got any questions just ask!
  14. South Yorkshire Specials

    I believe so. The training is not 6 months before you start working as a SC. Module 1 takes 10 weeks before you are assigned a tutor constable and start work in your SNA. Training is then ongoing whilst serving as a SC and you work towards independent status when you have completed module 2 and 3. How quickly you work through these will be up to your efforts and the hours that you put in. I received a phone call from recruitment a few backs to say that my induction pack would be in the post soon.
  15. South Yorkshire Specials

    Hi, my signature below should give you some idea how long the process takes. Expect anywhere up to 12 months, but given that recruitment for regulars is on hold, SYP are trying to recruit more Specials at the moment which will go in your favour. I start my training on the 19th June, so feel free to ask anything.