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  1. Devon and Cornwall Police are opening Police Officer recruitment for initial registration on Monday 6th February. Good luck to those applying. https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-right-to-information/our-people/recruitment/police-officer/
  2. I don't necessarily think the force are any different to the other South West forces in terms of being behind. In fact we were the leading South West force st the recent HMIC inspections. I am indeed a serving officer in Somerset. The new crime system is taking its time to bed in but we are getting there.
  3. If successful I guarantee you will be busy wherever you get posted!
  4. Actionman I understand your feelings around wanting to be successful off of your own back but there is nothing wrong with doing everything you can to improve your chances of achieving that success. I went on one of these courses and must admit it helped to improve not only how to tackle the day but also my confidence levels. Worth considering if you have the opportunity. D
  5. Transfers to D&C.

    D & C are open for transferee recruitment until 1st November. http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/JoinUs/PoliceOfficer/Pages/PoliceOfficer-Transferee.aspx
  6. Transfers to D&C.

    Chris you are right about the internal recruitment I believe that it is open now for a September intake. Lets hope that towards the end of the year they look at transferee recruitment!
  7. Parking

    It seems a bit of a pain that you have to park up, get on a bus, pass HQ, get off a bus, wait for a mini bus, get on the mini bus,and travel back up the same road to work! Saying that tho parking is horrendous and they have to do something about it.
  8. Parking

    So what have you got to do for your first day meet at George Abbott car park or at HQ?
  9. Parking

    The Artington Park and Ride is only a couple of minutes walk from HQ, and Surrey Police Officers do get to use it for free, obviously on the provision that if something occurs on the bus you have to be prepared to step in!
  10. PC recruitment 2013

    I'll second jacko about talking blues, very useful.
  11. Devon & Cornwall

    If they are asking a few from previous recruitment drive then I have a feeling that this might be it for this year.
  12. Impact on family life

    Ardwyn The future will no doubt hold both positive and negative aspects in regard to family life. The shifts are different and nights with children running around at the weekend when you are trying to sleep can be tough. On the other hand like the post above says there will be days when you get to see more of your family than a 9-5 job would have. You just need to be prepared that you may not get out on time and you need an understanding partner for this job! Donks
  13. One of Britain's top ethnic minority police officers has accused chief constables of not understanding the need for more black and Asian recruits.Ch Supt Dal Babu told BBC News many of his colleagues just "don't get it". Ch Supt Babu, 49, who retires from the Metropolitan Police on Monday after 30 years' service, said "radical measures" were needed so police had a better understanding of different cultures. The Met said it had made "good progress" with ethnic recruitment. Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the obstacle to greater ethnic minority recruitment was the legal framework - not senior officers. In spite of targets to boost the number of ethnic minority police officers in England and Wales they remain under-represented at 5% of the workforce. In the majority of the 43 forces, there are no black or Asian officers at senior levels. Home Office figures show there were only six such officers at the ranks of Assistant, Deputy and Chief Constable in March 2012. There are also comparatively few black and minority ethnic officers in specialist units, such as CID and firearms. Ch Supt Babu - who is of Indian heritage and helped found the National Association of Muslim Police - said there was a "business case" as well as "moral" reasons for raising numbers, particularly in specialist units. He said: "It's about having that cultural understanding when you're planning the firearms operation - do you understand the cultural aspects that might be misinterpreted as being aggression within a particular community? "Do you understand when communities are praying on a particular day?" adding that having more officers from different backgrounds would also help cut translation costs. "But ultimately it's the right thing to do," he said. "We need to make sure that people who join feel confident that they can join different parts of the organisation." In 1999, after the Macpherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the Labour government set police forces targets to boost ethnic minority officer numbers and although some achieved it many have found it difficult. Ch Supt Babu, who has spent the past three-and-a-half years as commander of the London borough of Harrow, said many chief constables had been resistant to change. "There's a significant number of people who just don't get it and I think what we need to be doing is making sure that people really understand the importance of diversity in the police service," he said. "You judge people by what they've delivered. And I'd say, have a look at how many of these chief constables have got senior black and ethnic minority officers. How many of them have got officers in their specialist departments? That would be the ultimate test." But Sir Peter Fahy, who leads on workforce development for the Association of Chief Police Officers, denied chief constables were to blame, saying they had been left "frustrated" in their attempts to recruit more ethnic minority officers by existing employment law. Sir Peter said: "We need a wider interpretation of the definition of 'occupational requirement'," adding that currently, if chief constables wanted to recruit officers who had an understanding of a particular national or ethnic group, they had to "dance on a legal pinhead" to do so. Ch Supt Babu agreed that a fresh approach was needed but said it could be done without new legislation. "I think we need to be radical. I think we need to be different. Largely what we've ended up doing in the 30 years I've been in the organisation is doing the same old thing. "It's an advert in the Voice or Asian Times, we do a bit of race awareness training - and that just hasn't delivered results." He suggested that applicants to the police should be required to have certain languages, spoken in minority communities, or to have done voluntary work, rates of which are thought to be high in ethnic minority groups. "If we'd looked at those factors we'd be attracting individuals from minority communities," he said. The Metropolitan Police, which covers the most ethnically diverse part of the country, said it had made "good progress", with 17% of its officer recruits from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. But the Met said its Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, had asked for "new proposals" to increase representation in the force as a whole and at senior levels, as it embarked on a drive to recruit thousands more police later this year. Have a look at how many of these chief constables have got senior black and ethnic minority officers. How many of them have got officers in their specialist departments?” Ch Supt Dal Babu Click here to view the article
  14. Ch Supt Dal Babu told BBC News many of his colleagues just "don't get it". Ch Supt Babu, 49, who retires from the Metropolitan Police on Monday after 30 years' service, said "radical measures" were needed so police had a better understanding of different cultures. The Met said it had made "good progress" with ethnic recruitment.  Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the obstacle to greater ethnic minority recruitment was the legal framework - not senior officers.   In spite of targets to boost the number of ethnic minority police officers in England and Wales they remain under-represented at 5% of the workforce. In the majority of the 43 forces, there are no black or Asian officers at senior levels. Home Office figures show there were only six such officers at the ranks of Assistant, Deputy and Chief Constable in March 2012.     There are also comparatively few black and minority ethnic officers in specialist units, such as CID and firearms.  Ch Supt Babu - who is of Indian heritage and helped found the National Association of Muslim Police - said there was a "business case" as well as "moral" reasons for raising numbers, particularly in specialist units. He said: "It's about having that cultural understanding when you're planning the firearms operation - do you understand the cultural aspects that might be misinterpreted as being aggression within a particular community? "Do you understand when communities are praying on a particular day?" adding that having more officers from different backgrounds would also help cut translation costs. "But ultimately it's the right thing to do," he said. "We need to make sure that people who join feel confident that they can join different parts of the organisation."   In 1999, after the Macpherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the Labour government set police forces targets to boost ethnic minority officer numbers and although some achieved it many have found it difficult.  Ch Supt Babu, who has spent the past three-and-a-half years as commander of the London borough of Harrow, said many chief constables had been resistant to change.  "There's a significant number of people who just don't get it and I think what we need to be doing is making sure that people really understand the importance of diversity in the police service," he said. "You judge people by what they've delivered. And I'd say, have a look at how many of these chief constables have got senior black and ethnic minority officers. How many of them have got officers in their specialist departments? That would be the ultimate test." But Sir Peter Fahy, who leads on workforce development for the Association of Chief Police Officers, denied chief constables were to blame, saying they had been left "frustrated" in their attempts to recruit more ethnic minority officers by existing employment law.  Sir Peter said: "We need a wider interpretation of the definition of 'occupational requirement'," adding that currently, if chief constables wanted to recruit officers who had an understanding of a particular national or ethnic group, they had to "dance on a legal pinhead" to do so.   Ch Supt Babu agreed that a fresh approach was needed but said it could be done without new legislation. "I think we need to be radical. I think we need to be different. Largely what we've ended up doing in the 30 years I've been in the organisation is doing the same old thing. "It's an advert in the Voice or Asian Times, we do a bit of race awareness training - and that just hasn't delivered results."  He suggested that applicants to the police should be required to have certain languages, spoken in minority communities, or to have done voluntary work, rates of which are thought to be high in ethnic minority groups. "If we'd looked at those factors we'd be attracting individuals from minority communities," he said. The Metropolitan Police, which covers the most ethnically diverse part of the country, said it had made "good progress", with 17% of its officer recruits from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.  But the Met said its Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, had asked for "new proposals" to increase representation in the force as a whole and at senior levels, as it embarked on a drive to recruit thousands more police later this year. Have a look at how many of these chief constables have got senior black and ethnic minority officers. How many of them have got officers in their specialist departments?” Ch Supt Dal Babu  
  15. Hi Everyone :)

    Hi Jules Welcome to the forum and well done on nearing the end of the recruitment process! Donks