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  1. I don't fully understand how the government can suddenly start "civilianising" certain roles within the job on the basis that they do not require warranted powers. I'm sure a number of roles within the police may not require warranted powers all of the time, but what happens when those powers are required and the individual no longer has them? By it's nature police work surely is not entirely predicatable and for that reason I would have thought that it would be quite difficult to say this role or that role definately doesn't need to be warranted. Seems like a smoke screen to replace skilled officers with civilians, whilst simultaneously recuriting far fewer new pcs and paying them a lot less . Damn.... the penny's just dropped.
  2. I took and passed the assessment in 2009 prior to the recruitment freeze setting in and am frankly rather insulted by the implication that it's easy. I personally found it to be quite a demanding 5 hours and I do not consider myself for one second to be illiterate. The tests are not in themselves difficult, the challenge comes from completing them accurately in a controlled time frame. Preparation is the key to passing the assessment and I think it unlikely that most people would simply turn up and breeze through it as Mr Winsor appears to be suggesting. I believe only one in seven applicants pass the recruitment process so I really fail to understand the point is he making. Surely if they were as easy as he suggests the pass rate would be closer to 6 out of 7? I seriously wouldn’t let this get to you I have personally never come across an illiterate police officer either and think that this sweeping comment is for the most part inaccurate and in my view somewhat below the belt. Keep doing what you're doing guys, I would hope (!!) most members of the public would recognise the great work you do on their behalf.
  3. Heh - Whilst I'm not sure I deserve such praise, I'm very touched, thank you both
  4. Bah.... if armoured attack helipcopters are out, i'll settle for this......
  5. airwolf... perfect for the odd spot of bother
  6. OK, I get that the parking issue could be contentious and there are clearly arguments on both sides, but I do not understand what it is about Police Officers having something to eat that seems to upset people so much. Also what is with this constant hositility from the daily mail? If they dislike the police so much perhaps they'd prefer anarchy.... I've searched here for the answer but no luck so far....... :whistle2:
  7. The situation looked very nasty. For what it's worth I think the officers at the scene did an excellent job with the kit they had available to them. The situation seemed to have been handled entirely by unarmed officers. I would have thought ARVs would have been sent to that type of incident, or is it just a case that they were not able to get there in time? Does training in any way prepare you for this type of thing? Some of the comments following that article which were critical of the police made for depressing reading. Ok it took a fair few officers to put him on the ground, but at least as someone previously pointed out no one got hurt. This comment from the article on the other hand was priceless..... Hopefuly not an expert opinion!! "I don't know what made him take to the streets with a machete but he was clearly angry and upset about something"
  8. Thanks mate. The last episode on Sunday was again really interesting particularly the bits the foreign officers were planning to implement when they got home and also their views on policing by consent. Best bit though was Alfred describing the essex custody suite to his mates back home..... " You should see the Custard there. it's marvelous.... The Custard is.... Computerised." Classic
  9. Last Sunday's episode was very interesting. I think the initiative where the police followed buses and monitored using CCTv was an excellent idea on the face of it, but when it actually came to boarding the bus, the police seemed to have their hands tied and didn't seem able to do very much. Granted they pulled the group off the bus and searched them but then when they found nothing incriminating the Police just seemed to become a target for abuse. I'm not entirely sure whether members of the public watching that would have been particularly reassured. I suppose the only possible action that they could have taken would have been for minor public order? Just simply out of interest would anyone else have done anything differently in that situation?
  10. This was some time ago when the force was structured differently so this question would be better answered by specials who operating now, maybe either on this site or on the police specials site. That said, I think from talking to specials and from what I've read, most specials will be assigned to a neigbourhood team and would therefore be deployed to support the work they are doing. As neighbourhood and response are different teams, I don't how easy or difficult it would be to work an area car.
  11. Hiya mate , I've previously served as a special and hope to return to the role soon. During my time with the specials I found the vast majority of regular officers to be great to work with and I learned a lot from them. I did a fair bit of foot patrol with other specials , but was also very fortunate to work with regulars both on foot and on mobile patrol. I also did an attachment with traffic which gave a me great insight into a slightly different area of policing. There were some officers that made it clear that they weren;t really interested in working with specials, but that was their perogative and there were many others that were happy to have us on board. I undertsand the strucuture is a little different now, but I agree with the comments that one of the previous posters made, if you get stuck in, show that your're willing to learn, and build up and apply your skills gradually then, there's no reason why you won't gain the respect of your colleagues both special and regular. Good luck mate
  12. I have also been reading this thread with some interest and watched the clip from sky news attached in one of the earlier posts. The one sided nature of that report was quite staggering in my opinion. The disappointing thing is I'm sure a lot of people will take it at face value and assume it's true. I haven't come across Peter Bleksley before, but he appeared in that report to relish the opportunity to critisise the police and rattle off statistics about how terrible it is that they earn money for putting in extra hours.It is difficult to beleive he previoulsy served as a police officer given the contempt he appeared to be displaying here. Clearly the payment of overtime needs to be carefully managed, but it is unfair if an officer is required to remain on duty for a valid reason to expect him or her to have to do so without some form of compensation for doing so. He talked about four officers in the met earning £50k in overtime. There are over 30,000 officers in the Met. 4 of these earning £50k in overtime is a minute percentage. To be fair he did point out that this was not the norm, but people tend to remember the headline grabbing stuff and simply put I doubt very much whether the vast majority of officers earned anywhere near this figure in overtime. In all likelihood if police officers did not put in extra hours when required to do so and simply went home, things would fall apart quite quickly. Many industries operate on the goodwill of those who work for them, I suspect that the police are no different. It is undoubted that reforms will have to be made, but I think the Government are in danger of "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" here and ought to look first to see if efficiencies could be made elsewhere, possibly behind the scenes before destroying the morale of the front line. The timing of the speech by the home secreatary is also puzzling in this regard given that the review containing more detail is due in one week. I think the Government have got an extremely difficult job on their hands in dealing with the deficit that they have inherited. Credit is deservered for trying to tackle it but the scale and speed of the cuts that are being made bring with them the chance of serious public unrest, if and when that happens a disenfranchised and demotivated police force is the last thing they will want or need.
  13. Thanks a lot guys, that clears a few thing up for me. Especially the UDT thing, heh, not a type of milk after all. Based on what you've said it sounds like it's best to wait for the OST training. Although I go to the gym regularly, I haven't really got a martial arts background, did a bit a few years back but it's while back now. I guess this is probably the thing I am a little apprehensive about, but I suppose everyone goes through a bit of that? I appreciate your advice. Rich
  14. Thanks a lot for your responses guys. Excuse the newbie question, but am I correct in thinking that UDT means Under Direct Threat? or is it something completely different?
  15. HI, I have a question about the personal safety training that you receive when you join. I just wondered if it was worth looking at doing some addtional training e.g a martial art or something or whether the PST in itself is sufficient? Just be grateful for any opinions /advice.