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  1. Uniform Boots

    Sport and rec shop is still at fettes, at least until October anyway I believe? Was there the other day. Other option is Altberg. They give police discount. LAS can be pretty pricey, even with discount, so it pays to shop around.
  2. Warrant card holders

    Aye I think everyone got the black thing.. It's awful! At least I got a police scotland lanyard.
  3. New site launched

    Push pull has been scrapped. L and b were the last to keep it.
  4. Unavailable for Assessment Centre

    Time management.
  5. Unavailable for Assessment Centre

    Don't let anyone put you off. It's normally the ones who don't know how the TAreally works, etc that tell you "to leave". Every police force will have regulations on TA service, you just need to make sure you read them and act accordingly. Yes, sometimes you can't go on training, that's life, but plan your time carefully and it's very much possible to do enough each year to get your bounty, and more. You will always meet some cops that like the idea, and others that don't. The latter are the ones that normally have no clue whatsoever about what it involves, only what they think they know.
  6. Unavailable for Assessment Centre

    I'm in the TA and have survived 3 years this far.... Plenty of others that do too. It's not as bad as people make out. I do have time for a life too...
  7. Few Questions about Tulliallan

    1. Yes. Usually after tea time and you have to be back for 10pm (or something like that. It might be different). A car is a must for that (or find a buddy with one) as you'll probably need to go to Alloa to get a decent Asda or Tesco etc. bear in mind evenings are also the time for study and fitness etc. so you may find you won't have much time to go, but yes it's possible. 2. Yes. Plenty. Although its not right beside accommodation. 3. Yes, but you have to ask permission and is not always guaranteed if there is a big conference or something on. But on the whole, yes. 4. All day usually, but the only time you have is basically before breakfast (maybe) and evening time. You may be given a particular "time slot". 5. Nothing. Free.
  8. Medical

    Nothing particular is said, I turned up in a suit anyway, just in case. It doesn't hurt to be overdressed.
  9. Medals advice

    Only needed for the passout parade.
  10. Tulliallan 12th November 2012

    To be honest you are only there basically for 4 evenings a week, it does go fast. By the time you've finished lessons, had "dinner", had a shower, gone to the gym/run, prepped your kit for the next day, maybe checked your emails, quick phone call home, read over your class notes and learnt whatever definitions etc it leaves you about an hour to sit in the copper lounge before you hit the hay at approx 2130 hours! At least that's what I did. Maybe things have changed (I did the 15 week course) but I went to the copper lounge every night, did phys, and the necessary revision, and passed. On Thursdays we used to have "dominos night" and drive into Alloa (so exciting!). It really is ONLY 10 weeks away from the family, for 4 nights (perhaps 5 if you go on Sunday). Then apart from the 3 weeks course later, then that is it for the rest of your career. So don't fret, and explain this to the family! It's not like it's forever! Besides, your family need to get used to you perhaps being held on after shifts, working weird hours, sleeping in the day, being called in on rest days... It really is a way of life and it's a hard fact to swallow for some people. Also people that say you need to be doing 4 hours of study a night and 11 hours a day at weekends are either lying, or just really bad at studying.
  11. Tulliallan 12th November 2012

    To be honest you are only there basically for 4 evenings a week, it does go fast. By the time you've finished lessons, had "dinner", had a shower, gone to the gym/run, prepped your kit for the next day, maybe checked your emails, quick phone call home, read over your class notes and learnt whatever definitions etc it leaves you about an hour to sit in the copper lounge before you hit the hay at approx 2130 hours! At least that's what I did. Maybe things have changed (I did the 15 week course) but I went to the copper lounge every night, did phys, and the necessary revision, and passed. On Thursdays we used to have "dominos night" and drive into Alloa (so exciting!). It really is ONLY 10 weeks away from the family, for 4 nights (perhaps 5 if you go on Sunday). Then apart from the 3 weeks course later, then that is it for the rest of your career. So don't fret, and explain this to the family! It's not like it's forever! Besides, your family need to get used to you perhaps being held on after shifts, working weird hours, sleeping in the day, being called in on rest days... It really is a way of life and it's a hard fact to swallow for some people. Also people that say you need to be doing 4 hours of study a night and 11 hours a day at weekends are either lying, or just really bad at studying.
  12. I was an air traffic controller for 3 and a half years before I jacked it in, as I was fed up being where I was in the country, away from friends and family (and a nice area), and I didn't like the idea sitting in a dark room looking at a screen all day til I was 50-odd. Yes pay was nice, but I was essentially depressed and hated it, and no amount of money could help me through that! I always wanted to be in the police at first, but felt I didn't have the life "experience" they seem to ask for? I probably did...but was never guided in the right way, So at 24 I saw the light and joined. 2 and a half years in, probation passed, still happy.... I'm cynical, but in a good way. And the good days, I feel, outweigh the bad (and I've seen some horrific things, so has probably everyone else though!). Do it if you want it!
  13. female parade shoes HELP

    Just get the men's ones if need be. You'll wear your "parade shoes" a very small handful of times (formal inspections and final parade). When I was at Tulli last summer I think we wore ours like 6 times in 13 weeks? For about half an hour each time, if that. Really, it's chuff all time you're in them. The rest of the time you'll wear your "daily" pair of shoes or boots. So don't go breaking the bank or freaking out about your parade shoes. I personally (being female) wore a pair of army boots for my formal pair, as they polished up well, and well, I had them from the army. Some girls had the female shoes, some had boots, others had mens shoes. It's all down to preference. Besides, you won't look silly as everyone is wearing trousers anyway. All the staff care about is that you have a good shine on the boot or shoe, they are clean, and not scuffed. Spend more time worrying about your daily pair of boots or shoes, as if you do what I did, I bought my "on-the-shift" brand new pair of Altbergs, and used Tulli to break them in, so once on the shift, my boots were all supple and happy. Have fun. Don't freak out. And eat well at weekends because the food is not the best.
  14. L&B No longer recruiting??

    It was going this way long before the Con-Dems came in, so no point in blaming them. If you want to blame anyone, then blame Brown and his chancellor years.