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  1. Unfortunately the officer does come of rather badly here. A lack of knowledge of S.24 PACE & 110 SOCPA, the basic arrest powers, stitch him up from the start. He doesn't really issue try to issue the FPN well. For me I would just use the cold clinical approach as with most the arsey people I deal with as it usually nips it in the bud and they will accept a FPN. I would go along the route of "I want to deal with this by means of FPN, will you accept one?" He says "N" "No problem, can I take your name and address so I can report you for summons" He says "No" "I require you do provide me with them failure to do so may leave you liable for arrest" He says "No" Arrest. It is a bit dickish and will be fun trying to explain to the Custody Sgt. But in reality the lack of knowledge from the officer is the downfall as he never has the upper hand over the cyclist, when in reality he should be able to stand under scrutiny, someone with a bit more legal knowledge would end up ripping him a new one, even though the officer was right it was very unconvincing. Using a mnemonics is a little bit embarassing. Similar to the "I did a GOWISELY search" in statements.
  2. Dressing up like we're petrified

    I think that image really does sum up what the modern police force is trying to achieve. It is still aiming to be community focused but also prepared for any eventuality. That is what PPE is is for. It's preparation for what might happen. Just because you are going to a "simple" call doesn't mean a police hating, mentally unstable passer-by or a Drunkard trying to prove his worth to his mates will not have a go at you. I would rather have PPE than not. I don't really think the public think look how tooled up they are. It is just daily mail pandemonium.
  3. Work Time Regulations Form

    Did the logical thing and rang the office. I was told almost all officers that they have given it to opt out to ensure that you can do overtime. I opted out Grumpy: It is the EU law that means you are not able to work more than 48 hours a week averaged out over a 17 week period. They gave me a form to choose if I wanted to opt out of it. It does not affect shift patterns or anything as far as I am aware.
  4. Work Time Regulations Form

    Hi, Just been given a start date and a bunch of forms came to fill in One of which is a form asking if I would like to opt out of the "Work Time Regulations" This means that you are only able to work 48 hours a week (which is 6 x 8 hour shifts) if the form is not returned opting out. So in real terms what are the Pros & Cons of either opting in and out and which is usually best. I have never heard of this Work Time stuff before so am curious. I guess the gist is that if you have already worked 48 hours in one week you are unable to accept any more overtime shifts. Have I got this right? What has everyone else done? Thanks Jake
  5. Am I on the right track? Do I really need a degree?

    I am 20 and am waiting for my start date (most likely at the end of September) I do not have a degree (have 3 A-levels). They do not look at qualifications just how you have dealt with situations in the past along with other competency criteria. The main thing is experience. I have been a Special for sometime which has helped me massively, as well as working full time since leaving college. At the moment hardly anywhere in the UK is recruiting officers and as more cuts are coming in it will get tougher and tougher. My advice to you would be to apply to the Specials of your local force. It is a great insight into seeing if you want to do this job and will give you experience and knowledge that others may not have which will only boost your employment chances as an officer. It is one very long waiting game. It has taken me 12 months to get to this stage in the application process. Hopefully not long left though!