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  1. I'm sure your trainers will give you hints as to what will be covered, I wouldn't stress too much! Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  2. Which force are you starting with? Personally I would refresh your memory on the theft act, public order act, use of force legislation, powers of arrest, powers of stop search, drugs legislation, basic traffic such as drink/drug driving etc. Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  3. We often get BTP and Immigration officers coming into custody and they have a similar issue. I dont think there is a generic log in, I think that it is down to one of the local officers logging on for them and then letting them use the system under supervision for what ever updates to custody they need. In terms of our digital interview software each interview is logged to a custody record so in theory it doesn't matter who logs on.
  4. If that's the case than I would imagine that you would be able to claim it back. Have you tried contacting occupational health and seeing if they will provide anything? Or if you get a discount with any opticians for being in the police? I want to say that Vision Express or someone similar do offers through the Blue Light Card.
  5. I don't know which force you are with but prior to any driving course we get our eyes tested by driver training rather than going to the optician.
  6. All the blokes were in jacket and tie, personally I just wore a shirt and jumper although I had a jacket and tie with me, I wanted to be comfortable as having a tie would have added to the stress. The girls all seemed to wear blouses etc and I think most had jackets with skirts. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  7. I did a course which was recommended by Surrey Police, was good to go through things before getting there. I did my AC in Ryton too, I stayed in a travel lodge near by as I had an 0830 start. Was ok but make sure you leave plenty of time for traffic, I nearly got stuck cause of an accident... Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  8. Sorry, I didn't explain myself well. Yes the competencies are vital! What I meant was that they were not important in terms of the role plays and the help the book gave me. Of course you need to know them inside out and back to front but for the planning and questioning side of role plays they take a back foot. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  9. The best prep I had was from the book "the definitive guide to passing the police recruitment process". It really helped me with the role plays and how to plan for them. The competencies are out of date now but that's fairly minor compared to know how to tick the boxes etc. One other tip I got was that the report writing exercise only needs a minimum of 2 paragraphs, the rest can be bullet points so I had an opening and closing spiel for my reports and bullet pointed the pros and cons in between. Where is your assessment centre? Slaugham? Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  10. Good luck for it, you got a date for the assessment centre? Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  11. You will be fine then, at least you are used to being in uniform, using the radio and dealing with people, that's half the battle! Were you a PCSO in Brighton? It might feel rushed but the best practise is doing it and that's exactly what PDU is for, learning and practising. You will make mistakes, everyone does, just make sure you learn from them! Are you staying in Brighton after PDU and have they told you which section you will go to? Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  12. Congrats for getting through! Which PDU are you going to and were you a special or PCSO before? Your tutors will guide you through everything but I always found that the saying "you have 2 ears and 1 mouth, use them in that ratio" is very suitable. You won't know everything so when you are not sure don't be afraid to ask, you are there to learn and won't be expected to be perfect. Everyone has moments where they forget the caution or what you need to say when searching etc. The key to PDU at the beginning is getting used to being in uniform and talking to the public, at first it will be off putting that everyone stares at you but you get used to it! How long are you spending on PDU? Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  13. Mine started on the day of appointment / attestation, dunno if MET do things differently though.. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  14. Sussex do. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  15. Cheers for the replies everyone, I can see that my first day or two will be spent ferreting out answers and solutions! I am glad to hear that other forces seem quite flexible so hopefully I will be able to sort something out.. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk