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  1. I shouldn't reply to posts after a night shift. I just re-read the original post and realised I was answering the wrong questions! You get the idea anyway, good luck.
  2. Hello Tony, welcome to the forum. 1.) You don't need a driving licence to apply to most forces but some rural forces do ask that you successfully gain your licence by the time you start as a PC. For any force it would be beneficial to get your licence done ASAP. 2.) As I'm sure you know SIA licences remain valid for three years, you wouldn't have to cancel it if you successfully started training as a police officer. It goes without saying though that you couldn't work with your licence as the police do not allow secondary employment in most circumstances - especially not conflict of interest roles such as security. (It is also worth nothing that if you decide to go down the Special Constable route you cannot work in a front line security role at the same time it is again considered a conflict of interest). 3.) The process can take years. I would say a rough average would be 8-12 months start to finish but also factor in that many candidates have to apply several times to realise their dream and it is not easy. If you fail any part of the process you cannot apply to any force again for six months. 4.) During the application process you will under go a competency based interview at the national assessment centre so they will ask you to recall from experience how you have demonstrated certain required behaviours. Depending on which force you apply for you will then have to attend a more traditional interview later in the process which will ask you about your motivations, beliefs and knowledge of the force you are applying for.
  3. I've been in custody a few years as police staff. All I ever seem to do is constant watches wether level 3 or level 4. The only time we get a PC in is for violent detainees as we have no PPE.
  4. Go in to settings > shifts settings > and then make a new shift. Then you can just drop them in to the calander by tapping on the days. Personally I've got five shifts set up. Earlies, Lates, Superlates, Nights and Training Days and for my rest days I just leave it blank.
  5. I use Shift Worker you can create any amount of shifts and give them a custom; letter, symbol and colour to appear on your calander. Really useful app I think the full version cost a quid or so. I've been using it for a couple of years and it's invaluable when you need to check your availability quickly and for planning leave etc.
  6. They better get building some extra writing rooms then!
  7. I've come across a few of these folks before. Nightmare. I think I read someone that a 'freeman' has never successfully applied their stance and escaped justice which is reassuring. However it's a shame so much public money gets wasted in the process all their appeals.
  8. Thats makes sense. Thanks chaps!
  9. Hi can someone hopefully explain for me the process of detaining someone before arrest... For example officers will often detain someone on the street for example for a search which has its own obvious power. But when detaining someone say while you want to keep hold of them but you are making enquiries with control room or witnesses to confirm a description; what would you do if they then wanted to leave? Would you go down the lines of obstruct or would you rush to arrest for the suspected offence and then dearrest if enquires eliminated the suspect? Hope my query gets interpreted right and I am after some factual knowlege to use in the future rather than just speculation. Cheers.
  10. Amen. I would say though that most UKPO users are PC candidates, there isn't that much serving officer activity. Is Met morale suffering across the board MeanMachine, or is it generally confined to the grind...ie response and local policing?
  11. Well it's inevitable that someone will come along and interfere with it again within 35 years so I'm sure we will all be moaning about something or other in years to come. If you want more info look in to the Hutton Report and Winsor Pt.1 and Pt.2 they are the independent reviews into pensions and policing that have got the service in to it's current state and the main reasons moral seems to be lacking amongst some officers. Oh and I keep using the correct word 'service' which is part of the problem for many officers - the transformation from force to service is seen by some as another nail in the coffin so to speak.
  12. There is the old 1987 pension scheme which was a final salary pension based on 30 years service which allowed officers to retire with a lump sum and fairly comfortable pension salary compared to other public sector and private sector pensions. The new 2006 scheme is a career average scheme whereby you create small chunks each year and is based on 35 years service you now pay much higher contributions also (13.7% of your wages every month). In the transitional period between the two schemes many officers who had originally signed up for 30 years service have had their careers elongated to 35 before they can claim their pensions. Private companies are increasingly moving in on the police service; outsourcing certain operations such as custody, HR, civilian investigators or in the case of Lincolnshire Police...pretty much everything except warranted officers. This affects morale as the service is beginning to lose its image, tradition and soul. I'm no expert, like yourself I'm joining as a PC this year. My answers to your questions just come from working as police staff currently and also as a private contractor within another force in the past.
  13. What leads you to believe morale is low in the MPS specifically? Generally across the police service as a whole moral is down among some officers for various reasons: Stagnation of promotional opportunities, lack of new recruits, pension reform, length of service changes for officers half way through their careers, privatisation, ever increasing scrutiny, taking hassle off the general public and management, complaints and scandals in the media continuing to destroy the reputation of the service.
  14. You need a degree to become a paramedic.
  15. In custody detainees are placed on an observation level, they are national but forces have obvious individual polices. Level 1 - Visited in cell every 60mins (there is also level 1 - 30mins observations). Level 2 - Visited every 30mins and roused (for people who are drunk, have head injuries etc). Level 3 - Constant observations by CCTV Level 4 - Constant physical observations (officer sits at the cell door). The level system used to basically be in reverse and I believe POL 1 stood for police observation level 1 (ie constant).