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  1. Control room operator shift pattern

    No point giving him GMP response pattern though :-p
  2. Control room operator shift pattern

    GMP mirrors the response shift pattern also...
  3. PC Recruitment?

    I don't know about Lancs, but GMP will be internal (at least to start with I assume)
  4. The 999 myth

    So what seems to be the case, is that when at very low battery blackberries turn off connections (phone Internet messages) to conserve battery. It's a default setting to protect the battery from going flat completely. However the phone is pretty much useless. The only way to bypass this is to make an emergency call to reactivate the connections - I see why they have the feature, a little like being able to make emergency calls when a phone is locked. The call is hung up leaving connections open so other calls can briefly be made or messages sent/received. However it is ridiculous and such a waste of time - frustrating that people would consider doing it and wasting the time of emergency services.
  5. NHS professional to Police Officer! Advice Please

    Sorry my comment about working to achieve was not meant to be patronising. It's not going to be easy, and its not going to be quick - I'm not saying that it would be. But with persistence, I do genuinely believe things work out. Eg, finding a way to fund alternative education to improve chances of getting a specialism, applying for internal courses as much as possible, applying for secondments... None of this is a gateway, and none of it is likely to get a yes at the moment - but throw time into the mix and the chances are better. It really wasn't meant to be patronising at all - I understand the frustrations - I've not even got "in the job" yet, and my other half is struggling to move team, let alone get a specialism - it's not easy.
  6. The 999 myth

    You can dial 999 from a flat blackberry to get ten minutes "emergency call" time - I haven't tested it as I don't have a blackberry but afaik it the only phone you can do it from... Supposedly. I've come across it quite a bot
  7. NHS professional to Police Officer! Advice Please

    I am making the exact same hop. My opinion and feeling is that, whilst the police is not "perfect"- in the current climate perfect place are few and far between. We were horrendously short staffed in previous role in NHS and all the politics of cutbacks were rife too. As for being stuck in the stream, I think there is an element on that but also I strongly believe that a job, any job, is what you make it to be. If you are motivated and want to achieve you will find ways to do that.
  8. PLC vs CKP courses?

    Surrey police want you to have the PLC course... The Met want you to have the CKP course... Does anyone know if they are interchangeable? Ie one force would accept the other? Is one course better than the other? Ie which is most worth investing in? And is there anywhere other than Surrey/Sussex where you can do the PLC course? Seems you can do the CKP course all over, but not PLC course?
  9. Nights

    How have you found the rest?!<br /><br />I find lots of (nice) fruit helps too - refreshing and sugar but not mad amounts of it so you crash!
  10. Nights

    How have you found the rest?!<br /><br />I find lots of (nice) fruit helps too - refreshing and sugar but not mad amounts of it so you crash!
  11. Nights

    I do as above - have a nap in the afternoon before a night shift. After the shift I eat (otherwise I wake up hungry by 10!) and then sleep. I never used to be able to sleep well so I used to get up for a bit about 12 and then back to bed at 3 for a few hours. Now I'm getting the hang of it I can sleep until 3 ISh. <br /><br />I also stay awake after last shift to force myself back into normal time!
  12. <br /><br />I was sceptical about the national air set up but we have much better support now I think - as they are more likely to be able to lift in the first place - our base was bad for having its own sub climate and as a result often unable to lift - now we can use a variety of craft from different locations. <br /><br />I don't know anything about motorway policing so can't comment on the above though
  13. Government Announces Increased Fines For Road Hogs

    <br /><br />I asked this today... As we sat behind one
  14. Cost of GP Signature for medical forms

    £15 for mine at the mo and £40 for oh at diff practice a few years ago
  15. GMP recruitment

    The pass is 50% I think BUT they only took top 80 candidates or so to interview so the pass or fail was irrelevant really as a lot passed...but didn't make to interview.<br /><br />