Poolcue

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Poolcue last won the day on November 4 2012

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  1. Police scotland postings

    It is a common question however it is a condition of employment that you must serve where the force sees fit. There is obviously a degree of thought that goes into it and generally you are posted close tohome, there are exceptions though.
  2. The schemes are NEEDED? Provide a valid reason for this.....................
  3. This type of question pops up on here every now and again. As a serving officer I have concerns regarding these schemes. I do not understand how anyone can be remotely comfortable in the rank of Inspector with three years police service. It does not matter about intellect, qualifications, scheme certificates or whatever. I have said it recently on here, the officers on the front line who have seen it all and worked hard to gain qualifications and policing ability should be the officers who lead a shift.
  4. Graduate Entry Scheme

    to approach it a different way, we need to use the experience we have as a force to take us forward. The officers who have been on the front line for a considerable about of time, know the job inside out and can direct others because they know how to. When I say considerable time, I don't mean two years!
  5. Graduate Entry Scheme

    Disagree with that! From my experience it IS the individuals who are been on the front line, worked shifts, been assaulted and driving pandas for 30 years who make the police. The glaring problem at the moment is that as an organization / service we should be recognizing these experienced officers and they should be leading and taking us forward. These schemes may have their benefits but entering at a higher rank and attempting to lead people without any experience is just dangerous!
  6. Graduate Entry Scheme

    I do not agree with these schemes. How can anyone, regardless of their intellect or piece of paper containing a qualification be qualified to springboard to higher ranks? A user here wrote "I despair for the future" a few months ago, I tend to agree.
  7. Graduate Entry Scheme

    Graduate entry? Is this similar to a HPDS or an Accelerated Promotion scheme? What rank do you enter at?
  8. Words fail me, you really do have to worry about the future.
  9. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Ive been sparingly training in BJJ for about four years at my local club. I struggle to get to most of the classes and struggle to progress in a belt sense because of it. Although when I do go, I pick up something at each and every class. It does give me a lot of self confidence. I completely buy into the attitude of the Gracie family. I just can't give up my other sports and devote all my time to BJJ.
  10. That one film.

    Remember the Titans - Very good and true story about how two groups of people can work together and overcome any problems put in their way.
  11. The Police - it's really not a job worth doing

    This appears to be a bit of a gripe thread........ I have just finished working 13 out of 14 days due to court calling on my rest days and the fact it's the tail end of marching season. It is the worst work life balance that I have ever had in my 7 years police service. The last couple of weeks have made me question my desire to do the job anymore, something which I never ever thought I would do. In these 7 years I have been at my force's busiest office on response, with the exception of a six month road policing stint. I am "qualified" to be a Sgt and have been for 2.5 years but have not been given an inkling as to whether I am likely to be acting up any time soon. I am in dire need of a change but the people I work with are making the task bearable at the moment. I am completely in agreement with the poster above in that, you must not jump ship at the first job off of response as you may regret it and not be able to return. I am watching the pension situation carefully as I think a raise to 15% contributions will be be the death knell for a lot of police colleagues of mine.
  12. Tulliallan gym

    Yeah. No weights for probationers and other students I am led to believe. The other facilities are very good though. The pool, when it's available is excellent!
  13. Police Medic(s)

    I have been waiting on a medic course in my force for 1.5 years. Just as well I wasn't holding my breath!
  14. Single patrolling 'must become the norm'

    This should never be the norm! If I think back to some of the times, I have either or had my own life saved by my neighbour / crew member or saved theirs, the idea of working alone makes me cringe.
  15. I think about leaving every single shift to be fair. The job provides an element of security, a lot more so than others out there. I think about how tired I am going to be after 35 years of shift work and it frightens me. It's what I signed up for though.