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  1. Should Police Officers Accept Death?

    But back to my question, as you have said. All officers face the threat of dying, so isn't it not right that applicants accept that part of the job, so that the very real and constant threat of terrorism doesn't disrupt them in their position. Or has the deaths of Ronan Keer and Stephen Carroll been too low in statistics for people to take the reality of NI policing seriously?
  2. Should Police Officers Accept Death?

    Change that to four years - Constable Stephen Paul Carroll Constable Ronan Kerr
  3. Should Police Officers Accept Death?

    The last two happening within the last three years, not to include the mutiple attacks on police officers on duty and off duty, also the successful bomb attacks that have actually injured officers. A few days ago a pipe bomb attack happend on a patrol, today a letter bomb was sent to the chief constable, two weeks ago a motar attack was stopped on a police station, nearly 1,000 police officers injured over the summer in riots... Is it really that dangerous? I'd say yes it is.
  4. Now before people panic over the title , let me explain my position. This question is more geared towards NI policing for the obvious reason it is far more dangerous than mainland policing. Now I've developed the idea that if a person applys for the position of police constable in NI, the thought of dying and the threat of dying is something that they should accept. I say this because if a person is truely worried/terrifed of the fact of dying, the constant threat of it while being on the job to being followed home by terrorists is something that will compromise their ability to carry out their duty and even their family life. I've spoken to applicants to the PSNI about the subject that they should only apply if the thought of death is something that they can come to terms with. Though apparently to most my views are dramatised and wrong, which if its wrong does that mean those that are scared of dying or even being seriously injured should be doing a job which includes being shot at, bombed, set on fire, attacked with bricks and knives? So I'll just summarise my question: Should PSNI applicants first come to terms with the potential fate of dying or being seriously injured before they put on the uniform?
  5. Thank you for the correction guys, with all the information that is coming in, I missed the Training Sessions category. Nonetheless I'm happy I wont need to be robo cop to pass
  6. Thanks for the luck bud. Funny fact I found, US Marines have to do less exercise than this. In some sense though, I'm happy its this tough because it means only those who are really dedicated and train will get in. Which should cut off a lot of the competition.
  7. Just got looking at the PSNI fitness test and to be honest... I'm not sure if I should be fine or in a panic. (Regardless, I'm getting fit for entrance anyway) The test is the following (You Get 10 Minutes to 5 Minutes Rest Before Each Session) Session One • Run - 5km/3mile Session Two •1 minute of Press Ups (modify if needed) •1 minute of Alternate Leg Lunges •1 minute of Sit Ups/Abdominal Curls •1 minute of Burpees •1 minute of Rest Session Three • Run for 2 minutes as fast as possible and rest for 2 minutes (x2) • Run for 1 minute as fast as possible and rest for 1 minute (x4) • Run for 30 seconds as fast as possible and rest for 30 seconds (x6) Session Four • Run, Cycle or Row for 3 minutes • 1 minute of Squats • 1 minute Plank Hold/Bridge • 1 minute of Press Ups Session Five • Run for 1 minute and then Jog for 1 minute (x5) • Run for 30 seconds and then Jog for 30 seconds (x5) • Run for 10 minutes at a pace that is challenging but you can maintain
  8. From my experience in being in contact with recruitment across many services, on average I've been told the tests are at the level of Key Stage 3 - GCSE Level. (These were in England, so maybe different in Scotland) If anyone wants to practice and is rusty in math, I'd highly suggest good old BBC Bitesize
  9. A few questions

    Local police server? What the heck is wrong with me.... This is what happens when I write essays and do forum posts at the same time....
  10. A few questions

    I myself cannot actually answer this question. If you would like you can contact your local police server about their arrangements with those wanting to be specials and see if you could work out a plan. There usually should be a recruitment number of some sort on your local services website.
  11. A few questions

    Well do not really look at it as "working" its more on a voluntary basis. I am not sure about your work load but again its all based on if you can meet a 16 hour work limit a month. If you cannot, its best not to stress yourself and focus on getting good results from Uni.
  12. Moving from the army to police

    It honestly depends on the person at the end of the day. Because a person has been in the army does not mean they will be more suited to dealing with hands on environments. The opposite could be said, you could have a mature, confident and rational ex-serviceman that knows how to handle people and situations, then on the other hand you could have an ex-serviceman that only turns situations violent when they need not be and loves a good old fight. You could have graduates that can talk to people hands on and carry out the job correctly. Then you could have graduates that don't have a real clue and panic at the first sign of violence. At the end of the day, doesn't matter where you have been or what you come from. All depends on what the person has taken from their previous experiences.
  13. A few questions

    Though I am not a special, its usually 16 hours in the month you spend your time out in the public. Its really a question if you can meet a 16 hour demand. For recruitment, I do not want to put you off. But there isn't many services recruiting and being a police officer is largely over applied to. Though there still are opportunities to get in, given the fact you have the right experience and even a good outcome on your degree. For budgets though that is completely to anyone’s guess. It all depends on the political party in power and how much they care about law and order. Hopefully budgets will recover, though most police jobs are being outsourced to security companies like G4S. Good luck anyway.
  14. Moving from the army to police

    The military provides great experience in the skills it focuses on. But for every position 100 people apply, so if you do seriously want a long term career, being in the military alone is not going to get you any secure place. I'd honestly say that in your free time, do work in the community to show that you aren't just interested in the career, but interested in providing a service that benefits others. You are going up against people who have spent years in Uni studying policing, people from private sector backgrounds related to security, people who have spent their life’s volunteering and doing great things in their communities and of course, other ex-militaries. As J.A says, you are in the pot like everyone and expanding outside of the military wont hurt at all. But personally I'd say, having that background will benefit you. Wish you the best of luck in any decision you make.
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