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  1. Hi, I will give you my honest opinion, I'm just about to complete my probation. The job is NOT what I expected in positive and negative ways. I am a single parent and joining the police has certainly been detrimental to my family life with rest days cancelled and then being re-rostered at a time which is inconvenient. Holidays are now given in blocks, so your time off is dictated. Sometimes it feels that the criminals we deal with have more human rights than us! However, my daughter does like the fact that some days I am at home when she finishes school (I was previously 9-5, Mon-Fri office job). Many times we are running low on cops to cover our area. Thankfully nothing has happened to jeopardise the public or our safety but it's always at the back of our mind. I have been very fortunate to have had two very good Sergeants who have been supportive and the team camaraderie is on a level that I have not experienced elsewhere. My colleagues very much make the job for me. I still go through stages where I wonder if the sacrifice I made to my family life has been worth it but I keep trying to convince myself that it is a short term pain for a long term gain. Had I been a single person with no dependents then yes, I would say it could be a great career to go into. It really depends on where you end up posted. I really do have mixed feelings about the job and things don't seem to have improved with the move to Police Scotland. Take a career break from your current position if possible, then you can always return if you don't like it!
  2. The more I've read up on this man the more I dislike him. Very frustrating though as my partner lives in England and it would appear that I would be better off getting another job and leaving the force if I moved down there!
  3. Depending on where you police from, there are differing view on Police Scotland. In the more remote areas of Scotland it's felt that the centralised attitude does not transfer well and in some cases is not appropriate for community policing. I worked briefly for the legacy division before we moved to Police Scotland in April 2013. There have definitely been a number of changes which have impacted on officers and not necessarily for the better. However I guess that you can't have reorganisation without upset. Morale appears to be at an all time low but the banter with my work colleagues detracts from this. It's the people who make the job. Having looked into moving across the border it would appear that although we face massive budget cuts over the next few years the Scottish government believe that we do a worthwhile job. I am shocked at the salary a probationer in England is expected to join at. Overall, if you're thinking about transferring, I would say, go for it. Especially if you fancy the North of Scotland as they're desperate for officers.
  4. I know! I finally managed to do some research on pay scales and am truly shocked regarding the Winsor reforms. Thanks for your response.
  5. Hi, the shift pattern can vary if you work the Islands but generally I do a 5 week rotation, which results in having 2 weekends off in a row. An example is 4 x day shifts, 2 x rest days, 3 x night shifts, 3 x rest days, 4 x back shifts. With regard to rest days, if you're rescheduled for court, unless you can give a valid reason and have your court excusal accepted by the PF then you would have to attend court and work the rest of day as a dayshift. Again this may vary through divisions. Requesting you in when you are on leave would be in extreme circumstances as they would have to pay you double time and at present they are going out of their way to prevent any possibility of this happening due to the massive budget cuts. Although I have heard of people having to fly back to the country mid holiday but I suspect this is for higher ranking officers and would be very unlikely for a probationer. I would prepare to have rest days cancelled from time to time though for events etc, you do get these back but sometimes not at a time that is convenient for you. The other thing you have to bear in mind is that with recruitment now, you can be placed anywhere in the whole of Scotland so be prepared to move, possibly to the north, if you don't already live there! Good luck in your application.
  6. Would be grateful for any guidance and advice regarding transferring from Police Scotland to England. What is the process regarding adjustment to English law? I have tried to search online but getting very little information.
  7. Tulliallan 25th February

    Can I be a party crasher for the Bleep too? Mind you, when do party crashers ever ask permission?!? Can't believe it all starts tomorrow for us Rox!! I'll have two alarms set!!!
  8. Getting Ready For Tulliallan

    Mkr83 can you tell me what time college finishes on a Friday as I'm trying to book flights to London for a couple of weeks after I start (Feb 25th intake) and don't want to book the flight too early. Thanks
  9. Tulliallan 25th February

    Oh my god! I've just had a wee tea break party with my colleagues and 5 of them had dressed up as versions of me!! You may wonder how they managed to do this but two of them had outfits very similar to the ones I've worn to work on occasion and they all had their eyebrows pencilled in and bright red lipstick as I've got a thing for the burlesque/40s style make up (that won't be happening in the Police!) and they were sporting it! Was in tears laughing!
  10. Tulliallan 25th February

    Good luck Gem! Was skiing yesterday which was a good break from freaking out about the Tulliallan bleep. Last day in the office for me today - eek!! Going in fashionably late on flexi time while I can!
  11. Tulliallan 25th February

    Well that would be great! I'm happy to go with whichever city's best for Rox!
  12. Tulliallan 25th February

    Good luck with the uniform fitting Gem! On a completely separate note, I'm heading to London after the second week of Tulliallan for the weekend. What do you think my chances are of hitching a ride with a Glasgow or Edinburgh probationer? Haven't decided which airport to fly from yet as I want to know how easy it is going to be to get to it from Tulliallan!
  13. Tulliallan 25th February

    Gem, I didn't even ask how your Grandad was! Just done a wee (and I mean wee, 3 km) run and fitness hasn't dropped as much as I thought it may have but defo need to build on the stamina!
  14. Tulliallan 25th February

    Well, I'm hoping to get back into my fitness regime tonight but will have to take it slowly otherwise I know I'll risk injury. Hopefully by Saturday I'll be ready to practice the bleep. Just need to find somewhere where no one can see me!
  15. Tulliallan 25th February

    Don't I just know it Gem!! Eek!!! Last week at the 9-5 job I've been doing for the past 10 years. Tarot reader said I was goin to meet my future husband in February, wonder if that'll happen at Tulliallan.......? Ha ha!