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  1. AV88, I maintained my sanity by doing what I needed to when I needed to, kept the whole thing to myself (with the exception of family) and just carried on as usual. It sounds absurd but it worked and the 9 months from application to being given a start date seemed to have flown by. I didn't expect to make the cut so when I kept getting past a stage, it became easier... You seem to be doing it right and you're not too different from myself. I enjoyed the job I was in and wasn't looking forward to leaving it in a way. I made the role my own and had I been in a job I disliked the process would've been a lot harder but enjoying what I did helped even though leaving it for new pastures was bittersweet in the end. Take care, chin up - it'll be here before you know it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Police App for phone

    I have both pocket sergeant and PVH. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Woman Police Boots

    Haix seem to be a hit with some of the female officers I know, as are the Lowa Ronan and Dr Martens. There's another site called Polimil which sometimes has a slightly different range to Patrol Store which I've used before. Liamscottcurran's advice is what I'd suggest doing too and perhaps buying them through another site too to get a better deal. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Height

    I'm quite short, but not the shortest on my area and we do the job just fine. It can be a bit harder for the likes of me to handle a bigger/stronger person but I get there. I'm only 5'4. But no, I can categorically say that no one on my intake was selected for their stature or size, they all came across confident and competent in the selection process by using their brain and the mouth. We were an eclectic bunch ranging from a smaller lady who was a cross fit guru at 5'2 to a tall slight build male at 6'4. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 12 Weeks Training

    Hi Zak87. My training was 16wks long and consisted of: classroom work, presentations, online lessons/knowledge checks, daily knowledge checks, role playing scenarios, investigations, learning the law/definitions/points to prove, officer safety training, fitness test, searching, inputs from departments such as CID, SOC, etc, priority specific inputs such as FGM, CSE, etc. There are also several PC based lessons on the workings of the databases and systems you will use. There was also an airwave input on how to use the radio and a familiarisation session of the language/status codes used for those who were new to it. It's quite varied but good fun and challenging at the same time. Hope that helps. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Will Having Asthma Be An Issue At The Medical?

    It's normally on a case by case basis. But like captain-chaos has said, there are officers out there that have asthma but as long as you have your inhaler on you, you should be okay. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. career advice - why did you join?

    I joined last year and I love it. I too had a comfy job, worked 4 days off 3 and managed to pay all the bills etc and moreover I was good at it. I gave that up for the chance to pursue my dream career and thus far I've no regrets whatsoever! I am only 24, but my partner of 4yrs isn't an officer. He works Mon-Fri for a local family business but we make the time we have off together work and enjoy/appreciate it more. It's a big change for both of us but he too wouldn't have it any other way as he knows how much this means to me and how hard I worked to get to where I am. If this is something you've wanted to do, do it. You won't know unless you try and by the sounds of things you know already that if you don't you'll regret it. Good luck and take care! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Failed assessment at 54%

    Hi ziggyboy, I'm sorry to hear you didn't quite get the 60% for your chosen force. SEARCH AC results usually last for 12 months, this can vary between forces and it is at their discretion (according to my paperwork anyways). You may have to wait the 6 months, but like someone already said its worth asking the question about. Warwickshire and West Mercia accepted 50% overall last year as long as you got a minimum of 50% in the working with others category, 50% in oral communication and 44% in written communication. This may have changed since the last recruitment drive but there's no harm in asking them if you don't mind where you're likely to be based. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Recruitment - Try before you buy ?

    Hi Enlightened, not all forces seek a CKP before starting training - thankfully. I myself had zero experience before starting as a regular and I thought I'd be at a disadvantage, luckily that wasn't the case at all. I didn't do a CKP but others on my intake did. The force I joined didn't ask this of their applicants. I still had an application stage, assessment centre, interview, medical and fitness test before being given a start date - all in all 9 months. Then a 16wk training course at HQ followed by 10wk tutorship on area. If being an officer is something you really want to do, make it work for you. If you're flexible, check out several force websites and see what their criteria for application are. Several people on my intake travelled from all over the country to avoid the CKP mandatory requirement. So my advice is shop around so to say, keep asking questions on here/do research before taking the plunge. There is usually eligibility criteria published on the force's website which should aid you. Being a special/PCSO/police staff doesn't guarantee you a place nor does it necessarily boost your chances in the paper sift. But by being a special, if you can make it work around your current role, could be beneficial to you to give you an idea as to what the role is like in reality. Good luck, whatever it is you choose to do and I hope it works out for you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Assessment centre

    Ziggyboy, have a little faith. I left the assessment centre thinking to myself "well that could've gone so much better" and may have even doubted my future in the recruitment drive. When I got the email, I hesitated opening it at first but when I read it, I was pleasantly surprised I had done better than I thought I would. And yes, I like you am not the greatest at anything to do with math. Keep your chin up and keep us posted - fingers crossed for you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Current Force Pass Percentages?

    Hi Ted1. As I understand it, West Mercia and Warwickshire accept 50% as long as you received 50% in all the other fields and your overall exceeded 50%. For example, if you've received 54% overall, you should've got 50%+ in oral communication, working with others and 44%+ in written communication. Hope this helps. If not check the college of policing website which may well have this information or just google it you're bound to get some results. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Joining the police with epilepsy

    Contact the occupational health at Police Scotland and discuss this with them. Epilepsy and migraines aren't an automatic 'no' nowadays, they're more interested in you history, management, known triggers, frequency, duration etc. They will then assess you based on the information provided (or so I am lead to believe). There is usually a health questionnaire of sorts asking for history and current medical health - declare them here. I suffer from migraines and I cannot pin point the last one I had, but it was last year. I get one maybe twice or three times a year, quite severely, but because I declared these and explained how I manage them, this was good enough for our occupational health down south and I'd like to think Police Scotland would have a similar approach. This may not be very helpful, but thought I'd give you a reply all the same. Good luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. West Mercia pay

    Generally speaking, you work 6 on 4 off on a shift pattern consisting of two earlies, two lates and two nights. This is across the alliance. This is usually 7am-4pm and earlies, 2pm-10pm as lates and 10pm-7am. These change if they fall on a weekend i.e Fri or Sat they then become 11hr shifts, your earlies then are from 7am-6pm and lates are 5pm-4am. Your training is 9-5 Mon-Fri for 16wks. Hope this helps - any other questions, please ask. Kirsty. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. West Mercia pay

    Hi Adam. West Mercia and Warks pay you the same rate from day one on your 16wks as they will do into your probation, only difference being that once on division you get unsocial hours pay, overtime and in some cases expenses. Whilst in training you get to claim mileage to and from your training base. You deduct 20miles each journey i.e if it takes you 56miles to get to your training location, deduct 20miles from that and that is what you get. If you pay into the federation, insurance, pension and sports and social this too will affect your take home pay. The pension is something like 12.5% (forgive me if I am not 100% spot on, I don't have my paperwork to hand). After all deductions including tax and NI, take it as approx £1400 give or take a few extra quid. If you don't pay into pension, that'll be £200 or so in your pocket. WM get paid on the 28th and Warks on the 30th. Hope that helps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Probationers

    I started on shift just before Christmas and I am nearing my 7th week of tutorship. I'm really enjoying it... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk