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  1. Bleep Test

    You'll be fine. Anyone who regularly does any sort of physical exercise should be fine. Even then if you're struggling, all you have to do is hang on in there till you reach 5.4. It's as much mental as it is physical.
  2. Passed final interview but not progressing

    Never had that happen to anyone I know, but 1 person did drop out of my intake for my force, so it's not unheard of for spaces to be made available.
  3. Vetting

    Nobody can tell you for sure, but as long as you've declared it you've given yourself the best chance. Best case, they'll overlook it as it was 10 years ago. Potentially you might fail but but allowed to to appeal to make your case. Potentially they might invite you in for a vetting hearing of sorts and ask you to explain the circumstances, before making their decision. Yes, worst case is they don't pass you and don't consider any appeals. However I'm also of the opinion that they should have told you at the start if that was going to be an issue. My only issue was a speeding ticket nearly 2 years ago. I declared it, nothing was said, and it'll have showed honesty so I'm not worried. Whether they'll fail people at paper sift for things like that I don't know.
  4. Fitness test Query

    Fair one. There were a few on ours that wanted to go further. We did one at the end of training and were encouraged to go as far as possible.
  5. Fitness test Query

    We went only to 5.4 mate. They'll likely encourage you once you hit 5.3 to just give it a full on sprint back because if you miss the last beep you can't catch up anymore.
  6. Possible penalty points.

    While it's all worked out, I'd still say, if you do receive any penalty points in the future just be open and upfront about it. You'll most likely not get refused for a few penalty points, it'd be the failure to disclose that would get you. I got 3 points just under 2 years ago, didn't cause any issues for me.
  7. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    That's not bad. Though when I got in this time I couldn't wait to hand my notice in and get started!
  8. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Nice one! Do you know when you'll be starting? Pending the vetting/medical stuff?
  9. Firstly, remember this place isn't for proper legal advice, for that you'll want to speak to a lawyer. So what I'll say is just my opinion/perspective. I'd imagine you'd almost certainly get the 6 points. No Insurance/Invalid Insurance is pretty much an absolute offence. You'll likely get a fixed penalty notice through the door soon and it will give you a conditional offer which will probably be something like 6 points and a fine (maybe around £200). You have the option to pay it, or take it to court where you could appeal that or argue against it. But as you yourself are saying you didn't have insurance I'd not be hopeful.
  10. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    No problem! Also, don't be afraid to show your personality. They're wanting to see what you're like. If you've got an interesting story behind the answer to a question, don't be afraid to share it as long as it's appropriate. What they don't want is a robot who knows all the facts and rules and has no personality.
  11. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I think I've mentioned before in this thread my advice, but in general, make sure you know your stuff, about what the priorities are in Durham, what you're expected to do, things like SARA. But also don't overstress. Do your prep on the days leading up to the interview, then try and relax before the interview. Look over your competencies and know what your examples are. Make sure you know what crossover you have from your current job into this one (I worked in a bank so I said I knew more than most about financial crimes at a lower level and the impact on the victim). Most of call just be confident. Take your time to come up with your answer. Take a sip of water then calmy give your answer. Also think about your answers. Think about the practical nature of the job. Example I've been given. No point saying you're a perfectionist, as when on earth will you have time to get things perfect in modern day policing? So try and related your strengths to how they'll help you in the job. Also, make sure you're not overdoing it. If for example someone is a 6'6 bodybuilding giant, and they go on about how they can deal with anything physically that's thrown at them, an interviewer is just going to think firstly that knifes hurt just the same regardless, and that you might not have what it takes when it comes to the softer touch and the victim care. Extreme example to an extent, but I think you get the point.
  12. Vetting

    As long as you've made every effort to be honest and transparent you should be ok.
  13. Vetting

    Try contacting your forces HR department or whoever deals with the vetting to explain the circumstances. The main thing about vetting is being honest. So as long as you're up front about it, it should give you a better chance.
  14. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    It's good so far, can't really say too much as I doubt they want us to, but I think for the most part it's being done right, trainers are generally pretty good. Just got to learn all the systems, the laws, etc!
  15. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I'm in already. Applied last August, had my SEARCH in April, Interview not long after, started training a few weeks ago.