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Hello everyone,

I'm due to start with South Yorkshire Police in a few weeks, and although I can't wait, I'm really nervous! I found the tips given here very useful with regards to getting stuck in, learning definitions before starting etc. I was just wondering if anybody had the links to a website/books that will give me the proper definitions of things like TWOC etc, so I can make sure I'm looking at the right stuff!

Thanks

Amy

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Hi

Are you starting training or beat duty? If training:

Don't worry about definitions and all, as you will all get an input in the different offences during your course. Just enjoy the experience.

If beat duty: just buy a copy of beat companion and that should refresh your memory.

Good Luck

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Thanks for your reply - I'll be starting training. I've just heard that it's really full on and information overload, and as I haven't had to revise for a few years I though the more I can get my head around now, the better :biggrin:

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Hi,

I was in the exact same situation as you - having not studied for some time.

I learnt a few definitions beforehand such as theft and common law - however I found that everything is fed to you at an easy to manage level.

The method I used to enhance my learning was to make flash cards with the definitions on and test myself.

Paul

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Don't worry about it.

You can start learning the definitions but there isn't really a need, the trainers go through it all with you.

So are you starting on intake 7? Guess that will be after xmas now?

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Hello!

Firstly, congratulations!!

Secondly, good luck!!

My advice, similar to other replies here would be to grab yourself a copy of The Beat Officer's Companion and keep it with you even when you get onto your area. Pop it in your kit bag as it WILL come in handy! I bought the Traffic one too but I haven't found it that useful yet.

There's a book on PACE available too, its around £25 but I found it useful. May be worth hunting around for a cheaper copy?

As you progress through your course it's important to find a revision method that suits you. geordiepaul mentioned flash cards, I found them pretty useful and I stuck them around my flat in places where I'd read them regularly (above the kettle etc) so it sunk in. Also I found writing definitions on massive pages of flip chart and blu tacking them to the walls helped too. Crazy I know, but when you have the whole of s.170 RTA plastered across 4 flipchart pages in your living room it soon sinks in trust me!

Hope this helps :)

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Hey,

I wouldn't worry as the trainers will guide you through what you need to know. The books mentioned previously are good. I also downloaded an app to my phone - powers and points - for a fiver. It's basic law, perfect for a student officer, and allows you to study/ refresh your memory whilst grabbing a coffee.

Good luck

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Hi Amy.

I'm starting training with Lancs police on Jan 7th from a background of 5 years as a PCSO.

I've bought a book called "Blackstones handbook for policing students 2013" and so far its proved quite enlightening. I have not had to study/revise properly for about 20 years so thought this might give me an advantage or at least bring me up to a level footing with all the younger lot that will no doubt be training too...

Good luck and may the force be with you....

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