turtletom

Independant Patrol

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Hi Everyone,

Just done my 12 weeks with my tutor and fingers crossed will be going independant tomorrow. Nervous is not the word! I feel like I have no idea what I am doing and am finding myself thinking questions over and over in my head, it's starting to get a bit annoying now!

Any other fellow students who have recently done independant give me any tips / advice?

Thanks in advance.

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You will be fine, not knowing something is okay, not knowing where to get the answer is the problem.... You will never know everything but it will be somewhere between 3 & 5 years before you think you know most things!

Good luck to you, we have all been there!

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I am in a similar boat Tom but luckily have a good supportive team I can rely upon for help and advice.

:blink: Scary though aye.

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Cheers, day 1 went ok, enjoyed it. I have only met my group a few times, I hope they are ready for me to be the annoying one asking all the questions!

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Hahaha, my team are well versed in answering my endless list of questions, but reasuringly they dont know all the answers themselves. I am of the impression my whole career will be the same, always learning

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is it only 12 weeks with a collegue then you get left on your own?

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It's different in Scotland Paul, we're with our tutors for longer

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Hahaha, my team are well versed in answering my endless list of questions

Your old team was the same. :biggrin:

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is it only 12 weeks with a collegue then you get left on your own?

As said, different in Scotland, normally work with a partner anyway for corroboration, so being let loose means lumbering yourself on non tutor colleagues.

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ah ok. thanos for the info. I was panicing there and i havent even passed everything yet lol

Think id be realy nervous aswel on my first day on my own depending what i got called too

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Turtletom,

I went independent following roughly 12 weeks with my tutor back in May/June 2012. I was placed on a City centre foot beat for a further 10 weeks where I was to consolidate the skills I learnt with my tutor, before getting doing my driving course and going onto a Reactive shift. There are plenty of people more experienced than me on here but if I had any advice, its this.

- Have your shift Sergeant's and your colleagues' collar numbers scribble down in the back of your PNB until you memorise them. If you run into a confusing incident or you aren't sure what to do, give one of them a ring. You may feel like a pain for a while, but their knowledge and insight is invaluable.

- Don't try to take on the world single handedly, if you want/need assistance, ask for it

- However, if you see something you know is an offence or you see unacceptable behaviour, and you aren't overly confident, don't be afraid to challenge someone. You'll find you become a lot more proactive in that sense.

- Hammer your SOLAP.

- Lastly. Buy cakes for the shift and make tea for the boss. You're also bound to incur a 'donut' offence, I have on more than one occasion (not too often I may add).

Best of luck, hope you enjoy it.

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Thanks everyone and thanks Carver87, I am still enjoying it. No doubt I will be buying a lot of buns!

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