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  2. Steven1991

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Unfortunately not mate, this is the worst part the looooong wait lol
  3. sheebysheebster

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Thanks Ross2018. Will I hear anything else from recruitment before then?
  4. Ross2018

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    You dont do your FF until an intake has been chosen for you so it really just depends on your divison choices and the need for officers. It will be roughly 8 weeks before your start date...
  5. sheebysheebster

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Hi guys How long after medical did you do final fitness? Sx
  6. Jaydee

    Realities of policing

    Woah lots of questions there! To put things in perspective, I am coming to the end of my probation and therefore there is a lot of the job I haven't experienced yet! Assaults do happen, it's hard to really know how often as there are so many departments, sections, BCU's etc. Quite often a colleague on another section could be assaulted and unless it's particularly serious I would never know. Personally I have had a few scrapes, including somebody trying to spit at me and generally lashing out but I have yet (fingers crossed) to be injured. I have however assisted colleagues who have been assaulted and one of them was quite serious, this was during my tutor phase. Assaults are certainly common though. Single crewing is the norm on my section. Generally we will put out maybe two double crewed cars and everybody else is single crewed and this includes nights. I recently passed my standard response driving course so I am flying solo, so to speak, the vast majority of the time. Work/life balance is always going to be a difficult issue, unless of course you are young and have no family commitments. I have a wife and child at home, my wife is also a serving Police Officer and that does cause some issues with regards to childcare. That is something we are currently trying to deal with but the job has been pretty good at being flexible when I have needed it, I have however used A LOT of my annual leave to cover it as well. The job does require you to work all sorts of hours, they will cancel rest days and you will be kept on duty when required. This can sometimes be an absolute pain in the arse and sometimes you will miss out on family engagements etc, especially when the wheels come off and something big happens. I have a reasonable balance at the moment but it's still taking some tweaking, it is better than it was 6 months ago though when the shifts changed and they were dreadful. Paperwork is a huge issue, you will do it a lot and you need to do it properly to avoid landing yourself in trouble. How much depends entirely on the incident and if you have any help or not. An average arrest for me would involve my statement, witness/victim statements, creating a crime report, creating a file and then dealing with exhibits, CCTV and any use of force forms etc. This can take a good few hours at the very least and some jobs will tie you up for the rest of the shifts. It's not just arrests that require lots of paperwork either, sudden deaths will generally keep you busy for a good few hours with statements and general paperwork. It's part of the job and unfortunately that isn't going to change any time soon, you get used to it though and with experience you get quicker. I started with a class of 19 officers. At this stage all 19 of us are being signed off our probation and everybody seems reasonably happy, we are getting courses now so we are starting to expand our skills. I am aware of a small minority of officers who didn't like it and left or returned to their old posts within the organisation and I know of 1 reg 13 dismissal. Generally speaking the majority of new officers I speak to are quite optimistic and enjoy the job, albeit in spite of some pretty big negatives. Shift work depends on you as an individual, some people dread it and hate it with an unbridled passion. Personally I don't mind it and I actually enjoy the night shift. The nights do take their toll on you at times, especially if you don't finish on time but you do get used to it. Postings depend on your force really. Larger forces may be more problematic for commuting times but from my experience they do take your location in to account. I was asked if I had any specific welfare issues that would need to be taken in to consideration for my final posting. I told them that I wanted a specific BCU for childcare reasons so I can work near to my wife and I was given the area I wanted. I do know others didn't get the areas they wanted but sometimes swaps are available with other officers. Ultimately though you sign up knowing that you could be posted anywhere and the job can disregard your circumstances if they choose to do so. I know a lot of people are disillusioned with the job, I can see why as well. We are short on numbers and the workload is increasing. The lack of numbers ultimately means you will be kept on duty more often, particularly on lates in my experience, and you will find yourself being bounced around all shift without a break quite often. I love my job, but it's not for everyone and it is getting tougher and tougher with the current economic climate. If you aren't sure, there is nothing to stop you joining and giving it a go. It isn't difficult to leave if you don't like it, however the job do invest time and money in to you and there are lots of people who really want to get in. It's down to you if you still fancy it but the only way to truly know is to have a crack at it. Best of luck
  7. Nearly there

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    I failed my first interview but used the time to prepare better.
  8. She123

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Sorry to read that, interviews are never easy just put it down to a practice run for the real thing in 6 months. I think a lot of people fail at that stage so this is one of the reasons they put on interview skills workshops, try and find one to attend I found it very useful prior to my initial interview. S
  9. Two men jailed for Salford house fire murders 24 May 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe attack on the family's house in Salford was captured on CCTV Two men who murdered four children by torching their home with petrol bombs have been given life sentences. Zak Bolland, 23, and David Worrall, 26, were convicted of murdering Demi, Brandon, Lacie and Lia Pearson in Walkden, Salford in December. Courtney Brierley, 20, was cleared of their murders but found guilty of four counts of manslaughter following the blaze. Bolland was jailed for a minimum of 40 years and Worrall for 37 years. A judge at Manchester Crown Court also sentenced Brierley to 21 years in a young offenders institution. Mr Justice William Davis said the four children "died a terrible death". Sandra Lever, the children's grandmother, said the offenders were "evil". "To think and do anything like this with four babies in the house, and a woman, and two other children, it's just beyond me." Image copyright Police handout Image caption Lia, Demi, Brandon and Lacie died in the fire and their mother Michelle Pearson was left in a coma The jury heard Bolland, who lived 300 yards from the Pearsons, was high on drink and drugs when he launched the fatal attack, which was motivated by a petty feud with the victims' 17-year-old brother Kyle Pearson. Along with Worrall, he filled two glass bottles with £1.50 of petrol bought from a local garage, stuffing the tops with tissue paper as they prepared the attack shortly before 05:00 GMT. They removed a fence panel from the garden of the family's home in Jackson Street, smashed a kitchen window and threw in the two lit petrol bombs. One landed near the stairs, blocking the only exit to the ground floor and trapping the victims upstairs as flames engulfed the three-bedroom mid-terrace house. Image copyright GMP Image caption Zak Bolland (left) and David Worrall were found guilty of the murders of four siblings Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, and Lacie, seven, all died in the blaze. Their mother, Michelle Pearson, 36, was rescued, severely injured, along with her youngest daughter, Lia, aged three, who died in hospital two days later. Neighbour Karen Kormoss told the jury during the murder trial Mrs Pearson screamed "not the kids" as the flames took hold. She said she saw the windows blown out and flames coming from upstairs and downstairs within two minutes. Image copyright GMFRS Image caption Bolland and Worrall threw two lit petrol bombs at the family's home Mrs Pearson dialled 999 but she was overcome with heat and smoke before completing the call. She spent four months in a coma and still suffers with dreadful burns and has had several infections. She has been told about the deaths of her children but "it's questionable how much she's absorbed and is aware of what she's been told", the court heard. Bolland was found guilty of three counts of the attempted murder of Mrs Pearson, Kyle, and his friend Bobby Harris who was staying at their house. Worrall, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. Image copyright GMP Image caption Bolland's then-girlfriend Courtney Brierley was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter Worrall and Brierley broke down in tears as the verdicts were read out in court. Bolland blinked and looked down to the floor. The court heard Bolland was friends with Kyle until the defendant's car was set on fire and his house windows smashed and he blamed the teenager. Mrs Pearson had called police on at least five occasions in the two weeks before her children died, saying Bolland was threatening to use fire to harm her family. He set their wheelie bin set on fire two days before the fatal fire and threatened to "kill 'em all" four hours before he torched the house, the court heard. CCTV shown to the jury showed Bolland and Worrall at the address at 04:55 for one minute and five seconds. The cameras recorded a flash then a larger second one from the petrol bombs, before they fled. Bolland, who admitted throwing the second petrol bomb but denied all other charges said he intended only to damage the house which he thought was not occupied. "I heard like a big whoosh. I didn't look back," he told the jury. Image copyright PA Image caption Zak Bolland lived 300 yards from the Pearsons Worrall, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, said he thought they were only going to set fire to wheelie bins and denied throwing a petrol bomb. Brierley, from Walkden, said she did not know the two men had petrol bombs and claims Bolland had a "controlling influence" over her during their "toxic" relationship. Det Ch Insp Lewis Hughes said it was one of the "most heartbreaking cases" he had ever dealt with. "I am glad that the sentences these three have received today reflect their atrocious acts, but nothing can change what has happened and nothing can bring back the children," he said. An investigation into Greater Manchester Police by the Independent Office for Police Conduct was suspended pending the outcome of the trial. View the full article
  10. G307

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Failed miserably at my interview today. It was more tougher than I thought. My mind drew a blank as soon as I stepped into the interview room! And I forgot everything. First time I have ever done a competency based interview. I think the nerves and stress of it all go to me. Will work on my skills abit more and re-apply in 6 months. Did any one else fail their 1st time?
  11. DavidScot

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Its cool, found it on an earlier comment! :)
  12. DavidScot

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Which Division is it your going for.
  13. GMcc

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    June intake 🎉🎉🎉 subject to references. Check your emails
  14. MorkC

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    No it was a mixture for both interviews.
  15. MRD

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Oh really. I can only imagine what kinda posts your friends would have posted haha.
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  17. GMcc

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    @MRD yes they check your social media. I had an email about my Facebook not being private and to delete some posts back from uni 5 years ago that my friends had wrote on my wall. So if you don't want to be embarrassed, I would check it 😂
  18. Steven1991

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Hi all, when your final offer appeared was it through e-mail, post or other?
  19. MRD

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Just a question to those who have received their final offers. What's the deal with social media accounts. I have heard from folk during the process they had there accounts checked is this true or rubbish? I don't have anything to hide just curious.
  20. She123

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Well done 😀
  21. Reasonable Man

    Facebook problem

    You have committed an offence under the Communications Act. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  23. Kirst8565

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    I heard 3 days later..think it was a system glitch though. I passed eek. Now on to final and assessment 🙂
  24. She123

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    My initial interview personal effectiveness question was much the same as that but I didn't think of that as been negative but I suppose it is. Thankyou.
  25. She123

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    I never got any on my initial interview but I have been told they may ask on second. S
  26. MRD

    Police Scotland Recruitment

    Well they are basically asking have you ever acted before thinking. Then if you are aware of how personal awareness works. Basically if you approached the situation in a different way would the outcome have been better.
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