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Kirsty248 last won the day on February 22 2016

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  1. Kirsty248

    West Mercia January 2017 Start Date

    Sunissa87, I am so pleased to hear that it has FINALLY come around for you both!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 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
  3. Kirsty248

    Previous absence record due to depression

    http://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk/pc-recruitment/ If you have a read through the application section on the above page there are contact details which may help (I believe it is under the reasonable adjustments section). If they can't help maybe they can point you in the right direction. I personally don't work for West Mids so don't know their criteria but recently saw this link on social media so thought it may well be of use to you. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Kirsty248

    Police App for phone

    I have both pocket sergeant and PVH. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Kirsty248

    Cnc Question

    Hi a123b456,A colleague of mine trained and qualified as a constable overseas and decided to join CNC. He was there for a few years then applied to Warks/West Mercia. He had to do the same initial training and has the same probationary period as the rest of us even though he carried a side arm in both previous roles etc and is clearly experienced (12+yrs). He did enquire about transfering prior to submitting a new PC application and was told that because he didnt undergo the same probationary period and didnt have the same public interactions, responding to everyday incidents etc as a HO force he would be treated the same as any other 'newbie', the only benefit being his experience abroad and in CNC got him through papersift and into AC/interview. O basically what others have already said on this thread. So he too will have a 2yr probationary period where he is assessed/observed and has to complete a portfolio evidencing competencies before being signed off as substantive where he can then apply to be AFO... but he doubts he will and plans to remain on response. Hope this helps, even a little... Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
  6. Kirsty248

    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
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    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
  8. Kirsty248

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  15. Kirsty248

    West Mercia Police Recruitment

    I attested on the 16th and finished my training in the 18th of Dec & started on shift on the 21st. I'm loving it! I'm sorry to hear it has taken as long as it has and that there is no end in sight at the moment. That's such a pity... When did your partner do her AC? Keep your chin up it'll happen it's just a matter of when which is the frustrating and nerve wracking part. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk