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Chalky1989

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Chalky1989 last won the day on September 11 2017

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  1. Chalky1989

    Family history

    Durham. No worries, hope it all goes well for you!
  2. Chalky1989

    Family history

    Yeah, I'd be hopeful if I was in your position, as long as you've been upfront and honest about things. I know I'm like a broken record now, but it will all depend on what your particular forces vetting standards are also.
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    Family history

    Like I said, it'll be up to their vetting standards. However when they look at extended family, the longer ago it was, the better. And if it's obvious that they're not involved in consistent criminality, and it was a one off, that's more likely to go in your favour. It is up to them though. What they're essentially looking for is that you're unlikely to be pressured within your own family to not do the job right, that you'll be compromised.
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    Family history

    It's really up to the force in question. They'll likely look at a few things. How close are these family members? Immediate family, extended family, long lost great aunt? Are you still in contact with them? What were the crimes? How long ago were they?
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    Realities of policing

    I've not been assaulted yet in 6 months on shift. Maybe been in 2-3 physically altercations which were more about restraining someone before they did something. Not been injured on shift at all. But a lot of it is luck and the sorts of calls you go to. I've had colleagues I started with get in scraps with people with knives, prisoners/detainees I've been on shift for, who have attacked someone on the next shift. You'll have to get used to the fact that you might not see a lot of your partner sometimes, depending on their shifts and yours. Plenty of my shift have kids and I think all of us are actually in relationships. There can be a lot. I've been to domestics where I was on scene 5 minutes or less. It takes longer to log on and type up the paperwork than it does to deal with it. It can take an hour or more to get someone booked into custody and put your arrest statement on and the crime, etc. There is definitely paperwork. It'll depend where you work, and how busy it is, but there can be stress. Part of the trick is not taking your work home with you, don't worry about it when you're home. You do that by maybe taking a little bit more time before leaving work even if you're off slightly late, as at least you know if anything happens, your arse is covered. I'm aware of a few probies leaving within the 2 years in my force, but it's not many to be honest. Will depend on force. Depends on the shifts your force work, but it can take some adapting to night shifts. It's more about getting a routine before work so that you can get some sleep in the afternoon before your night shift, or you go to bed later the previous day and get out of bed later, little things like that. Also getting your diet right can help. I find I do get tired but I get a second wind after a while. It can happen. You will work where you're told to work. I could be sent across to the other side of my county. As it happens I'm in one of the closer areas to my home. I would just say, I'm hugely enjoying the job right now, I feel I've made the right choice for me. Only you can know if you've made the right choice for you.
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    1st day of training

    I can only speak for my force, which is the same as Karl's. I joined last year. In terms of books some people had copies of Blackstones Police Manual, but I found in my training period that you don't really need it. I do however have Pocket Sergeant on my phone which is useful for getting my points to prove on certain offences. You'll be taught the basics of what you need to know, your bread and butter offences (theft, assault, criminal damage, etc), your basic powers (entry, search, arrest). Each week tended to be covering a particular area. So there was a week of personal safety training (fighting and handcuffing basically), there was a week on the above offences, there were 2 weeks on interviewing, there was a week on traffic, etc. In terms of format, we had our instructors who would teach us most things, generally split into a morning session and a longer afternoon session (maybe split up into two sessions), with guest speakers and experts coming into see us as well. It'll get mixed up from time to time, with role plays, as what they'll really want to see is how you do when you're in action, when you're faced with a difficult situation. I'm aware you'll probably have already started or will be just about to, but your first day will probably be admin, signing paperwork, being greeted by your higher ups, etc. We were able to request preferred postings, but there were no guarantees about which we would get, as you will be put where you are needed. And even after we got told (week 5 for me), there was still potential for them to change. Two people on my intake got swapped on the last day of training. I think out of 19 of us, 17 initially got a posting which was in our preferred 2-3 options. My posting was my second choice for example.
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    Speed awareness course

    Best advice is to ask HR in your chose force. It can't hurt to put it on, being caught speeding once isn't likely to make or break your application. If you don't put it on when you should have, they'll see that as dishonest which is a big red flag. If you're open about it and declare it, you're showing honesty, a trait they want.
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    Do I have a chance of joining?

    You can always try, and you would disclose your previous history. And you could try and show how you've become more responsible since then, assuming you have. A conviction in itself will not stop you joining but they'll likely want to be sure that you're not going to make the same mistakes. As there will be similarly qualified people going for the role who will in all likelihood have no previous convictions.
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    Is it worth it??

    I'm a relatively recent starter, one thing you'll notice if you join is that a lot of the old guard miss the way the job used to be, which is why they'll tell you not to join. However, you, like me, will have no experience of that, so don't let it influence you. There are rubbish parts to the job, boring parts, and it can be stressful and dangerous. But it's also great fun, it's a job with a lot of freedom to do things your way within reason. I don't care how things used to be, the fact that the pay isn't amazing doesn't matter as I didn't take a pay cut from my old job to join anyway. The pension isn't as good as it was but it's still a good pension scheme. There's definitely annoying parts to the job where you'll be left wondering why you have to crime a load of nonsense, or when you spend half a shift or more dealing with a mental health job, but so far that's quite seriously outweighed by the good parts of the job. The shifts take some getting used to, and the social side too, but even if it makes it harder to keep up appearances, you'll make great friends on your shift. It certainly hasn't bothered me.
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    Your first arrest / funniest moment

    First arrest wasn't that interesting. Second arrest managed to recover a brand new iPhone X after finding the suspect on a roof, had him kick off when searched in custody, then kicked off when we saw him removing drugs from his arse later(he was further arrested for this) and piled into his cell, then was allowed to go for a piss and then kicked off and blocked himself in, and got sprayed and dragged back into his cell. Was quite the eventful evening.
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    Special constable

    If it's anything like the regular PC medical (I'm assuming you're at Durham based on previous interactions), they will do your hearing tests, lung capacity tests, take a hair sample for drug testing with a nurse, then you'll see the doctor who will go through your paperwork and discuss anything that comes up (I had some issues in the past but was able to demonstrate that they were no longer issues medically). They had to text my flexibility and movement to check that was all ok.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.