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  1. gabby6

    Traffic Question

    If a vehicle parks in the road and causes an obstruction to other vehicles but has their hazard lights on, is this legal and acceptable? I saw this happen the other day on my way to work but wasn’t sure if it was lawful as I’m still in training and was curious. Thanks.
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    1st day of training

    Thank you 😊. I downloaded iPlod a few weeks ago which is the iPhone version of Pocket Seargeant and I agree it’s brilliant, better than any books. As for postings, we’ve been told we’re all going to the force’s main incident response hub which works for me as IRT is what I want to do anyway as I find it the most interesting. Good luck with the rest of your course.
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    1st day of training

    Thank you, that’s really helpful.
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    1st day of training

    So, I’m due to start my IPLDP in May and I’m really blimmin excited, if not a little nervous too. Just looking for some advice from people who have been through the program or who currently are going through it. Are there any books which will be useful through the process? What kind of format and work can I expect day to day, particularly on the first day? When is it decided which force area you will be posted to to work in day to day after training? Do you get to suggest areas that are most feasible for your travelling wise or is it a ‘get what you’re given’ scenario? I realise this will likely vary from force to force but any insight would be helpful so I can have an idea what to expect. Thanks all.
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    Vetting worries

    The key to being successful at vetting is complete honesty. If these things have only just been brought to your attention then state that thoroughly on your vetting form, DO NOT leave anything off it in the hope that it won't show up because it likely will. Make sure you tick the relevant boxes on the form and then type up a detailed explanation on a separate sheet and submit that with it. Usually it's not an issue that you have a family member with a chequered past (obviously it depends on the nature of their crimes and your current association with them), it is an issue however if you don't declare it. I was arrested 17 years ago and as well as ticking the box which asks if you've ever been arrested I typed up an explanation detailing what happened, the circumstances ETC and it was fine and I passed my vetting. These people are human and I'm sure they accept that people make mistakes in their past lives and no-one is perfect. Just be sure to stress that you weren't aware of it when you originally completed the application form but that you have now been informed of these things and so need to bring them to HR's attention. Robust honesty and integrity are very important in this process so demonstrate that you have that and you'll go far. Good luck.
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    Vetting and Start Date

    Just wondering if anyone has been in the same boat as me....... I'm currently undergoing security vetting which as most will know, is a lengthy process and mine has been ongoing for around 7 weeks now. My force have start dates for Jan, March and May 2018, i'd ideally love to get a date for March but am mindful this is unlikely given the length of time vetting can take and because i have to give notice to my employer. What i'm concerned about however is if my vetting hasn't completed in time for me to start in May's intake is that likely to mean i'm out of the running completely? I realise the protocol for this will vary from force to force but I just wondered if anyone else has been in the same boat and what was the outcome for you? It seems to be a crying shame that i would miss out for this reason given I've passed everything to this point. I don't envisage any issues with my vetting but i realise even the simplest of vetting cases can still take a while. I've emailed my force to query this but have not heard back yet and am quite concerned. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Police medical and one off case of anxiety

    Sounds positive to me. Great news.
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    Out of interest, does the vetting criteria vary from force to force? It seems some of the information others have been required to declare varies from what I was required to.
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    Police medical and one off case of anxiety

    I had my medical in August and in May 2016 I had an episode of depression. I was off work for 6 weeks and prescribed medication which I only took for about a week as I knew it wasn't the right thing for me. They seemed slightly concerned but I explained that it was due to tough personal circumstances and that I needed to make some life changes (part of the reason I'm now seeking a police career) and that I've been well for over a year now. My doctor said it's really common to experience episodes of depression in a lifetime and around 70% of people experience it, they just don't talk about it. It's different if it's something severe like paranoia or schizophrenia but depression is really common. Just reassure them that you've come along way and highlight the positives since you had it. Also explain that it was circumstantial, you can't help that and your resulting depression from what you experienced is normal. It is nerve-wracking but I think you'll be ok.
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    Thanks. Just so nerve wracking isn't it. So badly want this and want to make sure nothing goes wrong.
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    Yeah I've done that. Explained the whole thing. The vetting form has everything on it I can possibly tell them. I was just worried in case they looked at the application form and were concerned. Don't know if the application form is scrutinised during vetting or if it's just the vetting form.
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    So, I’m a little bit worried about the vetting process. My dad re-married after divorcing from my mum around 14 years ago. He split from his wife around 7 years ago but they’ve never formally divorced as don’t have the money for the legal fees. I’ve not had any contact with this woman as we never got along so haven’t had any kind of relationship with her since they married. I also fell out with my dad during this time and we didn’t resume a relationship until they split. He hasn’t been in contact with her since their split and doesn’t know for sure where she is now living. When I filled out my initial application form it asked for step-mother’s name but as I hadn’t seen her in so long I didn’t put it down because there’s no tie or relationship there. However, when I received my vetting form it asked for step-parent information in more detail and I realised I should disclose her as a connection may be evident due to her and my dad not having formally divorced yet despite the lack of contact. I’m really worried that the vetting team will marry up the two forms and think I deliberately misled them and I’ll be rejected on that basis. That isn’t the case, she just never occurred to me when I was completing the application form. I put a full explanation RE this into my vetting form and ive emailed recruitment to advise them but still feel nervous about it. I’ve seen so many tales of people having their applications terminated at the vetting stage and it’s heightened my worry over it. I can’t think of any reasons why I’d be turned down but you can never be sure until it’s done. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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    Advice needed

    Thank you everyone for your advice. Found out today that I passed and i couldn't be happier :-). x
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    Advice needed

    It's for Gloucestershire.