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.