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  1. You might have missed the news that we're holding a summer social on August 9th, in Oxfordshire. BBQ, fun, games and a chance to put faces to names. I was hoping to get lots of people to come along but to date, fewer than 20 tickets have been sold.

    It's taken a fair amount of effort to get this organised, and I think we'll have a good day - but not if there's just a dozen of us. I know it's a distance to travel for some people, but that's the challenge when you have a site which attracts people from across the country - I had to find somewhere that was fairly central and Oxfordshire is where it's at!

    I'm really hoping the social goes well, I'm looking forward to it. Because I love a good game of rounders :saint:

    You can get more details and buy your ticket online here. Go on, you know it makes sense :rolleyes:

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    R5!
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    I've decided to write a blog on my training for MSC (Met police) and give a day-to-day run through of what will take place.

    July 6-29 2009

    Obviously some information may not be posted due to it's nature,I will just give a general idea of what went on that day etc.

    Less than one month to go :saint: and i can't wait,I finish my exams on Monday coming then I'm free (apart from work of course :rolleyes: ).I have my boots already but nothing else,just waiting for the letter that they send a couple of weeks before you start giving you all the details of the training.

    I'm sure I'll be back soon to write something :w00t:

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    So here goes my first go at a blog...

    You know when you ring a call centre and they put that stupid "hold" music on, that's the theme tune to my world at the moment. "In due course" seems to be the phrase of the month I will receive me expenses "in due course", my wages "in due course", I will be notified if I've been accepted to any of the 100's of jobs I've applied for lately"in due course". I've decided "in due course" either means never or some time in the distant future when it suit some one else.

    On the jobs front I've 5 "in due course" emails, 2 asking if I can become a "freelance" web developer, this involves working at home (Which I hate doing, and is counter productive as I want to build up experience with an office environment). This freelance work involves working for £6 an hour, self employed (far too much hassle) and could involve no work at all in real terms. I have replied and informed them I hall consider there offers but am unhappy at the arragements and shall inform them of any decission I make "in due course" ha that is bound to annoy.

    Idioms:

    in due course

    At the proper or right time.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/in+due+course

  2. Erica
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    It's been quite some time since my last blog entry... probably because I've been busy at work trying to source props for 5 shows on a budget of 5 pence and a bit of pocket fluff, as well as teaching and being a glorified courier. I've also managed to do several Specialing shifts in a row without being involved in any fights (apart from one earlier this month when I ended up pressing my emergency button as my colleague and I couldn't contain all the scuffles breaking out around us simultaneously)!

    I've also been involved in putting together a Specials newsletter for Kent Specials... the first edition is due on 18th June... there's a lot of work to be done in the meantime!

    Last weekend I took a driving assessment at the Police College for my basic permit... I was really, really nervous as it meant a lot to me to get my permit... I would be able to take out other Specials and help with the driving on shifts with the Regs and I'd feel and be more useful. I'd been trying to memorise the highway code for weeks before (it's a great publication for curing amnesia)... and I tried very hard to put right all the bad driving habits which have built up over the past 13 years since I passed my test (in the days before the theory test existed). I'm very pleased that the effort paid off...I passed the assessment and went out the next day for my first shift as a driver! It felt a bit odd to drive a patrol car at first... and even more bizarre to press the blue button and pull over a car for the first time... but I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to my next driving shift :rolleyes:

  3. Gingeriron
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    Oop's

    Think i've been slacking in the blogging front just recently, it's now over five month's since i last updated. Some of being because not a lot has been happening and i've also been busy messing about with my NVQ. Anway the Mighty Iron have been promoted once again to The Championship just slightly gutted that i missed it today though because i was on a driving course. Still i've ended the day with two good results, in me passing my driving course and The Iron coming away from Wembley with a win.

    Speak soon

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    Jonnyb
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    Hiya everyone..

    I was looking for a few tips on the procedures used in custody:

    someone said something to me about ROAST.

    can anyone help?

    thanks

  4. got really tired from all the thinking on the weekend, and only just caught up with my sleep, feeling good though now wooopa :rolleyes:

  5. Right, when I started this blog before my training I thought that I would update this every couple of weeks or so, so that people could follow my journey and whatnot.

    Low and behold it's been two and a half months since my last entry and not only have I started training, I've finished it too! :aok:

    Training was great fun though was pretty intense at times as it was all weekend and two evenings a week for 8 weeks. Had some bad times like the pain of CS :saint: and some great times like every other bit of OST, first aid was a fun weekend too.

    So now I'm a fully warranted police officer, yikes! :blu:

    I've been 'in' for two weeks now and have already done 4 shifts. Not the most thrilling shifts mind you as I'm currently on Public Order in the city centre and no one seems to be getting in too much trouble while I'm about :( , probably because there are so many of us on shift and there seems to be an officer around most corners in the centre at weekends. I guess that's what the higher ups want to be honest, so many of us that no crimes get committed. But if no one's being naughty we don't have anything to do......had a couple of blue light runs in the van mind you, there was just nothing happening when we arrived.

    My next shifts are Good Friday and Easter Saturday so hopefully people will be a bit naughtier :w00t: er...ahem...in the party mood :rolleyes: .

  6. vickeryadam
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    Wow...6 months gone, and what a six months!

    As of next Tuesday, 6th January, I shall be made redundant from my job as Service Team Leader at Woolworths in Chippenham. I am going to look for another job, in the interim before I head off to Germany to be an English Language Assistant for nine months in September.

    I'm truly gutted to be leaving Woolies, not for the job; it was OK, but the pay was rubbish, and the customers were awful at times too!, but the people I work with I will genuinely miss, I've made some fantastic friends, and my colleagues are more a second family than friends!

    I will continue within St John Ambulance, and am now able (clouds and silver linings and all that) to attend an NCO training course, which I wouldn't have previously been able to attend.

    I'll try and remember to update this a bit more often next time!

  7. Is it just me being over sensitive, or does the silly season bring with it a tide of bad manners?

    I know certain elements of the great british public can always be counted on to lower the tone with ignorant and rude behaviour, but it strikes me that when you add a sprinkle of yuletide to the equation, the contagion spreads like wildfire.

    I've just popped out from the office to get a sandwich and found myself being shoulder barged three times and had two people push in front in the sandwich line. I was only outside for 15 minutes!

    I can't imagine where people need to get to so urgently that there is a need to take out your fellow pedestrian and shove your way in to a sandwich bar. It was reminiscent of riot training only this time I felt like the rioter!

    I think it's time we started a campaign for being polite. A little courtesy goes a long way and would make the world a better place, but if all else fails there's always the Public order Act!

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    Well, good morning to you.

    I have difficulty starting these things, as like most men I'm debonair, witty, suave, brave and creative when protraying myself in my own head (complete with tuxedo and martini) however in reality for all my eloquence I struggle to articulate a message without causing some sort of unintentional controversy/disaster due to my Political Incorrectness.

    Aside from that, the reason I've started this blog here on policespecials .com is to depart from the usual blog archetype of putting the world to rights or pontificating about something the author *wished* would be put into print by a broadsheet, and use the purpose to articulate my experiences of the Special Constabulary application process and my life as super Civil Servant (ooo! exciting!).

    So I'll bring you up to speed with my application process. 31/12/07 I arrived at Northumbria Police HQ to hand in my completed application form. Then, it was handed to ye mysterious vetting Gods who took five months to check a totally clean and previously vetted (by the Royal Marines), before my assessment centre. Then recently in July I undertook my fitness test and medical, where I was medically deferred on colourblindness, despite the Doctor claiming I didn't have colourblindness. After three months of phoning and being told such and such wasn't in today and could I call back between the hours of 1:00pm and 1:01pm on a thursday afternoon, I eventually told someone that this wasn't acceptable and would like to be phoned back with my application status. Of course this didn't happen, and upon phoning again (without telling the person on the other end my stage my application process was in) I was told my application was back in the hands of the vetting Gods. I assume this is something Northumbria Police tell everyone just to get them off the phone, presumably the ones phoning up on other non recruitment business as well.

    And thus, I finally found out my 'case' was being presented to a Sergeant in a DDA meeting, despite colourblindness not being covered by the DDA act, but that didn't matter because the Sergeant was on annual leave and the November intake is to be cancelled, how exactly a mild colour deficiency stopped me training in september I'll never fathom, but I'll leave that to the world's considerable amount of mysteries.

    So the quest continues! Stay tuned for more exciting adventures of Gatesider. The Geordie Civil Servant extraordinaire.

  8. Today was the first time I was allowed out in public with other St John Ambulance Members.

    It happen to be Remembrance Sunday, for weeks I have been dreading it. This is because not because I didn't want to do it, more because I needed to train myself up with help of my cadet leader to learn how to do march and drill. Even though am not a uniformed cadet yet, I was still determined to do the parade. So the prom suit came out and the dust was blown off my school shirt (It has been over a year since I last wore it) and borrowed my dad's black tie.

    I was up nice and early for it so I could be there in time, 11:10 came and we where stood outside the british legion club, and there was police officers, who werent high ranking offiers who had tunics on which amazed me. We managed to pick up 3 badgers (St John Ambulance Group for 5-10This was the point I was getting more and more nervous watching the Air Cadets practising drill and marching. To be honest every cadet and the cadet leaders mouths dropped like you would see on a cartoon.

    Forty minutes later, we where till stood in the same positions. Then it started raining, every hard. But the minute in started raining, we where ready to start the march down to the town hall and police post. We jumped behind the air cadets to see how they do it so we could get it right and fallow there commands by there senior officers. We started marching, with me trying my hardest not to get it wrong. But all I could hear was the two cadets on my left hand side whispering to me what I was doing wrong. And they kept getting told off by our cadet leader. We reached the town hall and the police post and the big bad mean Air Cadet senior officer shouted RIGHT TURN which made one of the badgers cry, so she got a free hug from the cadet leader. After a 2 minute silence, it was down to the Garden of Remembrance.

    As we start walking there is a teenager on a bike who was being really annoying, who you really felt like pushing them off there bike. But you cant so you try and learn to ignore them. It was still raining, hard.

    We got down to the garden and we had the ceremony. Which I coped with that, mostly. But felt sadden and scared because we had to sing the national anthem and I only knew parts of it and not all of it. And me another cadet put a poppy wreath and one of those small crosses.

    We marched back to the British Legion Club and it was over, I really enjoyed it as well. And those who want to know as we where the first aiders there (I wasn't) there was one apparent one, but they had disappeared by the time a police officer came and found us and one of our first aiders got there (the person wasn't on the floor)

    I feel that one 2 hour duty has done a lot for me, I feel that I have grown up a lot and it has taught me a lot.

  9. I have been distracted over the last few months since my last entry with studying, revising and exams to sit. My application has pretty much been on hold, I have now finished my exams for my Open University course and I can focus on getting fit, losing some weight and carrying on with the Specials application.

    I have spent the last 4 weeks going to the gym on a regular basis and eating healthily and I am seeing improvements, my weight is coming off slowly and I am able to do more and more with every visit to the gym. My medical questionaire and opticians report will be in the post next week so hopefully things will begin to move.

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    Yes it's true.I've started as DO at Rotherham. Taking a bit of sorting, gas and uniform lockers etc. Mountains of paperwork, meetings and logistics to go through. Can't wait to get out on the streets though. :fwpc: TC.

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    Hyperopic
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    Orwell - Keep the Aspidistra Flying is very appropriate

    It's my poetry that keeps me going 'rpm -e --noscripts'

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    These days, policing can be hard work, constantly puttign ourselves at risk, stopping fights, dealing with drunks and anti-social behaviour. Ok, on the other side is the bit I enjoy, dealing with the community and making the streets and communities safer to live and be in, (good old NST)

    Back to the point, I think these days, with summer on its way and the mess we have to help keep off the street, the uniform these days is too traditionalfor modern day policing. yes, the shirts are very offical and smart-looking, but how does that help you when your rolling round on the floor with a drunk on a saturday night, unable to move properly because the uniforms too restricting and the trousers are like carpets.

    The ties are the worst, especially during the summer, problem is were not meant to take them off, but everyone knows we do.

    Now, I'm not saying that a drastic change should happen, I read recently that some forces are testing out new uniform with polo shirts rather then shirts and cargo trousers rather then the normal ones were issued with. Ok those not in the front line and working at the station, the normal kit we have is ok to wear, but defiantly not those of us on the front line trying to keep up with modern-day policing, I think a change is needed.

    I have no idea though, who is testing the new uniform or what it is, it would be nice to know what uniform is being tested,

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    Well! Hello there. This is the first entry in what I hope will become a fairly interesting and useful log of my upcoming second career as a Special Constable. As I write this, I'm awaiting training dates from the Met, having passed the selection process over in Hendon. So I suppose crowning (geddit?) myself an "SC" at this very early stage is a tad optimistic...!

    My name's Richard, I'm 19, and will be moving to London to start my law degree at the LSE in October of this year. Well, by London I mean Watford, which makes me ideally placed to join the new-fangled MSC Operational Support Unit, which currently operates exclusively from Hendon. As I understand it, this will eventually become the OSU's NW base when the unit snowballs out to the other other three corners of the metropolis, but since I have no great plans to move out of Watford for the foreseeable future, I'm quite happy committing to the comfortable drive to Hendon every week or so.

    Though the forums and other sources will be able to give far more comprehensive information about the precise role of the OSU, it's been sold to me as a pan-London unit that deploys to different Boroughs, primarily tasked to support incumbent officers in tackling violent crime, drugs etc. in the night-time economy. It's expanding rapidly and has recently begun recruiting new Specials as opposed to solely seasoned ones looking for new challaenges.

    To me, the phrase "night-time economy" was quite unfamiliar when I first read it; it feels like one of those ghastly buzzwords that crop up from time to time (like 'localism' and 'New Labour'). Where such terms relate to the police, the Plain English Campaign dubs it "ploddledegook", which makes me smile. But, as it turns out it isn't just a soft name for some of our country's blacker markets (sorry, 'hidden economies'), but relates more widely to all aspects of urban nightlife -- pubs, clubs and alcohol (or rather the effects thereof) being the focus of the OSU.

    What really triggered this introductory post then was my research into what precisely the night-time economy consists of, and what measures our learned friends down in Westminster are taking to 'reclaim the streets' for the enjoyment of the law-abiding majority. I came across a very interesting documentary miniseries, aptly entitled Effective Practice in the Night-Time Economy. Some kind soul has uploaded them to YouTube, so I'll share with you my highlights: here's the introduction, one about Penalty Notices for Disorder, Dispersal Zones, and joint PC / Paramedic patrols. They're only about three minutes long each, and they're well worth watching, particular as someone who could soon be delivering these powers.

    Obviously I'll cover these and so much more in my training, but until that time this will have to do! I can't wait to start. Hopefully I'll be able to secure a place on an intensive course in September before starting University in October, rather than dragging it out over seventeen Sundays. I'm ready to make the commitment, especially as I'll be leaving the TA, but have a month in Mongolia to get through before I can even think about the training! It's all so exciting!! :fwpc:

  10. Wilson
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    Passed my fitness and got up to level 10.9 on the Bleep, best i've had to far, wish I kept pushing myself tho.

    Only the Push/Pull test, I done pretty well, scoring the highest on both out of the other 3 applicants there. The recruiting officer seemed impressed with it anyway!

    Out of the 4 of us that were there, we all passed pretty comfortably!

    One last stage of recruitment is the Application Review, which is going to be done when the Seargent and Superintendent come back from Police College. This is just basically when they get all your results/references/interview notes together and make one final decision on weather or not to employ you and what division to put you based on your personal status.

    We were told it's very rare to reject someone at this stage and we don't have any reason to worry!

    So, between Tuesday and thursday we are going to get a call with that offer of employment to start on the April 28th Intake! We will also be told what division we will be going to aswell (I asked for Aberdeen city centre division).

    I'll make another post when the call comes, then my worries will be at last gone!

  11. Yes bum twitching (i would be a liar if i said it wasnt) two pints of fosters best to settle down then a rubbish nights sleep and off to the hospital for 7:30am and op at 11am will be back in a few days with the gory bits :eek::fwpc::prone:

  12. Hey guys,

    Got a letter in today to confirm my withdrawl of my specials applications.

    I was sooo excited when I seen the strathclyde envolope. Thought it was my SET date.... Sadly not.

    I did email recruitment this afternoon just to cheak my application was recived and ok.... I'm such a pest!! :prone:

  13. Professional_Cynic
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    Well the time came to move. A special trip was made with all of the fish equipment, the 2 tanks (the sump and the main tank) the cabinet and some other bits and bobs. The stuff was strapped into the back of the van and off we went to my new house, until 3/4 of a mile down the road I went round a round about and **CRASH**. I stopped the van as soon as I could and checked the precious cargo. My sump was cracked, all down one side. It was a disaster. The move carried on, luckily with no more casulaties but I was strugglign to find a replacement for the sump.

    I then placed the cabinet in the living room in the desired position and popped the tank on top. In a huge open plan room it looked surprisingly small, however I was still missing my sump, the integral part of the system.

    So then I made the decision, I woudl learn to build fishtanks.

    Armed with a stanley knife, a quantity of razor blades, a tube of silicon remover, a bottle of meths and a big box of plasters I started to remove the broken panel. What is in theory a very simple job (slice through silicon, cover in silicon remover and then clean off 24 hrs later) ended up 3 days worth of blood sweat and more blood. Finally the glass was off and the surfaces were cleaned up, then time to replace the panel. i tried a number of glaziers and found one just down the road who for a tenna gave me a nice sheet of razor-sharp edged glass (queue more blood). After sanding off the edges with a sharpening block the panel was siliconed in place and left for 48hrs to go off. I then wet tested it and to my surprise it was water tight.

    5 minutes later however it wasn't, a small hole had appeared and the whole thing was drained down and resealed. 48hrs later, top job, it was fine.

    The sump then went into the cabinet and it was time for the scariest job of them all. Drilling the return holes :prone: With a little help from my dad we managed to get both holes drilled in under 10 minutes and then fitted the tank connectors efore siliconing on the weir. 48hrs later it was time to test the whole tank. It was perfect, completely water tight, not even a tiny little breach on the wall of the weir.

  14. fruitandveg
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    Well I'm veryveryvery late with this post!

    Had the second part of OST, was great fun - trying to see the others sing happy birthday to me whilst under the influence of CS is always fun - "happy birth COUGH COUGH..."

    Had attestation, all went smoothly :fwpc:

    had exams for university so no duty yet :prone:

  15. Lee_HP1
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    Well it's been a long time since my last update. We have now completed training, done all the officer safety training and even attested 2 weeks ago! My first duty was the day after attestation attached to the specials tutor unit along with the rest of my intake based at D Division.

    The attestation ceremony was a good night, slightly nervous to begin with but managed to get the oath out with no problems! :fwpc:

    At present we are working on incident response, however the 2 weeks so far have been great but not that busy! :prone:

    We have had 2 arrests, one of which I assisted on but have not had the opportunity myself yet. Hoping that next week we will be sent to a few more jobs!

    The tutors are all great both a laugh and helpful in answering any questions.

    With regards to actually walking around in the public in police uniform is a little strange at first and is interesting to see how members of the public react towards you.

    I will attempt to keep my blog more updated as the next 9 weeks on the untit progress!

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    Its been a while since i last posted...

    But I have been exercising over the past week or so... I have noticed a great difference already... enclosed are some charts to show my progress.

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    Exercise rating is all my values from each exercise added together, divided by a suitable scale to give a low value result (1000), and then then multiplied by the number of exercises done in the day.

    I have noticed a steady drop in weight, which in turn reduces my BMI... People are noticing a change in my physique already... Exercise is getting easier and i am feeling alot better for it!

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    btp pc
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    Well, hopefully get a chance to update this as much as possible.

    Just sitting here watching the news the bottle of red has just been finished off.

    Can't wait to get into work tomorrow afternoon..............................travelling football serial....................yippie!

    Hate wearing helmets on trains. Lost count of the amount of times I've almost knocked my helmet off my head getting onto train.

    Trying to get the bosses to understand that helmets don't really play a part in modern policing but I'm just a PC.