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    what a wonderfull day its freezing whie over and i was up at 5am to start shift at hq at 7am

    tip .. dont use cruise control in the snow ..

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    signed sealed and about to be delivered!

    application is now in the hands of Royal Mail....

    Fingers Crossed!!!! :unsure::aok:

  1. A few years ago I started a journal on here called the Hitchhikers guide to be being a Special Constable, unfortunately and unusually on PS.com there was a misunderstanding and the thread was removed - not by the management I should add. I was asked a short time ago if I intended to redo it as it went into detail about joining the Specials and what life was like in the Police back in the late 1980's and early 90's. Obviously I won't be able to reproduce it in full but I will give it a go (it will be completed in stages as was the original journal entry).

    A long long time ago in a Galaxy far far away (sitting comfortably? then I shall begin).

    I was brought up in a small village in deepest darkest Hertfordshire, nestling on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, the village was surrounded by cornfields and woods and I would say was an idyllic place to grow up. Never any trouble and in my first nine years I saw a Policeman once.

    The only real connection with the Police was one Christmas I was given an Action Man Police Motorcycle set with uniform and a Action Man RMP uniform so the stage was set.

    I forget to mention that whilst at Secondary School I had a rough time being severely bullied, regularly being beaten up and once I was kicked unconscious by several lads. Didn't do my self confidence any good and I was shy to the extent I found going in shops and being served by girls awkward.

    As I grew up Police TV series began to feature more and more in my life, Dixon of Dock Green was on always after Dr Who on a Saturday evening, Z Cars set in the fictional Newtown did likewise, Softly Softly and Special Branch followed, Hawaii Five O was on Friday nights, if anything 1970's TV was full of cop shows. In around 1987 a new series hit the BBC - Rockliffes Babies - which was a drama series starring Joe McGann and Brett Fancy about a Metropolitan Police Crime Squad (PC's training to be Detectives), the series had the most catchiest theme tune of any TV series based on a children's nursery rhyme. It ran for two series and I was hooked. I can actaullay remember watching it one night thinking how disappointed I would be if I didn't get in as a SC.

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    The Cast

    L to R:

    Joe McGann................ PC Gerry O'Dowd

    Susanna Shelling........ PC Karen Walsh

    Martyn Ellis................. PC Paul Georgiou

    John Blakey................ PC Keith Chitty

    Alphonsia Emmanuel.... PC Janice Hargreaves

    Bill Champion.............. PC David Adams

    Ian Hogg..................... Det Sgt Alan Rockliffe

    Brett Fancy.................. PC Steve Hood

    Rockliffe's Babies

    This show aired in 1987 and ran for 2 series, with a later series spin-off - Rockliffe's Folly (without the 'babies').

    The series featured seven rookie cops (pictured above), plain clothes PCs who made up the Crime Squad of Victor Tango division (MET) under the guidance of Det Sgt Alan Rockliffe.

    The series' followed the 'babies' as they were trained by Rockliffe - a former alcoholic with a short fuse, a broken marriage behind him, a real outsider. His job is not only to train them how to police west London but also to know thier own weaknesses so they can progress in their careers. The Babies, meanwhile, though quite taken with Rockliffe, are determined not to end up like him!

    Both series consisted of 10 episodes, each showing a different aspect of the job, along with a different side of one or more of the Babies.

    All of the Babies had their own problems - Hargreaves has had to fight prejudice against her colour and her sex to get where she is and no-one is going to be allowed to get in her way. Which is unfortunate for the Liverpool born O'Dowd who's very keen on her but doesn't have the courage to do anything about it and would be rebuffed if he did. He's a bit of a goer, a man's man who acts first and thinks later - often with dire consequences. Then there's Hood - racist, sexist and with possible National Front connections but other than that a nice boy! Adams, meanwhile, is a bright boy who is very ambitious and is on his way to higher things, totally opposite to Hood. Then there's Chitty, the quietest member of the group - keeps in the background and out of trouble. And finally Georgiou and Walsh - they get on very well in a platonic way. She's a bit of a loner, he's lazy, constantly eating but basically a good cop. They work well together, though they're a strange combination.

    This series worked well and the only surprise is that not much is seen of the actors who took part in this - other than Ian Hogg and of course Joe.

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    Season 1

    Episode 1: Sirens - 9 January 1987

    Episode 2: Sweet and Sour Revenge - 16 January 1987

    Episode 3: It's All Happening - 23 January 1987

    Episode 4: A Bad Few Days - 30 January 1987

    Episode 5: In the Bag - 6 February 1987

    Episode 6: Ghetto-Blasters - 13 February 1987

    Episode 7: Up the Down Escalator - 20 February 1987

    Episode 8: Extra-curricular - 27 February 1987

    Season 2

    Episode 1: Go for It - 8 January 1988

    Episode 2: A Trip to the Zoo - 15 January 1988

    Episode 3: In Too Deep - 22 January 1988

    Episode 4: Looking After Your Own - 29 January 1988

    Episode 5: Easy Meat - 12 February 1988

    Episode 6: A Very Diplomatic Incident - 19 February 1988

    Episode 7: Top Man - 26 February 1988

    Episode 8: Black Arrow - 4 March 1988

    Episode 9: Hearts and Flowers - 11 March 1988

    Episode 10: The One That Got Away - 18 March 1988

    Inspiration

    When I was 14, I was saddened by the death of WPC Mandy Rayner (Mandy had gone to school with one of my cousins) who was stationed at my what was to be my nick. Mandy was only 18 and had joined straight from being a full time Police Cadet, the first woman officer to die on duty, killed when a suicidal drink-driver smashed into her car in Royston, Hertfordshire, in 1982. It was only her third night on police duty.

    Plodder Lane

    I was really serious about joining and luckily I knew someone who was a Special Constable and he got me an application form, well more like a pamphlet called 'Be a Special Constable in your leisure time'

    I filled it in, sent it and waited, and waited

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    Westy
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    I've enjoyed writing this blog, however an incident involving a colleague has led me to reassess the risk that doing so may cause to my job. In the north a manager in the Civil Service has been disciplined and dismissed for writing a blog in a similar vein to mine. The main differance being that hers included no negative slants on the DWPs business. Mine did, and so in order to protect myself and my family I have removed all my previous posts and will not be adding to this again.

    It is a shame that I have had to take this action, but I'm sure your appreciate my family come first.

    Thanks to all my readers, I wish you the best for the future.

    Westy

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    Hello to anyone who's reading this!

    Before we get started, seeing as this is my first blog, I figure I might as well introduce myself. I'm Andy, I'm 20 years old and I'm studying for a law degree at the University of Lincoln. I'm also a special in training (sort of - I start next weekend).

    Its been quite an interesting week this week. On Tuesday I went along to the occupational health centre and had my hearing test done. I couldnt have it done last time because the box wasn't working or something. Did the test (with a heavy cold so I could barely hear the noise over my own breathing), and managed to pass.

    Wednesday night: Break a mirror.....

    Fast forward to Thursday, and I get a phone call from HR at Police HQ asking me if I'm okay to start training next weekend, and how many people would I like to take along to the attestation ceremony on the Saturday. Fantastic!!

    Move on a day again to Friday (yesterday), and I get a letter through confirming the phone call I had the day before. After lectures and the splendid chicken enchiladas I made for myself and a flatmate, me and 2 others decide to head off into Lincoln for a night out. It was a good night, up until about 30 mins before closing time of the rock club we were in. Some drunken dolt decides he's going to smack my mate round the face in a drunken attempt to break his nose. Cue a split-second "argh what do I do??!" moment, I decide to run straight to the bouncers and get them to deal with the situation. They eject the drunk, and then take myself, my friend with the bleeding nose, and our other friend up to the A&E dept. of the hospital. Cue a 3 hour wait, with some very intersting characters. Fortunatly after the wait the doctors gave my friend the all clear and told him they dont think he has a broken nose. Taxi home, and at a very cheap rate. Get back to the Halls of residence and the uninjured friend decides to trap her finger in the taxi door.... :unsure: No need to go rushing off to A&E again, it was only minor by some great piece of luck. We then go in, I make sure they're both alright, and then call it a night and go back to my flat and get back into bed at 6am, 22 hours after I woke up.

    11:50 this morning - I get woken up after less than six hours sleep by my housemates charing up and down the corridoor like a herd of elephants.....

    Roll on next saturday :aok:

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    My first blog ! What am I supposed to write on here ?

    Something along these lines ? CAPTAIN'S BLOG, STARDATE 3101.08

    Maybe not...

    In all seriousness, welcome to my blog. I will do my best to put as many of my thoughts as possible on here, it might get a bit messy but it will be me. I want to strike the right balance between too much information and not enough - I will try to get it just right, so I guess it is what you would call a Goldilocks blog.

    I hope that I can entertain you, inform you, challenge you, perhaps even make you laugh. My dearest wish is that one day somebody might read through all of this drivel and find a bit of information that they are looking for because I read everyone else's blogs prior to my application and it's amazing just how much useful information you can pick up. Above all, I hope that in amongst all the coal you might find the occasional diamond.

    Please bear with me though because I won't be able to write anything new for a week or two as I will be away.

    Take Care ! :D

  2. Hotel Lima
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    Well, its been a while since I've updated my Blog - have been mega busy since the last update. We've completed our foundation training and are currently doing our Divisional training at Cockett Police Station. Last night we were attested in Bridgend, received our warrant cards and other miscellaneous items (Body Armour, ASP, Cuffs & Radio). Was a very good night with a polished and professional ceremony that did everybody proud. We have another month of training now before we go operational... :D

  3. My Application was sent off yesterday evening at approx 19:15pm I should think they have recieved it or they will by tomorrow. I will now wait for a letter from them within the next week. I will tehn update you abit more of how this is going :D

    Thanks

    Steve

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    SamKS
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    Just handed in my application form for West Mids'.

    I ended up stapling 2 sides of A4 to the application for the 'why do you want to join?' simply because they asked for block capitals and I couldn't say enough things in such a tiny space that they provided!

    Waiting for a response now, so wish me luck!

    I am 18yo by the way :D

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    foxblue
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    I am so proud today. I passed my interview!

    This really is one of the proudest moments of my life. I can't wait to put the uniform on and start working as part of the team. Thank you to the guys and girls who have helped me with information and support.

  4. My radio spoke to me the other day.

    They/it wanted me to go vist one of our frequent callers re harrasment. Now I really hate these jobs.

    'Maker of your own misery?' you bet! an affair had gone wrong and now she was reaping what she sowed. somebody somewhere would have been glad of a visit but we were busy dealing with this tripe.

    I have a lot of time for traffic officers. But a little giggle could not be helped when one came into the office and needed to use one of our vehilces. they then retruned some 5 mins later stating the keys were stuck in the lock.

    SKODA keys it would appear do fit FORD'S.

    mind how you go....

  5. Hello again,

    I have just check my email and recieved a response to my question about joining the British Transport Police as a Special Constable. And they told me that I would have to consult my doctor for permission because of my Aspergers Syndrome, and they also told me that they don't have the resources to review every question deeply :rolleyes: . I wonder if they mean no by this reply?. Now I'am worried if they will reject my application aswell :rolleyes: .

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    well what can i say, ive been with kent for a while now, i still love the fun and frolics on a sat and fri night as well as some of the more interesting ops that go on, north kent is very busy indeed with a full range of delight and some not so delightful characters, we are under going some very interesting changes at present with some really putting a few noses out of joint fortunatley not mine as yet, i drive, i run well some times when im not driving, its sometimes better to get some of the newer ones running now thanmy good self and now im in a more favoured role its all good, but being responsible for role developments and general street skills is still a pleasent feeling, even if sometime you have to shout alittle louder for some of them to understand but i guess we were all new at some stage.

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    Jaws
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    Hurrow,

    It's been a while, but whilst im sitting here, allowing the flu bug to fester in me i have decided it's about time i kicked off writting a blog again. Since i seem to forget what i do on a week to week basis it would be a good idea to be able to actually remmember.

    Who am i?

    Well im not too sure on that one, i was recently described as a ###### (Really original) and on other occasions i have actually heard a few nice things about me (Rare commodity compliments i tell you..)

    Writting a blog is a strange thing for me, as im a very private person, only opening up to those i sort of trust- abeit i am sometimes too trusting and have found that out the hardway. But it's also a nice way to be sure of yourself, ultimatly holding your own resolve and standing your ground is somthing i have learnt to do and possibly one of the only things i can say i am proud of.

    In my real life i am a Apprentice for a Railway Company in London, i should be out of my time as they call it this year, if i get my finger out, but since i was recently told that they have never seen my ever lift a spanner (Load of bollox) then that may be a while off. In my spare time i still follow my profession, protecting them as a Special Constable. I joined after finding myself more than frustraited by the London Bombings, where ultimatly i felt my livlihood was being threatened.

    I will not stand to see people being intimidated, and that one day is somthing that changed my view on life. It made me realise how short it is, and just as lucky we are to be here, it can be so easilly taken away from us. Im a Londoner, born and bread, and having just won the olympics and being on such a high i was slightly disilusioned as the underground went "AMBER" and for the next 10 hours i found myself at Waterloo dealing with the 1000's of stranded commuters. I wanted to do more, i wanted to be a asset, to help those who have helped me.

    So thats that, me, simple.

  6. Hello my pretties.

    Just a quick update on the process of my regs application. I got it through the post.... I filled it in, after writing out the competancy questions 1,000,000 times on photocopied pages and finally sent it off...

    ... through recorded delivery :rolleyes:

    I did this yesterday and Royal Mail will confirm with me when it arrives, and then the whole long winded application process will begin. I so hope that I get through, I must start my physical training and my reading up as soon as possible... :rolleyes:

    Anyhoo, that's what's happened with my regular application and I imagine that I won't have much to say about that for quite some time now so we'll see how that goes...

    I shall update my fellow patrons if any information should arise that isn't boring...

    Dan

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    Ah well, here goes, never done anything like this before. :rolleyes:

    I posted my application form off to WYP early September. Since then I have checked the letterbox every day hoping there would be good news. It was like been a kid again waiting for your Birthday.

    Then on Saturday (20th) the letter arrived stating "we are pleased to inform you that you have passed the shortlist and the Special Liaison Officer will be in touch to arrange an interview and written test". :rolleyes:

    You watch I will get my interview within the next 2 weeks when i'm on Jury Service.

    Anyway must dash as i'm at work! I will keep you posted.

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    James D
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    This is my first blog I should have started this a month ago but been too lazy :rolleyes: Im training with surrey specials its hard gong so much to take in and as for the exam it sounds a nightmare by all accounts :rolleyes: anyone got any tips.(and don't say give up)

    I've just finished my first aid which im happy to say i past we have our skills development coming up this weekend its time to see if the learning has played off can any one help me with theft 9 1(a and 9 1(b what's the difference they seem the same to me.

    To any one thinking of going into the specials do it I had been thinking about it for years but only now took the chance to do it and I cant believe I have. good luck to any one that is training I will update this soon and let you know how im getting on.

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    Hi all... here is my blog.... my very own Operation Met Special.

    I have already spent some time looking around the forum and it has been really useful so thanks to everyone.

    Hopefully this blog may help other aspiring Met Specials as they read about my progress, thoughts, views and opinions.

    I have already started a fairly lengthy thread HERE

    As you can see I have had concerns over my fitness but I am please to say I am now knocking out 600 metres in just over 2 minutes so I should be OK on the Beep test (famous last words I know)

    Progress to Date

    I sent my application online and this has now been acknowledged by The Met.

    I have completed my medical questionnaire and substance misuse declaration but need to send them back by snail mail.

    Just a case of waiting then, I'm eager to get stuck in really and get the application phases out of the way (with success I hope).

    More to follow...

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    SGGH
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    Brand new system eh? I guess I could get used to it. Anyone who actually wants to know who I am can read my diary at the now defunct section, but suffice to say I am a Uni student at Exeter and a Special in Avon and Somerset. Had a phone message yesterday to call the AO today, that's about it for news really.

  7. Well it's time to reinvent my diary as a Blog, since Lord Vader, site owner, has decided to close the Dear Diary section to encourage more Blogs to be used.

    A great idea really - since once I left the Special Constabulary in February 2006, there was no need to add anything really!

    I've added all my diary entries into this blog which took time, but it's done now. I can now add bits and bobs at random which I look forward to.

    Since I left the Police I've kept myself busy with work - it's an easy job - in fact the easiest I've ever had!

    There is some restructuring going on, but so far I'm unaffected.

    Marathon Man

    I ran the Paris Marathon in April this year with my Sister - a great experience and one I'll treasure for life. We completed the run in 5 hours 42 minutes - and the last couple of miles were sheer hell! But finish we did, and a nice big medal to be proud of.

    Football

    It's time to get my son into football. In July I visited the Crystal Palace club shop to buy him and I the Palace shirt! Expensive, but a necessity!

    My son is six now, and on Saturday 1st September I took him to his first ever football match at Selhurts Park (home of the mighty Crystal Palace Football Club) versus Charlton Athletic. I hadn't been for a long time, but my Dad used to take me to almost every home game, and it was time for me to assume that role.

    My Dad passed away in March 1998, and this was to prove an emotional day for me.

    We arrived at the ground at 2pm an hour before kick off. Nothing has changed - the place is exactly the same as when I was last here, some 15 years earlier. It's a bit neater and tidier, and one of the stands has been rebuilt as a two tier, but that's it. I looked around with a tear in my eye as I remembered my Dad who was almost a professional footballer himself, having trials for Fulham and Chelsea back in his day.

    He had a lot of ties to the club, working there briefly at one time, and as well as taking me to matches, also took me to training and my matches when I used to play for Crystal Palace as a youth. I used to know most of the Crystal Palace team - most notably Ian Wright, who went on to play for Arsenal and England and now works extensively on TV as a pundit and also has his own shows now and again.

    I think about Dad all the time and can only imagine how proud he would be sitting in the stands with his grandson watching his boys in red and blue. I'll do my best to give my son what he gave me - it's a hard act to follow, but I'll give it my best shot Dad.

    I have a picture of me presenting Ian Wright with a Player Of The Year Award in (I think) 1987:

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    Just ignore the terrible hair cut!!

    Back to matchday - we lost 1-0 to Charlton, but had an enjoyable day.

    I also went with a friend to see Palace draw 1-1 with Coventry last Tuesday evening - a bit disappointing again but another enjoyable visit to the place where I have so many great memories.

    Palace won yesterday though against Sheffield United - 3-2, winning with a penalty in the last minute. Typically though, I didn't go to watch this one - maybe I'm a jinx every time I go and watch them play. We'll see next time :(

    It's been a busy weekend with a party for my two kids at the local ball pit and play centre and a meal afterwards. They had a great day and are now tucked up in bed, which is where I'll be soon before another week at work.

  8. Moley
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    well it's almost a year since i updated this (i forgot i started a blog) B-)

    There has been alot of changes in nearly a year since i last updated this.

    Normal job

    Normal work has totaly changed, i'm now the second longest serving in my department (the other has been here for 28 years). i am now the supervisor for my department and have to look after approximatley 14 staff 5 of which are brand new to the world of work this week, there is 6 differant sections to my department which is set to get very busy around xmas time (oh joy).

    Policing

    As you know i was doing alot with target over last xmas time, officers that worked with target got offered to move to the OSU (operational support unit) division. I accepted this offer and moved to the OSU from Keighley division of which i have served at since i started (thanks to the officers from kly). We have done loads of duties working as serials in and around the west yorkshire area, these include incidents of disorder around the force area and also doing warrants. The thing i like about the OSU is you never know where you are going to be or what your oing to be doing, one minute we could be marked down to work in bradford and could be sent to leeds or anywhere if they are short.

    I eventually got my flat hat thanks to the inspectors and other senior officers from my new division, they had to fight for it for me (i was resigning myself to buying a childs version of the hat with a toy badge on the front) i better not loose it now. :aok:

    well thats all bye

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    SC_Dime
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    I thought I make my first post on my blog a induction.

    I am Luke Cameron, I am a Computer Network Technician in Plymouth, I regular guy I am into computer games, cars, gym, music, films and the Police.

    Currently starting training for Devon and Cornwall Police Plymouth BCU. So many my blogs will be about that and when I start duty.

    I will try and keep it updated the best I can but you know how these things work.

    Luke :aok:

  9. Dogs of Blackpool
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    Over 2000 hits, am impressed. As I have now left Iraq and working somewere else, have written a blog at an alternate facility inpreperation for a book about all my exploits.

    If your intrested let me know and I may give you the address for the new blog.

    Stay Safe and you never know I may see you some time as you never know when Big Brother is watching.

  10. Well, as Kryten from Red Dwarf once said, "Spin my nipple nuts and send me to Alaska".

    Today has been one of those days whereby no matter what I say or how I've said it, or how it's meant, someone has taken offence.

    It started at the paper shop this morning when I asked for the P & J (local NE/Northern Scotland daily broadsheet). The newsagent, bless, gave me the Currant Bun instead. I simply remarked (lightheartedly) that I wasn't in the mood for breasts and gossip. However, he retorted by saying, we're not all clever gits now are we? Somewhat stunned, I left. Minus the P&J. B-)

    Next faux pas happened with a punter that we were moving stuff for. "Having any luck in buying a new property?" I genuinely enquired. "Absolutely none of your damn business" was the answer. Well pardon me for being polite and trying to make conversation.

    3rd strike came when I telephoned a client and mistakenly thought I was speaking to the lady of the household when actually it was her husband (must tell BT to check that line again B-) ).

    And finally, a forum post earlier tonight.

    So, if you find some offence at this blog entry, well........Tough. I've had enough and I'm off to bed. That way I can definitely keep my big gob shut for a few hours anyway. :aok:

    Gaz

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    kim123
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    Hi All, I was just wondering if anyone could help.

    I have decided to apply to be a special in Birmingham but have recently found out that I have had a default put on my credit file for missing two £16 payment. Do you know if this will affect there decision to accept me as I have read different things on the internet. Obviously as soon as I found out I completely cleared the outstanding amount on the account and closed it.

    Any advise would help.

    Thanks

    Kim