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#1 cfnbryn

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:42 PM

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http://npia.police.u...13093.htm#Wales

Dyfed Powys Police would be the first to admit that previously, despite a lot of good work being carried out locally, there was a lack of force vision, structure and corporacy in regard to the Special Constabulary (SC). However, the commitment that this Force has demonstrated to their SC during last 6 months has resulted in significant developments and improvements.

A new Force infrastructure was introduced and members of this team meet regularly to take forward the development of the SC and are currently delivering effective road shows across the Force area to reengage with their SC, inform them of the good work being carried out and taking onboard feedback from their officers.

The Force has embraced the recommendations of the National Strategy and have committed to introducing the National Recruitment Standards, Initial Learning for Special Constables and they have developed new procedures which will facilitate the collation of duty hours for the first time in this force and as a result will now be able to complete the national performance management Balanced Scorecard.

Work has recently been completed to reintroduce a SC rank structure and the profile of the SC has been significantly raised with the launch of an internal SC page on the Intranet, a commitment to dedicated space in their internal publications and regular articles being published in the local press. They continue to actively recruit and are utilising Employer Supported Policing (ESP) to assist following their commitment to the introduction ESP in force.

This Force has achieved a remarkable amount of excellent work in a very short space of time and are committed to continue this work to improve the motivation, retention and effectiveness of their Special Constabulary.


As the article above says, there are changes happening in Dyfed-powys' special constabulary, which include a re-introduced rank structure, Employer supported policing (with various levels), and many more changes which should improve our special constabulary. Also This should make the SC of DPP more professional and organised.
There have been four roadshows over the past month or so, one in each division.
The future looks good! :)

#2 W.H

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:51 AM

Good news indeed.

Read that article in work the other day, good to have some form of recognition.

Just hope we can carry it on.

Shall be trying my hand when it comes to the rank structure in any case.

Edited by W.H, 29 September 2010 - 01:54 AM.


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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:15 AM

Good news indeed.

Read that article in work the other day, good to have some form of recognition.

Just hope we can carry it on.

Shall be trying my hand when it comes to the rank structure in any case.



Aye it is great news, and I to really hope the good work continues.
I am looking at the rank structure and thinking I may as well give it a go. Is the Intranet page up yet?

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 10:17 AM

Sounds all great! Is the recruitment process changing at all?

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:31 PM

I believe we now follow the national recruitment standards, so yes it will be slightly different to the Recruitment process that I posted on this website.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:24 PM

Aye it is great news, and I to really hope the good work continues.
I am looking at the rank structure and thinking I may as well give it a go. Is the Intranet page up yet?


Not that i've come across as yet. It could be hidden anywhere on the intranet and not found for years, there's that many pages on there.

Any particular rank you like the look of?

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:52 PM

Not that i've come across as yet. It could be hidden anywhere on the intranet and not found for years, there's that many pages on there.

Any particular rank you like the look of?



Well depending on how many there will be per section... special sergeant, or special inspector. Probably sergeant though,

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 02:16 AM

Intranet site is now up and running. It's what i'd deem "interesting" Posted Image

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 05:22 PM

Intranet site is now up and running. It's what i'd deem "interesting" Posted Image



How many pictures of me are on it?
Hmmm... Im in tomorrow for a late/night shift... will have a look at it then and will report back, and possibly send you an internal heckle/email about it!

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 07:40 PM

How many pictures of me are on it?
Hmmm... Im in tomorrow for a late/night shift... will have a look at it then and will report back, and possibly send you an internal heckle/email about it!


Did see one of you.

Its just a bit empty at the moment, needs beefing up.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 05:48 PM

Well I have just done days one and two of the 'new' specials course. Should be interesting.

For general information the course runs over six months and includes four fitness tests and at least two exams with a final written exam at the end.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 10:44 AM

Well I have just done days one and two of the 'new' specials course. Should be interesting.

For general information the course runs over six months and includes four fitness tests and at least two exams with a final written exam at the end.



Was nice to meet you this weekend Sam, and thought the training was well delivered, and am looking forward to the next weekend of training !

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 04:51 PM

Glad you both enjoyed.

Where are you both hoping to be based?

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 05:27 PM

I'll be in Tenby

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 06:02 PM

I'll be in Tenby


Keep you busy down there anyway. Know a few of the specials in Tenby.

How many are on your course and any idea where they're all going?

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 06:48 PM

Keep you busy down there anyway. Know a few of the specials in Tenby.

How many are on your course and any idea where they're all going?



Hi W.H Im off to Brecon, dont know what its like there

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 06:52 PM

Keep you busy down there anyway. Know a few of the specials in Tenby.

How many are on your course and any idea where they're all going?


There's 18 in the group so fairly large and they are from all over the place, newtown haverfordwest, carmarthen area, aberystwyth - a good mix

Although at 35 I'm the oldest one there!

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:31 PM

There's 18 in the group so fairly large and they are from all over the place, newtown haverfordwest, carmarthen area, aberystwyth - a good mix

Although at 35 I'm the oldest one there!


I think a few on my course felt like that! Even though we had a very good mix of young and older. All of us got on really, really well and its just good fun.

I'm a Carmarthen officer so was curious if anyone you knew of was coming my way.

Are you staying in HQ? I did and it was good fun, out in town after we finished every weekend socialising, getting to know everyone.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:42 PM

I think a few on my course felt like that! Even though we had a very good mix of young and older. All of us got on really, really well and its just good fun.

I'm a Carmarthen officer so was curious if anyone you knew of was coming my way.

Are you staying in HQ? I did and it was good fun, out in town after we finished every weekend socialising, getting to know everyone.


Yes I stayed in HQ - although I didn't go out this weekend with the others as I had a load of work to catch up on. As the courses are fridays and saturdays I'm having to work the morning and then use annual holiday for the rest of the day. Hopefully I'll be better organised by the next weekend.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:38 AM

Yes I stayed in HQ - although I didn't go out this weekend with the others as I had a load of work to catch up on. As the courses are fridays and saturdays I'm having to work the morning and then use annual holiday for the rest of the day. Hopefully I'll be better organised by the next weekend.


I had to take quite a bit of Annual leave as well and I work for the Force anyway, so it felt a bit strange using my A/L to help them, but hey ho, don't regret it at all.

Are all of your courses just Friday/Saturday or do you have some three day weekends as well? Must be quite an inconvenience to expect people to give up six months of weekends. If I had to give up that amount I would never have been able to arrange all that time off, working shifts.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:49 AM

I would suggest socialising during your training if you can, it helps you bond more as a class and sometimes makes you look forward to the training a bit more despite the death by powerpoint sessions in class.
I was the youngest on my training intake last year, being just 18 at the time.

WH If you check the special constabulary page on the intranet then you will see a list of all the new specials and where they will be stationed. None for AA though which is a shame, yet 5 for AX. Cant quite remember how many are going to AC.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 12:11 PM

I would suggest socialising during your training if you can, it helps you bond more as a class and sometimes makes you look forward to the training a bit more despite the death by powerpoint sessions in class.
I was the youngest on my training intake last year, being just 18 at the time.

WH If you check the special constabulary page on the intranet then you will see a list of all the new specials and where they will be stationed. None for AA though which is a shame, yet 5 for AX. Cant quite remember how many are going to AC.


Haven't looked at it for a week or two now, not since I saw your photo on it Posted ImagePosted Image

In fairness, AX need a few more, though they are one of the better staffed outstations in the division at the moment.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 05:07 PM

Haven't looked at it for a week or two now, not since I saw your photo on it Posted ImagePosted Image

In fairness, AX need a few more, though they are one of the better staffed outstations in the division at the moment.


Oooooh cheeky git, :evil: Just you wait Mr West!

Yeah but as a smaller station, it's not always manned etc, especially on weekends similar to Llandeilo and Llandovery. I would have thought sending them to AA and them being moved down to AX when needed might be better... or is that just me being biased?

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 06:50 PM

Its definately an "experiance" staying overnight at HQ the heat in the bedrooms is unbearable lol, even with the windows open, i think the whole class commented on this after the first night lol

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:17 PM

Whats wrong with the headquarters saunas?!
How many are coming to aber? i know ill forget to look on the intranet when i go in so can someone just tell me please?




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