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andituk last won the day on June 23 2014

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  1. Common offences as a special

    Depends what type of special you are. I got involved in all sorts, but I know specials who only ever did night time economy stuff, so only really did public order stuff
  2. Unless his mate was at risk of being killed imminently, which he didn't seem to be, I can't see how you could ever really justify booting someone round the head.
  3. Charging Suspects in Custody

    Our sgts make the charge/new decision, and they definitely make bail decisions! Also when I said never earlier, I didn't literally mean never, it'd just highly unusual.
  4. Charging Suspects in Custody

    Our sgts never charge. I've charged before because I just happened to be stood doing nothing at the time. Here, it's just a case of reading off a screen.
  5. Expenses

    It'll vary force to force. We used to get expenses for travel during training (not for food though, as that was provided). We couldn't claim back medical cost though.
  6. Places you've been, things you've done

    Helped out training new Firearms trainers. They got to practice their practical skills, and we spent two days on the range!
  7. GMP are phasing out the connects soon apparently. They'll be switching to bigger vans. So I heard anyway..
  8. Places you've been, things you've done

    Fired a Glock handgun. Not many ways to do that legally in the UK now!
  9. I remember being told stories of the officers who had to attend this RTC in which their own colleague had been horrifically killed. The van rolled over onto his head and torso, I think we can all imagine the scene they arrived to. You gain very little by not wearing your seatbelt. A few seconds earlier out of the car at best.
  10. Yes, but it's very rare we transport in cars, and when we do it's only for the most compliant prisoners, and they're always cuffed to the rear. There's more chance of being injured in an rtc imo.
  11. Dispatcher Stories

    How often do comms address you by rank anyway?
  12. Cocaine Possession in NTE

    I'm done the following before. Dealing with a drunk arguing in the road intending to s27 him, when he admits to having cocaine. Search him and seize the bag. Take all his details, confirm them with the relevant checks, then s27'd him. Next day got the drugs tested, then rang him and arranged for him to come in. Quick interview, then cautioned. We could have locked him up, but this seemed a perfectly acceptable solution in the circumstances.
  13. Dispatcher Stories

    Two points others have mentioned, but I'd reinforce.. 1 - If there's an emergency activation, get the map up and see where they are straight away. Don't waste time asking what the location is over and over. The mapping system might not be perfect, but it's better than not knowing. 2 - I've turned up at a job where a MoP overheard on a PCSO who was already on scene's radio that there were "some specials" en route. The moment I got out of the van we were ambushed by an AP who wanted to know why his call didn't get a "real police officer". Not ideal, and there was no need for the phrase to be used on the radio. "A patrol is en route", or our collar numbers would have been fine. If it's necessary to differentiate, then fine, but if not don't. That comms op wouldn't have said "There's some regulars en route", so why say specials?
  14. Restricted Hours

    A set limit is a daft idea, as everyone's circumstances are different. I managed almost 160 hours one month last year, but that was with admin as a sgt, training, travel time etc. It was December too, so most was fine whilst off work. That was perfectly manageable and far from 'dangerous', but for someone who does a stressful day job working long hours, 50 hours would be too much. Good management is monitoring your officers, not their statistics.
  15. Restricted Hours

    That's more a restriction on being an idiot than on hours..