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  1. Just boggles my mind really...
  2. Mine initial consisted of "got a driving license?" Sure, you can drive. Followed by the compliant stop training and I tell no word of a lie; the DT got out a road roll mat with some toy police cars and demonstrated on the roll mat how to pull vehicles over...
  3. The last thing officers want when they're dealing with a situation is someone filming in their faces or trying to interject. The officers are there to deal with a job and they need to deal with it appropriately and correctly. This is hard enough given the nature of the work officers deal with, without having to worry about someone else adding to their concerns and potentially causing issues. I would also advise against not to just "join up" with officers and follow them around. By all means go and talk and engage with them, but following them around is just weird and yes, it's an uneasy feeling. How would you feel if you were in a group of your friends and somebody whom you don't know is constantly following you around and filming you? It'd certainly make me feel uncomfortable. If your goal is to engage with police and see how they work, do it the way your local sergeant mentioned. Apply for a ride along and that way you can ask all the questions about situations and see why they deal with things in those ways. You won't be allowed to film however.
  4. I think it's usually around 21 inches. I have a side break scabbard, unsure the maker of which though. It's good, but i believe they're pretty expensive if not issued to you.
  5. Special at 18. PC at 20.
  6. Depends on what you want. Do you wish to see if you'd like the job first and get a snippet of what policing is like first before committing? If so, join as a special and see how you feel. If you're adamant you want to do it as a career then apply now. There's no point in joining as a special if you're dead set on doing it full time. I joined as a special first to see if I'd like it, and I really enjoyed it so joined as a regular. However I must warn you that being a special is a lot different than being a regular in the work sense, etc. No harm in applying whilst you're a special though and seeing how it plays out!
  7. I always sign at the end of the day to confirm that I am happy with the notes that have been written in there. * Not for this specific reason of course, my PNB is never left unattended!!
  8. Was a special at 18 and joined as a regular age 20. Age is just a number as said, although some "baby jokes" may follow!! That's all part of the fun though :-) I have since decided to grow a beard and thankfully the above has now ceased... Haha
  9. You're right, luckily my colleague was nice!! I've heard horror stories of stuff much much worse!
  10. A&S start on the highest bracket - £22.6k or something like that. However, this means that there's no pay rise for completing tutorship and what not.
  11. Yeah, never leave your note book unattended!! The same can be said for leaving your computer unlocked. My colleague left her terminal open and throughout the next few weeks had hundreds of old newspapers turning up as per 'her' request!!
  12. I wouldn't say it's so much the 'us and them' approach, more so just management being a bit short sighted. They tried to do throws before in a precious force of mine and soon realised it was going wrong, so reversed it. I wouldn't worry too much.
  13. I was a SC so of course I am favourable towards them as I know how I felt when I first joined. Thankfully when I started I joined a great response team who were pro specials. Now that I'm a reg I love it when I see a special come out on my team. Some of them know more than me police wise so it's always handy to have them around and it's nice to see a new face now and then. Of course you're always going to have that "us and them" culture. Some regs see specials as a waste of time, or "hobby bobbies" or whatever. This is also the same for PCSO's. That's just the way it is. I'm not saying it's right or wrong but with the way things are going at the moment, especially in my district; officers are so bogged down with jobs and paperwork it's exhausting. Several on my team have been signed off with stress, and just don't have time to do assist in guiding the specials and developing them. This is part of the issue in the fact that we have no time to develop you guys. Some develop the "oh he/she's useless and no help to me" so fob you off kind of thing. However, if you stick at it and muck in you will soon be accepted. I've been there, many other colleagues have been there. Just show willing to help and give it your all and you can't go far wrong. Oh and bring in cakes. Lots of cakes
  14. Oh I was referring to standard response courses, blue lights, etc. I think every special should be allowed a-b and compliant stop off the cuff.
  15. I don't think a standard driving course is a necessity for specials. Taser I agree should be made open as they're a matter of officer safety, but a driving course is more of a Gucci side on. If a special is independent and is doing a certain amount of hours for a course to be of any use then perhaps, but to give specials a standard course off the cuff I don't agree with. I had this opinion when I was a special, and I still have it now.