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  1. INPT or Response

    Hello all, I'm not a serving officer, but I believe that PCs generally work either Neighbourhood policing or Response now, at least in GMP, if not all over the UK? I wondered which role most PCs choose, response or neighbourhood? I know this will be a personal choice dependant upon a number of factors but I wondered if there was more competition for one over the other? As I understand it, response officers cover the 24hr period whereas neighbourhood officers cover 07.00-00.00 (no shifts between 00.00 and 07.00).
  2. Drugs and buyers - who to stop

    Hi Beaker, thanks for that. It's difficult to gauge what constitutes 'reasonable grounds' to search somebody, but I'm not currently an officer so haven't had any training on the issue. It's an interesting topic as I'm sure it's quite subjective.
  3. Drugs and buyers - who to stop

    Thanks for the reply Beaker - I assume, if some dealers only carry enough for the arranged meet, that it's quite difficult to prove who the prolific dealers are? Lets say that you went after male #2 (the customer) and asked a few questions but you weren't satisfied with the answers and you believed that he's in possession of a controlled substance. You search him and find drugs - does this then give you enough grounds to stop male #1 if you see him in the same location on the same day 'loitering' ?
  4. Drugs and buyers - who to stop

    Let's say there intel on the area for drug offences, but the two males at this point in time are not known to you. If either male #1 or male #2 dart off from you, is this grounds to give chase and conduct a stop search? (Providing they have no explanation as to why they saw you and ran). My concern with searching male No2 is that yes, he may have drugs on him, but without seeing exactly what was handed to him you can't say for sure that male No 1 is a dealer/supplier. Therefore you may catch a customer but not the dealer. My concern with searching male No1 is that he may have nothing else on him except for cash, and potentially you've lost out on stopping male No2 and finding drugs.
  5. You're on routine foot patrol, alone. You turn a corner and witness male No1 hand something to another male No2 in exchange for cash. You're not sure what male No1 handed to male No2. Both see you, and quickly walk away in different directions. Who, if anybody, do you speak to / stop (bearing in mind you're alone and they're now heading in different directions) and would you have grounds to search either of the males? Thanks.
  6. Thanks for your thoughts BobCat - good point about Regulars knowing more due to experiencing more.. One friend who is now a PC (from a Special) did mention that the learning curve once out of training is huge. So your comment does tally. 201594 - good point, I think at one time people had 'jobs for life' but with the pace at which businesses, organisations etc now move at, I suppose more people are changing employment now than ever before.
  7. Thanks for your thoughts 201549, you make some interesting points! I've spoken to a number of Reg's as I know a few from my days as a Special and also have friends who have joined full-time. While they aren't always 100% happy, they all seem to focus on the 'good side' of the job, which I guess is key to a long and fulfilling career in the police. I'm quite young myself, but I always feel that by now I should be 'settled' in a career that I want to do for the rest of my working life.. Trouble is, do I know what that career is?!
  8. Fortunately I could as I'm quite young and have no dependents. Financially it would initially be a pay-cut, but within a few years of climbing the increments I'd be back to earning what I am now. Ultimately, with a PC's increments reaching £34,000 (I think that's correct?) I'd be better off. I just don't want to regret any decision to leave my current employment and join as a PC.
  9. Thank very much for the replies, very insightful. Great news, glad to hear that your friend is excelling in the service. My current job is well paid, flexible, and altogether not that difficult.. therein lies the problem that is isn't challenging, can be tedious, and there is limited scope for 'climbing the ladder'. I am yes. It's something that I've always wanted to do.. I know that I shouldn't be put off by the less-than-positive views of others, but a lot of them are very valid. As I said earlier, I loved serving in the Special Constabulary, my only gripe being that the training wasn't very in-depth (which impacted on not only my confidence, but also the jobs that I could attend and follow through to the end). I think I'd enjoy the role even more given the extensive training that regular officers receive.
  10. Thanks for the reply SupuraSW1. I hear a lot that a good number of full-time officers are looking for a way out of the police service - what surprises me is that this was once viewed as a 'job for life'. I was a Special for 5 years and I loved it, and I'd hate for my love of policing to dwindle if ever I became a PC.. It's difficult to weigh up the pros and cons without having ever been a PC though! Did your friend give any specific reasons for wanting to leave the service? Jre.
  11. Hi everybody. I've often wondered if people regret becoming PC's for whatever reason. With pay and conditions being what they are, the low morale that we hear so much about, funding cuts and under-staffing, do any SC's or external MoP's regret becoming police officers? I know of one Special Constable who went on to become a PC, and who now wishes that they hadn't. Of course, everybody is different, but I'd like to get other peoples views. Many thanks, Jre.