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  1. Exactly my words to the Commander who attested me.But it's ok, he left to head up another Constabulary :D
  2. Basic Driving Test (A-to-B)

    Mine also included Met specific policy questions - when to 54 the car, how to do it, who to notify etc. on top of the highway code questions! The practical was literally five minutes up the road to make sure you can physically drive.
  3. What would YOU do?

    S164 of the RTA creates an offence of failing to provide your licence when required to do so by a constable. Necessity of arrest- ascertain name and address. It is a statutory defence for him to prove that he produced it to a police station within 7 days of the requirement. The act actually explicitly states that the purpose of this is to ascertain name, address, date of issue and authority by which it was issued. Anyone want a laugh? This old gem will make your day and should be shown in basic training:
  4. Warrant card, driving permit, Oyster, piece of paper with something written on it that a friend gave me - to cheer me up on a wet cordon
  5. First duty tonight - tips

    Also: WM flashes when someone has conditions attached to, e.g. a harassment order, telling them not to go somewhere, contact someone etc. So, while you do often arrest for a WM offence, most WM flashes I've come across are for bail conditions and the like. If the conditions of bail are not to enter SE13, for example, and you come across him in that area, "you're nicked sunshine, you're coming along with me" (this part may make more sense to people who have done basic training in the Met).
  6. Videos on handcuffing and restraining suspects

    Did anyone see that the female officer approached with her cuffs out? That is definitely not what the OST instructors teach and you will fail your assessment if you remove your cuffs ten yards from the suspect, not to mention before you even know whether you'll need them or not. And then, she didn't use them anyway.
  7. Drugs and buyers - who to stop

    I have two grounds so far - something changing hands and the two men walking away on sight of a police officer. I don't know what it is at this point, but on the balance of probability, something unsavoury, as I think they don't want to talk to me (let's assume I used deodorant). My actions would be as follows: shout out asking the males to stop - if they don't, pursue Male 2; he'll either do a runner, in which case, one more ground, or he'll stop, in which case I ask him what he was doing; depending on his answers, I may search him or let him go. I would be confident to search based on this. If there's intel on drug dealing in the area, that's gravy. Good point above about the police doing their job - I would not mind being searched at all if it keeps us safe. After all, I consent to a search when I go through airport security.
  8. I'm a Special and I've gone out with regulars and with MSC. The MSC shifts I do are almost always the best fun, because we get freedom to take the calls we most want to and don't get bogged down in the boring stuff like constant watch and cordons. There will be some things your officers can do that specials can't - most MSC aren't level 3 trained and aren't allowed to use TASER, so pair them on response shifts with the TASER officers and in the smart Beamers. Setting up some regular meets with the Special Inspector would be a good idea, too. My borough is generally decent on specials, because officers are so thin on the ground; as a result of this, we're used in meaningful operational business handling I-grades and doing the whole primary investigation (except for interviews). Because we're given freedom and respect, we stay on until the job's done - it may mean sitting in hospital until 7am, but that's the nature of the beast. Best of luck getting your specials more involved - find some decent ones and grow it from there.
  9. offensive weapon or not

    If I saw someone wielding what appeared to be an offensive weapon, I'd be afraid for my safety. I was thinking affray too. If not that, then breach of the peace.
  10. When do you carry your Warrant Card?

    Yes, I do. I use an MPS Oyster, and I might be asked to prove my identity, as TFL does check tickets quite often. I've only needed to flash it once, when I came across an old lady on the street who'd tripped and busted her nose. Members of the public had called an ambulance and so on, but I felt that I couldn't keep asking questions about it without some authority; she was fine in the end but it did help calm people down a bit when I turned up. I agree that if you're the kind of person who gets so out of control on a night out that you would wave around your warrant card, you have bigger problems and you probably shouldn't be out in the first place. I feel reassured by the presence of my warrant card. I probably wouldn't use it in a violent situation, but I might if there was some low level antisocial activity and a low chance of something kicking off.
  11. I think I've misunderstood. Are you saying you think that you can't search someone in the public areas of a shop?
  12. I have revealed my secret alter-ego as a crime-fighting superhero on two occasions. 1. I was changing buses when I saw a huddle of MOPs. it turns out an old lady had taken a fall and smacked her face on the pavement. She was conscious and there was a passing nurse present, LAS had been called. I had a quick chat with her and convinced her to wait for the ambulance - she wanted to go home - and, having satisfied myself that there had been no crime, I went on my way. I was on the clock, so I didn't think I could justify just hanging around for the sake of it. I only showed my badge when someone knitted their brow at all my questions. 2. I was heading home with a colleague from a of a shift when we saw a man marching another man in a police hold down the street. Being concerned, we called them over and found out that they were friends and one of them (drunk and not a native English-speaker) had been mugged. LAS were called, as one had blood on him, but as he was conscious and there were no signs of injury (other than dried blood, possibly from his nose or his attacker) they said they'd be an hour. I called 999 - for the first time in my life - , identified myself as a police officer and, as we were 5 minutes from the police station, a response car turned up before I'd hung up. The two officers took over and we went home. I only had to show my warrant card to an hysterical and possibly mike-hotel member of the public who was screaming about us doing it wrong. As a rule of thumb, I do not show my warrant in public. I watch events if I think there's a crime being committed. If there is a risk to life or I think that the suspect will leave before help arrives, I would CONSIDER getting involved. I am acutely conscious that off duty, I have no PPE, no radio and no-one watching my back. The arsey guy whose car has just been bumped into by a careless motorist may have all kinds of gear on him that could do me harm. Also, I don't know about other Force areas, but in the capital, some people really don't like the police and identifying yourself as such might be enough to get you a kicking. So in short, don't do it unless the risks of not doing it is greater than the risks of doing it.
  13. An excellently formulated and terse reply, thank you.
  14. First duty tonight - tips

    How did it go? My advice to people doing their first shift is to not expect to be any good at anything. You're fresh off the boat and although you're going to be good at the law (probably better than your colleagues), you'll suck at procedure, which is 90% of the job, so listen, be keen and volunteer. The routine stuff will be second nature to old sweats, so make them aware that you want to learn and ask them to walk you through it. Everyone likes being a smartass, so giving a jaded constable the chance to feel wanted isn't just good for you, it is positive for your colleagues, too. I find that the most valuable quality in policing is positivity - don't be disheartened if you fail, you're there to help and your job really makes a difference.
  15. So, first duty....

    Glad you had a good first duty! Sage words on knob-fiddling from PC Goody. I'm terrible for it, but it's because some people whisper into their radio and some people shout. I was out on Halloween and it wasn't too bad, despite the odd firework hurled in my direction and a brisk 400 yard sprint when someone pushed the orange button!