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  1. Seems that Durham are soon to switch from bars to chevrons and pips for specials holding the rank of sergeant and above. As per the photo - link above to SC Chief Officer's twitter - the SC crown features as well. The SC crown only features on rank eppaulettes and won't be on SC eppaulettes for "integration" reasons. Although I personally wouldn't want to wear chevrons or stripes as a special, I like the sound of some other things that Durham are doing, such as requiring you to sit exams for promotion similar to the regulars. Not so sure I actually agree with special ranks full stop - I would like to see a regular sergeant managing their division's specials, but that's a different story. I do not agree, however, with what sounds like plans to allow specials to hold the same powers of the equivalent regular ranks, i.e. A special inspector being able to authorise sec. 18 searches. I'm also absolutely against any special being able to supervise/ manage regular officers. To sum it up: development = good, but let's be realistic about what the special constabulary is - no special is going to be as experienced as a regular officer, by virtue that they do the job day in day out, not just two shifts a week. thoughts?
  2. Saw this yesterday: A Transit van parked wholly on the pavement, with the rear side door open and a large water tank in the back. The driver and passenger ran a hose from the tank and tapped into a valve via a cover on the pavement to fill up their tank. There was no sign writing on the van so let's say for this they don't have permission from the supply company to use any water. Any offences? (Except parking 😂)
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  4. All officers 'should have degrees', says College of Policing All new police officers in England and Wales could require a degree in future, under plans proposed by the College of Policing. Currently there is no service-wide minimum qualification for new police officers, but the college says the job is now of "degree-level complexity". It is consulting on the plans, which if approved could run as a pilot in 2017 and be fully adopted by 2019. But the Police Federation said it fundamentally disagreed with the idea. The federation, which represents rank-and-file police officers, said the plans would exclude hard-to-reach groups and those unable to afford university fees. BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the plans - if adopted - would herald the "biggest change to policing in recent times". A 'lack of parity' Currently, recruitment requirements vary from force to force, with some insisting applicants have A-levels or a certificate in policing and others demanding experience in a policing role. The College of Policing, which is responsible for setting standards of ethics and training for the police service, says fewer than a third of officers have a degree. Chief Constable Alex Marshall, chief executive of the college, said the role of a police officer was as complicated as that of a social worker or a nurse - professions that only accept graduates. Under the proposals, new police applicants would need to complete either a degree in practical policing or a conversion course after graduating in another subject. Dr Sam Peach, who has put together the plan for the college, said: "The majority of other professions have graduate entry in the UK. "There's a lack of parity with other professions and because of that the police is not recognised as a legitimate profession. "We are looking to have degree-level qualifications for constable and masters for superintendent."