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  1. My journey so far

    I should write a book on this journey I swear ..... A week to go!!! 7 days!!! That's it and then training begins!!!
  2. A man has been shot after allegedly firing a crossbow at police officers. Armed police were sent to a property at Bankfaulds Avenue in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, at around 5.30am on Saturday. Police Scotland assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham said: "A 24-year-old man has been shot by police following the alleged discharge of a crossbow at officers around 12.15pm hours this afternoon. “The man had earlier - around 5.30am hours this morning - barricaded himself within a property in Bankfaulds Ave, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire." Police had been at the scene with armed officers and specialists negotiators in attendance. "He has been taken by ambulance to Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, for treatment," Mr Graham added. “At this time it is not considered that his injuries are serious nor life threatening. "No other people were injured in the incident which concluded at 12.20pm this afternoon. "Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with this incident. Enquiries are continuing. "As is procedure, the matter will be referred to PIRC - Police Investigations and Review Commissioner." A spokeswoman for PIRC confirmed the incident is being investigated. She said: "The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner has been directed by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to investigate the discharge of a conventional firearm during an incident at a residential address in Kilbirnie earlier today, Saturday 12 March 2016. "It is reported that during the incident, a 24-year-old man was shot by police at around 12.15pm, following the alleged discharge of a crossbow at officers. "A report on the Commissioner's findings will be submitted to the COPFS in due course." Never a dull moment in lovely Kilbirnie
  3. Man singing Deutschland Deutschland Uber Alles

    Mr Fawlty would remind you not the mention the war Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. My journey so far

    I've never written a blog and so I apologise in advance ... Thought it was about time I started blogging as I'm quite often told, I've always got something to say. 02/02/2016 - Here we go I may as well start the blog and share where i'm at at the moment. My "special" journey began 15/18 months ago I suppose, I had heard word on the street that there was going to be a recruitment for regular officers as well as special constables coming up in my area and having been patiently waiting for an intake for about a year, my new dilemma was now which role I would apply for. Would I give up my current, happy career, go for a complete change in life and dedicate my life to the police service, which is what i've wanted to do my whole life. Or would I bide my time with my career, gain another years service (and add another year to my pension) and join as a special constable, to get my feet wet and see if it was indeed a job suited to me and also me suited to the job. And also most of all, to make sure the dream job I had imagined myself in my entire life, was not going to let me down by not living up to my own expectations. My decision was basically made for me, there was no regular jobs coming up and so either it was apply for the special constable roles or wait. Sit it out and wait for that fulltime job coming up. I'm a very impatient person, and I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to get a taster of what I would be letting myself in for and so it seemed like a no brainer. I have many friends who are serving police officers and I told them my thoughts and was urged to get my application in as soon as I could, get that foot in the door. One officer in particular was an integral part in me taking that step and putting my application in, my inspiration to become the best i could possibly be, regardless of the role i was doing. And so the studying began!!! The jobs went live November 2014. Special Constables for Scotland, several different locations available. And I got my head down, putting together the best application I could, I am a bit of a perfectionist and so it needed to be right. I had a month between the job being advertised, and the closing date, and I used every day of that month, writing up my application, perfecting my answers, learning my answers inside out and changing things I wasn't happy with. I finally submitted my application on 5th December 2014 and I was told it could take up to a month to have a reply. And so I had to wait. And wait ... And wait some more!!! January 2015 and I get that all important "PING" in my mailbox that I had been checking for multiple times a day for a month. My application was a success and i was invited to the assessment centre in Glasgow to hopefully further my dreams of joining the police. Now time to prepare all over again. I spoke to those friends who helped push me into applying and i got some assistance, some pointers and some truths ... all of which were essential in my preparation. I planned my interview, and the presentation i had to give, I learnt several vital things that i will take with me throughout my continued application and hopefully long career in the police. I ran through my presentation with friends, i changed what needed changed, i went to the gym, i got myself fit and prepared for the fitness test ... and pretty soon there was nothing else i could do to prepare and it was assessment centre day. I was ill!! A really bad viral infection had knocked me for six, and left me with no voice and struggling to breathe!!! How the heck was i meant to do a fitness test like this? How was i meant to give a 10 minute verbal presentation when i could string two sentences together without struggling for breath or coughing up a lung. I started to freak out. I text my pal, told him i was freaking out i was ill, I was going to have to pull out of the assessment centre and hopefully reschedule, there was no way i was going to be able to go through with it. I was told, not as politely as this, to get a grip. To sit myself down, sort myself out, get my notes together and get my butt to that assessment centre and smash it out of the park. I knew he would tell me like it is and give me that much needed support and push in the right direction. So off i went after my lemsip and Benelyn with my notebook in hand. I managed to cough and splutter my way through my interview section and my presentation. The maths test etc were the easiest part of the day and i would have happily done those for 6 hours than the interviews and the fitness test. The fitness test, well .... thankfully i had prepared for it let me put it that way. Had i not prepared then i don't think i would have managed it given the fact i struggled to breathe just talking. But i made it! i survived the day and it was all over. Now again, the waiting game!!! Some waiting ... and more waiting ... and then a little bit of waiting!!! "PING" ... there it was. THAT email again!! "We are delighted to say ....." I don't think i seen anything else, i was elated. I had done it!! Now the last part, the medical and the vetting. Easy stuff. The email says, medical would be 06/02/2015, a Friday, and i had to have my vetting paperwork etc completed by this date. Again easy ... right?! Monday 02/02/2015 ... I had a horrible accident which left me in hospital. A badly fractured clavicle my injury, a borderline compound fracture that required an emergency operation in order to stabilise me and my arm. Everything i worked hard for and towards was ruined in a moment!! There was obviously no way i could sit my medical in this state, especially not in 4 days and so the day after my accident i had to phone and withdraw my attendance for my medical and possibly even my entire application as we weren't sure if i would ever be able to fully use my arm again until i had my operation. Recruitment were amazing!!! Gave me their full support and also said not to withdraw my application yet, see how my operation went and what time frames etc i was given by surgeons and then go from there. Should i not make this intake i would be put onto the next intake of specials or if regular came up i could apply, given i had recovered. Fast forward a year! Well almost a year ... what a horrible year it was, full of operations and recoveries and set backs and impatience AND another break!! 30th December 2015 "PING" THAT email again ...given that i was fit and healthy and still interested then i would be put into the next intake!!! HELL YEAH!!! I owe it to myself and to everyone who supported me and most of all to that one special person who always believed in me and supported me when i wasn't supporting myself. And so here we are, sitting waiting on another "PING" into my mailbox, telling me when my medical is and then it really is all systems go!!! Its been a helluva year/18 months ... one which i would happily never think about again ... But i suppose im a year older, I've had another year to mentally prepare, to learn even more, another year of life experience, and especially another year to think about whether this is definitely the job for me and if im ready for it!! AND I AM READY ......... Im sitting waiting here right now, looking at my phone every 10 minutes waiting on that "PING" that i know should be coming soon. Monday 09/02/16 ..... I attended an open day/ workshop in Glasgow on Saturday, a workshop to help people prepare for the assessment centre and interviews as well as their application. Now I know I've already passed this stage, and so you may be wondering why I went along, many folk I met there on the day that I knew and knew my story asked the same thing, I even had an Inspector ask me why I was there. Truth is, I went to be nosy!!! I wanted to see the people who I would possibly be joining with and training with, I wanted to speak to serving officers and specials about current plans and how the job currently was, I wanted to see if I remembered what I learnt a year ago and take in anything new that I may have missed or forgotten. I also wanted to nab the recruitment team and have a personal face to face chat with them, its all good sending emails back and forth over the past year keeping them updated on my situation but face to face is more personal and it meant I could thank them in person for their help and support over the past year. It really did mean a lot to me to have these guys have my back. The day was a success for everyone it seems, I learnt more than I already knew, got to speak to several members of current serving staff and most importantly I got to thank the recruitment staff who ive been pestering in emails for a year. All in all a good day and I felt so much better and more positive and focused coming out of the workshop than I already was. Just waiting on that "PING" in my inbox now with the vetting and reference forms, and hopefully a medical date shortly. Monday 15/02/16 - "PING" .... "Please fully complete the attached Vetting Application form and reference form by 12pm Wednesday 17th February 2016!" ........... Here we go we are getting there slowly but surely. Time to get form filling. Hopefully not much longer before the medical is sorted and then its all systems go for sure. Monday 29/02/16 Had my medical today ... 90 minutes of lots of paperwork and talking ... Pass all relevant parts with no hassle but had to go in with the doctor so he can have a look at my shoulder and decide if they need to speak to my GP or surgeon before I can be signed off ... He decides this is not necessary and passes me off as fit and healthy and good to go, HOWEVER has had to write about my shoulder on the form and that because I have a metal plate in it, I could be at higher risk than any others to have a re-fracture should I receive a direct heavy blow to my collarbone but not enough of a risk to even recommend restricted duties. BUT also that at the same time I have more stability than most because of the metal plate, so basically contradictory. So it is all out of my hands now, just waiting on the vetting and the references coming back and my uniform fitting and that is me, good to go!!! Here we go :D:D:D Sorry to have babbled on a bit ... told you I had never written a blog before but i can certainly talk ... i hope you've enjoyed this "story" so far and hopefully ill be adding to this in the not so distant future updating my journey. Any questions please ask away.
  5. First shift coming up- tips?

    Congrats Tango
  6. Competency: Decision Making

    Remember it's all about perception as well, what I class as a difficult decision you might not think so and vice versa. As wanabe said, things that impact others as well as yourself are often difficult as the repercussions come from different angles Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Yeah I passed the assessment centre, however I had quite a serious accident that put me out of action for a year and so still waiting to start my training in April (pending my medical on Monday) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Hey ... If it's the same as the assessment centre I sat last year it's quite simple and you're stressing far too much about it. You will be shown a video clip, probably 1-2 minutes long, of an incident happening. You get shown it twice and then you have a time limit afterwards to write up a report of what happened. You're allowed to take notes whilst watching the clip, and then use these notes to write the statement out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Conduct whilst "out on the tiles!"

    Merseyside .... I done almost exactly what you said, I went over to see my colleague. explained that they seemed more sober and were very apologetic and just wanted to get home, I was happy to accept the apology but wanted to check with him see where he stood. He was very adamant he wasn't accepting the apology and he didn't even want to speak to them for them to attempt an apology, the woman came over and said she was sorry and could she have a private word with him but he was not having it, he dug his heels in and there was no way he was changing his mind. Now, where I agree with you in I should have simply let them through and stated I thought their apology was acceptable, out of a respect for my colleague and not wanting his ego to be dented or there to be animosity between myself and him, I backed him up. I told them that unfortunately he was not happy for them to travel and so this was final. HOWEVER I noticed a train that went near to where they stayed had boarded at a platform the opposite side of the station, and so I pointed this out to them quietly. There was no way of my guy knowing if they boarded it as he was stuck up this side of the station, and as long as they kept quiet then no-one would know the situation and they would be free to get on the train and away home without having to spend £60/£70 on a taxi home instead. They were happy with this compromise and whilst they said they were still going to complain about him, they were very happy with how I dealt with things to the best of my ability and they would put a separate letter of commendation in for me, and I got a hug . So win, win for me really, I kept the egotistical colleague relatively happy, albeit in the dark about things, I done my job as best I could and managed to defuse a few situations from even further escalation, and the customer went away happy after admitting their wrongs and apologising for it. Happy days.
  10. Conduct whilst "out on the tiles!"

    Many of us have done, however he cant see anything wrong with his conduct. Just a stubborn eejit. Once he gets something in his head that's it, and when he heard that these 2 people we were having problems with were police officers who happily declared it, he had the "well they should know better" head on and that was it there was no talking to him at all. The 2 customers in question didn't help matters and probably woke up Tuesday morning a little sheepish etc coz they didn't conduct themselves the best at all for a person in general never mind a police officer who declared they were officers when they were behaving inappropriately, however, it didn't have to escalate at all anywhere near the scale it did and this was down to him and his attitude. Think ill be looking twice at who I am going to be working with before I commit to covering another shift, because like I said it reflects on me how he behaves and how I react and I pride myself in being at least half decent at my job. May I add though, by the end of it I got a hug and a big thank you from the woman who clearly wanted to rip my head off a few hours prior. Job well done on my part I think at least.
  11. Conduct whilst "out on the tiles!"

    This colleague does indeed make these things a regular occurrence, and he was the cause of it blowing out of proportion, he also took the situation effectively out of my hands when I had it under control and was dealing with it, and again this caused the escalation. Out of respect for him, and the fact I always have my colleagues backs whether I think they're right or not (although it will be "discussed" later), I let him take charge on both occasions, although it reflected badly on me supporting him.
  12. OK so here goes .... I work in the railway in my other job, seen and dealt with ALL sorts of people and incidents, nothing really has me turn my head anymore. Although every day is a school day at the same time. I only work part time but very often get overtime and do fulltime hours, covering sick leave etc. Covering a shift on Monday night (I swear it was like a full moon on Monday, there was loonies EVERYWHERE), myself and a colleague had an "altercation" with an extremely drunken couple. I had first contact with them, the female inserted her ticket into the ticket barriers and it failed, she muttered and swore and then said loudly "Im going to miss my f*****g train", I asked her to step back and I would help her out but either she didn't hear me or chose not to hear me and she put her ticket in again, another fail. "For F**k sake, im going to miss my f*****g train." Now all this happened quicker than it took you to read it. I asked her to step back, calm down, stop swearing and I would open the gate and let her through. Her husband was behind her and asked if he could just go through the gate with her, before I had a chance to answer he pushed through and the gate hit him. He was fine and laughed and apologised and away he went. They went to the wrong platform and ultimately missed their train, so the gent came back and was extremely pleasant and apologised again, saying they missed their train and could I tell them when and where their next train was, whilst speaking to him it became apparent how drunk he actually was, a lot more than I had initially thought, probably because I was paying more attention to the swearing female. I told the guy he had half an hour and to go get a coffee to sober slightly, and also to get the female he was with and ask her to calm down. He apologised on her behalf and went and got the female and they exited the platforms. On exit the woman was F'ing and blinding, drawing me daggers and muttering. I asked if there was any issues that I could help with and was met with a " ill f'ing show you an issue!" Her male friend apologised again and I told him he was fine but if she didn't sort her attitude out and stop swearing then she would not be welcome back and that they had to go and sober up. Unfortunately a colleague of mines overheard the latter of this "exchange", her swearing and me saying about her attitude and so he stepped in and took over, telling the gent that they were infact now being refused travel and were to get "a bus down the road". The gent didn't take too kindly to this decision as they were travelling quite a distance but also I had been dealing with it and this guy just stepped all over me, ( which p****d me off as well ) and so he got quite animated and heated with my colleague. He requested my colleagues name (which is NOT the name badge he was wearing because his own had been lost and we have to wear a badge regardless of what it says on it) so this was a sensitive point as the customer believed that my colleague was lying to him about his name. It all blew MAJORLY out of proportion but my colleague asked that I go and request the presence of the BTP on duty as the customer had brought his phone out and was filming my colleague and was up in his face being quite aggressive. Police came, dealt with the couple, they wanted to turn my colleagues complaint against them around and make a separate complaint about him and his conduct ... and they identified themselves as serving police officers!!!!! They left the station and we continued with our duties and the night went past with a few more "incidents" but nothing really out of the ordinary for that place. HOWEVER, 2 hours later the couple re-appeared!! Whilst I was working on my own!!! Another colleague at another location spotted them and gave me a heads up over the radio. but my boss also heard this and asked me to follow the same protocol as we had followed earlier and refuse them travel again. I went over and spoke to the woman, I apologised for the fact that I had to refuse them travel but the rules put in place were there for a reason and I had to uphold them. The woman apologised for earlier, saying she was annoyed and it wasn't aimed at anyone in particular, could she just travel? I accepted her apology, I understand things are said and done in the heat of the moment and she had obviously went away and calmed down, sobered a bit as well and just wanted to get home. I was happy for them to travel however my colleague that was involved prior had shown up and so I stated to the woman that where I was happy to accept the apology, it would obviously have to be ok with my colleague as well and the woman was reluctant to apologise to him because of his attitude but she would if it meant they could get the train home. My colleague was NOT willing to accept the apology, and so it all escalated again.... What would you do in this situation? The colleague and I are the same "rank", he has more railway service than me however I have worked in this particular station longer. Neither of us have a right to over-rule the other and make a decision that contradicts what the other has already said or decided.
  13. Policing near the workplace

    I'm joining BTP and I currently work on the railway and when giving my station preferences I've been told I can't choose my home base or the 2nd closest station due to a conflict of interest. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. PNB pranks

    Sent you a wee message Bart Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk