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  1. Where else in the world has a volunteer police service like our Special Constabulary? My work colleagues from other European countries just don't get how I can be a part time cop in my spare time and choose when I go on duty. I'm sure there must be other countries that offer similar although I doubt on the scale we do in the UK.
  2. Certainly force specific. My basic non op driving assessment was an hour drive under observation with plenty discussed at the end, mainly positive. And yes showing confidence is just as important as a competent drive. As it entitles you to drive a marked police car albeit A to B the perception the public have on police driving standards is crucial. Your observer may not pass you so treat it as you did your driving test. And don't forget to swot up on the highway code, especially road signs. I've since had training on a skid pan and ice hill, passed my basic operational and due to do the PSU van assessment next week, but if course you need the non op first.
  3. That's a good question. Can the qualifications we gain along the way to Independant status be mapped to a NVQ or a level of higher education? I suspect if it was mapped you could hit a level 4 or maybe level 5 which is foundation degree level. Regardless it still looks bloody good on your CV.
  4. What driving courses have you completed and how beneficial has it been when on duty? We have the opportunity for a non operational driving assessment prior to training followed by the 1 day basic operational course later on. Also had the chance to complete skid pan/ice hill training.
  5. My employer encourages volunteering and we get 5 days extra leave towards training, duties etc. Same policy for emergancy responders and reserve forces etc. I put it it on my cv and Linkedin profile, it's definitely a benefit in developing your career.
  6. We have a great variety of Ops and events. We get invites to support regs at festivals, sports events, drink drive ops, control room on top of our usual response or community work. There seems to be something almost every week but you have to be quick to get your name down. It's a great way to sign off pdp and often you have a chance to specialise and join a team permanently.
  7. Renewed my insurance today and yes being a special does reduce your premium. I declared it as secondary employment and they took my non-operational driving ticket into consideration which saved 15%. Every little helps and all that. On a similar thread does anyone insure their car with Police Mutual and what are they like?
  8. I've definitely become a better driver. Particularly from the formal driving assessments which have highlighted a few shortcomings.
  9. Absolutely, I can't see any force implementing parades. However all it takes is a wacko PCC and there could one or two of those around after today.
  10. We are often reminded that the service is a 'disciplined' service. So would a drill or parade reinforce that point? Yes it could well do that, along with uniform standards and accountability for personal appearance. Just as relevant for regs as well as specials.
  11. It's fairly easy to spin your expenses in a big corporate like hsbc and I suspect it's a culture within the business. Although I'm not saying it's right I'm pretty sure many people think nothing of it with their managers turning a blind eye. I.e. If the targets are being met and the costs are below budget then all is good. And that's the difference between banking and policing and why this chap is court.
  12. Glad you said that nearlydone, that was my point. It's the fact you're with your family. Let's face it if you were by yourself there's a couple of things you could do, but with your kids present...walk away!
  13. Well my first duty was a bit mental, Obviously can't release details but was everything I expected and more. However I was back 3 hours later than I expected which didn't help settle any nerves. But as far as my wife knows I let on it was 'interesting' rather than 'exciting' or 'challenging'
  14. Cheers Bob Cat, sound advice
  15. To be fair many of us have done things we shouldn't have especially after a few beers. The difference is most won't get caught, you grow up, learn from your mistakes and you move on. However there can't be many forces that would accept a caution and definitely not a conviction. The whole system is based on honesty and integrity. Good luck on your appeal but it may be the armed forces reserves hold a better prospect.