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  1. Can't agree with CC Skelly more. Working as a Wellbeing professional in the corporate sector I experience how improved mental and physical wellness benefit organisations on a daily basis. Both in terms of the people working within the organisation and those who are keen to work there. More and more companies are citing their wellbeing programme as a good reason to apply to work for them. Shame I didn't see the wellbeing co-ordinator advertised, I would have applied for that.
  2. Routine Arming of Officers

    If policing becomes so dangerous we all need to be armed then quite simply I won't be policing anymore, certainly not on a voluntary basis and I suspect most Specials will feel the same. Why would you want that level of risk? Firing a gun to kill someone or being fired at will change your life forever.
  3. Help/advice needed please.

    I have a hearing issue over certain frequencies. I didn't have a hearing test during recruitment but have been to a hearing clinic at my local hospital since. It causes the odd issue with Airwaves but I've got a better earpiece which has improved things. I don't wear a hearing aid as this won't help my issue. I do however find it difficult to pick up certain sounds at low volume. Fyi I'm only in my forties. My local Fed provides advice to specials if required. They may be quite helpful if you approach them and maybe get you some support from occupational health. Since being diagnosed with some hearing loss I've noticed plenty of officers with hearing aids, it's not a big issue.
  4. Specials & Tasers

    I really can't see the need for Taser as things stand. In the last 12 months I haven't had a need to use my Pava and the only time I've drawn my baton is on my annual OST refresher. Additionally I've only asked for Taser/firearms support on one occasion as a precaution, and they were stood down on arrival. In my opinion I have enough tools at my disposal as a response officer. Recently my force was looking for 200 regulars to apply for Taser and I understand they weren't exactly queuing out of the door. If we're honest how often do we really need to use what we have? Is Taser overkill? I think so. There's plenty of other courses I would rather spend my free time doing such us MOE and Public Order given the opportunity.
  5. 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.
  6. Basic Driving Test (A-to-B)

    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.
  7. Qualifications

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. Special Constable and full time work

    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.
  10. Event/Operation's offered to you

    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.
  11. Declare your a Special on your car insurance!

    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?
  12. How has the Police changed you?

    I've definitely become a better driver. Particularly from the formal driving assessments which have highlighted a few shortcomings.
  13. 'Get on Parade'

    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.
  14. 'Get on Parade'

    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.
  15. 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.