I have just sent my application form away for the september 2012 intake for special Constables.
I have a few questions and i hope someone will be able to answer them.
Will my SET'S , INTERVIEW, MEDICAL ETC , be before september , meaning the 12 week course starts in September.
And also how long will the process of SET'S ,MEDICAL ETC take before the 12 week course, just so I know approximately how many days I need off work before the start of the 12 week course.
How long does the whole process of becoming a special take?
Everything is before the intake, the start date will probably be the first Sunday in September
You will need the following days off, (or you could do half days if your work allows it, you can travel direct from/to work and that the times available with the force allow it)
SET - 1 day (or half day)
Interview - 1 day (or half day)
Medical - 1 day (or half day)
Drugs test - 1 day (or half day)
Uniform fitting -1 day (or half day)
So in total 5 days, or 2 and a half days if you can take half days (although if your taking half days id always advise taking them on the afternoon, then that way if it runs late your late home rather than taking a half day in the morning then your late to your work after)
Although it's only 5 days, it will take place over a couple of months at least (you can probably pick uniform fitting and medical on the same day, but the rest there is a few weeks between SET and interview, then vetting takes ages, etc. probably june/July /august is when it will all take place for the september intake, so you won't be able to do it in a block in one week.
As said, be aware we are transitioning to one national Scottish force in April 2013, so you will be the last ever specials intake for strathclyde
Although we don't know what's happening with specials yet, our uniform issue varies between forces (for example we get more trousers and t shirts than lothian and Borders), driving policies vary, some only allow specials basic driving, other don't let specials drive at all, however in our force there is one special who is response trained and quite a few who have their basic driving as it's down to operational need. So slightly off topic, but if I was you id be following the developments with keen interest as your only going to be in 3 months or so before the changes hit
Edited by andyfofo, 22 February 2012 - 11:07 PM.