As I have posted in some of my other messages, I have had a bit of a past working within the police service, so lets get up to date...
Roll back to the year 2000, a naive young prospective PC fails the group activity section of Northamptonshire Police's recruitment tests (I'm told that it is no longer in the recruitment process)
Feedback gives the old chestnut "Not enough life experience" However, they are more than happy to take me on as a Special...
After training and a brief spell based in Northampton, I get posted to Towcester.
Towcester was a fantastic place to work- large rural area, a bit of community policing, aspects of roads policing, a bit of public order. Made some fantastic friends, did my basic driving course, covered events like the British Grand Prix and Northampton Balloon Festival.
In the mean time, my paid job was going no-where fast. So mid 2003 I thought "stuff this, lets go join the regs" at the time Northants were not recruiting, so I applied to Thames Valley, where I lived.
Finally, about November 2003 I get dates through for interviews
Spend much of January and February 2004 driving up and down to Sulhampsted, where all the interviews/test were held.
Did some more waiting.
May 2004 get confirmation I am in! Get start date through as October 2004
October fly's round all too fast, off to Ryton I go.
3 months at Ryton was more of an experience than something I enjoyed- it was a case of get the job done, go home.
February 2005. Out of Ryton, one damp Friday morning no passing out parade, no certificate, just "clear your room by 10"
Onwards to Milton Keynes.
10 weeks of being tutored by a fantastic bobby- it would be inappropriate for me to name him on the forum, but if I see him again, I will buy him a pint (If he hasn't gone to Oz yet...) still policing in the "rural model" very laid back.
Then away to Sulhampsted to do stage 5. lots of charging about in PSU kit, followed by allot of really unnecessary theory, which bored most people.
Back to area.
Than the problems started...
Its a funny thing, looking back it was clear what was happening, however, when you are in the situation, you can't see it-
I was being bullied.
Again I can't go into details, as it would be wrong to do so, but various people on my shift decided I didn't fit in, and made my life difficult.
May 2005 I have a breakdown and have 3 weeks off with stress.
I go back, having tried to clear the air with people, Occupational Health and Welfare were fantastic, thanks guys
When I get back nothing has changed, if anything it has got worse.
People nicking paperwork out of my tray then me getting the blame for loosening it.
Kit going missing,
Complaints going in about my standard of dress.
October 2005 final straw- I get threatened with disciplinary for something that wasn't my fault- no one would tell me the likely outcome, the Fed were next to useless. I go home in hysterics, write my resignation the next day.
Don't get me wrong, I had some awesome times- I don't regret joining the regs- I am just sad how it ended.
Now, March 2006- happy in my paid job, I am missing policing.
I miss the community aspect, I miss the problem solving, I miss the interaction.
I DON'T miss the paperwork!!!
So now I look to rejoin the Specials.
With one issue...
I am Transgender- something which I had hidden for a years- you have to be happy with yourself before you can show that self to the world.
Speak to Northants about rejoining, the chappie a speak to on the phone says he will send the bumph out to me, next thing I know is they are sending me a letter stating they are not processing my application further.
Waiting for feedback on this... Watch this space
Send email to Bedfordshire Police, explaining the situation, they are really helpful, and I have an information evening to go to in a fortnight or so.
Same Email to BTP- response similar to BedsPol, slightly more guarded though, would have to apply under my male name. (not a problem)
Well thats where I am now, who knows about the future- as soon as I do, I will let you know
Edited by WPC_wannabe, 03 April 2006 - 03:31 PM.