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  1. 4 points
    PC Keith Palmer had a truly wonderful send off, never before I have been so proud to do what I do. Over 5 thousand Police Officers from all over the world stood shoulder to shoulder to remember Keith and honour his life. At about 1700HRS Dismissals were given via GT over the PR, the following is the transmission from a PC in the control room: "All units. GT. Standby for dismissals. 4157U, you are dismissed with thanks. We will take it from here." PC Keith Palmer 4157U, Rest in peace brother.
  2. 4 points
    On behalf of the Staff Team here at PS.Com I have started this thread to remember our fallen colleague, PC Keith Palmer, who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our democracy and way of life. PC 4157U Keith Palmer - E.O.W: 22/03/2017. A true hero, we will remember him.
  3. 3 points
    There are a substantial amount of MSC Response drivers, there are even MSC Officers trained to an Advanced Level and maybe 5 or 6 who are also TPAC. There are hundreds of Basic Drivers in the MSC, the information provided is grossly out of date. Just go onto DS and under Directory put in one of the traffic garages and you'll nearly all of the MSC there are basic, a lot of them Response and some are Advanced or TPAC. The ban has been lifted on Specials doing driving courses, but no funding has been allocated as of yet for Borough based units, some funding has been made available for MSC on "Specialist" units like Traffic, SO, etc and it makes sense they get them first as they're likely to use the skill more than a borough officer.
  4. 3 points
    This really isn't going to go anywhere other than round in circles so I'm closing the topic. I suspect this is for personal reasons too...
  5. 3 points
    Damian, There are likely ex-specials turned regular here. If you feel your training is the same as theirs I would suggest you speak to them- You may be surprised. With regard to you/anyone else needing TASER, I type this having in the last hour returned from a reported knife fight between males and yes I arrived first. I don't have a TASER either, nor have I ever had one- I am not authorised to carry. I am in exactly the same boat as everyone else here with the difference that I Police a minimum of 40hrs a week and I go to almost all the most violent jobs on my patch which is a very wide urban area with a number of active OCG's, and I do just fine without one- I have other tactical options and have been doing the job for 22 years without the TASER option in my repertoire. TASER is a situational tool. It is not much use in the middle of a fight- I wonder what situations you think a TASER would have stopped the brawl that ensued... Most regulars don't have them and exposure for exposure to danger, by hours per week and days per year and likelihood of assignment,for a regular I continue to feel is likely to far exceed that even of the most highly houred Special. I don't expect Constables or even most Sergeants to think beyond what tools they feel would assist them in doing their jobs. The public perception issue though IS one of huge strategic importance to us as an organisation. I personally am fairly blaise about TASERS and their usage- (they approximate to batons in my mind if not in the continuum of force) and as such I have little to no reservations about most/all officers being issued with them. However, I do realise that our relationship with the public might be compromised if our TASER deployments went through the roof due to general issue and the public equated it with routine arming. While the public remain unsupportive we walk a very narrow line in increasing what is perceived our use of force capability. That on the other hand does concern me as the good will of the public is worth taking some strategic risks for. You may perceive the "argument" as "wearing thin", but with respect it is not for you to say. That is a strategic command decision and you are a community based Special Constable with a tactical view of policing limited to your experience. One of the things that does make me a little twitchy is officers that really seem to WANT Taser. Then they start talking about taking it home. Then the situations that they think it would have helped, and it doesn't fit with my view of when it's appropriate to use..... I start wondering why... Your comment about using it/having it to prevent a brawl- Again it makes me think ...No not yet.... Not for that officer, and one of the things I do is decide who on my teams gets trained and who doesn't. An officer that sees TASER as one of a number of tactical options and calmly draws it/holsters it as appropriate to the unfolding situation is the one I write up for it. The officer that sees it as a defence to violence less so. I'm afraid I take our relationship with the public very seriously. When I dictate to officers about when and how they use force, those instructions are orders. I give those instructions with the benefit of many years of experience of dealing with some very, very violent individuals combined with my sense of duty to the public we protect. Those orders are backed up with the seniority of my rank and the acceptance of my vicarious responsibility for the actions of my team. Politely put- If you really want a TASER, please don't tell me/us public perception doesn't matter or argue about what you should be using it for, because someone like me will stop you ever getting one. Until you allow us to teach you and you can be seen to have the cool maturity to stick to that training under pressure you won't be given one. Meanwhile your peers around you who are willing to learn will be trained and given that extra tactical option to use when they have need of it. Kind Regards HMS
  6. 3 points
    Hypocritical behaviour undermines our credibility with the public. Habitual illegal behaviour leaves you open to blackmail. I don't like the way "quick sniff" makes light of this. She was a criminal in uniform - good riddance. In respect of perjury and beating up a member of the public... Those will also get you sacked and likely jailed. Suggesting they are somehow permissible is defamatory and discreditable. If you were one of my Specials and you behaved like that or said things to the public such as you have written here I would discipline you and seek your dismissal from service. There is no place for advocacy of officers using illegal drugs or suggestion that the crimes you mentioned are OK in the modern police. They aren't.
  7. 3 points
    It went incredibly well! 12 and a half hours of awesome! And first arrest. So happy days!
  8. 3 points
    Good on you lad, you'll do fine, I remember my first shift... I refused a first arrest because I was nervous as hell, and worried about what the grounds for the arrest were, and the entire booking in process, in the end we didn't end up nicking the bloke but we accompanied him to hospital, which was my first ambulance ride with another special and the paramedics. Since then, I had an arrest stolen from me by a regular after a FTS pursuit (Fail To Stop), taser officers jumped out and ordered the driver out, I slapped the cuffs on and we lead him back to the van, I turned and said to my colleague "My first arrest!"... he then decided to immediately caution the suspect and read him the offences he was under arrest for (of which there were several, would have been a good arrest to get!), got back to the nick and he booked him in... I was gutted! If you get the opportunity to get an arrest, grab it, your colleagues should most definitely come in to custody with you if you ask them to and just to help you if you need a hand with the booking in procedure. Joining the Specials is the best thing i've ever done, it's made me realize how dull every other job i've ever had is, i'm now going through the recruitment process for the regulars, and just passed my Day 2 assessment, so now undergoing vetting and just need to get my CKP, then should get a training start date. When I first started I was very eager, I had to wait at least 2 months from attestation to my first shift, had to have multiple inductions as the Sergeants were never free for long enough to give me my full borough induction in one go.... which really delayed my first shift, if you're anything like I was, you'll be absolutely fine! Some tips for you: Ask plenty of questions, if you are unsure of anything, always ask. If you aren't sure what powers and procedures there are for a set thing, just ask someone more experienced, don't blag it or just guess as you could find yourself in trouble, all you have to do is ask. Write any important details down in your PNB, VRM of any vehicles you stop, description of suspects, contact details for witnesses, names of people wanted on recall, or WM (Whiskey Mike, or "Wanted Missing"), etc. Make sure you have a spare battery on you for your radio, I usually carry two spares when i'm out on shift, they have a habit of dying in just a couple of hours! Not sure if your force requires you to wear BWV (Body Worn video), if it does, make sure you don't forget it! My force requires me to wear it, even as a Special, without it you could "come a cropper" as the saying goes.. Take some chocolates/biscuits/sweets in with you if you can, usually goes down well! Try to talk to the public, or make the occasional funny remark, but obviously nothing you may consider even slightly offensive. Also, just for your info, here's some common slang terms you'll possibly hear, and what they mean: PNC - Police National Computer - Database of vehicles, people, you can run a name, or a vehicle registration plate or (I think!) the VIN number through it, to find if it's been reported LOS (Lost or Stolen), etc. MDT - Mobile Data Terminal - The small computers most police vehicles have, built into the centre console usually, some police vehicles do not have them fitted, so you'd run PNC/CAD checks over the radio, these computers allow to you view current assigned incidents (CADs), accept new CADs, display a map, show your route to a call, run names and vehicle plates through the PNC, and other functions. CAD - Computer Aided Dispatch, this is basically just an incident report, that is created by a CAD operator, who will then grade the call based on the information supplied by the informant, all the details of the call are usually on the CAD, i.e the informant's name and number, description of the incident, any suspects, time the call came in, who (which unit) is assigned, etc. LOS - As above, Lost or Stolen - Vehicle reported usually stolen, by an occupier of a home, although sometimes it can be spontaneous, on the street, had that happen to me before in the middle of a foot chase! (WM) Whiskey Mike - Wanted Missing, if someone is Whiskey Mike they are wanted for something, usually an offence or a string of offences, or it may just be for recall to prison. PNB - Pocket Notebook - I'm sure you know what that is! PND - Penalty Notice for Disorder - In my force these are narrow but very long (in terms of height) books, these are used for things such as fines for petty crimes. IRV (Incident Response Vehicle) - Response car, usually a mid-powered car, in many forces, Ford Focus estate or Vauxhall Astra estates. Panda Car - Usually a marked police car, but driven by those who are not trained to response driver level, although this varies from force to force. One I often hear a lot, usually shouted over the radio, "Suspects on"... means, "suspects on scene", usually you hear this when an officer is responding to a call, arrives, and finds suspects on scene who are about to make a run for it. CARRIER - Usually the long wheelbase vans, tend to be Mercedes Sprinter vans or similar, they are called carriers, because, as you may have guessed, they can carry usually up to about 16 officers. MISPER - Short for Missing, and Person, hence MISPER, these are normally always on an S Grade, usually you'll be called to attend the address of a relative, who has noticed their husband/partner/son/daughter etc missing, you or your colleague will take down the common details, description, any places they may go, anyone they know they may have gone to, have they done this before, can we check their room, etc, been to plenty of these myself, usually you'll end up taking the report and don't hear any more of it, they almost never turn up overnight in my experience. OSCAR/HOTEL/INDIA99 (varies by force) - Callsign for an NPAS helicopter, had one of these scrambled once to assist us during that FTS pursuit I mentioned earlier. TROJAN (ARV/ARU)- Callsign for a firearms vehicle with firearms officers, the guys with the guns, self explanatory, if you're calling for one of these the call is fairly serious in nature, trojan units are often called when a police vehicle carrying standard (unarmed) officers wants to stop a vehicle, runs it through the PNC on the MDT and sees it has a flag for "Firearms", rather than risking stopping it themselves they'll usually see if there's a Trojan unit in the area that can stop the vehicle. If you're in a vehicle, on patrol, these are the grades: I Grade - Immediate, usually warrants Blue lights and sirens, although I have been to I Grades before where the blue lights nor sirens have been used, the use of emergency equipment is really only to be used to aid getting to an incident quickly, in this particular instance traffic was very light, and we were 30 seconds away, no need for the lights or sirens, 15 minute response time. S Grade - Standard response time - up to an hour to attend - normal driving, no exceptions, per se, i've been a passenger in a response car where the driver responded to an S Grade with lights and sirens, although that is up to them to justify, but that rarely ever happens. There's others such as E grade and R? Grade... but those are very rare, i've been a special for 8 months and only heard a single E grade call over the radio. Sorry for the essay! Best of luck with it.
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    Hi folks, so its been exactly 1 year and 5 months since I posted this on the forum and I thought i'd give you a quick update... I have now been signed off as independent and completed all my portfolio which i'm pleased about! I'm still enjoying it.. it is quite nice to go in, help out and do my bit and then be able to come home and know that I have made some difference to peoples lives! I guess thats the beauty of what we do, hey?!
  11. 2 points
    This criminal has besmirched the reputation of all of us. I hope he does the maximum possible time and I despair that this truly reprehensible person was ever a Police Officer. Utter human trash. HMS
  12. 2 points
    If they're chasing you for miles after you run a red light, you should probably stop, if we're honest. You're just wasting everyone's time at that point. And it's also a bad example for you to use - it's not victimless. I've seen crashes, I've seen cyclists taken out and my sister's best friend was killed by a driver than ran a red light. And if you knock a pregnant woman to steal her phone, I don't think I know any officers in my station that 'can't be bothered with that'.
  13. 2 points
    Did anyone see that the female officer approached with her cuffs out? That is definitely not what the OST instructors teach and you will fail your assessment if you remove your cuffs ten yards from the suspect, not to mention before you even know whether you'll need them or not. And then, she didn't use them anyway.
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    Most coppers I've met have great faith that persistent offenders they take in today will be out tomorrow and doing the same thing again. That is pretty much the limit of their faith. This guy opened a bodybag, he took photos and at least one video of the body after he opened the bag. He then didn't remove them at the first chance he got. The Police decided there was a case to answer, the CPS agreed there was a case to answer, the Magistrate agreed there was as well. There may have been other offences that they opted not to charge for as well, because either there isn't a lot of point, or because they didn't meet the required theshold for the CPS. Lawyer friend pointed out that it could if you squinted at it be interfering with an investigation, but he'd have not been inclined when he worked there because it can be difficult to prove at the best of times. As it stands he can appeal yeah? Let him, and if he wins the appeal he'll get an apology a payout and he'll have his record removed. Simplistic would be your views for the most part. You appear to assume any serving officer is either lying, corrupt or just plain wrong. Your assumption that he is ill-educated and possibly/probably doesn't have English as his first language smacks of ingrained racism also. Just because he isn't called "Tommy Smith" doesn't mean he wasn't born here. Don't be blind to your own bias while calling others on what you perceive as theirs.
  16. 2 points
    The Communications Act? I would suggest S.127.As I explained he would have committed the offence when he sent the pictures on via a communication. I am afraid regardless of your opinions, I think the offence was committed, the CPS thought the offence was committed and the presiding court thought the offence had been committed and ultimately so did the defendant. In fact pretty much everyone but you?
  17. 2 points
    l I would suggest you go and read up a little bit about mental health... there is no point discussing this matter with you whilst you see the world in absolute black and white and have no concept of the complexities of mental health patients.
  18. 2 points
    In the mean time @Beaker, hopefully these should help. (Sorry the photos are so huge)
  19. 2 points
    I would refer you to an excellent documentary on rural crime; Hot Fuzz
  20. 2 points
    I passed :D Submitted vetting, training selection dates, references etc. All last night. Just need to get my medical and eyesight done!
  21. 2 points
    I'd better try not to go A over T on the run this time lol
  22. 2 points
    Of course. I find my cape is invaluable for covering a lady's modesty and my whistle for summoning assistance when in pursuance of wastrels and vagabonds.
  23. 2 points
    Also, we've relaxed a lot now with the locking of posts - we now only lock them if there is a breach of site rules or the topic has been completely discussed to it's limits.
  24. 2 points
    Done my belt, don't know if it's right or not 😀
  25. 2 points
    I've seen a few different forces say slightly different things about drive thrus. Some have said not at all, some have said turn the engine off, and others have said as long as you're not on the highway they'll not do anything. assuming NPCC will issue some guidance at some point, so safest thing for now is to just leave it in the holder and wave my wallet at the machine.
  26. 2 points
    Here's a quite comprehensive Wiki page all about them http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Freeman_on_the_land Do pay particular attention to the sub heading entitled 'Freemen Successes' it will tell you all you need to know http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Freeman_on_the_land#Freeman_successes
  27. 2 points
    Interestingly "Hello officer I've just smoked a ton of weed" is now very much not sufficient grounds for a search. This does not give you a reasonable belief you will find more cannabis. This is why smelling of the stuff is insufficient likewise. Gang members like to carry drugs and weapons. They do not like the thought however of getting caught with them. It never ceases to amaze me that neither the government nor the public ever figure into their thinking that criminals will say whatever they need to to further their cause. That also includes saying whatever it takes to make it harder for Police officers to catch them...... Known gangsters can now safely routinely arm themselves. And if your opposition arm themselves you need to do the same. The public and HMG will get what they have asked for and when they are sickened enough they will ask us to step back in and stem the rising tide again. It never changes....
  28. 2 points
    What happens is a supervisor monitors the mention of a suspected terrorist and starts asking lots of questions. The supervisor will conduct a risk assessment and probably direct enquiries to be made with the person filming asking them what their intentions are. If it is known from the outset that it isn't a terrorist, it's just some oddball with a Police fetish etc they will likely be ignored. If being ignored leads to them upping the ante (this is about attention seeking after all) and they start getting very close to the officer to provoke a reaction, the officer may begin to feel threatened and harassed and that may lead to the suspicion of an offence by the officer concerned. Any person who gets off on making another person feel frightened or hunted for their own enjoyment is a very unpleasant individual. Direct threats have been made by ISIS toward military and police personnel. Acting in a way whereby a soldier or Police Officer might be made to think they are being stalked for personal amusement is in my opinion sick. Looking out for hostile reconnaissance to prevent another Lee Rigby has been very much at the fore of every officers mind. The recent loss of PC Keith Palmer should be enough evidence alone for you to understand why people doing what you do endangers officers. Regardless of what you think of the Police, I hope you can see why this is pretty reprehensible.
  29. 2 points
    Happy memories. Exciting times ahead! Good luck everybody.
  30. 2 points
    Wait until you meet the main instructor. I don't think he'd do it out of spite, he's actually pretty awesome, but I also don't think he'd let anyone out he wasn't confident was ready. Totally fair as there is likely to be a point where he will be your supervision. He's harsh but fair, and I like him for that.
  31. 2 points
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  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    Or alternatively deal with the youth for Drive Otherwise, No Insurance. Put the file together and send to YOT for a decision. After decision made, then decide if its worth the hassle of looking at a permit matter. Usually by this time you have another dozen crimes in your workload so you get rid of it. Sent from my PLK-L01 using Tapatalk
  34. 2 points
    Let me rewrite that scenario.... A patriot (Joe) decides to visit their favourite fast food restaurant and sing the national anthem of the UK after finishing his food and walking outside. An employee (John) asks Joe to desist on the grounds of it being against their policy. Joe ignores John on the grounds that he has no authority on the public footpath so John gives Joe another chance to stop before the Police are called. Joe again ignores John at which point the Police are called. The Police Operator listens to John and then tells him that singing the national anthem is not really a matter for the Police and nor is enforcing the policies of local fast food outlets. She asks John if he has anything of substance to report and John says "No." The operator explains to John that she really needs to clear the line now as calls may be coming in from members of the public who really do need the Police. John goes home and reflects on why he finds a song that decent British people have been singing for generations so offensive and why he thinks the Police should put a stop to such things. The reasons elude him.
  35. 2 points
    This topic has been locked as it is clearly a request for advice on a situation that happened.
  36. 2 points
    For my organisation, if a statement of complaint has ben recorded then a statement of retraction would be taken detailing the reasons for not wishing to pursue a complaint, including confirmation that there has been no undue influence from a suspect or other person. If only a PNB has been taken as an initial account, a PNB entry stating why they don't want to complain and that no-one has influenced their choice to not complain. Its simple about covering your backside when they complain you advised them that it was a waste of time complaining (even if it is) because many will.
  37. 2 points
    What a fantastic response, and ine that I'm sure will be read by many in the future, not just the OP.
  38. 2 points
    1. Course composition The standard external PC training course and the MSC to PC course are now one and the same - you will be joining a class with a mixture of ex-MSC and external recruits. Hendon comprises 13 weeks of classroom based training, divided into three sections, each culminating in an exam (now renamed 'Knowledge Retention Exercises', or KREs). A very large part of the course relies on self-study of criminal law, which is no longer taught at Hendon (i.e. Theft, Burglary, Robbery, Crim Dam, Public Order Act, Assaults, etc). However you do get a lot of self-study and practice time as a class and instructors are more than willing to revise with you subjects that are no longer taught in the official syllabus. Skills training In addition to the classroom-based and practical role-play training (of which there is a lot - enjoy it or learn to enjoy it!) - you will also undertake five days of initial Officer Safety Training, which will preferably be in the dojo at the new Peel House but may be at another centre such as Heathrow, Havering or Lewisham if the centre is busy and you are unlucky. The OST days are typically spread out over several weeks (one or two days of OST each week) and may be scheduled at any point during your course. You also have one day of Public Order training at Level 3, which takes place at Hendon, plus two days of initial Emergency Life Saving which as of winter 2016/17 was taking place in the classrooms at the old Driving School at the far end of the site. Again, these are scattered through the course. 2. Transfer of MSC qualifications / courses On your first day at Hendon during registration you will be required to hand in your warrant card, holder and your police Oyster card. I would strongly advise that any police driver removes their driving permit (blue ticket) BEFORE the day and retains it somewhere safe. There is no blanket rule about transferring your driving - being given a permit as a PC is at the discretion of your OCU Safer Driving Manager, but having your existing ticket and your original check test certificate to present to them will greatly speed up the process. As indicated above, your OST/ELS and Public Order L3 qualifications are reset by having to take the initial courses again during your PC Foundation Training. If you have access to IT systems (such as PNC via AWARE) which you had to apply for or take courses to obtain as an MSC, then you won't automatically have these as a PC. Speak to IT helpdesk during your PC training to start the ball rolling getting these transferred across, and start early before your MSC account is deleted. Be ready to have dates of course available etc. 3. Uniform You will be required to bring all MPS-issued kit you still retain (including any officer safety equipment if you still have it) to Hendon on the day you have your uniform fitting. Uniform services will re-measure you, and if you elect to keep any serviceable items (such as your tunic, kit belt, handcuffs etc) then you may freely do so, but if you want any new items you will need to hand the old ones over for disposal. You will not be able to order a new item without physically handing the old ones over. 4. KREs (exams) In the first few days you will be expected to take a pre-course Knowledge Check (20 marks) which is designed to test your CKP knowledge. As an ex-MSC and therefore exempted from the requirement to hold a Certificate of Knowledge in Policing, you are nevertheless expected to have the same (preferably better) knowledge of criminal law from your experience and training as an MSC. The Knowledge Check is not a pass/fail exam, but it does end up on your training record, and does colour how you are viewed by instructors. If you have been a competent MSC keeping your knowledge of law topped up, you should in theory have no problem getting 100% in the knowledge check - however a majority of people (including ex-MSCs) tend to fail this check, and it serves as a very hard stick with which the instructors will beat a sense of urgency into your training, and point out the holes in what you ought to know. KRE 1 takes place around Week 6 and comprises 40 questions in 60 minutes, from 20 topics - some of these will be taught subjects from Hendon classes, but the majority will be questions on basic crime - Theft, Burglary, Assaults, Public Order Act etc - again, these topics are no longer taught in the classroom at Hendon, and you are expected to have learnt them either in a CKP as an external applicant, or as part of your core knowledge as an MSC officer. KRE 2 takes place around Week 10 and comprises another 40 questions in 60 minutes, from a further 11 topics including Robbery, Offensive Weapons, Drugs, Breach of the peace, but will also include questions on topics that came up in KRE1. KRE3 comes up in Week 12 and comprises 60 questions over 90 minutes drawn from a further 9 topics plus the remainder of the course and CKP knowledge - in effect any topic can come up. The KRE pass marks are 75% - that is, 30 marks in KRE 1 and 2, and 45 marks in KRE 3 - however the pass mark is a basic minimum and you will be seriously struggling further in the course if you are scraping an exam at 75%. There are no 'sections' like in the old MSC foundation training KEEs, so you cannot retake one topic if you fail - you re-sit the whole exam. If you do fail an exam, you are free to re-sit each of the three KREs once (a week later) while remaining in your class. If you fail any re-sit, then you are put on action plan, served a warning that you may be dismissed without notice if you fail to improve, and you will be placed on the next available course behind you - typically 3 to 8 weeks behind. The 'counter' then resets once you join your new class, and you may again fail any KRE once and re-sit it a week later. If, however, you fail any re-sit having already been re-coursed, then typically you will be dismissed from the MPS without notice. As a slightly more positive note to the above, you WILL get significant support from your class mates, your tutors and the training management team if you start to struggle. If you ask for help you will get it, provided you put the work in. If you are re-coursed this is not a disaster as it happens to a few people in every course and is certainly no cause for shame as everyone learns at a different rate and has different demands and stresses outside of the job. 5. Hours and location You may or may not be based at Hendon RLC - currently training is taking place also at either Marlowe House in Sidcup, or Sovereign Gate in Richmond. Unless you really do live in deepest South London then it is preferable to be based at Hendon. Training is typically split into weeks of Early Turn (0700 to 1500 hours), and Late Turn (1400-2200 hours) shifts to start getting you used to Job hours. On earlies you are typically dismissed around 1430 and on lates around 2130 hours. On each day your class will be expected to be formed up and ready for inspection on the parade square at 0700 or 1400 hours, which in practice means being in uniform and ready outside at least ten minutes early, and the class formed up by 5 minutes to the hour. The instructors (often plus a sergeant, and occasionally an inspector or chief inspector) will walk onto the parade square at precisely the parade time. A drill instructor will typically be present ten minutes ahead for the first half of the course to teach the class how to parade properly. If you are NOT based at Hendon, then there is no morning parade or inspection. And the final week of drill practice before your passing out parade will be that much harder because of your lack of experience! I used to arrive at around 0600 to find parking in the local streets (there is none on the site), walk to the centre, get into uniform, have a relaxed breakfast and leave plenty of time to have coffee and avoid being stressed at the start of the day. Some people on every course will be always running onto the parade square doing buttons up with 90 seconds before parade, but those who struggle to get disciplined after a week or two will generally find the course a lot more difficult and end up being the ones who get re-coursed. Lateness is noted and is marked on your training record. 6. CPM and Passing out After week 13 at Hendon, you will join your posted OCU for five weeks on your Coached Patrol Module. You will typically receive your new warrant card and Oyster card on your very last day at Hendon before the CPM. The CPM varies wildly between OCUs - some boroughs operate a real coached patrol course, where you have a set of dedicated instructors and do street duties for the entirely of the CPM. In other places (such as Camden, in the new Central North OCU), there is no CPM whatsoever, and you join either a Neighbourhood Policing Team (if there is still one in existence) or in some cases the Emergency Response Patrol Team, and spend five weeks being mentored by senior PCs. Generally the provision of a structured Street Duties course depends on the number of people on your intake going to the same borough - if you have 16 officers all going to your borough, then there will usually be a Street Duties course, if that OCU provides one. If you are Billy no-mates going alone (like me), then you'll just be fitted neatly into an existing team somewhere and given someone to hold your hand for five weeks. During the CPM you will be expected to complete a set of MetPACs to demonstrate your progress - these are similar to the basic MSC PACs (Arrest offenders, Provide an intial response to incidents, etc) but with the addition of a few extras such as Intervew Suspects. You should have no problem completing these within five weeks, but you it is mandatory in order to return for your passing out parade. After the CPM all student officers go to Hendon (regardless of whether you were originally at Hendon or an RLC for your training). Monday and the first half of Tuesday are typically more talks and presentations, and some admin. From lunch time on Tuesday until Thursday afternoon the entire course will undertake intensive drill practice on the parade square - whatever the weather. This is basically as difficult as you want it to be depending on how much effort you are willing to put in. On Friday of your last week - it's finally Passing Out Parade time! This always takes place at Hendon on the parade square in front of the new Peel House (with rare exceptions such as the one at Horseguards Parade some years ago). POP day is an early start in order to get some practice and a full dress rehearsal in with the band, but it is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and certainly a fine tradition which makes all the effort you put into the course well worth it. 7. Any advice? Yes. Put as much effort into the course as you possibly can. Take pride in your appearance and your standards of behaviour and discipline. Unfortunately for the duration of the course you've pretty much got to abandon any pretense at a social life - you'll need to hit Blackstone's every day (whether after earlies or before lates) and pretty much all weekend too, if you want good marks. It might feel like you've become a hermit but remember it's only 13 weeks before the rest of your life and career. Get to know your class as quickly as possible, and work with them to build up your sense of team and friendship. Go for drinks after early turn, make a WhatsApp group, help each other out. They'll be your best line of support when the course gets difficult. Be prepared, now. Buy your copy of Blackstone's Handbook for Policing Students NOW (you are required to buy one for the course) - start reading and revising all of the core topics so you can reduce stress during the course. Most importantly (even though a bit cliché) - remember to have fun. You only get one shot at Hendon - you don't get a second chance to attempt it, and though you'll come back for courses during your career you'll never be a Student Officer again in your life. Enjoy every minute of it, make it the best experience you can, and keep looking forward to that day at the end where you get to salute the Commissioner and the flag in your white gloves in front of your family. Of course if there are any questions about anything, my inbox is always open!
  39. 2 points
    I doubt you are going to get any sensible answers so I'm locking the topic. Additionally I doubt this topic would be useful to anyone other than yourself.
  40. 2 points
    For goodness sake, what is with all these fanciful scenarios and I'd do this, I'd do that?? Keep it simple people. Make a requirement under the RTA for the owner to provide you with details of driver. If he refuses THIS IS NOT OBSTRUCT POLICE. Go back get an get NIP and Requirement for name and address of driver and serve it personally on him. If he refuses he GETS REPORTED FOR SUMMONS for failing to supply details. Its not rocket science. Sent from my PLK-L01 using Tapatalk
  41. 2 points
    A pregnant woman can NOT urinate in a police mans helmet...
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  43. 2 points
    I've watched your videos and I suggest you look for a new hobby, last thing I want when I attend a job is someone on the wind up. Which you quite clearly are.
  44. 2 points
    Don't know how "trolling" police officers (as you've stated in video titles) helps the community. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  45. 2 points
    So then plan is to film every officer, all of the time? You claim officers behave better when on film, so why doesn't filming make you behave appropriately? What I will say is, I can actually see your point that some officers behave in a manner that falls below the expected standard, however, your approach is antagonistic and abrasive at best. So all you actually do, is distract officers from properly conducting their duties and serving the public. Do you think that approach is working? Even given the fact in your own videos you detail being lawfully arrested and convicted?
  46. 2 points
    "help the community out" You're joking right? Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  47. 2 points
    The met are still buying Monadnock batons, if anyone has been issued a deanside one you can just go into your shared support and ask really nicely if they'll swap yours out. There's a thing on twitter asking everyone who has one to submit a "near miss" everyone it fails to open/close...
  48. 2 points
    Evening all, Today saw the 2nd day of our special constable training for North Yorkshire Police. Sunday 2nd October 2016 0850- Set off from home, decide to pop into the local tesco to grab some milk as I cant remember who was supposed to get some today and its better safe than sorry. 0855- Arrive at tesco and realise they dont open until 10am (bummer), realise Ill have to go to the garage and get semi-skimed instead of my prefered 1% milk. 0938 - Get a whatsapp message from our trainer, shes forgotten the milk can someone else grab some (turns out it wasnt supposed to be me but a good job I did grab some) 0929- Reply to group whatsapp that I already have milk so the crisis is averted. 0950- Arrive at force HQ (there are actually attested specials in to day doing their public order 3 refresher training (secretly think i cant wait to have all the gear too, were all in civies until uniform dept. can catch up, turns out HR only gave the trainer 5 days notice that we were all coming) 1000- Icebreaker: Phonetic Alphabet Any further Needs / Concers or Expectation from yesterday after we'd had overnight to think about it. 1030- Professional Standards / Code of Ethics. 1100- Break time 1110- History of the Special Constabulary and the Police. 1130- Ethics and Values / Policing by Consent / Common Purpose and Values. 1230- Lunch 1300- Where do Our Values Come From? / What is Equality? / Equal Opportunities / What is Diversity? 1400- The London Riots 2011 1615- Clock off and Head home
  49. 2 points
    Here's mine. Let me know if you have any questions.
  50. 2 points
    I would like to know how he managed to hang on to his helemet in 9 yrs mine has never stayed during a bundle