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  1. Dealing with someone you know

    I would be very cautious before getting too involved with the incident and ask for a colleague to deal with them. It's dangerous territory, in my opinion. Associations with victims, suspects or witnesses could be seen to compromise the outcome of an investigation (e.g. if you knew a suspect, you might be accused of covering up evidence, or if you knew a witness, encouraging them to make false statements). There are also situations which might affect your own life. Dealing with a friend's domestic, for example, can be highly personal, and arresting your friend might not be the best way to go, especially if they know where you live. It can happen, especially in rural areas, and I would never refuse to attend a call just because I knew someone, but I certainly wouldn't be wanting to get too involved if it were to result in arrests etc.
  2. Warrant cards

    Yes, they did. We got new ones just after the change back in April 2013. Same old mugshot, though.
  3. Section 13 suspect

    The way I would look at it is that the details are verified once I am 100% sure who I'm dealng with, so if it takes more than a PNC check to establish whether or not a person's details are correct, then so be it.
  4. Speed detection

    Yes, potthead's right. The Police often use IRS (Instrument Repair Service) to calibrate their speedos and if the calibration is up to date, this can be used for evidential purposes.
  5. I've never found it easy when young children are involved in incidents, especially the more serious ones. Speaking to the relatives of a deceased person isn't easy, either. Sometimes other officers can be difficult to work with, but as long as you act as any other reasonable person would do, you should be fine. If they're still difficult to work with, there's a good chance others find them difficult to work with, too.
  6. S172 ... what next?

    A legal disclaimer is bound to be added to this thread at some point, but I'd visit the person you issued the 172 to and if the details turn out to be false, you could consider fixing him with Failing to Provide under s.172 (3), or potentially, Perverting the Course of Justice.
  7. It's really important to have your health insurance number on you at all times, as well as some form of ID. The Rockerfeller Center is great for views of the Manhattan skyline, and of the Empire State. There are so many places to visit, though. Central Park (as well as Strawberry Fields, close to John Lennon's Dakota Apartments), Flatiron Building, Macy's Department Store, the West Village, Grand Central Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy, MoMA and some other museums and galleries, if that's your thing. The list goes on and on. Whatever you do, you'll enjoy it! It's an amazing place.
  8. Edinburgh tram

    In L&B, you were allowed to use your warrant card when travelling to and from duty on Lothian Buses only. It did come in handy a few times, instead of paying £3 for a nightbus after a Backshift. Now, you can only get free travel when on duty and in full uniform and it was emphasised on the intranet that the driver can still make you pay for it.
  9. Special in training

    Slurred speech, bloodshot or glazed eyes, loss of balance, problems with answering basic questions, a strong smell of alcohol from breath could all be used. As well as this, you would bring into account the driving behaviour that you've witnessed.
  10. Scottish Sovereigns

    Yes, twice, though it didn't last too long after I offered to deal with it by means of handcuffs, a cell and a charge for obstruction.
  11. If her father's actions were disproportionate (i.e. the young male was not reaching for/pointing a lethal weapon), the girl could use the defence that she did not expect her father to react in such a way. Of course, the article doesn't mention what the young male was reaching for, which is the most important element. Whether the father's actions were culpable or justifiable would depend on this.
  12. G4S jobs and being in the specials.

    There's a chance it could be a conflict of interest, but it all depends on your personal situation. The best thing is to get in touch with recruitment at G4S.
  13. The wait is killing me

    I passed my vetting about 3 months before starting. Which area have you applied to? Have you done your uniform fitting?
  14. Opinions Please

    bazzyf, I don't think you have too much to worry about. I had an appendectomy about a year and a half before I applied. The operation resulted in a few adhesions, which I still have, and cause me pain a few times a month. It doesn't affect my ability to carry out my duties, though. I'd say that once they know about your operation and can be sure that it's not going to affect you operationally, you'll get a pass in your Medical. Obviously, the side effects from your operation are that you're not as immune to infections as you were before, but as this can be normally treated with antibiotics, I doubt they'd have a problem with it. Good luck!
  15. Hi there, Just to let you know, if you're planning on using this, there's a good chance you may have to have it approved by your force first. You'll have to have a reason for using it, as well, instead of using your normal duty belt (back pain etc). You may know this already, but just thought I'd tell you.