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  1. Business cards

    Get some made up by work to whatever the corporate template is, they're useful when dealing with witnesses and callers and more professional looking than handwriting on a card, a bit of discretion is advised when handing them out to make sure you don't get harassed.
  2. This is London.AK47 assault rifle handed to Met police in gun amnesty

    Deactivated AK makes this a bit of a non story.
  3. Madonna in a fake police car?

    Only flashing lights are illegal, or red lights to the front/white at the rear I think. That ambulance wasn't seized because I think it still met the criteria for being an ambulance and therefore could have the lights fitted. The car in the OP shouldn't be allowed to have red/blue lights but I'm not sure if it's permissible if they're just ornamental and not actually plugged into anything. Haven't researched any of this it's just of the top of my head.
  4. CTSFO

    All AFOs are 'trained and authorised' to use head shots if the situation requires it.
  5. Police forces may lose dedicated firearms teams

    Makes sense to regionalise SFO teams in some areas given the cost implications, but an ARV having to travel more than 30 miles to get to an incident isn't a lot of help and is dangerous. I'd see more situations where unarmed police ended up dealing with suspects who should really be dealt with by ARVs because waiting isn't an option.
  6. MG11 Templates

    I used to use a few templates. Would have one as outlined above just to cover the normal intro (posting, station, duty etc) but generally after that point it becomes very event specific and a template is no use. Had another which added on some relevant skills to the statement (driver/pursuit training etc) if I needed it, but found soon enough that in the time it took me to find, paste and populate the template I might as well have just written it again, so I don't bother. The only time I used one routinely would be for things like interviewing and charging suspects because they nearly always read the same anyway, just take one you've written before (or if anyone else can show/lend you an example) and cut out all the specific parts like names, dates, locations, reply / made no reply etc and replace them with 'XXXXX' and save it. That one does save quite a bit of time IMO.
  7. Discussing operational information

    Common sense. Tell your wife/partner as much as you want about things you've done, you need a way of coming to terms with some of the things you'll see. If they're in the job too then there's not much I wouldn't tell, if they're not maybe exercise some sensible discretion, I'd assume you can trust them but people sometimes have a tendency to unwittingly gossip. My wife knows a lot about what I do at work but isn't really interested in details like names and addresses and I think it'd be very strange if anyone outside the job wanted to know? I wouldn't mention things like specifics of ongoing surveillance, or anything that could be damaging if it got into the public domain, but when you first start out you won't come across too much that fits that definition so I'd not worry.
  8. Blue Light Card

    Well worth it if there's even one of the companies listed you ever buy from. The cost of the card is easily made up by one purchase and it lasts ages (Go Outdoors, for instance)
  9. That Old Chestnut - Arming Police.

    AFOs are currently specially selected, extensively trained and subject to continual evaluation both on the job and during refresher training and have to demonstrate consistent ability and attitude in firearms use and carriage. My experiences are that for every 100 cops applying for the role less than 10% make the grade. Despite this a good number of these are for want of a better term, rubbish. Questionable attitudes and threat assessments, clumsy, unprofessional, lazy, racist, all sorts. Some old figures from a scathing DM article here - as well as more recent events like an AFO accidentally letting a round off from a G36 whilst presenting to some school kids and hitting a girl in the face with the ejected casing. Point is... even our current stringent system of firearm issue doesn't ensure professionalism, and I'd expect much worse if we rolled guns out to all cops/specials. Add to that, I don't even think the carriage of a firearm makes an officer necessarily safer, it needs to be accompanied by an appropriate tactical awareness that I'm not sure we have the ability to teach everyone. And... the risk of a single crewed cop being overwhelmed in a public order situation and disarmed doesn't bear thinking about.
  10. Looking up legilsation on the job

    Agreed, it rarely happens and when it does you've usually got time to research it back at the station, or ring someone who's still in the station, or look it up by some other means.
  11. Aide Memoirs

    You don't need an aide memoire for that surely? As long as you go last name, first name, date of birth you can't go far wrong... I've never in my life heard an operator ask how tall someone is or what ethnicity they are in order to clarify results. What other agencies need to know how to do the checks?
  12. Armed Police Eyesight

    You can wear specs or lenses.
  13. BBC. Merseyside Police PCs deny refusing to stop Tesco thief

    Better off rid by the sounds of it.
  14. Scenario

    If I'm not on duty I'll behave like a normal law abiding civilian. So... no.