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  1. Seems that Durham are soon to switch from bars to chevrons and pips for specials holding the rank of sergeant and above. As per the photo - link above to SC Chief Officer's twitter - the SC crown features as well. The SC crown only features on rank eppaulettes and won't be on SC eppaulettes for "integration" reasons. Although I personally wouldn't want to wear chevrons or stripes as a special, I like the sound of some other things that Durham are doing, such as requiring you to sit exams for promotion similar to the regulars. Not so sure I actually agree with special ranks full stop - I would like to see a regular sergeant managing their division's specials, but that's a different story. I do not agree, however, with what sounds like plans to allow specials to hold the same powers of the equivalent regular ranks, i.e. A special inspector being able to authorise sec. 18 searches. I'm also absolutely against any special being able to supervise/ manage regular officers. To sum it up: development = good, but let's be realistic about what the special constabulary is - no special is going to be as experienced as a regular officer, by virtue that they do the job day in day out, not just two shifts a week. thoughts?
  2. Saw this yesterday: A Transit van parked wholly on the pavement, with the rear side door open and a large water tank in the back. The driver and passenger ran a hose from the tank and tapped into a valve via a cover on the pavement to fill up their tank. There was no sign writing on the van so let's say for this they don't have permission from the supply company to use any water. Any offences? (Except parking 😂)
  3. Internet stars

    Jack Jones calls the cops when he gets a taste of his own medicine
  4. All officers 'should have degrees', says College of Policing All new police officers in England and Wales could require a degree in future, under plans proposed by the College of Policing. Currently there is no service-wide minimum qualification for new police officers, but the college says the job is now of "degree-level complexity". It is consulting on the plans, which if approved could run as a pilot in 2017 and be fully adopted by 2019. But the Police Federation said it fundamentally disagreed with the idea. The federation, which represents rank-and-file police officers, said the plans would exclude hard-to-reach groups and those unable to afford university fees. BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the plans - if adopted - would herald the "biggest change to policing in recent times". A 'lack of parity' Currently, recruitment requirements vary from force to force, with some insisting applicants have A-levels or a certificate in policing and others demanding experience in a policing role. The College of Policing, which is responsible for setting standards of ethics and training for the police service, says fewer than a third of officers have a degree. Chief Constable Alex Marshall, chief executive of the college, said the role of a police officer was as complicated as that of a social worker or a nurse - professions that only accept graduates. Under the proposals, new police applicants would need to complete either a degree in practical policing or a conversion course after graduating in another subject. Dr Sam Peach, who has put together the plan for the college, said: "The majority of other professions have graduate entry in the UK. "There's a lack of parity with other professions and because of that the police is not recognised as a legitimate profession. "We are looking to have degree-level qualifications for constable and masters for superintendent."
  5. Received my official offer.

    Anyone remember how long after receiving the official offer letter do you get an email from training with all their bits and pieces? Anyone remember how long after receiving the official offer letter do you get an email from training with all their bits and pieces?
  6. Received my official offer.

    Waiting on biometric vetting, everything else is completed
  7. Lung Function Test

    I have a test every year for my day job. I failed one year and went back a week or two later and passed no probs. Think it was because I had tonsillitis at the time tbh. The one I do is set up with your age/ height/ weight which then sets a tolerance region on the graph, which looks on the screen to be about about 10/20mm in width. The aim is then to blow into machine and get your graph to sit inside that region, so I guess it doesn't have to be bang on. Normally it takes me 2 or 3 goes to get the technique right before they get the readings.
  8. References

    Are references requested during the vetting process or is it one of the last parts of the recruitment process?
  9. Online vetting

    Thanks mate
  10. Online vetting

    Hi all Just before submitting the online vetting application form there's a statement and a place to sign and date the form. Obviously because it's online there's no way to sign it or to type you name either. There's also no instruction to print it off and send it away. Is it okay to submit with no signature/ name? Thanks
  11. Passed my Assessment Centre

    To anyone who's recently taken part in an assessment centre, Are the situational judgement tests the same as the role play scenarios? Cheers
  12. Preliminary application

    I think I'm going to have to hand write it then to get more in!
  13. Preliminary application

    Is it just me or is there no room what so ever to write your motivational question answers on the digital application form?
  14. Preliminary application

    Hi, Not too sure whether or not the application form can be typed up and then sent off in the post or whether it has to be hand written? Anyone typed theirs up? Cheers