IT Wizard

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  1. PC recruitment 2016

    I'm now on the March 2017 Intake. Just had my offer of appointment.
  2. Quick and Easy Food

    Was watching BBC "Trust me I'm a doctor" last night. There was advice on keeping healthy when doing shift work. One thing that caught my attention was a suggestion that eating between midnight and 6:30am was a bad thing. Something to do with your various body clocks. If you must, then avoid fatty, sugary foods, i.e. Avoid the things you crave on a night shift! link to advice On the cooking business, I've started considering that time "slaving over the cooker" as time to switch off from work. My wife used to make and freeze me meals I could quickly microwave after a shift, but I found I started to need that "slow" time whilst cooking to decompress from work. Now she just puts a few things in the fridge for me to cook from scratch; a chicken breast, some veg, perhaps a sauce, mixed with rice, pasta or cous cous, I end up with time to switch off, healthy food and a better bank balance. Cooking time is only 15 minutes on average, but it now marks, for me, the divide between work and home.
  3. Drone and Fireworks

    I'm not sure that you can compare kicking a ball, which is using a product as designed, with strapping a firework to a drone, which is certainly not using either product as designed. A Roman candle is a firework and, as such, hot gasses will be ejected when it ignites. This will have an effect on the stability of the drone. What ever way you look at it, a roman candle, rocket or a mortar, I suspect the manufacturers of both the firework and drone would be horrified by this use of their product. If you ended up in court having caused criminal damage or caused someone injury and were asked, "Did you follow the manufacturers instructions by placing the Roman candle firmly on the ground away from spectators", you would have difficulty in responding positively! After this, I suspect your defence would start falling apart. You may consider that recklessness would be extreme, but negligence would probably be much easier to prove. A person has acted negligently if she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances. I suspect that most people would look on the situation and consider that a Reasonable Person would forsee that strapping a firework to a drone is not sensible and may not go to plan! Were you to do this idiotic thing on an wide and open beach, in daylight, so that you could ensure there were no unsuspecting bystanders around, and nothing flammable or damageable should things not go to plan, with safety officers at strategic locations around, you might be considered to have taken reasonable precautions for such a daft experiment!
  4. Drone and Fireworks

    If the drone were to fall from the sky onto a vehicle and then the firework trigger, causing damage to the vehicle, I suspect a Criminal Damage case would be possible, because of the recklessness of attaching the firework to a drone, something that was never intended by the manufacturers of either the drone or firework. if the firework were to unbalance the drone, when it explodes, and shoot off in an unintended direction, injuring a MoP, there would be major repercussions!
  5. Copblocking tips

    Personally, I think the key issue is whether the MoP involved with the police deserves to have their interaction with the police filmed and published online. I can think of situations where such knowledge and films, in the hands of other members of an individual's close families and "friends" would be extremely embarrassing, and potentially damaging to relationships. You may not know or be aware of the impact to a MoP's life such a published film may have, irrespective of the desire you have of holding the police to account. Consider a married MoP who is drunk and becomes "romantically" involved with another woman in his drunken state. He kicks off and the police get involved robustly, with you filming to keep the police accountable. Other family members see him and the "other woman", of whom you are unaware, on camera, involved with each other and the police and now there is a broken family. This is a trite example, and full of flaws, but the potential is out there for huge damage to be caused to relationships and families. Consider another MoP who ends up being filmed whilst robustly engaging with the Police for what ever reason. They agree to you publishing the interaction on Social Media because they feel agreaved. Six months later, the MoP applys for a job and HR, as they are often doing now, search Social Media and spot the MoP kicking off with the police. No Job. At the time the MoP did not consider giving you permission would affect his future life, but now it has. There are many ways by which you could and should keep the police accountable for their actions. Filming situations involving MoPs is probably not the best. The unforseen consequences for MoPs have the potential to be far-reaching.
  6. Emergency response driving APL

    On my recent training, Police Driving, including Response and Pursuit was an open discussion with our regular PDU instructors, S/Inspectors and even the Specials Chief Officer. There was no stigma for those interested in Police Driving, nor was there anything but an open discussion. The result of the discussions was that Police Response driving is fun, and exciting, and can be a full part of a Special's career. Also, that it is highly unusual for a special to be sent on any driving course until he or she is IP; there being occasional exceptions for those with prior emergency response driving training. Personally, I would wait until after you're in the training program before discussing it. But with most instructors, any question is a good question, so a question about police driving should still be a good question for your instructor.
  7. Emergency response driving APL

    A colleague of mine in Cumbria is a response trained driver in his day job. He was asked to attend the police driver training team in Cumbria to be assessed. I assume that if he passes, he'll be given the A to B driving ticket and Immediate Response ticket.
  8. Medical woes

    I had a challenge over my medical. Lots of questions over things that happened 30 years ago. The Occupational Health team were adamant that they needed answered, and by appropriate professional health workers, in my case, my GP, even though my GP had no knowledge or record of the situation 30 years ago. Eventually, all was answered to their satisfaction and the force medical officer signed me off. It took time, and was a worry as things progressed. At times it was driving me mad! Be patient, and always hopeful. Keep your moral up. Being a Police Officer will give you challenges that you feel are unfair, but you still have to push them through and jump through every single one of the hoops others seem to be flinging in your way. I don't think Occ. Health are being obstructive. If they didn't want you, they'd just say "No" and not even bother asking you to jump through hoops. They want you in, but on their terms, not yours. Their remit is to ensure that the force is covered should you be injured or invalided as a result of your work with the force. They have a duty of care to you, to ensure you are fit to become a Special. They also have a responsibility to the force ensuring those who join are fit, safe and well for the job.
  9. Had my first shift out west. Didn't have time to stop once, not even for refs. Three jobs, one blue light run with me grinning light mad in the passenger seat. All confirmed to me that this is where I want to be.
  10. Final interview tips?

    I went to a recent training course for Police Interviewers, as a guinea-pig. Part of the deal was that I'd get debriefed afterwards with regards to my own performance at Final Interview. Things that were picked up on or advised were: Take about 10 stories that cover the different competencies required by the force recruitment. It'll give you choice. Know these stories intimately, review them, practice them. If you want the job, spend the time preparing! Answer the question rather than tell the "whole" story. If only part of the story is relevant to the question, you only need to tell that part of the story. You can come back on another question to complete your story if it's relevant. The interviewers are not interested in the story per se, but interested in giving you marks related to the question. At the end of each answer you give, explain how your skills in handling the situation transfer to the Policing Role. They want to know you understand how your skills apply to your future, should you pass. You might get that 5th mark! Watch for cues by the interviewer. They may well indicate for you to move on, or close down a question as they have enough already. Body Language! Know what the target Force's particular issues are. What challenges are they focussing on. Where are they developing capabilities. The Police and Crime Commissioner's report for your Force will help - read it. Know why you want to be a Special, or Police Constable and be prepared to articulate it well. Practice this! Others have already mentioned STAR. I was trained to use SOAR - Situation, Objectives, Actions, Review. Same but different! It really won't matter, as long as you structure things. My interviewers advised me to use the National Decision Model NDM. Out of interest, I took my Final Interview a couple of weeks ago, after the training, and passed. I'm heading towards final stages of regular recruitment - Medical, Fitness and Vetting. I've passed all these before as a Special so am not expecting any major dramas!
  11. First duty after attestation

    My first duty coming up shortly in mid December, patrolling the streets, I think. I complete my Safe & Legal training weekend after next. Some of my cohort have managed to get out on Observations but I've not had my Body Armour until a few weeks ago so missed out and only had a Front Desk shift.
  12. Only two weekends to go now to Safe & Legal.
  13. SC Training

    I was given uniform to start training, but with that in mind, I would consider what the uniform is: Monocoloured Collared T-Shirt or long sleeve shirt (personally, I'd choose one without major advertising, logos or images). Utility trousers or cargos (not jeans), black boots that you're going to wear with your uniform.
  14. On my first day, we had a long talk by PSD, Professional Standards Division, who spoke about all the different ways we could be hauled over the coals, sacked and prosecuted for not doing our job properly! They also, to their credit, spoke of how they wish to help and advise us so that we don't fall into the many hidden traps they've laid out to get us. Fundamentally, they said, "You'll make mistakes. Admit to them before we find out. If you don't and are questioned, tell the truth, because we'll find out or already know! If you tell the truth, we can probably fix it, somehow. If you lie to us, you'll have breached the Honesty and Integrity code of ethics and it's curtains for career or perhaps liberty" Other than this extremely heavy hour or two, we had a good time learning, apart from all the time filling official paperwork. Much of this was focussed on The Code of Ethics. At the end of the day I felt as if I'd been run over by a road roller!
  15. Search AC Transfer

    If you are supposed to only have one Live Application running, and you twist things and have two running concurrently, what does that say to both forces you're applying to about your Honesty and Integrity? These two core values are absolutely fundamental in the Police. If you haven't got those two, what have you got?