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The Role

CP is one of those subjects that very few people actually know anything about, plenty of people think they do, but as it's generally based on assumption and media reports I thought the following might be of use, especially to those who have had enough of the paperwork and bureaucracy and are thinking of leaving the force to do something 'exciting'. "To establish and maintain a safe working environment in which a Principal can live and work whilst continually minimising risk" The SIA, 2004 When considering a career in CP, you first need to truly understand what the work entails. Mention the term "Bodyguard" and many people instantly have a Hollywood-inspired image of a 7 foot aggressive meat-head or suave Kevin Costner type; shootouts, car chases and heroically defending a VIP from terrorists at every turn before jetting off to another exotic location to repeat it all the next day. In reality the day-to-day role, for the Corporate UK market at least, is very far removed from those romanticised images and could better be described as being a 'PA with teeth'. So why do you want to work in Protective Security? Like those who choose the Police or Military, a strong desire to help others even if it means you put yourself in danger is a prerequisite. You need patience, tact and strong communication and negotiation skills (to diffuse threats and to try and 'direct' the Principal to your way of thinking) Situational awareness and the ability to recognise early when something is not quite right, think on your feet and smoothly deal with a rapidly changing dynamic are also vital attributes. If you get things right, the Principal will probably never even know there was an 'incident'. One of the key areas for any CP role, wherever you are deployed is the ability to plan EVERYTHING. A massive amount of work goes on 'behind the scenes' to ensure that when you step outside with the Principal, you are in complete control of what goes down. This is pretty boring and not very glamorous, which is why you don't see it in the movies, but modern CP is about 90% brain and 10% braun. At least two routes are planned for every journey, safe locations and A&E are located on all routes and transition points calculated (so you know at which point on-route you change over from one A&E to another so you always head to the nearest/fastest, allowing for traffic for example) Venues are at least looked up on the net to get a feel for the layout, parking, embus/debus and surroundings, although an advance visit is generally carried out where possible; contact is made at the venue and arrangements made for everything , even something as simple as having a lift called and waiting on arrival, so the VIP isn't hanging about in the lobby surrounded by nervous security and inquisitive public needs to be considered and arranged where required. Then you have to consider vehicles being clean, fully fuelled and always available, not parked 20 minutes away. Places like London are a nightmare; loads of traffic, no parking where you need it and one-way systems that can mean a lot of notice is required to get a car outside when the boss wants it and in the event of an attack, how are you going to escape? Throw in a shopping trip at Harrods, with 7 floors, 11 exits and loads of VIPs with their own security, paparazzi and 'fame-spotters', followed by lunch, an informal business meeting, then a flight from London City Airport to his Scottish estate for two days (you can't fly the whole team and cars up there), before the AGM and finish with a working holiday in Russia, and you've got a fairly busy schedule, lots of different risks and problems and a serious lack of sleep. Speaking of which, you don't get much sleep - you need to be up and ready before the Principal, be with them all day long and only once they are safely back at home/in their room can you get ready for the next day, check the Internet for info (weather, traffic, news looking for anything that might impact tomorrows plans) then get kit ready, possibly fuel the cars, then get to bed ready to do it all again in a few hours time. Anticipation, Awareness, Avoidance: Pretty simple really (in theory at least) but this is what most of us work to - the best defence is to be somewhere else. I don't care how hard or well armed you might be, if the bad guys know where you are going to be, they can plan an ambush and being a multiple black-belt, underwater knife fighting, HALO qualified ex Ninja won't protect you from a bomb in the bin you are walking past. Where do you want to work? Although not strictly true, there are basically two theatres of operation (Standard and High Risk) and three classes of CP (VIP, Celebrity and Corporate) Standard Risk I don't consider there to be Low and Medium risk work: If someone needs CP it's because they are at risk (this obviously excludes the fantasist brigade who actually want a Bodyguard for the image). That risk may present itself as low in the main, fans getting over-excited trying to get an autograph or picture, but there have been plenty of cases when a fan has pulled a knife or gun because they feel their idol isn't giving them the attention they deserve. Your Principal might be an unknown, travelling to a 'safe' area, but a mugger or car-jacker can strike anywhere and while they don't represent the threat you were originally employed to deal with, you will obviously still have to step in. A business trip to a country where firearms are readily available and street crime is common is still fairly safe, you stay in secure high-class hotels, travel by car to meetings and keep a low-profile throughout, but then your boss decides to check out a seedy strip club because his wife is 3000 miles away... This is 'bread-and-butter' CP work, the Principal wants to get on with their life and you are there to minimise risks while they do just that. The work should be fairly covert and if you are doing it well, people will hardly realise you are there and will assume you are a work colleague, PA or part of the delegation. This obviously depends on who you are looking after, how recognisable they are and how they want to interact with those around them. High Risk/Hostile Environment High risk jobs are generally location-related because you are in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, certain eastern European, South African and South American countries, although it can include 'western' countries if the Principal is the reason for the heightened threat level – Witness Protection or an unwelcome visiting dignitary being the obvious two. HE really requires military experience. Protection is provided in a very different way to Standard CP, tends to be very overt and rely on a show-of-force and is almost always armed. Without a few tours under your belt in the Sandpit, coupled with CP specific training, you generally won't get a look-in. People running this type of operation often have a Military background and want their team to have the same, know they can be relied upon when the rounds start to fly and have years of experience working in stressful, hostile locations. There are now so many experienced guys born out of Iraq to pick from, why would they take a chance on an unknown civvy with 3 weeks training? VIP Royalty, Political, Religious leader, certain 'real' celebrities and generally people who have influence over large sectors of the general populous. They appreciate they are a target, for whatever reason, often have many years experience of CP teams and as long as you fit in with what they are used to with regard to protocol and professionalism, they are open to reasoned suggestions over security matters and treat you with a certain level of respect. Celebrity I use this term very loosely. You could split this in two but IMHO real celebs like Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand etc better fit into VIP status, with regard to the way they conduct themselves and the way they like to run security. Here I'm talking about fabricated pop stars, reality TV stars and Gangsta rappers and those who, on the whole, want security because of the image they portray as much as the services they offer. They have over-inflated opinions of themselves and are not interested in any security considerations that reduce their chances of publicity – which makes your job a little difficult to say the least. The other issue that often raises its ugly head is that they expect you to be their 'heavy'; someone disrespects them in a club or a photographer barges them for a photo and they expect you to give them a slap. Unfortunately there are plenty of guys out there who are more than happy to oblige, which further makes your life difficult as you are tarred with the same brush as the muppets the hotels, clubs and venues have previously encountered. Corporate High net-worth individuals, Business execs, Directors/CEOs and company figureheads. People who have access to large amounts of money, resource or information and 'normal' staff working in remote/hostile environments. These clients see you as a necessary evil and providing you don't unduly interfere with their schedule, you'll get along fine. In fact once they get used to you and the additional benefits you bring as a result of your security planning and implementation, such as planning efficient routes, liaising with venue staff and security and arranging rapid debus/embus at venues, keeping the car available so they aren't waiting around, booking tables and generally ensuring their day is as efficient and smooth as possible, they love you; as previously stated, a PA with teeth Location Something like 90% of UK CP work is within 35 miles of London. If you don't live there, you're going to struggle but there is often work at high-end hotels, conference venues and football clubs. Most large companies have potential targets in the form of their Directors and have usually got things well covered, but those who send people to dodgy places to work are likely to have more openings (think oil/gas corporations, communications providers and natural resource exploration) Chauffeur and Executive transport companies are starting to see the benefit of providing a Security-aware driver too. Clubs who attract VIPs often look more favourably on potential staff who are CP trained over those who just have a DS badge. Once in, and having built a reputation for reliability and developed a good rapport with visiting VIP security, you never know where it could take you... Obviously ex-Mil types can look at PSD roles and you'll probably know someone doing a PSD role who you might be able to call on 'for a favour' but things are changing in the Sandpit and work is running low. There's been a major shift to cheaper 3rd-country nationals on the ground, with just a few experienced guys running the teams. Anyone who's ex-Navy is in the driving seat at the moment, lots of bad men in boats off Africa making life difficult you know… Roles CP often involves a team, with differing roles working as a whole to mitigate risk to the protected person. Roles include Personal Protection Officer (Bodyguard), Close Protection Officer, Security Driver, RST (Residence Security Team), Advance Party (travels ahead to prove routes and check all is well at the next venue), Counter-Surveillance/Surveillance Detection, Medic and you may even have guys to look after comms, logistics and a Counter Attack/Rapid Reaction force. On the other hand, you may have to do it all yourself. Pay varies according to role and threat level. Generally, UK CP pays £175-£225, Surveillance-related work is around £125-£150 and RST is £100. This can go up depending on who you are protecting, if you are the TL managing a big team or if you have a specific skill-set that is rare and in demand. Training In order to work in the UK you need to be licenced with the SIA and in order to do that you need to hold a valid FAAW/FPOS certificate, pass an approved CP course, sit their exam and clear a background check. The SIA licence is not required outside of the UK, but you should get one anyway, even if deploying overseas; pretty much all UK run companies insist on it (Insurance liability) and it demonstrates you've been vetted and might just know what you're doing. Some training providers run 'express' courses for people who have a Military or Police protection background and help you to APL / demonstrate you meet the SIA standards without going through it all from scratch. Those of you who are not ex SAS CP, RMP CP or Police VIPER trained will need to find a decent regular course. The first step is to decide where you want to work and you need to take a critical view of your existing experience. Some courses are geared towards Corporate UK roles, some are more general and include firearms training (great fun but a waste of time and money if you are staying over here) and some are aimed squarely at Hostile Environments. Don't kid yourself that you can work HE if you're current experience of conflict is working the door of MacDonald's on a Friday night, and don't expect to work for the Landed Gentry if you look and sound like a bare-knuckle fighter. Harsh, but that's the reality of the business so make a sensible choice. Once you've decided, you can start to explore what companies have to offer. The SIA specifications provide what must be covered within an approved course, but many good providers expand on this and these are the ones to seek out. Some include 'enhanced' medical training, some have defensive driving on a skid-pan or track, some go further into Surveillance and some have the aforementioned firearms unit. Some run to the minimum 150 learning hours and you spend most of the time suffering 'death by PowerPoint' while others have a huge emphasis on practical exercise and throw in extra days to give you time to practice and absorb what they are teaching. The two that stands out for me are www.ronin.co.za, who include all of the above in their 4 ½ week course and includes time in a response ambulance dealing with actual gunshot/stabbing victims, and www.anubisltd.com in Hereford who employ some of the most highly respected and experienced guys around (Ex SAS CP, British Royalty Protection and 'guests' with some very interesting backgrounds.) I trained at Anubis so feel free to PM me with any questions. Choose wisely and don't just go with the cheapest – the best guys cost more and until you've established yourself, you will be trading off the back of the reputation of your trainers, so make sure they are good ones. Finding work can be difficult. You will generally be self employed and facing considerable competition from your peers. Some training providers 'guarantee' work after the course – this is rubbish. This job isn't for everyone and they have no way to know who is coming on a course or how good they'll be. The better providers will look favourably on decent guys and gals and may put you on their books or put you in touch with companies who provide this type of security, but those who guarantee work tend to place you outside a fire exit in an alley for the weekend, then nothing further… Jobs are rarely advertised as most companies have a vast number of CVs and previous employees to approach, or it's dealt with via recommendation and word of mouth from other team members 'on the circuit'. Breaking in as a new guy usually relies on using a contact you know or the reputation of your training company. 'Networking' is a vital skill, you need to spread your net at every opportunity, exchange details at training venues, on forums such as this and "closeprotectionworld" (link in my CPO userbar), and keep in touch with guys you work with to continue to generate work. Don't ignore the chance to push work to others; if someone approaches you with a gig, but you are unable to do it, don't just turn it down flat, try to pass it on to someone you know – they'll feel inclined to do the same in the future and your network grows. Once you've found work, contracts can be as short as a day although most are a few days to a few weeks and if you are lucky you may get a longer contract. Even a full-time detail can often include unpaid stand-down periods where the Principal is overseas with his PPO and a local CP team, so although the money isn't too bad, it often has to last you a long time. Don't expect to be working as a 'Bodyguard' all the time either, the market is flooded at the moment and new guys are way down the bottom of the pick lists, be prepared to work on a door, chauffer, walk around a country estate in the rain and you'll be fine; refuse to work anything that's not 'high-speed' and you might as well forget it now and get a job in an office somewhere. One final word of warning – don't lie on your CV. It's a very small world out there, you will quickly be found out and you'll probably never work again as word travels fast and honesty and integrity are paramount in this field.

MrBlonde

MrBlonde

 

Well, why not?

A number of people keep giving me a prod and asking me to start one of these so here goes... Obviously I'm not going to post anything too juicy and don't even bother asking specifics about who I've worked for, but I hope I can give a bit of an overview of a role that is very much misunderstood. For anyone who's followed my posts on this forum from the start, and for the generally nosy, a bit of background: I've worked off and on in the private sector since my late teens, doing high-value asset transportation for a Jeweler due to me being best mates with his son, a bit of door work as my Muay Thai instructor ran a couple of doors, some surveillance work and finally got into CP when an ex-mil mate called me up needing a last minute replacement for a guy who went down with food poisoning and he knew I had certain skills that he could use. I worked in the role alongside my 'proper' jobs for a while, then stopped when work got too busy and then my daughter came along and that finally sealed it. Boredom got me looking at something else after a while, about the time the Police were running the "Could you?" TV adds for Specials, at which point I found this site and the rest is history. I pulled my application when I got called out of retirement to do an interesting job and you obviously can't work in security while being a Special and i'm still keeping busy with interesting stuff, although I can't bring myself to quit the forum - I'd miss David too much

MrBlonde

MrBlonde

 

A few more stories to tell...

Firstly apologies for the delay in adding to my blog - unfortunately I wasn't able to add to my existing blog until after the upgrade was complete, and as I didn't want to start a separate one I thought it best to wait. Quite a bit has happened since my last post. I've done a few duties, including those on the two evenings that England were playing. Not being a particularly big football fan, I thought I'd put myself to good use and go in and work. On the night of the first England game (the 12th), I went out in a carrier with another Special. All was going well, until about thirty minutes after the game. Whilst we were filling up at a petrol station, I observe a car pull in, and as the driver gets out he does a moony in the middle of the forecourt. Wanting to get to the bottom of the matter, me and my colleague get out to speak to him. When he emerges from the station I could smell alcohol, and as soon as I tell him that I will be breathalysing him, he tries to force his way back into the car. Me and my colleague try to restrain him, and in the space of a few seconds (but what felt like ages) he went for my crown jewels, followed by my neck (as well as ripping my tie off from under my stabbie he even managed to rip the top button off) before spitting in my face. At the same time his girlfriend (who had until that point been in the car) grabbed my torch off my stabbie and lobbed it across the station forecourt, as well as trying to pull me off him whilst screaming like a lunatic. By this point I had managed to get one of the cuffs on, but even with two of us we just couldn't control him. He was screaming that as soon as he got free he was going to smash me in the face, and had I not CS'd him I honestly don't think we could have controlled him for much longer. Even after I CS'd him, it was only when backup turned up that we were able to get him to the floor. As well as assault police and failing to provide a specimen of breath for a breath test, I ended up arresting him for an additional three suspected offences as well, for an incident that had allegedly taken place earlier (which I hadn't known about when I first spoke to him). Both me and my colleague both managed to injure our hands in the process, although fortunately not seriously. Since then I have received a letter from the City of London Police advising that I will have to go for a further interview as they have had too many successful applicants for the number of vacancies that they have. I'm confident that I can do well in the interview, but am a tad disappointed too as I thought having passed the assessment I was most of the way there. They haven't set a date for the interview yet, but it's likely to be reasonably soon. There's a couple of other jobs that I am going to apply for as well, both of which are career jobs and both of which I am (I think) suited to, but the Police will still get first priority if I am successful with them. Well, that's probably about enough for now, I will post a bit about the jobs I am going for next time, but in the meantime thanks for reading!

Giraffe

Giraffe

 

My First Ever Blog O.o.

So here i am writing my first ever blog...And i'm actually quite excited.But what is the point of a blog? And am i doing this right?Well i don't really know the answer to any of those questions. So i'm just gonna get stuck in.Now,onto the good stuff.I passed my driving test a week yesterday!! And boy does it feel good. Just waiting for the little pink card to come through, hopefully sometime this year. And went to look at a car yesterday. A Nissan Micra, to be precise. My first car. I really can't wait.Flying down the '52 where i live, Tinie Tempah blasting out. Oh yeah :DOr cruising through the city centre, either'll do me.I just wanna be out driving again!Wish me luck in my first few months, probably best to stay away from me, then again i'll end up on my cycle, as the cars not gonna be for work. Cheerio.

PoliceMadAd

PoliceMadAd

 

What a day!

Well I thought now would be a good time to update this blog, as I've had one heck of a day. I could sleep much last night, as I had to go to court this morning over an incident late last year, which resulted in someone resisting arrest to the degree that I had no option but to CS him. As I'd only been to court once before, for something fairly trivial, I was quite concerned as I wanted to make sure I could put my case forward properly as (understandably) I would not want to be accused of using excessive force. I turned up at 0800 at my nick, to be told by a PCSO that the CCTV had not previously been collected in relation to the case (even though I'd left a note on the crime report for the officer in charge advising this needed to be done about six months ago). Collected the CCTV a short time later, along with brief statements to say that I'd collected it, bagged up as evidence and then one final form which I completed back at the nick. As soon as I got to Court the solicitor stated that the CCTV would not be needed in any-case. :D The S.5 Public Order Offence was dropped, but the resist arrest stood. I was called in as the first witness, and was then allowed to continue watching proceedings from the public gallery. A couple of hours later and he was found guilty of resisting a constable in the lawful execution of his duty. As some of you may or may not know I've applied to be a regular with the City of London Police, and had my assessment centre earlier this month. When I got back to my nick after Court I got a text message from my landlady advising a package had arrived from them. I called her and she read out the results - I passed the assessment! I genuinely thought I'd failed on the maths part - I only got about two thirds of the questions answered in the allotted time. Since going off duty I've just been out for a few drinks with friends, and am now home and ready for bed. A busy, but a very good day.

Giraffe

Giraffe

 

First entry

Well here it is, my first entry. I figured there are a lot of blogs dedicated to people's regular/specials applications, which are interesting of course, but to be a bit different I'd post bits and pieces on my life here, from my work life (including as a Special) to friendships and relationships, and my view on world events. I hope you find it interesting. I'm off work this week, which weather wise has worked out great. I kicked off the week with my conflict refresher at Mount Browne, Surrey Police's HQ, on Saturday in the sports field. Good fun, but very exhausting especially in the heat, and the subsequent sun burn didn't help. Conflict training basically covers the law surrounding use of force, followed by unarmed defence tactics (such as pressure points) and handcuff and baton training. On Sunday I was back at Mount Browne to help with the assessing of potential new Special Constables, which I take part in once a month. In the past I have been disappointed in the calibre of Specials that were coming out of training school, and felt that and rather than just complaining I should put my money where my mouth is and get involved in recruitment. Tomorrow I will be meeting up with friends during the day, and on duty in the evening with a new Special, so showing him the ropes. Later in the week (Friday) I will be giving evidence at Magistrates Court against somebody I arrested last year. Well, that's about it for now, more to follow and thanks for reading. :D

Giraffe

Giraffe

 

New blog! Good news on the SYP Specials front!

Yippee! Just had an email earlier from SYP Recruitment, I've passed the papersift for the Specials on my third attempt! They said they'll invite me to attend Assessment Centre in due course! I'm chuffed to bits! Just had to email them back as I remembered I'm away for a week at the end of June, and it's sod's law they'll schedule the AC that week! WOOT! I didn't think I'd pass papersift much less be invited to AC! Can't get too excited yet though, there's still a rather high chance I'll fail the medical if I get that far, but yay! Go me for passing at least papersift if I fail everything else! I know a lot of people use the Specials as a stepping stone to the Regulars, but if I get in, I'm going to be a Special for the long haul, as long as the bosses can cope with me, lol. In other news, I also need to enquire about that job at GAME in Meadowhall I applied for the other week, because if all goes right for the Specials application, I'll have to drop out of the GAME job, due to rules from the job centre about working only a certain number of hours before benefit entitlement is affected. Anyway just thought I'd do my blog while I wasn't do anything else of crucial importance.

Rich-Allen

Rich-Allen

 

Fitness test Day 24th May, Hendon

Hiya people, i have my Day 2 Fitness test arriving very fast and was hoping if anybody can give me any advice or helpful information which would enable me to be more prepared for this test as the nerves are getting to me. This would be greatly appreciated.:D

afsarali

afsarali

 

Level 2 Exam

Well, I went today 16/05/10 for my Level 2 Exam and passed... 78%. Was hopign for a greater mark but hey its a pass... Here goes to getting to Level 3 Independant status... :D :-D JP

jp2uk

jp2uk

 

Hey Peepz!

Hey guys, Thought I would post this and let you know a bit about me and my rolse as a S/Con for MerPol... I am JP, 28 years old and have been an attested S/Con since March 11th 2010. I have tried for the regs, PCSO and Emergency Call Handler in the years gone by because it has alwyas been a passion of mine to join the police service. I recently failed at my final interview in December 2009 for the "Regs" for MerPol... I can re-apply again in June 2010 (I hope I get in this time ;-)). I enjoy my current job as Vocational Instructor of the Computer Suite, but I am getting bored of office life and since being a S/Con I want to be on duty FULL TIME and not Part Time. Im based at St Helens Central (D1) Neighbourhood Office and thoroughly enjoy everyones company. They have all been so helpful and want me to succeed as much as I do I try to do as many hours as I can as a Special not only to gain exerpience for the regs, but becuase I love interacting with the public, and love giving the public the reassurance by the High-Vis patrols I do each and every shift. I worked with my SGT on 8th May 2010 and got my first arrest. I was over the moon. So i have amassed 3 assists and 1 lock up... WOO HOO!!! :D Ill post on here as and when I feel I need to to keep you updated on my progress and WAR stories... Thanks for reading guys 'n' dolls, JP

jp2uk

jp2uk

 

Back to work

Back to work Saturday, although not looking forward to it. I am getting bore of just working as a security officer. The job is alright and I don't really have to do very much and that is the problem. Its boring, Thats why I am hoping that I get excepted by one of the Park forces. I know I am pinning to much onto this but kinda getting caught up in the moment. Cant believe how much I have missed Policing in the last four years. I have to go to court on Tuesday as well. The firm isnt letting me have anytime of to go as I am working nights. So I have to work a night shift then be in court at 9 and then work another night shift that night. Not looking forward to that. Also the incident that I am a witness for occured back in December. I cant remeber a bloody thing about it. I know I can refer to my staement which will refresh my memory but I was only the CCTV operator and have the camaras where playing up that night so not clear views of suspects. Think this one will be thrown out.

JaseS1434

JaseS1434

 

Recruitment

Well had a few responses and as I suspected there are no current vacancies. I think will probably be the case with the ones I havent heard from yet but fingers crossed. Seen Surrey are running an access course pre acceptance. Might try and get onto that course cant hurt. Need to brush up my skills and do something while I am waiting for vacancies. Forces I have heard from so far: Hammersmith and Fulham Epping Forest Redbridge

JaseS1434

JaseS1434

 

First Blog

Hi People, First ever blog and only the second day of using this site. Did anyone else find it frustrating when they first started is it just me. I can alter my awards but I hold to medals which I am proud of but cant display. How do I do it? "A New Role". I had previously served with Sussex Police as a Special for 14yrs before leaving for personal reasons. I joined Sussex as a boy at the age of 14 by enroling in the Police cadets. Cadets was a lot differnet then, Oh nope I will stop there feel a Grampa Simpson moment coming on lol. However because of when I join the officers who took me under their wing had been trained in the sixties and I learn a lot of good old coppering skills which are sadly lost today. I spent most of my service at Rye before taking a transfer to Hailsham with a promotion and then back to Rye once they had abolished the rank structure. I can honestly say I Loved it, working for the Police and serving my community and making a difference was a great experience. I am one of the line in the sand types of people and Sussex gave me the opportunity to make a real difference. Sadly though that was four years ago now and since leaving I have lost my sense of purpose working for the Police for so long and in the same place Rye Police had become my family and I just sadly dont know how to do anything else. I think I can honestly say I am institutionalised as a result, and I dont mean I am in a lonney bin, I mean the general conformity. So I have ended up in security and I am currently working as a Mobile Patrol Officer for a local Security company that quite frankly is not challenging enough. They dont value your experience they dont want to listen to you and the pay is terrible. So I am looking for a new role something that will make me feel valued and help me put something back but also pay the bills. However I am also looking for that small station buzz and close commradeship we had at Rye and from what I understand the HO forces or services as they like to be known have lost that "Heartbeat" feel. So looking for something a bit different. with that in mind I am really interested in join one of the many Park Police services. Sent emails off to them all yesterday and now just awaiting the replies. I will let you know how I get on.

JaseS1434

JaseS1434

 

My first police application

1st Feb - Attended Metropolitan Police recruitment event, waited for application form 13th March - Received application form... trying to finish filling it in before the deadline (1st April) 31st March - Went to Hendon to hand the application form in myself after nearly 2 hours on a train 16th April - All that waiting paid off... my application was accepted. Sent off the booking form for Day 1 that afternoon. 25th June - Received joining pack for the Day 1 assessments and PIRT. 4th August - Attended Day 1 assessments at Hendon.... that was hard. 26th August - Results came through - Failed interview and 3 roleplays, now to wait for the next recruitment event.

Omar3256

Omar3256

 

Latest blog

Still working down at Lifewise 2 half days a week, getting lots of praise from the Bosses down there, got new Boss this week while Louisa Bennett goes on Maternity leave for 6 months, she says she's having a leaving do which I might be invited on before she leaves in March. In other news, I'm attending my third recruitment presentation for SYP Specials on Wednesday, slightly more confident of getting in this time, cos we don't have to do the competency section which is where I failed both previous times of applying, shan't get too excited though, there's still a very good chance I'll fail papersift again and even if I pass that there's the interview, vetting and then training possibly. The radio work is still going OK, I'm hoping to win the Volunteer of the Year trophy again at the AGM on the 23rd of Feb, but no problem if I don't. although I suspect the Chairman knows something I don't cos he keeps dropping subtle hints, lol. Various positions on the Committee are available as well at the AGM, might try for one if possible.

Rich-Allen

Rich-Allen

 

Now It Begins

I can't believe here I am, looking at my mobile looking at the words:- "Dear Special Constable Candidate We are now in a position to book you onto a Special Constable Training Course...." I can't believe that August last year I was sitting with a dear friend in "Nando's" talking about his job and how he felt I had every quality he would want in one of his specials. How infact I had wanted to pursue a police career when I was in my teens but my parents didn't support my ambition I was encouraged in a different direction and one that made it impossible for me to see me ever being able to pursue either of my dreams of being a children's nurse or a police officer. I broke away from the life that was dimming my shine and at 30 I got divorced and took my life in my own hands and decided to be what I wanted to be, and stop being what others wanted me to be. Inside I was listening to him, thinking this is the right time for me to now pursue my policing dream - but I didn't know how to ask him, tell him this was what I wanted. I didn't want him to think he was influencing me or encouraging me. I know he was / is SO proud of me for doing my nursing and continuing to do so well on my nursing degree. I hinted and made him aware of my interest and how maybe disillusioned I was with my nursing at the time and that I wanted to go on my three week cruise and think about it. I know it wasn't him that encouraged or motivated me to do my policing but suddenly here I was with someone who I had no doubt about would be someone significant in my life till the day I died. It was like I met him at the right time by total chance yet here he was and able to give me first hand experiences and answer my questions about becoming a special. In October 2009 I went to him and said I have requested the application pack. I didn't know how to really apply etc some how I just got on with it and here I am just 2 weeks off starting my training. Amazing.

Pippin

Pippin

 

Right Here, Right Now

Have you ever stopped and thought about all the moments in your life that have brought you to this place in time? The links and interchanges through which you have passed, occassions, events and interactions with people that are like train stations on a journey to where you are standing right at the this very moment? Today I am here - feeling some how isolated in time, a sense of what is behind me and what is in front of me, but right here, right now I am somewhere in between the two. Suddenly I see all the things that have seemed so insignificant and how they have all come together to build a picture of the world I have created for myself. I'm no one special, I dont expect I ever will be - but I do believe I am a good person and I want to do good for others. It hasn't been easy but it is something I have always strived to do whenever possible. My efforts have always gone towards those that I would describe as not worse off than me - but those that had something to gain from me. If I could provide it, I would willingly. I have the love and support of some amazing friends and it is to them that I dedicate this journal. I am looking forward to qualifying as Paediatric Nurse next year and in my spare time working as a Special Constible. My nursing degree is going well and I am nearly at the final stage of the recruitment process and should get my Police training dates soon.

Pippin

Pippin

 

PIRT Result

Well found out me result from the PIRT......I PASSED!!! :D I am so pleased and very proud of myself. Got me background and financial check forms to fill out now so send off to the Criminal Records Bureau and Special Branch for checks. Filling these out over weekend and sending them off monday. I really still cannot believe i have passed the PIRT. Found out when i was on a course at work and had a grin from ear to ear through the afternoon Next Post: Background & Financial checks and Interview Date

mitch1985

mitch1985

 

So it Begins :D

Hello all, thought id start a blog on the long winding process of my speicals application. In October this year, finally had the guts to print out the application form, and set about filling it in. Sent it off just before my 19th Birthday, got a confimation email saying they had received it, then several days later got a letter saying the same thing. The waiting game then began, and id been doing university things. Was a strange day, the only time i left my phone as i went out, they rang, and said they needed some more information on the form, and that i had passed the papersift, which i was very extatic about! Also got a call for a job interview aswell shortly after. After a few days, got a letter about the PIRT that i was booked for, which i was happy with. From this date, the next 4 weeks flew by, until today. Spent last night feeling sick and nervous, couldnt sleep much! The morning came, overcome with nerves, 9am train to Colwyn Bay, to HQ and arrived and sat in the reception area with the others who has made it into the PIRT. We had a chat as more emerged, then by 10am, 3 ladis came along saying hello, would you like to follow me to the conference room. Only was 11 of us attending, a small number.The room was already set out with the papers for the test, we all took a seat. It hit home when one of them said'Well done all of you for getting this stage' and i just felt wow, im actually doing this and on the winding road to the speical constabulary of North Wales Police. Tests were done after the alloted time, and we all spoke for a while and did some admin stuff, sign forms and had to re do my security form, the yellow booklet, as mine seemed to have went AWOL from the post. Oh dear. With all that sorted, was explained the next step, which got me excited and nervous, as you shall see why in a moment. Were informed we would normally get results within 7 - 10 days, but in fact we would get them TOMORROW! Sent my heart racing to begin with, then to make it more dramatic, this was due to 2 divisions haveing interview before christmas, so everything had to be pushed along. After this chat, all got asked to which division we want, and i was the only person, out of 11 to chose western! But nevermind, the dates for interview seem to be next week, so all in all i was full of excitement, hope and dread all in one ball. Now, to add to ths, an extra intake is scheduled for February, so im all excited now, and being advised the security form will take about 4 weeks, i could potentially be offered a position in NWP, around end of January. When all this was done, i had to stay behind to complete another security form, fair enough they need them. Had one detail which i couldnt remember, so got a direct number, and i found that at 4.40pm and gave them a ring. told them all they needed to know, and she also said, im pleased to tell you, you have passed the papersift. My reaction was literally, "OMG, you dont know how much this means to me, im so happy!". Was informed the medical/optician forms were in the post so i should get them and need them doing ASAP in time for the interview, hopefully. Now i need to wait for the division to contact me, in the next couple of days to arrange the interview, and been given detals of the core comptencies and what is required in the interview. I have a lot of feelings at the moment, got lots of supports of friends who i love to bits, knowing they know how much this means to me, even saying to one im going to put on that uniform and wear it with pride, in the streets of North Wales. I know this person is proud and cant that her enough for her support and belief she is putting in me, big hug for her tomorrow :D I can't wait until the next stage, so much excitement and nerves, this is all for one day. I shall be updating this blog when i get more information

Nozza

Nozza

 

Summing up the application process

Welcome folks, this is my first blog, this first post will briefly outline how long recruitment took for me. It will be updated in the New year when i start training, and hopefully every (few) week(s) after that. Well, it seems a long time since i submitted my application to Merseyside Police to become a Special, however it was only at the beginning of September, and the process has flown by. I received my letter last week with training dates and offering me a position as a Special. I have no figures here but i must say it is probably one of the fastest recruitment turnarounds in the country, as i will attest in March, so from appliation to attestation will be no more than 6 months, however is would have been 2 months quicker if i was actually old enough to attest if i was old enough to start training on the initial course i was booked onto. After submitting my application in the first few days of September i received and email the next day from the recruitment department inviting me to my PIRT, two and a half weeks later. Attending this, i heard i had passed 2 days after taking the tests and was invited to an interview at HQ 2 weeks after the PIRT. In between the PIRT and the interview i was also invited to an open evening, and managed to fit in a station visit. After alot of revision and nervous waiting i attended my interview and was immediately put at ease by the interviewers (they are actually extremely friendly people, and are not there to catch you out!). I found out the next day that i had passed this stage. Next was the medical which i had booked for 2 weeks after the interview, so from submitting the application to attending my medical was 7 weeks. After the medical i filled in and sent off the vetting forms, which took 4 weeks to be returned with the all clear stamp. The recruitment team were great throughout and didn't mind my pestering calls or email about updates throughout the vetting process at all. Now i just have to sit back and relax until training starts. Bring on the New Year and training, can't wait!

PCSD

PCSD

 

PIRT

Well back on the 24 November 2009 i had received my letter from Staffordshire Police to attend the PIRT at Staffordshire HQ on the 07/12/2009 (Yesterday) So got myself a nice suit from Burtons (supposed to of been £135, got it for £79...bargain!!!)and a nice black with pinstripes shirt and nice silver tie and some nice new shoes from Next. Thaught i would give a good impression. So travelled down from Hanley in Stoke and got there for around 1:20pm (needed to be there for around 1:30pm to 1:45pm) plenty of time. Checked in at the reception desk with a very polite and friendly lady who then gave me my ID badge to wear whilst i was there. Had wait around for about 10 minutes for the lady who was moderating the test to come and greet us all. After a quick ID check we all headed to the test room. Then came the actual test. First came the Verbal Usage Test: around 25 questions in a 12 minute timed test. I feel comfortable in this area as i think my spelling, punctuation and grammar are really good. I finished all the questions with about 3 minutes to spare.
Next came the Checking Information Test: 31 questions in a 8 minute timed test (to me i feel this was not long enough as there was alot you need to check) I only managed to get to around question 18-19 before the time elapsed, but feel i did well in this section.
Next came the Working with Numbers Test: around 26 questions in a 8 minute timed test. This is the area i feel i was going to struggle as mental arithmetic is not one of my strong points. I got to question 20 though before time was up but feel i did ok in this section.
Last was the Verbal Reasoning Test: around 31 questions in a 25 minute time test. This was i feel the most toughest section as the context was alot to read and analyze. I did though manage to complete this section with around 10 minutes to go so went through my answers to double check (good job i did ha ha)
And that was it. I feel i did good in the PIRT and have everything crossed that i pass this. The moderator did say that do not worry if some sections were incomplete as it is more about getting the right answers, which is a fair comment. Just now awaiting the result of this so wish me luck. Next Blog:- The Result (Sounds like X-Factor) :D

mitch1985

mitch1985

 

Assessment Day!

Have passed the paper sift and have to attend the assessment day next saturday 7th November in Kidlington. Feeling really nervous have been revising for the last week and plan to do loads more this coming week. Does anybody have any tips?

richard smith

richard smith