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About this blog

Follow me as I go through training and begin my Specials career!

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Out on the Streets

Right, when I started this blog before my training I thought that I would update this every couple of weeks or so, so that people could follow my journey and whatnot. Low and behold it's been two and a half months since my last entry and not only have I started training, I've finished it too! Training was great fun though was pretty intense at times as it was all weekend and two evenings a week for 8 weeks. Had some bad times like the pain of CS and some great times like every other bit of OST, first aid was a fun weekend too. So now I'm a fully warranted police officer, yikes! I've been 'in' for two weeks now and have already done 4 shifts. Not the most thrilling shifts mind you as I'm currently on Public Order in the city centre and no one seems to be getting in too much trouble while I'm about , probably because there are so many of us on shift and there seems to be an officer around most corners in the centre at weekends. I guess that's what the higher ups want to be honest, so many of us that no crimes get committed. But if no one's being naughty we don't have anything to do......had a couple of blue light runs in the van mind you, there was just nothing happening when we arrived. My next shifts are Good Friday and Easter Saturday so hopefully people will be a bit naughtier er...ahem...in the party mood .

GinSB

GinSB

 

Start Date and Uniform Fitting

I received my big starter pack in the post this week! I was about to go to the shop when it popped through the letter box so I ended up sat on my sofa for the next hour and a half reading through everything in the pack. It detailed terms and conditions of service, rules about DNA samples, uniform standards as well as several more forms to be filled in and my training details! Training starts very soon, in one week exactly to be precise, and attestation is in March! It will come quickly I have no doubt. I've also received my ID number and my assignment to the Public Order Unit. I went down to Humberside Police stores yesterday to get fitted up. The address was a very nondescript trading estate building but inside there were rows of vest, high vis jackets and hats, quite a treasure trove. I was measured up by the force tailor before trying on some shirts, trousers, a fleece, a stab vest and high vis jacket. It felt really strange putting on the uniform as when I looked in the mirror there was a police officer standing there....just with my head on !!! Unfortunately the tailor didn't have a custodian in my size for me to try on, so me looking like this will have to wait until I pick up my full kit later in training. I also got issued a fleece that's slightly too small for me, for the time being, as they had run out of medium. It may be small but it's really warm which is a good thing if I'm to be out and about on the streets, though hopefully I'll have the right size by then. In just one week I will be a full fledged trainee special!

GinSB

GinSB

 

Green light on a red run!

After 6 and a bit months of the recruitment process I received a call on Friday informing I had passed all stages and am to start training in only 2 weeks time! I had been waiting for the call over the whole Christmas/New Year period since I knew I had passed the test/interview/medical and vetting was in the final stages. But it still came as a bit of a surprise not least because I was standing on top of a mountain, literally, in the French Alps about to hurtle down a piste with my life in Hull seemingly a world away. Now I'm back it's something to look forward to, in between the university exams that are also beginning in the coming weeks. I should get a letter detailing everything in the next few days and if all should go well I will be out there doing my part for the city in the next few months! Scott

GinSB

GinSB

 

Hello there

Well, I've always enjoyed reading other people's blogs and getting a small insight into who they are that you just don't get through forum posts. So, I've decided to start my own and hopefully track my progress through the final part of my recruitment process and then hopefully my training. (I'm also supposed to be writing a university essay on the regulation of eukaryotic cell cycles at the moment so this is a bit of procrastination! ) Who am I? This is a question you may be asking yourself. To answer, my name's Scott and I am a student. I'm studying Biomedical Sciences which is not as scary as some people believe. The user name GinSB came about as I was trying to sign up but failing as there were already so many Scotts on here. So I decided to use this, SB being my initials and the prefix referring to my often defining hair colour. It's not the best but I didn't want to use my last name and I fail at making up cool pseudonyms. My story so far.... I first heard of the specials as I was wondering around during my first week at university in Sept '07. A tall guy in a uniform caught me off guard as I was browsing a police stall and asked if I was interested in joining the specials. "Err..no?" I quickly replied as I moved away swiftly, not really knowing what the tall man was talking about. As I arrived home later that day I found a leaflet about Special Constables in amongst the thousands of others I had unknowingly picked up. This is what the tall police guy (This tall man I now know to be the Special Superintendent ) was talking about! It did look very interesting but I didn't really dwell on it for too long as I had other things going on. Fast-forward to that Christmas holiday, I'm the designated driver for a night out in Bath and I get talking to a friend of a friend who's also not drinking. Turns out that he's a Special with A&S and we get talking. He tells me what he's been up to over the past few weeks and that he manages to get stuck in despite being only 19. Hmmm, maybe I could do this.... I soon put the specials to the back of my mind as I was back at uni with work to do. But after finding this very site I start to do a bit of research and dwell........for a long time. Finally after a few months of dwelling on it, my friend (Rich G) tells me he's applying for the specials and is just about to send off his application. I finally put in for an application form thinking that if he's doing it there's no reason why I can't! I sent off my application in June this year and waited for 3 weeks before receiving a letter telling me I had passed the papersift and was invited to sit an assessment. Joy! but wait, I was now back home for the summer and travelling 250 miles for an hour long test seemed a bit much. My application was put on hold until I returned in September. Since I returned everything seems to be going quite steadily. In October I sat my competency questions and then two weeks later I had to cancel a trip to see a friend in Nottingham so that I could get to my interview . Both went well enough for me to pass although I enjoyed the interview more than the competency questions. After a bit more waiting I was invited to a medical set for a few days before Christmas, are they doing this on purpose?! I phoned them up, telling them I would be at home for Christmas, luckily there was a spot open sooner. I passed my medical last week which was quite interesting and reassuring to be told I'm in perfect health, not that I had any real doubts. Now I'm finally waiting for the green light to come back from vetting before I hopefully start in the new year! If you actually read all this..well done! Hopefully as that's my back story out of the way the following posts will be a bit more interesting. Please leave a comment to tell me your thoughts or to inform me to stop blogging and get on with work, I really don't mind. :D Scott

GinSB

GinSB