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This is to help anyone wanting to be a Community Protection Officer (CPO)

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End of second weeks training summary 02/12/2012

This is just an overview of the second week in training, not a lot happened this week as parts of our training took 3 days for each topic so apologies if it sounds boring. Day 1: This was a continuation of the conflict management of the training. This is a total of 3 days and we covered body language, personal protection and the ways of encouraging people to calm down by talking to them. This was interesting and will no doubt prove useful when i start coming into contact with the public. We were also told where we would be stationed much to our delight. Day 2: This was the final day of conflict management as above involving an exam on the subject before we carried out another role play with examples of conflict management. We also collected out ID's and keys from HQ. Day 3: This was the first day of first aid, and this was delivered by the outside security company of which i think we were all glad of as they are ex military and have more experience than most people. This day covered CPR, recovery position and general first response. Day 4: This was the second day of first aid covering bleeding, reasons for unconsciousness and a overview of the previous days CPR, recovery position & first response. Day 5: This day consisted of a quick refresh of all the first aid and then we had a written exam and two role play assessments including one for CPR and one for the recovery position. All pretty simple, but no doubt very useful! We also received out collar numbers which finished the week off nicely.




End of first weeks training summary 24/11/12

I thought I'd provide an entry on what I've covered in training throughout my first week so people can understand what training we actually do as CPO's. Day 1: Taught by Police Sgt. We used this day as an introduction to the role and the people we'll train with. We covered each others background and interests and then looked into the structure of Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council. We toured the station and met the different departments that we will be talking to for help of things we attend on the streets and also have the opportunity to shadow and work with them on our shifts. Day 2: Taught by external security. Day two was ran by a external security company with more experience than i can think about! We were introduced to basic skills of what we will learn and a basic lesson on the signing on and off and the Police radio system. Day 3: Taught by external security. This was a day based around radio work, we used the radios and practiced using them to report incidents whilst they are happening. The afternoon was a foot patrol role play in a local area to get us used to what we will be doing most of our time on duty. We managed to borrow a Community centre as shelter as the weather was terrible! We took it in turns, 4 people at a time to do the role play patrols whilst the rest waiting indoors. This centre was open that day to people with special needs, and so we managed to spend 2 hours talking to them about our roles, what we can do for them and letting them try on our hats etc. This was great, and as a result we were offered shelter and hot drinks when ever we were in the area which means we had established a great link within in the community for those of us who are to be based around there. (I think by talking to the people who had special needs and getting involved whilst we were actually killing time for our training, we gave them an idea of how we are working with them and we all left with smiles on our faces because of the time we spent there...i think this was more effective than our role play!) Day 4: Taught by external security and Police Sgt. This was with the external company again and we covered basic uniform care, patrol skills, and basic stuff we need whilst out there. The afternoon was spent back at the station learning how to use the computer systems and the different resources available... this was brilliant to myself that was a member of the public at the start of the week to learn how many resources police and ourselfs have! Day 5: Taught by external security. This was a day of self defence by the external company as they do close protection for celebs and Royal family on occasions. They covered basic Police stuff as well as more advanced and effective ways to take away the threat immediately as we don't have ASP's or CS to protect ourselfs. Overall thought on training: Brilliant! We are very underestimated in what we are trained by the public because we are not police.. if anything we're more trained than police in self defence etc because of us always coming across things on patrol! Also found out our job is part of the current legislation in parliament and so we have better funding than Police, which is great...but also think Police are being let down as they are after all the first response to the incidents! Safe to say we all are in pain today from the Self defence training and we are thankful of a weekend off!




Introduction day 19/11/12.

First day of training as a CPO in Nottinghamshire: Reported to station 9:30am and joined the other 11 of my training group and my trainer. Spent most of the day looking at roles of CPO's, mission statements and everything we're going to cover over the next 7 weeks. Quick tour of the station meeting the different departments within the Community Protection family made up of CPO's PCSO's and Police all of which deal with different issues on a daily basis. A couple of talks from high ranking Police members about the role, funding, how things work and a welcome to the Police family. We sorted out any outstanding paper work or uniform that needed sorted and had a talk on keeping things confidential and what sorts of things will result in us losing out job or legal action. We're then briefed for what to expect tomorrow and we all left for home. Overall, a good day to get an idea of the stuff that's to come and the people we'll deal with whilst getting to know the people we're going to be training with. First impressions: So much to learn about stuff that i had no idea existed!




Pre training entry. 12/11/12

(Apologies if this is long winded, wanted to let you know a bit about my background and education on the first entry. The next entries won't be as long winded!) I applied for the role of a CPO around a year and half ago, when i worked for a news agents and had left college at 18 after two years studying Uniformed Public Services with some of the most successful members of Police, Fire, Ambulance, Prison, Paras, Army, Marines and Navy. This course confirmed my passion to get into the forces, and believe if it wasn't for the course i'd have gone a completely different way. I failed the first application and forgot all about this role until i was casually looking for another full time job this year for a change when i stumbled upon the advert for the CPO role again (Now 19 years old). I wrote the application during my dinner break at work as that week i had little time off and on the 28/ 08/12 i received an email the night before i left for my holiday to say i was invited the the first stage (made the holiday even better!). And so I passed that stage and kept getting emails through every couple of days to say i was successful again, which felt great! And so after all the stages had been completed, i was told i had the job and the relevant checks were done and passed. I took three weeks off work and have spent it in the gym to give me the best possible start when i go out on patrols. I recently picked up the Uniform and it feels great to wear it as it feels like the next step will be into the career of my dreams as a full time Police Officer. My training starts the 19/11/12 and will be updating this blog as i pass through the training and eventually go out onto the streets over Christmas and New years shadowing officers before i start as a full time CPO within Nottingham in January. People believe this role is just doing pointless things whilst looking like Police, however most of the CPO's role is unseen as they deal with a lot of Anti Social Behavior, theft, fixed penalties, public disturbances whilst on foot patrols and carry out the stuff that members of the public want police to deal with but they simply haven't got time for. We have to complete the same type of paperwork and witness statements etc which proves great for the Police role later on. We have access to Police radios while on duty and provide support to the Police whilst being able to ask for assistance from them too, which makes us a valuable asset to the public in order to improve their way of living and the area they live in. I have spoken to a number of serving Police Officers for Nottingham who i personally know, and all of them said they'd rather have an Officer who has served as a CPO or PCSO before the regular force as they know how to talk themselves out of most problems! Stages completed so far: Fitness: Bleep test to level 5 over a 20m course. Assessment: This involves, -Role Play= You will be briefed on what to expect before entering a room and then you have to deal with it as a CPO. -Written= You will be given two situations in which you have to explain what you'd do and why. -Observation= You will be shown a short video in which you have to make notes about time, date etc and then answer 10 questions on it. Interview: You will be asked six questions by a panel (I had three people) in which you have to answer and give evidence how you meet the criteria. If you pass this you will be offered a conditional offer and all you checks will be done before being asked to collect the uniform ready for the start date. And so that's it for now, the next post will be on my induction day of training next week. Hope this helps anyone interested in the role as there isn't a lot out there about the job or the training! Please feel free to contact me on advice for the role or just for a chat! Thanks for reading! Matt.



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