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Neighbourhood Patrol Teams

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Well I'm now (semi)-officially attached to an NPT.

Means I'm also moving sections, which is a wrench in some ways. I can honestly say the section I've been on for the past five years is easily one of the best in Derbyshire, generally very pro-special.

Having said that since they effectively got rid of our last S.O., and the girl I normally work with going off on maternity leave, it hadn't been as much fun so I'm hoping the move will invigorate my interest again.

Need to get trained up on a few things, one thing with working on the last section was the bobbies were usually more than happy to help out, if not take on, any jobs I stumbled across so there's a fair bit of procedure I've little practical experience of.

The new section covers where I live, although if I have any choice I'll be avoiding the village like the plague and just concentrating on the surrounding areas.

Strangely enough it's actually harder to get to the main nick than it was to get to the old one. Hopefully though we'll be able to fit a gas locker in the community office, and keep a radio for me there (no personal issue yet, although I think that if we don't get them it may well be the biggest obstacle for the NPTs).

Going to the main stations isn't a huge problem but it's soon going to become a pain in the a**e if I have to travel all the way there to come back home to do the policing to go back to the nick to drop off my stuff and then to come home after. I envisaged it as "Ooh, I've got an hour or two, I'll go check out [village]" and go pick up kit from the community office and get out and about. If I've got to factor in an extra hour for travelling (yes, you read that right, up to an hour there and back) then I probably won't go on.

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