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    12 October 2018 A Metropolitan Police officer, who cannot be named, was awarded the New Trainee Detective of the year for his efforts in tackling hate crime, including against disabled people. The officer, who has undertaken a plethora of detective roles in the last three years, is widely recognised for his tenacity and victim-focussed approach. He was presented with the national award at the Police Federation National Detectives’ Form (PFNDF) on Thursday in Manchester. The officer obtained the first domestic violence protection order in the capital and has frequently gone beyond his role profile to build relationships and trust with communities. As a member of the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the DC managed a caseload of up to 60 investigations simultaneously. He obtained disclosures from young people previously unwilling to detail their experiences and visited social care professionals in his own time. He exposed a London wide sexual exploitation of children in “hotel parties” – piecing together information to identify a perpetrator network. In 2017 he switched trajectory and joined the new Venice Investigation Team, tackling the rise of Moped-enabled crime across the capital. DC Hannah Marren from Merseyside was awarded second place for successfully steering cases through to charge and conviction. She further excelled as part of a Test Purchase Operation in Liverpool where she championed the use of new seizure powers, wrote operational orders and briefed search teams. DC Marren was subsequently posted to the Reactive CID division, which deals with the most serious crimes. Placed third in this category was DC Nicholas McCullogh of West Midlands Police, a trainee investigator who excelled as the officer in charge of two major investigations which concluded this year. Notably, DC McCullogh investigated a case of abduction at gunpoint – where the victim had been taken to wasteland, beaten and subjected to a mock execution. Three of the suspects were prominent local gang members and the victim and his family were subjected to a sustained campaign of intimidation and violence. The case came dangerously close to collapse but the officer refused to accept defeat. He arranged for the victim and his family to be protected and secured the successful conviction and jailing of those responsible. View the full article
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    I have been told no at the moment, they recently had an intake and I know of a few people who have been told their applications are on hold.
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    You should have to sit some kind of exam, yes. I would say the actual sergeants exam as most of what they test regular sergeants on doesn't apply to special sergeants. S/Sgts will have no PACE powers for instance so don't need to be tested on them. What you should be tested on is your basic legal knowledge, your understanding of basic HR procedures etc, as ultimately you will be "puppy walking" the newer specials and dealing with things like resignations and sickness etc...
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    I don't really get the issue. The title isn't Sergeant, its Special Sergeant. Its a completely different meaning, it has different 'rank' insignia (well, in the Met, anyways. Though I know some have adopted chevrons). Its good for those who want to develop their leadership skills and I think its right that there is some sort of progression in place for those that want it. It is ludicrous to suggest that a S/Sgt should sit the same exam as a Sgt, when there is absolutely not need or requirement to use that knowledge (indeed, much of it you simply can't use). There should be rigor for those promoted to S/Sgt, and it could have its own national exam to reflect overall general policing knowledge and the specific role. I have no issue referring to S/Sgt and S/Isp and Sarge, or Sir/Ma'am respectively. Often they give up significantly more of their time to ensure that things run smoothly and do the boring admin when I want to go out and volunteer my time for front line policing. All of this talk I hear about "they didn't earn the rank" seems to imply they were given Sergeant and not S/Sergeant. There is a difference. The *only* thing that bothers me is the 'wrong' people getting promoted to these roles. But then, that happens in regs just as it does the specials.
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    They are not 'private security'. They are council officers. They are not replacing anyone, as it is not the job of the police to patrol parks. Whilst a 'public place' when open, a park is private property owned by the council. It's the council's responsibility to make byelaws and regulations to help keep parks safe and it is their job to enforce them. That responsibility does not rest with the police.