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Big Mac

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About Big Mac

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  • Birthday 15/05/1961

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    Policing<br />cycling<br />nice red red wine<br />cooking and eating - oh, OK, mainly eating<br />guitar based rock and pop - 60s, punk (my heyday), Oasis, Blur to the arctics and the Kaiser chiefs, oh and the brilliant blinding Bluetones<br />keeping on top of 4 kids (most of them now bigger and stronger than me, so requires use of full tactical knowledge - get those pressure points in!)

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    New Years Honours 2014

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    They certainly can ... and will - and you will need, to know it, mate. It's actually COPPLAN ID. Which is mneumonic for remembering the necessity criteria: C hild or vulnerable person, to protect against the offender O bstruction of the highway, prevent P revent injury to offender or others P ublic decency – prevent offences against L oss or damage to property - prevent A ddress not known or doubted N ame not known or doubted I nvestigation – necessary for effective and prompt investigation of the offence D isappearance – belief that the offender will hinder the prosecution by not appearing at court or otherwise ‘disappearing’
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    Car Insurance For Specials

    SDP use for your main job only covers you for commuting to your main/usual place of employment. If you sometimes travel to a second site, even if straight from home, that would not normally be covered under SDP only policy terms. On the same basis, travelling to a second 'employment' is not usually covered either. The cover sought is simply to allow you to drive to work not to discharge the dutis of a special whilst driving...
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    travel expenses

    Travel expenses can be reimbursed, but only after attestation, when you submit a claim through division. Normally, taxi fares would not be reimbursed, however, so it would be worth your talking to your trainers and your class (can you share a lift with someone?) and your DTO to see whether you can come to some agreement in advance.
  5. That's no problem good sir :)

    Happy Birthday once again :D

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    Road Policing Units

    When I first joined (6 years ago), traffic was integrated with response. When two divisions combined to form one, traffic once again became a separate RPU and moved to the other nick. Response has now moved there too. I do miss the occasional and arbitrary opportunity to work in a traffic unit just when it happened to suit the response team. I know I learned a lot from a couple of traffic officers in particular, which I put to routine use - especially how consistently someone will lie to you about identity, etc. and how to confront and deal with that. I could certainly do with knowing more about specific traffic stuff (more involved construction and use offences, dealing with RTCs etc), but what I miss most is the way in which relatively minor traffic stops lead you to other things with a bit of digging about the occupants... I'd welcome the opportunity (which is there in our division, provided there is an action plan to make the case) for a short attachment, but I'm not sure how welcome this would be to the RPU - my guess is that it might mean someone going ouyt single crewed who'd otherwise be out with another traffic bobby.
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    Uniform Tax Rebates

    Not sure how this can apply to specials: can we have an allowance against income if we don't receive income for police 'employment'? Plus, whilst I work at least 50 hours a month, I wash my uniform much less than a regular, proportionate to the number of duties I perform.
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    Hello, I'm Al, and I work at Chapeltown - oops, Stainbeck - police station in the newly formed North East Leeds division.
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    Paying Specials

    W. Yorks specials have just been informed - to squash rumours circulating to the contrary - that there are NO plans to introduce payment of specials in the near future. The circular e-mail wasn't clear what, if any, deliberation had gone on, but frew attention to the difficulties of effecting proper payment.