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Funky Drummer

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  1. hi, you posted about the southern general parking problem in Glasgow and said you had a letter to send to the parking company. Would it be possible to get a copy of the letter as I work there and get a lot of hassle from them regarding this.

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    Potentially complicated one... There's been much discussion over the increase in students entering the sex industry to finance their studies. The 'Sponsor a Scholar' website was recently closed down and, according to this article, the chap in charge was accused of inciting prostitution: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/9744476/Its-hardly-surprising-that-students-are-turning-to-the-sex-trade.html The arguments are about whether cash changed hands, whether it was implicit that it was in payment for sex, and - in the above case specifically - over the duping through 'auditioning' of students. But websites like 'Seeking Arrangements' are set up to facilitate what they dubiously call 'arrangements' between young attractive people and older wealthy people. The vast majority of the young attractives are students who openly acknowledge using the site to fund their lifestyle and courses. And, whilst the language is euphamistically about 'accompanying me to enjoy life' (and so on), there are blatant cases of money being offered in exchange for sex. Having very little experience of sex crimes from a policing perspective, what is the legislation? How blatant does something have to be before it can be considered prostitution / soliciting prostitution? I.e. if pulled in to an interview room, two people could easily say "we enjoy spending time together, and he occasionally helps me out financially." How much proof is needed, and so on?
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    Any 18 year old specials in small towns ? dunoon oban etc ?

    Haha, yes fair observation! Please excuse my ignorance of West Coast geography and the Strathclyde force make-up. The original poster might want to speak to a local officer and find out how they divvy up that patch. It may be that he/she could be based at an office that's nearby but that doesn't (in normal circumstances) cover their home area. That way they're not travelling for hours on end and they'd only perhaps be called in to their own area as extra resources rather than it being their staple beat.
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    Any 18 year old specials in small towns ? dunoon oban etc ?

    Don't do it. I joined at 18 and - fortunately - was in a force area away from my home patch. Go to the nearest town or city. You'll get your travel expenses remember!!!
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    Traffic Law towing a car

    If you're broken down on a motorway it's advisable to use the SOS phones so that the police are aware. Chances are there's a traffic car not far from your area, and if they're not in the middle of something else, they can at the very least come and sit behind you with rear reds on. Given how hazardous the hard shoulder is, and also joining the motorway at a slow speed, this would always be worth doing as it gets you off a fast road system onto a local road with a bit of extra protection.
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    Driving Course!

    I think there probably will be. The force driving policy probably says something along the lines of basic and 'regular' drivers can drive anything up to about a 2.0 (ish). Anything over that power needs to be an officer from the RPU or to have completed certain additional training.
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    Driving Course!

    Remember, legally-speaking, blue lights and sirens are "auxiliary warning equipment" and as far as the Highway Code is concerned, mean the same as the horn on your regular car. "I am here." I.e. They're not the only way to signal for a vehicle to stop. Flashing headlights, signalling with indicators, pulling up alongside and gesturing, etc may also be justifiable methods. But individual forces will have their own views on things like this. As is always the case (especially with areas as sensitive as 'specials driving') would be to err on the side of caution. If you'd like to stop a vehicle and are unsure of your force's policies then shout up for support.
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    Driving Course!

    I guess you'd most certainly be disciplined. Legally, it would depend on the circumstances. You might get charged with Careless Driving or Dangerous Driving.
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    Driving Course!

    The main thing is, as was said, sticking to good driving, not being a liability to the force (either on the roads, or in reputation), and sticking to the rules once you've been signed off. I knew a couple of people who got their basic driving authorisation and then drove with blues and twos to Grade 1 calls even though it was well over and above their authorisation and training. Totally unacceptable.
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    Driving Course!

    It involves rapid response driving, extreme weather driving, pursuits involving air support, and defensive driving (skidding, handbrake turns, rolling cars), driving in specialist operations, firearms deployments, and driving dangerous loads. You'll be expected to drive to at least 170mph. Just kidding. It'll be driving around "perfectly" with the force driving instructor to check he's happy that you're a safe, controlled, considerate and competent driver.
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    Scottish accents!

    Not a stupid question at all - communication is THE biggest part of the job! Don't worry about it though. Scotland, like many other countries, has accents which differ widely from place to place. So growing up in the NE (very strong regional dialects), I still had difficulty when I was policing areas of the central belt. You'll get used to the patter and the slang after a while. And if anything the differing accent might be a bonus - rather than someone getting in a fight with you they might be more interested in finding out who you are, where you're from, why you moved to their patch, etc. Although your colleagues MAY use it as a way to have a wind up
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    Drivers in Strathclyde

    Aberdeen & shire area are awful. In my opinion, the worst in the land. I think it seems to be when large swathes of rural-ish patches suddenly collide with busy cities. People find it difficult to adjust their driving as they go from rural to built-up or vice-versa.
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    Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010

    Ah, cheers for that Bi Glic
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    Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010

    Do these powers - and indeed responsibilities - not already exist within current COYP legislation? I certainly remember confiscating and destroying cigarettes from 14 year olds (who were smoking them at the time).
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    Events Earpiece

    stir_student, Clearly your comment above ("Hope not, i've been present when 2 guys have been told "get rid of that or you'll go on paper") doesn't fly with Burnsy... Scale it up a bit - why not try whacking someone with a non-issue baton, or switching your CD/PAVA for something you've smuggled in from abroad? Or simply wear a different hi-vis from the one Stores have given you, see how long that lasts.