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  1. Sergeant Julia Martin-Jones had just watched her daughter tie the knot. An off-duty officer showed her dedication to her role when she detained a suspected burglar on her daughter’s wedding day. Gloucestershire Sergeant Julia Martin-Jones was returning home after watching her child – who is also an officer with the force – tie the knot when she spotted someone leaving a neighbour’s house acting suspiciously. Without hesitation she leapt into action to apprehend the figure and called colleagues to the scene. “It was around 1am on Sunday morning and I’d just returned home from the wedding with family and friends,” she said. “I saw a youth in dark clothing emerge from a neighbour's driveway and I didn't recognise him. I knew there had been burglaries in the area so went and stopped him. My colleagues later found my neighbour's garage had been broken into. “There I was in my sparkly dress, high heels and all my finery - I think he thought I was some kind of crazy woman!” A 15-year-old boy from Manchester arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with the case has been bailed to return to police on March 25, pending further inquiries. View on Police Oracle
  2. Hero off-duty police detain 'drunk man who boarded Tube train armed with knife and loaded gun' HANNAH AL-OTHMAN, Sebastian Mann Tuesday 17 May 2016 Two hero off-duty police officers stepped in to apprehend a man who allegedly boarded a Tube train armed with a knife and a loaded gun while inebriated. The alarm was raised by a fellow passenger in the early hours of Saturday morning, on the District Line train near Earl's Court. The alarmed passenger pulled the train's emergency cord after spotting what appeared to be weapons in the man's luggage, prompting the two off-duty officers to race to the carriage. They then stepped in to detain the 35-year-old Ealing man, before handing him over to the British Transport Police, who seized the items and took the suspect into custody. British Transport Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward. A BTP spokesman said: "In the early hours of Saturday, May 14 we received a report of a man on a District Line train near Earl’s Court who was believed to be carrying a firearm and a knife in his luggage. “A member of the public pulled a passenger alarm and two off-duty Metropolitan Police officers attended the carriage and arrested the man shortly after 12.30am. “The man, 35, from Ealing, London, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a firearm while drunk in a public place, possession of a bladed article, and possession of ammunition in a public place. “He has since been interviewed and released on police bail until Wednesday, June 15 with a condition not to enter the transport system with any items which fall within the Firearms Act. “Officers from BTP are now carrying out a full investigation." Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 34 of 14/05/16. Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/hero-offduty-police-detain-man-who-boarded-tube-train-armed-with-knife-and-loaded-gun-a3250466.html
  3. Dazednconfused

    A cautionary tale

    I'll start by saying I'm not looking for advice, this is my story of how I was forced out of the police over something I eye as rather silly, and something I know people do all the time. Be aware, the federation seem like they aren't always as much help as they should be. Let's go back a few months, I've moved a long way from friends and family to pursue the career of my dreams. I'm 6 months into my probation with a police force. After serving 8 years as a special in my local force I had a fair idea what to expect, however this force at the other end of the world did seem to do a lot differently. Nothing too surprising though. I'd made some friends but as normal in the first 6 months I was getting moved from pillar to post every few weeks on attachments etc. I had met one person there I liked very much romantically however we ended up as just friends. I was living in a one bedroom flat on my own so thought I'd give Internet dating a go. Now... I've seen stories like this http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/exclusive-the-dirty-cop-650962 And although I certainly didn't intend to go on a "sleazy swingers website" I remembered what we had been told in training by psd, and made the decision to use a false name and to say my job was a recruitment consultant, at least at first, until I thought I'd got to know someone. I was in my probation so didn't want any hassle or any chance of getting in trouble. An Internet search with my real name makes it quite obvious I was a police officer. I ended up chatting to a few people, exchanged phone numbers with a few to text and looking back what caused the problems was probably swapping my email address with someone. However, I never did find out what the real cause was. Forwards to a Saturday afternoon. As I'm getting in the shower I hear my next door neighbours intercom buzzer going a few times. I'm basically naked with some loud music on (I like some tunes on while I shower!) but I thought nothing of it, had my shower, got out and there's this banging coming from the communal entrance area. Then my intercom buzzer goes. At the time I thought it might have been the landlord of the flats trying to get in and maybe forgot their keys. I throw some clothes on and go down and open the door. This is when my life fell to bits. Stood there is a DI from psd, along with my fed rep, my inspector and 2 strangers in civvies. The DI asks to come in, but days if I don't let him in he'll be staying me and coming in sec 32 anyway. Well, I'm racking my brain at this point as to what I've done wrong! Nothing I thought so keen to cooperate like a good little probationer (and checking with my feed rep first) I let this crowd into my little flat. I'd actually been diagnosed with depression a few weeks before and had already been engaging well with the welfare team and my gp but I could feel myself slipping deeper already. All I ever wanted to do was be a good cop, and miles away from my old colleagues, friends and family I had a strange DI telling me that I wasn't. We got inside and this DI then cautioned me and told me he was investigation an offence of misconduct in public office, and that he wanted my Mobile phone, laptop and any other device that could access the Internet. If I didn't give them to him again he would seize them section 19 pace and if I asked him to leave before he could do that he would arrest me. I looked at my fed rep. The advice was to give him the stuff and keep quiet. He got the stuff, searched my flat for any more stuff then left, leaving me with my feed rep and inspector. I told them the whole story. They couldn't believe it and thought there must be more to it. I'm sure plenty of you reading this think there must be more to it! Sorry to disappoint you! Anyway, the Monday came and I went into the fed office as arranged to be formally suspended from duty. Embarrassing and I thought needless. Horrible experience. I still couldn't work out what I'd done wrong. Chatted with the fed appointed solicitor. He was pretty amazed, he had all the information from psd on my reg notice, again couldn't see any misconduct let alone criminal offences. The decision was to give psd an early interview, cooperate completely and show them I had nothing to hide. Being interviewed under caution formally on tape is horrible. However, I told them everything. Gave them my reasons behind what I did, explained everything, hey I thought, I've done nothing wrong the sooner they see the sooner I can get back to work. Days went by. Weeks went by. They dragged my friends into interviews. They told a female friend I was a "danger to women" and advised her that as I once did some painting work at hers that she should change her locks! I lost friends, they didn't believe there was no more to this. I became more depressed. The fed started out saying things like "we can't see what you've done wrong" but slowly their tune started to change. They wouldn't tell me why but they started getting very concerned about saving my job. I got very depressed, ended up having hallucinations about that day they turned up at my house. Ended up finding myself miles from home with nothing on my feet being taken in a police car to hospital for a mental health assessment. I decided since I was suspended anyway I'd return to my home town and see friends and family. Former colleagues from when I was a special. After a week or so, around 5 weeks after all this started I get a knock on the door very early one morning. Unexpectedly it's my fed rep and my welfare contact. The first thought was they'd come to give me my warrant card back and tell me to be at work tomorrow. Then I saw the look on their faces. I was very tired, very hungover (not great on antidepressants I know but sometimes these things happen) They came in, I put the kettle on. My fed rep told me they couldn't save my job and they had come for my resignation. My fed rep couldn't really tell me why but told me that under no circumstances would I be keeping my job and that I needed to resign, it would look better for my future and they weren't going anywhere without my forms signed. Stupidly I think, on that advice, I resigned. I STILL don't know what I did wrong. I still think somewhere along the line something I don't know anything about has happened. I know a lot of people on this site are young in service in the regulars, like I was with a few years of service (and commendations etc....) as a special. Don't let this happen to you. I still don't know why it happened to me. It's caused me no end of financial trouble, heartache, serious depression, just be careful. I wish you all the best, Dazednconfused
  4. Quite an interesting story, the history of the region we call the North Sea is a lot more varied than most people would imagine.
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27204988
  6. michaelgaga

    Gay Officers

    Just wondering if there are any openly gay specials in the force? How do you feel about being a gay officer? Dose it impact on your work or are you treated differently by colleagues/public? Thanks!
  7. michaelgaga

    Paramedic

    Can I be a paramedic and Police Special? I heard something about conflict of interest. Is anyone a Paramedic and Special and whats it like? Appreciate any responses. :new_thanks:
  8. michaelgaga

    University Holidays

    Hi Just wondering does any work as a special and attend University? Would it be agreeable with the Met Police if I just volunteered during University Holidays and also weekends as and when I can. I am currently doing a course where I need to be on placement at weekends so would make it difficult to meet their 16hrs min requirement. has anyone else been in this situation? Thanks!
  9. So it's not long until Christmas is here! That time of year when you end up eating far too much food and spend the entire month of January looking in the mirror and asking yourself how you put on so much weight over Christmas... again! Aside from the dry turkey, awful hand knitted jumpers from your aunt and someone setting fire to their hand instead of the Christmas Pudding Christmas also brings with it the PS.com Festive Meet Up. The last meet up went really well and I know a few of us have been chatting lately about having another one so I've decided that I'm just going to get on with it and get it organised (It's 17.5 celsius outside.. too early?!) I'm going to leave two weeks for people to vote before beginning to put together a more detailed plan. I'll apologise now to those that aren't happy with London but it seemed to work well for everyone last time. If you've got any other suggestions then I'd love to hear them. Don't just put "Durham" though... tell us why you think your location would be better! For those that are offended by pubs I also apologise for that! Anyone who wants to help me out with this is more than welcome! Send me a PM and we'll sort something out! Thank you!
  10. Hi Wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar and able to help me rectify a situation. I applied to be a special in 2011 and was successful in all areas. In March 2012 I was offered a place on a training course which I had to decline due to being pregnant and the course was postponed as a result. In the meantime I changed jobs and notified HR. No questions were asked other than my job role and company I would be working for. After having my baby last year I was told to contact the police with regards to a start date. As the hours of my new role conflicted with the training course it was decided to complete the training while I was on maternity leave, so I joined a training course when my baby was 3 months old. It came to our attention on the first day that holding a personal alcohol licence (not being the DPS) may be a conflict with the role, at which point I made my trainers aware that as part of my role in my paid work I would require a licence once returning from maternity leave. This point was left with the trainers, who after speaking to HR requested my job description, in order to see what capacity my licence would be used, as well as a detailed letter outlining specifically why I need a licence. This was past to my trainers to forward on the first evening of the course. Throughout the course I asked my trainers for updates who at first said that they'd heard nothing, then informed me that it was at the discretion of the Special Chief Constable and I would be contacted directly with an update. I assumed as the Chief Officer would be busy that the delay in response would be perfectly reasonable, however after a fellow class mate got kicked off the course during the 8th week of the course as a result of age, which apparently had gone unnoticed until this point, I thought it best to make some enquiries. I was informed that there had been a transfer of who was dealing with the issue and the parties currently dealing with that sort of thing had no idea of my circumstances, despite now being 9 weeks in. Today I find myself 2 days from final roleplay, 4 days from final exam and 11 days from Attestation, due to collect uniform tomorrow and I have been told that the Special Chief Officer has made his decision and i am no longer able to be a special. Needless to say I am devastated. Over 150 unpaid hours wasted, not to mention time revising and completing computer packages, time away from my newborn and the general stress that comes with completing an intense course. NPIA guidelines state that a person with a licence IS able to become a special but may be closely scrutinised and is at the discretion of the Special Chief Officer, but all cases will be looked at on an individual basis. My cases was discussed over the telephone and decided as a result of Professional Standards blanket response to licence holders, far from an individual basis. I find myself now in an awful position, being asked to surrender my licence, which is in affect the sole reason I was hired, and means losing my paid job, or volunteering in another role, something I have zero interest in doing, particularly after being treated in this way. I am writing to the PCC and Chief Constable with regards to the matter but is there a lot else I can do? Or am I stuck on the basis that one man has held my future in his hands and said no without taking the time to meet with me to discuss the matter? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks
  11. hannah1981

    Blackberry

    Hi all, I work for West Yorkshire Police currently as a SC, however I don't get issued with a BB (some SC's do get issued them (of the same rank as me) but i don't) I was just wondering if you can use your own BB and get force email set up on that because i'm only at my station to check emails twice a month or so! If not can you request one? I don't want access to anything more than me email, but i have no idea if you can get this set up on your own BB or whatever. Thanks in advance, Hannah x
  12. Did anyone else watch Charlie Brooker's mini-series Black Mirror? There are three drama-comedy episodes, each of which deals with certain aspects of modern society and its relationship with technology. They deal with the subject matter quite cynically - as you might expect from Brooker - but there is a good balance between the drama and comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed the series anyway and thought I'd bring to the attention of folks who may have missed it (as I did, praise be to 4od!). In order of best to worst (in my opinion), episode number... 3. 'The Entire History of You' - "In the near future, everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear - a sort of Sky Plus for the brain. You need never forget a face again... but is that always a good thing?" (Written by 'Peep Show' writer, so some excellent dialogue). 2. '15 Million Merits' - "a satire on entertainment shows and our insatiable thirst for distraction set in a sarcastic version of a future reality. In this world, everyone is confined to a life of strange physical drudgery. The only way to escape this life is to enter the 'Hot Shot' talent show and pray you can impress the judges. 1. 'The National Anthem' - "The first episode is a political thriller in which fictional Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped." http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-mirror/4od
  13. StJohnAmbulanceCadet

    St John Ambulance Cadets

    Welcome to the St John Ambulance Cadets Topic... Share things about yourself and your division on the discussion... Feel free to start new discussions about uniform, duty's and anything else... This topic does has no association to St John Ambulance and anything said on this discussion is not the view or opinion of the Charitable Organisation St John Ambulance.
  14. Gone Away

    Proof of God!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-21009301 I repent my heathen ways. Where do I sign up?
  15. Gone Away

    'Scot Squad' - BBC 2 Scotland

    Tonight, 2200 hours. Heads up for a new mockumentary which follows officers of the newly-formed PSoS. Further heads up that one of the characters is "Volunteer Officer Ken Beattie" (featured below) and, judging by the clips, he is wrong in all sorts of ways. http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/b01nx339
  16. Sailor

    STOP reading Daily Mail

    If you are a reader of Daily Mail or a visitor to their website, STOP. Watch this video and if you continue to visit their website or even glance at the newspaper, you SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF. Send this link to everyone you know.
  17. AndyG

    A Traffic Question

    Just a question for you: A constable riding his/her motorcycle home, notices a driver using his/her mobile phone. What would be their best course of action? Thanks Andy
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    The Lock Up

    Just a heads up that the second series of the BBC documentary following a Humberside Police custody suite in Hull starts tonight - BBC 1 10:35pm S Edit: just noticed lock up should be two words - maybe some admin-folk would change it to make me look more literate?
  19. This may be today's silly question, however here goes... I'm doing some work with Police Sport (the national organising body for sports in the police services in the UK) on minority sports. Do we have any archers (sports, field or leisure - recurve, long or compound bows) in forces across the UK? - It could be any member of police or support staff or their immediate families? Any contacts in forces would be gratefully received...
  20. Just found this amazing forum (from whence my avatar has been harvested): http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/36452-special-constabulary/ I really can't emphasise enough just how jaw-dropping some of the stuff is. Visit it. Enjoy.
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    Use of a gym?

    Hello all! I'm trying to find a new gym for general fitness. I've been shopping around and can't help but notice they are very expensive and most want you to commit to a 12 month contract. I've recently passed my assessment centre so all being well with vetting, I will be on an intake in September. I was just wondering if, as a special (or even as a trainee), you have access to a gym? Ta SR1