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  1. Becca-El

    Force switching

    Afternoon all, A question about the possibility of switching forces. I'm in sixth form college and doing A levels atm but I'd like to join the specials force at the end of March after turning 18 but my question is, I'm planning on going to uni, so how easy is it to switch forces after about 5/6 months (bear in mind much of it will be training and processing the application, that's if I even get in) to whichever force is in the area that my uni is (probably either Manchester or possibly Oxford/somewhere in Scotland). Or is there a way to train in the area I'm at at the moment and then start working as a Special wherever I ended up at uni (how long does training take??) ?? Also I'm confident that I'll have the time at uni as I don't drink (I'm on medication that means I can't) and I thoroughly dislike nights out. I know I'm only gonna be 18 and still a student but I'm fit and healthy (I've run half marathons, cycled 200km, etc.) and feel pretty up to it so yep! Thanks a bunch! Becca-El
  2. The operation-stalling attack was kept under control by the force's Cyber Crime Unit. Left to right: Special Sergeant and Lead on Cyber Specials, Michael Moore, Nick Carver and Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew. Special Constables who helped the NHS during the summer’s cyber-attack have been recognised at a ceremony celebrating their work. The group from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Cyber Crime Unit lent their skills and support to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Their work was praised by Chief Constable Charlie Hall and the CEO of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Nick Carver. Mr Carver said input from the specials meant patients were not as adversely affected by the cyber-attack in Hertfordshire. Their award was part of a dedicated Employer Supported Policing (ESP) event at Police Headquarters. CC Hall said: “We are focused on protecting vulnerable people and need to adapt our workforce to help investigate such crimes –volunteers with the different skills we require can help. “We want to continue the conversation with you and your organisations to see how we can work to encourage your staff to give up their time to come and help us. The value we give back to you will help your staff, your businesses and society as a result." He added. There are currently 25 organisations signed up to the ESP scheme in Hertfordshire, including Tesco, Which?, McMullen Brewery and Sons and local district and borough councils. View on Police Oracle
  3. PSCBen Brooker

    Advanced Driving

    Hi Everyone, I am a police officer coming through the specials process at the moment (I have been accepted and start training in November) 1) I currently only hold a Full Manual Licence. Am I going to be more attractive to the police regulars if i undertake special driving courses or broaden the vehicles i'm able to drive for example maybe getting my Motorbike licence or undertaking a ROSPA advance driving course? 2) As someone with medical knowledge I could carry extra items and responded to medical emergencies as well. Would this knowledge put me 'ahead in the queue when it comes to driving with the police as you are more useful, if you get what i'm saying? 3) If i undertake driving courses and they cross with what you have to completed in the police later down the line for example a traffic cop, would you have to re-do them, i don't want to waste money....... 4) How long until you start driving solo patrol in the specials, is it part of training/ force specific? Thank you for your answers everyone!
  4. aaronreact

    TVP Special Asessment Day

    Hi! I'm due to attend the assessment centre in Sulhamstead in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any useful info they could share? They've given me a quick break down of what to expect on the day with my interview confirmation ( no sign of a maths test, thankfully!) but was curious of the chances of there being any surprises? Would love to hear from any current specials in the TVP cheers
  5. Klaus_ZD

    Dorchester Event

    Hello, Is there anyone on here who specials in or near Dorchester? I'm helping organise something down that way later this month and could use the help of some local officers. Please drop me a PM if you're an SC or PC in the area. Thanks
  6. Pilot underway in Hampshire where type of medical emergency 'could include cardiac arrest'. Special constables in Hampshire are now serving as first responders for the ambulance service. A trial has begun which will see six specials, who have been trained by paramedics, deployed to carry out initial lifesaving treatment at medical emergencies where an ambulance would struggle to get there in time. A statement from the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) says: “The type of medical emergencies the special constables could be sent to include patients in cardiac arrest where every second saved before treatment commences makes a real difference to the patient surviving.” Local Police Federation chairman John Apter said the scheme is covering gaps in the "broken" ambulance service with resources from another overstretched one. Richard Tracey, SCAS community responder manager, said: “Due to the nature of their work, the special constables in Hampshire are often roaming across the more rural parts of the county. “If we get a 999 emergency call saying someone is in cardiac arrest in such areas, they could be the closest medically trained person to the incident by a good few minutes.” The training provided by SCAS enables the specials to carry out basic lifesaving skills, including the use of oxygen and a defibrillator, which can be used to provide a shock to patients in cardiac arrest. Hampshire Special Constabulary Deputy Chief Officer Russell Morrison said: “The partnership has enabled the six special constables to develop and enhance their emergency first aid capabilities. “It is something they are extremely passionate about; being able to offer an additional, potential lifesaving service to the communities and people they help keep safe.” The specials will respond for SCAS to medical emergencies in their patrol vehicles under normal road conditions. This is similar to the service provided by existing community first responders across the ambulance service region. The ambulance service says the specials will be classified as first responders when deployed by them so should the patient they help dies it will not count as a death following police contact for the purposes of an IPCC investigation. Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said: “Any initiative which sees police officers assisting other 999 services such as this and giving first aid to those who need it will be a good thing, however for years police officers have given first aid. “But this initiative is papering over the cracks of a broken ambulance service with scarce police resources, at a time when our officers are struggling to respond to our own 999 calls. “If our special constabulary do have extra capacity then why don’t we deploy them to where they’re needed in some of our busiest areas?” View on Police Oracle
  7. DunkinDonut

    Help/advice needed please.

    Hello all. Apologies if a similar discussion is already somewhere on this forum, I've a lot of digging to do! I'm currently as serving SC, but had been requested to have another hearing test done, since I've taken on new hearing aids. Prior to joining the job, I was tested the standard way and an extended field test was done also. I passed the extended field test with no concerns. I would like to hear from anyone in the job, Regulars or Specials, that have any hearing disability please. I'm more than happy to private message. I'd just like to ascertain your experiences, etc please, because, as it stands, there is no union or federation that we, as Specials, are able to turn to and I really need some advice. Many thanks in advance.
  8. Hello Everyone! I have just got an email telling me i've been invited to an assessment day with the Isle of Wight Police as a Special Constable. They've said that the assessment includes... - Verbal Logical Reasoning Test -Verbal Usage Test - Competency Based Interview (With Presentation) Now, the presentation has to be on 'what is the role of a special constable' and should last about 5 minutes. I have to prepare this before hand, there is no equipment available. How on earth would you guys structure this? What would you include, would you make it personal? I have 16 Days to prepare, I'm nervous already!
  9. Police Specials is pleased to announce a new partnership with Police Mutual Police Mutual offer financial services exclusively for serving or retired Police Officers, Staff and your families, this includes packages available to Special Constables. For 150 years, they have been helping serving and retired Officers, Staff and their families with their finances. With no shareholders, they are run for the benefit of their members and the Police Service, which means they can focus on delivering the things that are most important to you. We here at Police Specials and all of our sister sites are very happy to recommend their services to all members of the policing family. For more information and guidance please see their website here: https://www.policemutual.co.uk/
  10. Hi All, Does anyone know how long it takes to hear back from BTP in regards to a Specials Application. Also, can anyone recommend a Training Book or anything regarding railway byelaws etc. Thanks,
  11. The College of Policing says it is currently not working towards changing guidance so that probationers and specials can use taser. This means it could be months, or even years, before the two banned groups of officer can use the devices. A year ago the NPCC asked the body to review its policy on whether the conducted energy devices could be issued to the officers. Police chiefs wanted to have the capacity to increase the number of those with access to the less lethal weapons, but have ruled out giving them to every officer who asks for them. Minutes from a chief constable council meeting last year state: “It was noted that the changing nature of the workforce meant that for many forces retaining the current national guidance might hinder their ability to operate effectively.” The College of Policing still recommended the existing bans be maintained, but chiefs asked for a discussion to take place at the College’s Professional Committee. In order to make the necessary changes the College also said it needed to clarify with the Home Office the legal position of its guidance regarding taser – as it is unsure if what it produces binds chiefs or not. But a spokesman for the College said this week its less lethal weapon work is being done elsewhere rather than on this issue. He said: “Our current focus is on supporting forces in preparation for the Home Secretary’s anticipated decision in respect of a new conducted energy device (taser) to replace the current device, which is no longer manufactured.” The X26e model taser used by UK forces is now obsolete. Although safe, it has been known since 2015 that new permission is needed to allow their use. The Home Office’s Scientific Advisory Committee on the Implications of Less Lethal Weapons has been considering the case for allowing new model taser for several months. A further statement from the College spokesman, received after this article was sent live, said: "Following a request from the NPCC the College of Policing last year began a review of the guidance that requires an officer to have passed their probation before they can be considered for the training and issue of conducted energy devices (CED). "The NPCC will be working with the College to consult with forces to determine if there is an operational need to change the current policy. "In the meantime the College is focussing on supporting forces around the anticipated introduction of a new CED." http://www.policeoracle.com/news/Probationers-and-specials-will-not-be-allowed-to-use-taser-for-a-long-time_93954.html
  12. PCW

    Congratulations

    I would just like to say congratulations to all the new specials who attested very recently. May you enjoy your role and remember: the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it! see you out on the streets!! Stay safe PCW
  13. Durham is making sure its volunteer officers can access help without having to pay for it. Durham Special Constabulary Chief Officer Dale Checksfield says the move shows specials are valued Date - 21st December 2016 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle A force has decided to pay for injury and mental health rehabilitation for its special constables. Durham Constabulary recently covered the costs of SC Peter Hetherington’s treatment at the unit in Auchterarder, Perth. The special, the first from an English force to be treated there, had detached and severed his ankle ligaments while trying to arrest a drunk and abusive man in Durham town centre. He had an operation to reconstruct the joint and needed three months off work. The Police Treatment Centres offers rehabilitation to serving and retired officers, specials, PCSOs and detention officers in the north of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, British Transport Police, Civil Nuclear and Ministry of Defence Police. To be eligible for treatment, personnel need to make regular contributions of about £1.30 per week. But the north east force has agreed to cover the costs of specials’ treatment at no charge to the individuals themselves. Regulars still have to pay in for treatment, but they are also covered for injuries picked up off duty. Retired officers need to pay 65p per week. Durham specials’ Chief Officer Dale Checksfield said: “The physical and mental wellbeing of our staff, including special constables, is a high priority for Durham Constabulary. "Special constables operating on the frontline face the same risks as their paid counterparts and in the unfortunate event that they are injured in the execution of their duty it is only right that they are afforded the same rehabilitative care. "This latest step forward strengthens an already strong bond between Durham and PTCs and will ensure our special constables have the confidence that the contributions they make are valued." The force says it has worked with HMRC to ensure there is no tax liability for the specials from being part of the scheme. SC Hetherington is the first volunteer officer from England or Wales to receive treatment at the PTCs. Specials, along with PCSOs and detention officers, were only made eligible to get help from there in January. In a statement he said: "The treatment here has been fantastic and just as importantly I now have so many pointers to take away with me to keep my rehabilitation going." The PTCs hope other forces will follow Durham's lead on the issue. http://www.policeoracle.com/news/special_constabulary/2016/Dec/21/constabulary-to-pay-for-specials--treatment_93729.html
  14. HI All, As a serving special I would like to know what everyone's thoughts are on the new recruitment process, I.E. telephone interviews and assessment centre, (not going into too much detail though for those that haven't joined yet) PCW
  15. Now, where do I begin! I decided to do 2 8 hour shifts to make up my hours, to think I wasn't bothered about the shifts I was wrong. My first night I was paired up with a new constable from another force, it was nice as it was somebody new to talk to (make sure you get to know everyone, they're going to be your new family) Our first call, we blue lighted it to the call, it was a dropped 999 call so we blued and two'd it to the destination, it still puts a huge grin on my face even though I'm only 3 months in service. As we got there in turned out to be a domestic where a woman had beaten her husband nearly to death. I don't care what anyone says short of going to a scene where somebody has died, domestics are probably the worst jobs you can go to. This is where your resilience will definitely come in handy. We arrested the female and took her to the station, she was laughing and joking about what she'd done. It later turned out that she'd split his skull open and broke 4 of his ribs. My colleague was finishing so I stayed on, until finish. As there was no-one in the station I could go out with, it was organised for me to go on Response again but with a sister station to us. I love response, I've only done it twice but if you get the chance take it, you'll really learn stuff. We went to a few calls of fights and under-age drinking, however it was an hour before we were both finishing and we got a emergency call to go to a burglary in progress, I'd been to places which had been broken into but not one in progress, my heart started pounding as I could feel the adrenaline starting to kick in. I replied over our radio and that was it, fast driving, blues and two's were on and we were gone. When we arrived we could hear glass breaking inside the house, I drew my baton and reached for my CS just in case we slowly entered the building. As both me and my colleague searched downstairs a floorboard twisted indicating that there was movement upstairs we both shouted POLICE at the tops of our voices, at that point I saw someone land on the grass in the garden, I was gone off the chase was on. My colleague called for the dogs and then was after the other person. I felt like my heart was going to explode, I was running faster than I'd ever run before through gardens and driveways. As a keen rugby player I caught him and made one of the best tackles of my life. Before he could utter a word he was handcuffed and cautioned. His friend got a way meaning we had both the dogs and a helicopter out. He was later found around 30 minutes after. I finished 2 hours after I should have, but I wasn't bothered I'd got another arrest and a damn good one at that. My second shift was spent with a traffic officer, this was just as fun as I have a keen interest in cars. If you get offered to do this, take it, you will learn more in a shift with traffic than in 5-10 shifts dealing with traffic. Our night was mainly spent checking cars and taking response calls when not busy. Hope this entertains you all, and if you have any questions regarding being a special or recruitment, I'll try and answer them as best I can. Adz :thumbsup:
  16. Forgive me if this has already been discussed. I'm sure there used to be a big thread about this on here but I can't find anything in search. What I was wondering is whether you are required to inform your insurance company if you are a Special. I am currently in the process of getting insurance quotes for my renewal due in March, and it appears that you can choose 'Special Constable' as your second occupation. As such are you required to be covered for Business use? Social, Domestic, Pleasure & Commuting only covers commuting to one place of work or study. As being a Special Constable is a voluntary role would it be classed as a place of work? I rarely actually drive to my main job as I only live 10 minutes away on foot, however even if I was to walk everyday, SDP&C only covers commuting to your main place of work.. :lol:
  17. Jimmynut24

    Decrease In Specials

    Hi there fokes, I was wondering if over the past 12 months anyone in their force has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Specials leaving? Personally I have seen quite a few probationers and long term specials leaving as they have disliked the way the Specials were being used or treated by their force more than their collegues due to the so called "policing on the cheap" initatives in this economic environment. As a long serving Special I have had my moments about leaving but for me its about the comradery with the squad I work with that keeps me going in. Just wondered if anyone had seen the same and if they had any thoughts as to why it might be happening where you are.
  18. Hi all, This is a condensed post contianing most of the detail from my previous thread, titled "The Training." Sulhampsted, Thames Valley Polices Force Training Facility, provides a locale where all Special Constables that are invited to attend training with TVP will be taught the knowledge aend skills that they need to become proficient probationers in the role of a Volunteer Police Officer. The training is broken down into 8 weekends (5 Law weekends, 1 First Aid weekend and two Officer Safety Training weekends), and most of these weekends will be held at Sulhampsted. Some training weekends may have venues changed on an intake-by-intake basis, and you'll be notified of these in good time. DJS writes this regarding Sulhampsted: ---------- Weekend 1, Day 1: You'll need to arrive on site as early as you can; the site isn't massive but it takes a few minutes to get to the White House, get your pass for the weekend, get a room key, find your room, let yourself in, unpack, make your bed, and then find the Canteen. There are various assistants and other students around to help you find your way as best you can; if you're unsure of anything, simply ask. Day one sees you meet the rest of your intake, plus any others who have turned up early from other intakes. You'll probably have 20 or 30 minutes for you to relax and get to know each other, before you're met by the Duty Sergeant for Training and normally the Special Chief Constable (or in our case, the Special Superintendant). There'll be a bit of information put your way in the Canteen that will include expected standards of behaviour, the expected dress code until your uniform is issued on Law Weekend 3, and some of the learning requirements for the course. The Specials Training Co-Ordinator, will then split the intake into groups if appropriate, and you'll be asked to head upstairs to a classroom to start the process off. In this session, you'll be provided with your Shoulder Numbers, and the Stations that you've been assigned to, and have an opportunity to correct any personal information. There'll be a reasonable pile of paperwork on your desk for you to take a look at as well - please ensure you're near a chair when you see it! You'll talk a little about Needs, Concerns and Expectations, and then probably head to bed! Weekend 1, Day 2: Into the crux of it. You'll be into the same classrooms with the same people, have a bit of an ice breaker with your trainer, and then get into the lesson about Equality and Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination, and legislative expectations. You'll also have an appropriate introduction to the TVP Intranet, where you can find critical information, and be provided access to the TVP E-Mail system. You'll need to have the appropriate sections of your IL4SC pre-join workbook signed and ready to hand in, and be prepared to sign even more paperwork! In the same evening, you'll likely be asked to perform some E-Learning through the NCALT system; all will be explained to you if you're a technophobe! Lessons generally end at around 18:30, but the breaks are well spaced, and the pace of the lessons is appropriate. That, and there's a limitless supply of tea and coffee! Saturday evening is generally the first sensible opportunity to head to one of the local pubs; the Fox and Hounds seems to be the more popular establishment, and their Ice Cream is simply sublime! Weekend 1, Day 3: On Day 3, you'll learn a little more about what you can expect as a Police Officer. You'll talk about Neighbourhood Policing, an understanding of the structure of each LPA, and where you can expect to fit into the process. You'll start talking about some sensitive information, and there's the possibility of the requirement to hand in another signed bit of paperwork. You'll then start discussing Police Inteliigence, when and how you can submit such information, and the rammifications of doing so! After that, it's home time, with some homework set for you ---------- Weekend 2, Day 1: Make sure you arrive on site nice and early; there's nothing quite like strolling into the classroom late because you felt like having dinner at home rather than braving Specials issue Sandwhiches... The less said about those the better! There'll be plenty of signs around to show you where you need to be; look for your intake identifier, and it'll tell you which room you need to be in and who will be taking that lesson. Lesson number one for the weekend is quite straightforward: the rules and regulations of your Pocket Notebooks. You'll be shown a set of rules and guidance notes on how to fill them in, and various methods of writing descriptions. Please be aware that Thames Valley Police has been renamed Mnemonic Central, and you'll have about 4 to try to remember by the end of thise lesson! Before long, you'll be issued with your very own (to keep on your person whilst on shift at all times on punishment of doughnut rationing) yellow covered notebook. You'll be told how to fill in the front cover to the character (numbers and letters included), and I would urge you not to put pen to paper until you've been told exactly what to do. You'll then be taken for a casual stroll down to the Whitehouse building, where something might happen that might require you to makae your very first PNB entry! Weekend 2, Day 2: Morning 5 of training requires you to learn about Statements. It'll be explained to you that often, you won't be taking statements from witnesses, as this often requires extra training and comes in conjunction with interviewing technique (a week long course if any of you fancy it in the future). You'll be taught the rules for writing statements, some pointers for descriptive writing, and how statements will be used in court. From that you'll start learning about the legislation that surrounds the Power of Arrest for constables, where the power comes from, and how to use it. You'll learn a little about citizens arrest, the expectations of you as a constable whilst performing an arrest and the words you need to say when performing an arrest. Getting this wrong has severe implications, so take plenty of notes, and as ever, if you're unsure, please ask. After this, you'll have a bit of fun acting out scenarios, with the assistance of some of your classmates, that will lead to you making an arrest if you deem it to be appropriate. After that, your arrest will need to be recorded somewhere... You'll also be required to prepare a statement for anything else that may have been recoreded, possibly from the night before (if anything happened...). Weekend 2, Day 3: On the Sunday, you'll start learning about how the Police communicate. You'll learn about the Control Room, the functions that they perform, and how to liase with them. You'll then talk about one of the core functions of the control room more specifically; PNC Checks. PNC contains vast amounts of information that's crucial to the role of a Police Officer. You'll be taught when you can and can't request a PNC check, how to do so and an expectation of the information that you can expect back. After that, perhaps the most fun part of the weekend: airwave issue and training. You'll be given your very own Police Airwave radio, and taught it's functions. This will be followed by a fun little practical test; bring a coat: it gets cold. ---------- Weekend Three, Day One Tension and anticipation were high this weekend, for two reasons: remember everyone's names after the christmas break was kind of tricky, but more importantly, Friday night was Uniform Issue night! We started Friday, however, discussing the plan for the weekend, before starting to discuss the legislation behind the first bit of law that we can actually nick people for: Theft. You'd think it sounds kind of straight forward, but once you've defined "theft," you then have to define "dishonestly," "appropriates," "property" and God knows what else. Try to take it all in; it's useful to learn the format of the legislation to prepare you for what's to come. After you've studied Theft for 90 minutes or so, you'll be taken down to the hall for your Uniform Issue. You'll be given anything between 1 and 3 bags full (or not...) of equipment, and asked to check what's IN the bag against what SHOULD be in the bag - trust me when I say there's a discorrelation. You'll then be free to lug it all back to your room, and try it all on, posing in front of whatever mirrors you can find. Your trainers may ask you to bag your Baton, Cuffs, Warrant Card Holder and Badges and hand them in; they should be given back to you at OST, and then taken in again until your Attestation. Weekend Three, Day Two Get a good nights sleep because day two is long. You learnt about Theft on Friday; on Saturday you learn about more Theft, Going Equipped, Criminal Damage, Racially or Religiously Aggrevated Criminal Damage, Statutory Preventative Measures, Offensive Weapons, Bladed or Sharply Pointed Articles, Exhibits and Property Handling and as many digressions as you can fit into one day (believe me, we had lots. And many of them were my fault (sorry guys!)). The Exhibits and Property Handling section will probably be covered in the Lecture Theatre, but you can expect the rest of it to be in the classroom, and somewhat death by powerpoint. As much as the trainers try to detract from the fact that it's essentially a wall of words, there's no hiding from the fact that actually you need to know some of these down to the word. Our trainers were nice enough to let us finish at 5; normally, you'd have dinner and be back in at 6 to start Stop and Search, but I think they're trying to phase that out. Weekend Three, Day Three Inevitably (because of what I've just said...), day three consisted of Stop and Search; the legal power behind it, what we need to cover whilst doing it, and the forms we need to fill out as a result of it (because the Police love forms, right?). It'll be a tough morning, but there's plenty to look forward to for the afternoon; we were asked to bring our full rig to the Stop and Search practical, and I must tell you it felt rather good to be stood outside in your full rig, roleplaying a stop search! Take the opportunity to start reading through Blackstones well in advance of this weekend - I started looking at S&S about Tuesday last week and must say I felt reasonably familiar with what was covered in the lesson by the time we got there. Above all else, enjoy yourself! We had a great laugh with out trainer, and I think it makes the learning process a bit easier. Then again, I am a bit of a jester and the rest of my intake probably want to kill me! ---------- Weekend Four, Day One Arrival as always was met by the subtle, loving, gentle tastes of TVP Sandwiches, before heading down to our classroom for the weekend. We were introduced to a fantastic part-time trainer, who would talk to us about Alcohol Related Offences. MC was a very experienced Police Officer, and a couple of his examples in relation to offences were very believable, but also quite insightful. We discussed some drink related offences, how they can be identified and a little about what we can do about them. Most of what's discussed is common sense, but there are a few surprise curveballs in there about how we can deal with offenders in ways other than arresting them. Thankfully, your friday night is relatively straight forward, but be prepared for... Weekend Four, Day Two Now, you may well do this in a different order, but on Day Two, we discussed Assaults and Anti-Social Behaviour in quite an amount of detail. The Assaults section was interesting, but an amount of it is common sense when you remember that an Assault can include a threat to harm, not just the physical action of doing it. Apparently a lot of Police Officers get confused over Assault, so make sure you take plenty of notes and read up on them in the future. As always, if you have questions (or even examples!) feel free to pipe up in the lesson! Anti-social Behaviour includes the legislation that governs it, what it can be used for, and again, some examples of their proper, and improper use. Unfortunately, the current Government doesn't like ASBOs, and seem to be trying to phase them out. However, the Act that introduced them looks like it might stay, so the future of Anti-Social behaviour Orders is undetermined at the moment. A lot of people have a clear misunderstanding of what ASBOs are designed to do. Thankfully, the lesson makes clear what options are available to us (which doesn't just constitute ASBOs but can include ABCs, ARDs, YRDs, RJ Mediation and so on and so forth), and how we can utilise them. It actually sounds rather interesting if you ask me! However, you need to be prepared for another You vs. Legislation faceoff, and bring plenty of paper! I've taken up about half an A4 notepad so far on this course! As an aside, I shall mention here a little roleplay opportunity that we had: whilst our course was on-going, there were a number of officers attending with the prospect of becoming Tutors. These will be the people who will be guiding new Special Constables once they hit the big nasty real world. We were asked to provide a number of student Officers, stooges and observers in order to allow the assessors assess the tutors tutoring (wow...). It was another opportunity to tackle a scenario for those that took part, as well as gain some valuable feedback from experienced Officers. A good time was had by all! Weekend Four, Day Three Was spent looking at Public Order offences and PNDs. Public Order (and Breach of the Peace) is a fairly defined section of Law, and generally looks as though it's used in relation to drunkenness. I was actually surprised at this section, as our trainer said that often, when arresting for BoP or Public Order offences, there will often have been other offences committed as well. It's amazing how many laws a criminal breaks by opening their mouth with some rotten words in a busy street on a Saturday night! Unfortunately this is another fun packed day of Legislation, and your wrists will probably be sore by the end of the day. However, at the end of the day is the fun sounding PND Practical! Unfortunately for us, this constituted sitting in a classroom and writing out a PND. Other versions of the same event have included speaking with a "suspect" and deciding whether or not to issue them a PND. Personally I'm a little upset, as I think every roleplay we can get will be invaluable! But I guess we made up for it on our little roleplay from Day Two. ---------- Weekend Five, Day One A fairly laid back evening if I'm honest, with a fairly laid back trainer. We were introduced to a room (Holdsworth Hall) in which a crime scene had been laid out. In a little bit of a roleplay, we were taken into the room, in darkness, with a Torch, and asked to "act out" the Scene, thinking of preserving the scene if appropriate. It sure as hell beat sitting in a classroom watching Power Point presentations flick past! Afterwards, we had a bit of a discussion and looked at some of the forms relevant to Scenes of Crime, and that was that for the evening. Friday was strange; everyone had the anticipation for Sunday but nobody was quite willing to admit it (in my opinion at least). It wasn't until... Weekend Five, Day Two ... that everyone starts talking about "oh word, it's tomorrow!" Sitting down to breakfast, all you can hear is talk of Attestation. The anticipation really builds now, and Sunday can't come quickly enough. Anywho, it was back up to the classroom for 09:00, and we started talking at Powers of Entry. Sadly, no practical involvement this time (the big red door key requires a seperate course, so I'm told), buts lots of legislation to cover. Various sections of PACE and a few other fun ones thrown in as well. PofE is obviously quite important for what we do, and is yet another area where attention in the classroom is key! Later in the morning we went for a Restricted briefing (I'm not even going to tell you who from), before settlign down in the Learning Resource Centre and studying a bit of Domestic Violence. Thankfully there was no room for practical involvement here either... We were given the best part of 2 hours after lunch to fight our way onto NCALT (it doesn't cooperate) and get through the NCALT package, before heading back down to the classroom for some discussion. We later looked at DASHH forms, which are to be filled out whenever a Domestic situation is reported and attended. Unfortunately, Domestic Violence is all too real, and not something to be taken lightly. I reckon we've all served a "get back in the Kitchen" joke in our time, and probably will do in the future. But by jove will I think of some of the videos we watched and the discussions that we had. I must say, I'm not looking forward to dealing with my first Domestic. After we'd been thoroughl terrified by some wife beaters, we headed back downstairs to the Canteen. Somebody decided that Finger Painting was a good idea, followed by a good old toothbrush. What I actually mean by this is that our finger prints were taken in order to eliminate us from forensic investigations where appropriate, and our DNA was taken by usnig some Mouth swabs. We were told that we were lucky/fortunate enough to be allowed to take our own, but I suspect that everyone takes their own as it saves the trainers bucket loads of time! This was all rather good fun, which was followed shortly by a rehearsal for... Attestation: Weekend Five, Day Three A day of mixed emotions; some of the presentations that we had throughout the day were quite sombre and somewhat eye opening (even at this late stage in the game), but the mix of humour and anticipation really helped everyone pull through. Before breakfast, we headed upstairs to have our photo's taken and our Warrant cards printed. It was a strange sensation, handling and signing something that you 've yet to be issued! We started the morning off, not quite as billed, but with a presentation about Professional Standards. Who expects what from us, what do they expect, and how can we ensure that we provide that? We were even taught how to put our hats on properly. No, I'm not joking. It goes on from the front backwards. With a thumb spare. After a quick break, back down to the classroom to learn about Crime Recording. We looked at another high-tech, modern TVP application in which notes of Crimes are recorded (we had looked at Command and Control in a previous week, but I don't remember if I wrote about it). We talked about ORCs, and our involvement in Crime Recording, but nothing too strenuous. We were meant to do another lesson on Dynamic Risk Assessment training, but our Trainer soon found out that we'd already done this at weekend one! We covered a 40 minute lesson in about 5 minutes. Some time during the morning, our certificates for Attestation had been set out on our chairs in the Hall, and we headed down to sign them. Our Batons and Cuffs had been left for us as well, and I'm sure for about 30 minutes all I could hear was the sound of Batons being racked and collapsed! Unfortunately, we missed out on a bit of a walk around outside after lunch because it started to snow. Instead, we practised Safe Stopping (of Vehicles) in the classroom, all stood in our Flo' jackets making strange symbols at each other. Again, this only helped break the tension and we had a good chuckle around the room. I noted at about this point during the day that time had started to crawl. A quick flick at the clock after what seemed like an eternity was only actually a 5 minute passage of time. After our Safe Stopping lesson was finished, we had 20 minutes or so to kick about by ourselves. Cue lots of phone calls to family and friends tracking people down! I headed down to the front of the Whitehouse to see my Parents in, and happened to bump into a Special who's based at the same nick as me. We got chatting and I found that my reputation had preceeded me, thanks to a regular who took me for a ride along 2 years ago. It was nice to know that I was remembered! Back inside for our last presentation before the big event. This was taken by a Special Chief Inspector, and was a little pre-emptive chat to prepare us for what we were about to do. A lot of talk about expectations, but not just on behalf of us. There were some expectations on what the Special Constabulary would expect from us, and what we could hope to achieve. Thankfully, the SCI that took our presentation had a wealth of knowledge, and managed to break the time up with some fairly interesting stories of his past. Suddenly, the clock said 14:50 and we all sprinted to the toilet before the Ceremony began. I shan't talk much about the Ceremony itself, as I think you'll find your own experience much more enthralling if you're not entirely sure what to expect. I will say, however, that it went without a hitch, and 36 new Officers graced the books because of it. When all was done, we headed back to the Canteen for some networking, and a chance to introduce our supervisors to our families. Unfortunately, my dad has a massive gob on him, and we ended up talking to my Inspector, the Special Chief Officer Nigel Woodley, Assistant Chief Constable Richard Bennett and Special Chief Inspector Jason Morley-Smith (sp?) for about 30 minutes. It was actually a stark reminder that at the end of all things, we're all human! I found everyone that I spoke with the be quite approachable; even the Justice of the Peace who presided over the Ceremony came over and remembered me by name, and had the courtesy to ask what it was like going first. It was a refreshing way to end the weekend, before heading home with the family for Curry and a sleep. ---------- First Aid Our third weekend (not to be confused with Law Weekend 3), was our introduction to First Aid. I say "introduction", but it was fairly thorough, and is designed to give us enough to get out in the field and preserve life if the situation warrants it. You can continue your training at any point with various NCALT modules, and I believe various practical sessions are hosted at Sulhampsted every now and again. Essentially, this is a two day weekend (but you can turn up on Friday night), bulked out with death by powerpoint. The sheer pain of this is nullified slightly by the presence of the two highly qualified and highly experienced trainers, who are also quite humerous. You'll spend almost all of day one learning about Primary and Secondary Surveys, preservation of the airway and bits of anatomy. There'll be plenty of opportunities for digression, so you'll learn bits and bobs along the way. You'll learn about Heart Attacks and Strokes, how to identify these and how to provide initial care for people suffering from these. Please; if you're squemish (sp?) go and watch some horrific films for a couple of days before you go to First Aid! Some of the pictures aren't pleasant, and as one of our trainers quite accurately said; if you can't look at it on a screen in a classroom, how are you going to deal with it out in the field? There are also some practical introductions to things like the recovery position, and the use of Automatic External Defibrilators (AEDs). Day two will expose you to the more common side of what we're likely to deal with: physical injuries to the body. Grazes, bruises, cuts, stab wounds, gunshot wounds, burns, scalds; you name it, it's probably in this day. There's slightly less work on the second day, but be ready for the two hour written exam... ---------- Officer Safety Training: Weekend One, Day One We spent the morning looking through the legislation behind the Use of Force, and who this applies to. Contrary to popular belief, anyone can use force, provided that it is reasonable; Common Law provides us with that power. You'll be required to learn three pieces of legislation from this session, verbatim. You'll spent a little time looking at conflict managements models, and when it's appropriate to use force, but more specifically, the order in which force can be used. It's hard to explain and stay away from operational information, but let's just say your Baton isn't your first point of call! After lunch we spent the morning practising various handcuffing techniques. These aren't too stressful, and are fairly easy to apply once you've remembered the steps. The problem is that we practise in "pure form," with subjects who are completely compliant, and offer no resistance. The idea is to mentally blueprint the steps, so that even if, operationally, we come across some resistance, we still remember exactly how the process should look, so that we can attempt to safely enact an arrest by opposing resistance and remaining safe. Obviously though, out on the street we wont be walking up to people that we want to arrest, that are potentially offering violence, and asking them to stretch an arm out, and wrap their other hand around their elbow... You'll learn how to cuff from four different positions; one in front, two behind and one from the floor. The cuffing position from the floor will also require you to learn how to pin people to the ground in a safe manner, being cautions of what damage you may apply to someone if you become careless. Remember; you'll have a 76 question theory exam, and a practical assessment, so if you need to take notes, feel free! Officer Safety Training: Weekend One, Day Two Today, the pain came. We spent the morning looking at escort positions; ways that we can safely control a suspect, encourage/(require) them to walk with us, and how to combat any resistance they provide. This doesn't necessarily rely on pain compliance, but you will always be in a position to apply extra restraint or pain as necessary. The two escort positions you look at are OK; the next position you take a look at has the opportunity to hurt. But, as always with training, you learn and then move on. In this case, you move on to takedowns. Now, this isn't a throw because you're always in control, and you go down with them, but you go down in such a manner that they have no choice. Let me urge you at this point: take it easy. I managed to ###### the shoulder of one of the lads on my intake, and he had a trip to Minor Injuries because of it. He was OK by the end of the day, but believe me when I say he was in pain when he was on the floor. After the rotary takedown you'll look at a linear takedown, and from both of these you'll work on the ground pin that you learnt on Day One. You'll take lunch, and then move onto more unarmed techniques, this time in the form of strikes. Now, this isn't learning how to punch people in the face and get away with it. You learn in a controlled manner, and how to strike people in a specific way. There is an element in this of learning how to knee people in the thigh, but this is a justified technique for which you must understand the consequences. There's plenty of safety considered, and you won't be allowed to actually strike someone; safety pads are involved. After the strikes section, you move on to learning about your equipment; Captor spray and your autolock baton. These are serious bits of kit, and you will face sanctions if you misuse them. Again, there's the opportunity to try it out (no, the Captor isn't active), and you'll have plenty of opportunity to ask notes. There's a small theory section on the Captor spray, but you're given a handout that covers the information suitably. Of course, if you learn best from your own notes, then feel free to take them! You'll crack on with Captor spray, and if you're lucky the cuffs will come out and you'll have a quick opportunity to practise some of the technique you learnt on Day One. After that, you'll be introduced to your Baton. More pad work will follow, and you will quite honestly go 100% into a pad that's affixed to someone's leg. ---------- Officer Safety Training Weekend 2 I've rolled the two days into the one "bulletin," as really we covered a lot of old ground and learnt little that was new. We spent much of the first morning refining our Handcuffing techniques, before moving through Baton work, strikes, takedowns and everything mentioned in weekend one. The "horror," is that Saturday afternoon brings about your practical assessment. This will cover most, but not all, of what you were taught, and be prepared for little curve-balls. They won't ask you anything that wasn't taught, but make sure that if you only pay half attention to weekend one that you really work your backside off on the morning of Saturday two. You'll be assessed individually on the handcuffing techniques, pressure points and strikes, and assessed as a group for your baton work. Don't be too worried; if you don't quite meet the expected standard on the afternoon here, then you'll be provided with another opportunity on the Sunday morning, alongside an opportunity to practise what you weren't sure on. All I will suggest is that you think before you do, and remember the basic rules of handcuffing. If you've paid close attention at weekend one, then you'll have no problems whatsoever. That's pretty much it for day One, with the exception of a few minutes exposure to your DPV, and you'll be checked over to make sure yours fits. Day two is theory exam time. And yes, I'm serious (this time). 61 questions of terror in 6 sections. In one of these sections you must score 100%, or you'll be retaking that section. However, you have an hour to do it in. Most people in our class finished after about 40 minutes, so no real problems with time. After that, you'll get together to finalise the practial assessment pieces that weren't up to standard from the day before. This should take you to around midday, at which point it may be lunch time. After lunch, you have a more in depth exposure to searching; your search from prone is mentioned as part of your handcuffing assessment, but here you'll be taught how to properly search people from the prone position. I felt a little guilty towards one lad on my intake that works for Reliance as a Jailor. I had a knuckle duster planted on me, which, surprisingly, the lad failed to find. It was then replanted, and despite his determination to find it, sitll failed! In his defence, it did move from where it was secreted to an area that he'd already searched, and without my doing... Later in the afternoon, you'll be introduced to the concept of SPEAR. No, you're not jabbing each other, with weapons or otherwise. I won't say too much as it'll spoil the surprise, but be prepared for a pretty strange sounding presentation with some interesting videos. After that, you'll take to the mats again and put what you've observed into some action. It's quite good fun really, and you'll be taken through it at a reasonable pace. There's a lot of talk of the instructors dressing up in FIST suits (no, not a sexual fantasy...), but we had no experience of this. I have definately seen other intakes doing OST with an instructor in a suit, but I've no idea what they were doing! ----------- Emily1992 writes this about Cell Placements/Exists and Cell Releases: And GreenGerkin writes this about the FIST Suit: ---------- The Meetup I received an e-mail late last week from my Special Inspector, who I shall refer to as "G." G invited myself and three other specials down to our assigned station (nearly...) for a bit of a tour around, and as a chance to meet him. There was some confusion as to why I was there, as I am due to be at a smaller station within the LPA. However, I am told that all officers who work within this LPA will start of at the station we toured, so it was a worthwhile visit anyway. We met up at the station at 1800, and had a rather informal whistle-stop tour of the station. We were introduced to our Office (yes, an Office. For specials. Get in!) and pointed in the drection of Tea making facilities (very important). We were shown the yard, the captor store, and our locker... well, it's not really a room. Let's call it a Locker Fridge. Dean, Joe and Andy will understand what I mean... Anywho, it was rather a short tour, but the 30 minutes we spent gassing afterwards was well worth it. I have confirmed that I will infact be based at the "satellite" station, and found that my Team Leader will be G's wife, who was also there. To add strangeties to the situation, she also is a "G"! ---------- In summary Four months have felt like four weeks. I really cannot believe how quickly our training has gone, and how much I've enjoyed every minute of it. I've grown quite fond of 16 people with which I share a common thought, and despite being warned that in 2 weeks we'll have forgotten each other, I think we'll all make a concerted effort for that not to happen. As of now, I am a Police Officer with Thames Valley Police, and couldn't be more proud. I have yet to hear from my Tutor (although I do know that he has my details), and have agreed to attend an LPA Training Session on my birthday (Monday). I, like all of my intake I suspect, keep feeling this unfamilair weight in my jacket and remember what I've signed up for. And I can't wait. Please, if you have any questions for me, or my classmates, feel free to stick them in this thread, or send me a PM, and I shall do my best to see them answered. I'll consider continuing with my posts as and when they become relevant, but please don't expect a running commentary of every shift. For that, there's the "What I did on Duty" thread in General Discussion. Many thanks, Adamski