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wiganer

The 'Shorter' Special/ Constable - Thoughts on Height

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Good Morning All,

With height requirements for application long gone in the emergency services, and quite rightly so, the majority of police officers (especially Male) I personally come across are well above 5'10". Maybe this is because I am activley looking (not stalking, mind!) and I am a shorter guy!

I was at an event on Sunday with police prescence and I was dwarfed by most officers, even PCSO's - 95% of the the force present were male.

I am currently awaiting a training start date for the Specials (this looking to be Jan) with Lancashire Police, and whilst I am late 20s and old enough to be comfortable with my height (5'7") I do have a question about height;

For active Specials/ Constables who are Shorter than average (5'9" ?) How do you find working in the emergency services, especially when coming up against the 6 foot plus burly chap who is very angry (for example)?

Also when dealing with conflict or just being present on the street, do you find being short affects your confidence, or affects other peoples respect when dealing with the public?

Thirdly, is it me or are early teens getting bloody taller! God help the shorter guy.

Regards

Jon

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Bit Off Topic, but you say 'in the emergency services', but the Fire Service do still have an upper height limit....

I'm not a Police Officer, but in a similar role to that of a PCSO, and at 5'6" I'm one of the shortest....I feel people take the mick a bit more with the shorter officer, and as such this presents a challenge. Having said that, I've never had an issue with this.

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Hi Stigy - Sorry i should have done more research! :sorry: when you say people do you mean within the force or the wider public?

201594 - I dont doubt adequate training will be in place and I am very much looking forward to it - it was more around personal confidence and other peoples feedback on height - are we taken less serious because of it.

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Hi Stigy - Sorry i should have done more research! :sorry: when you say people do you mean within the force or the wider public?

201594 - I dont doubt adequate training will be in place and I am very much looking forward to it - it was more around personal confidence and other peoples feedback on height - are we taken less serious because of it.

I meant members of the public rather than fellow officers, although there's a fair bit of banter with them too... :)

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I'm a Special in the met and I'm 5" 6'. I don't find it much of an issue as I talk myself out of most situations, however on the odd chance I've had to use my OST, the techniques etc are fairly height neutral and a lot actually work in your favour being short. I'm also rather stocky so I find that when taller people go to ground I'm a lot more stable, you shouldn't run until any issues with it really

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I am a 5'6 male special... with my boots lets call it 5'7 to make myself feel better :shhh: I have had no problems, It is all in the way you carry yourself and when things do have to get hands on I have not found any issue personally.

Just be confident in yourself!

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Thanks for the response all, it is greatly appreciated.

Its great to read from other short(er) people like myself that there is no disadvantage when complete the task in hand.

I guess people will always find problems to have a go at anybody in a police role, like gender, age (Im quite young) and to top it off due to fantastic genetics I have very short hair to hide the ever reducing hairline so I guess thats me stuffed unless you go for the 'Jason Stathams Little brother' look.

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Just don't do what other short people do and go to the gym to compensate and get as wide as possible - as well as the massive chip on their shoulders pumping iron like no-one's business and getting ever the bigger.

It doesn't matter how old you are, how tall you are or what gender you are. What does matter is your attitude and comms. It'll get you out of bother quicker than your little legs will carry you.

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I'm 5ft 6 and weigh around 10st so I was one of the smallest in the team of course I've had some digs made towards me but as other people have said it's all about how you conduct yourself.

I remember once being on duty as a special in a town centre one evening when a group of lads came out of a bar, they were all about 6ft tall upon seeing me one of them said "look he's like a real copper but in miniature!" Lol you'll develop a thick skin and comments won't bother you at all if anything you'll laugh it off.

On another occasion I can remember being on patrol as a pcso with a colleague who is the same height as me and we walked into a supermarket to talk to their security, the guard on duty saw us enter and stand next to him but he kept a constant stare at the door way I asked "are you looking for someone?" and he replied "yes I'm waiting for snow white and the other 5 dwarves to come in!"

Expect comments challenge them when they've gone too far but remember to sometimes not take yourself too seriously or every single comment will get to you.

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I also found that an angry burly chap will quickly be outnumbered and overpowered when you request assistance so don't let that bother you.

If someone needs help and you are in a police uniform they won't care how tall you are they just want your help end of.

Yes you are right teenagers are really tall these days lol

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On another occasion I can remember being on patrol as a pcso with a colleague who is the same height as me and we walked into a supermarket to talk to their security, the guard on duty saw us enter and stand next to him but he kept a constant stare at the door way I asked "are you looking for someone?" and he replied "yes I'm waiting for snow white and the other 5 dwarves to come in!"

Whilst unprofessional on the security guard's part, it's all about timing with humour and how perfect was that! Sterling effort.

Best thing to do in this job is grow thick skin and learn to laugh at yourself, not take yourself too seriously and be quick with comebacks. You're a human being and expected to be resilient in your role.

In this scenario, a quip back would go a long way "Well, Grimhilde, I hope you're not planning on fetching me an apple to eat because I'm 'Grumpy', not 'Hungry' and my colleague is 'Doc' who, unluckily for you, specialises in putting animals down. Anyway, where's that security room?" *sweet smile* :D

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Haha it tickeld me that one Tay1981 - I have heard them all before but the security guard got you with a cracker there!

I do personally believe that self depreciating humour (i.e taking the p*ss out of yourself) goes a long way and helps people feel more comfortable around you, which is a technique I use a lot to build relationships in my 9-5 role.

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