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  2. Good afternoon everyone! Some may recognise my username from a topic I posted a few months ago regarding my worry about only being 5’9. I soon realised when attending the recruitment events that I had nothing to worry about! Anyway, I manned up ‘so to speak’ and applied for my local force. I’ve done quite well to get past the online assessments and the pre selection stages of recruitment already. The next big challenge is the SEARCH assessment in January. Is there anyone who has recently completed this stage that can possibly provide me with some tips? Cheers in advance!
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  4. Where to turn/Ill health retirement.

    I believe they can wait two years, after all it has to be shown that you are permanently totally disabled - unable to ever work for the rest of your life. But you should be asking your Fed rep for help and advice rather than random people on a forum. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  6. Hello All, Never thought I'd be writing this but wanted to see what your thoughts were on the way forward. A bit of background first. I'm 52 with 24 years service and 5 days short of 26 pensionable service, currently a custody skipper. I have recently been diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis, which is a rare disease and will require me to be on drug treatment for the rest of my life. I have initially been placed on high doses of steroids and immune-supressent drugs and these come with side effects (lack of sleep, drug induced diabetes, fatigue, nausea to name but a few). The aim is to reduce the inflammation of my liver which the steroids do and turn down my immune system to a degree where my body does not try to reject my liver, which is the job of the immune - suppressants. At that stage, which can take anything from a couple of months to a couple of years to get there, I'll be placed onto a "maintenance" dose of drugs. However I will always be at risk of catching colds/coughs/flu etc due to my immune system being weaker than most, and if I do get one of these or indeed any other illness then I have to go to my GP and then to my consultant.v I run the risk of starting the whole process again as in being placed on high drug doses. So all in all a bit of a nightmare. Fifty percent of people suffering from this condition go on to develop secondary conditions as well. Clearly I can't do custody anymore as the risk is just too high so I'll have to be placed somewhere else within my force. I can't have contact with the public for the same reasons. Obviously being susceptible to illness/complications makes it difficult to be placed somewhere else as well as in an office environment , so I've decided to make an application to be medically retired. I'm currently off sick (6 weeks now), having weekly blood test and trying to come to terms with a diabetic side of things. I've been signed off by my GP until mid January. I fully expect that to be extended and thankfully I have Reg 48 insurance for going on half pay. My first line management is being very supportive but having seen some of the horror stories/experiences on here and elsewhere just fills me with dread about starting the process. My liver consultant expects me to go on to lead a normal life, she knows what I do for a living, but has no idea of the risks involved in the job I do and I fear that once OH contact her she'll say the same thing. Also due to the rareness of my illness, not much research has been done about the mechanics of it, such as contracting it , the way forward in dealing with it and prognosis so heaven knows what my forces medical professionals will make of it and how they will determine where I sit in the grand scheme of things. I know if I'm not successful in getting medically retired they are going to have to put me somewhere but where faced with the risks I pose to them. Can they decide to wait for two years to see how I'm progressing and then decide to retire me or not or does the whole process start again?
  7. PSNI Dispatcher job

    Afternoon all. I see that the PSNI are recruiting for police call handlers, dispatchers and detention officers. Does anyone have any experience of the PSNI from a police staff point of view or can offer any assistance? I am interested in the dispatcher role and have previous experience in the role. I live in England but would happily move over there if it was right. Does anyone know what the shift allowance would be on top of the salary? Thank you all in advance. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. That's fine. I wasn't looking for legal advise, but wanted a view from someone with in depth knowledge about the highway code. No one has replied so feel free to remove it if you wish.

    Maurice

  9. Should I join ? And when ?

    Recruitment Query Not Permitted On Your Account This has been posted in the wrong area of the forum. Your account does not have an active membership or a current Recruitment Pass. You must post your topic in the Recruitment Area or Force Specific Areas of our forum Recruitment Pass A Recruitment Pass can be purchased for 1 month (£3.95) or 3 months (£7.95) and is renewable. During its active period you will be able to create as many topics and make as many replies as you like in the Police Career & Training Areas and the Recruitment sections of our forum. CLICK HERE to purchase a Recruitment Pass Membership Plans You can purchase an annual Silver Membership Package for just £15 which will give you unrestricted access to the Recruitment Sections and to all of the Police Career & Training Areas. We also include access to the exclusive VIP areas. Click HERE to see all of the benefits of a Membership Package. We also have our Gold Membership which gives global Gold Membership across all four of our forums and is a one time lifetime fee and we even throw in a FREE mug. Forums included are www.police.community, www.ukpoliceonline.co.uk, www.policespecials.com and www.policeuk.com CLICK HERE to purchase a Membership Plan This thread has been locked as the original poster has posted this in an area of the forum where it is not permitted and their account does not currently have the required permissions.
  10. Hi all, I've been interested in joining the police for years ! I'm now old enough *20 years old* and have looked through the roles etc and done some research ! However I'm wondering if there is anything I've missed ! So are there any tips or things I should know before I join ? Also I'm based in Kent , to join as an officer you must have finished full A-LEVELS ! Which I did not ! Is this the same across the UK ? And finally ! We have our house up for sale, it's not sold for the last year ! Should I apply now or wait till I move as it could be away from the area either up north or Futher west ! Thanks Ash
  11. Torches

    LED lenser... all day every day.
  12. My fiancée is a PCSO. Issue gloves are slash/puncture resistant but are not warm. Please can anyone recommend a glove that is warm and puncture resistant? Must be available in dinky sizes... Thank you in anticipation
  13. Torches

    I hate marmite so I'd definitely go for a Led Lenser or something similar. They are smaller, lighter and a lot more effective than any Maglite I've seen.
  14. Torches

    Hiya All, Just completing my intial training, looking to purchase a torch wondered what your views were, is it best to go for a newer option such as an LED Lenser or stick with a trusty marmite?
  15. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    Thank you Fedster
  16. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    You can PM now
  17. After 25 years service I've been off for 2 years and been on Zero and Half pay for 18 months. We are in dire straits financial as they are refusing to retire me. I'm permanently disabled from performing the normal duties since 2009. I asked for my decision to stay under A20 be reviewed. They have twice recommended I be retained. They have no identifiable post for me that could accommodate my conditions- 4 level degenerative lumber discs which I was originally A20 in 2009, they degenerated from 3 level to 4 level with significant change. In addition I have 3 level degenerative discs in my neck. Heavily worn Raidial Elbow Head and have Depression along with the stress and anxiety. Full of medication and all sorts. We went for a Judicial Review as they failed the original process but they wanted to settle out of court so the solicitor said yes. But that's all they did was do it all over again and retained me saying I could do a "Prevent" Role. Those who know the "Prevent strategy" knows it would be impossible for me. I'm broken and can't go on for much longer. I joined in 1992 I have 4 months short of 26 years service and I'm 50. I need help please.....
  18. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    Forum won't let me PM you unfortunately
  19. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    Thank you retiredandhappy
  20. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    Tony99 If you look at my profile page you can contact me and I can assist with this very easily....
  21. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    Thank you
  22. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    Have you consulted the Federation as they should be fighting this for you. It is worth visiting the web site www.pipin.org.uk they have a lot of information regarding sickness medical and injury retirements. They also have a Forum for officers affected by similar.
  23. Ill health Pension 24 years Service

    After 25 years service I've had similar problems. I've been off for 2 years and been on Zero and Half pay for 18 months. We are in dire straits financial as they are refusing to retire me. I'm permanently disabled from performing the normal duties since 2009. I asked for my decision to stay under A20 be reviewed. They have twice recommended I be retained. They have no identifiable post for me that could accommodate my conditions- 4 level degenerative lumber discs which I was originally A20 in 2009, they degenerated from 3 level to 4 level with significant change. In addition I have 3 level degenerative discs in my neck. Heavily worn Raidial Elbow Head and have Depression along with the stress and anxiety. Full of medication and all sorts. We went for a Judicial Review as they failed the original process but they wanted to settle out of court so the solicitor said yes. But that's all they did was do it all over again and retained me saying I could do a "Prevent" Role. Those who know the "Prevent strategy" knows it would be impossible for me. I'm broken and can't go on for much longer. I joined in 1992 I have 4 months short of 26 years service and I'm 50. I need help please.....
  24. Transferring to CNC

    Recruitment Query Not Permitted On Your Account This has been posted in the wrong area of the forum. Your account does not have an active membership or a current Recruitment Pass. You must post your topic in the Recruitment Area or Force Specific Areas of our forum Recruitment Pass A Recruitment Pass can be purchased for 1 month (£3.95) or 3 months (£7.95) and is renewable. During its active period you will be able to create as many topics and make as many replies as you like in the Police Career & Training Areas and the Recruitment sections of our forum. CLICK HERE to purchase a Recruitment Pass Membership Plans You can purchase an annual Silver Membership Package for just £15 which will give you unrestricted access to the Recruitment Sections and to all of the Police Career & Training Areas. We also include access to the exclusive VIP areas. Click HERE to see all of the benefits of a Membership Package. We also have our Gold Membership which gives global Gold Membership across all four of our forums and is a one time lifetime fee and we even throw in a FREE mug. Forums included are www.police.community, www.ukpoliceonline.co.uk, www.policespecials.com and www.policeuk.com CLICK HERE to purchase a Membership Plan This thread has been locked as the original poster has posted this in an area of the forum where it is not permitted and their account does not currently have the required permissions.
  25. Transferring to CNC

    Hi, I am currently looking into transferring into the CNC from another force. I understand that there are on going issues with the retirement age and pension, but are there others who have made the move? How have they found it, and would they recommend it? Thanks
  26. Ps:I am referring to Greece because I'm into legal stuff here in Greece. I sighned up to get better acquainted with british way of life(and more important with legal situation there), as well as with the british culture. I am hoping to exchange points of views.
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