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    No matter what the truth of this issue, or whether it will prove good or bad, I have no doubt that money is at the root of the matter. Due to the fincncial situation in which our nation finds itself, cuts in the amounts of cash given to all parts of the public sector have to be made and it appears that the Poilce Service is not to be excluded from these strictures. While sympathising with HMG in its financial predicament I cannot but think that cutting the finances of the Police Service will, in the long term, be a false economy as policing will gradually become increasingly erodied and lawlessness will gradually increase with the inevitable costs. As I have said before, HMG should give priority to its principal functions of protecting the country and its inhabitants and exclude polcing from the worst parts of cuts on the public sector.
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    I just wanted to say - Thank you so much to retireandhappy for some really useful advice - what a knowledgeable friendly and helpful guy. I would definitely recommend anyone in need of advice re pensions to speak to him as he has helped me immensely- far more than my own Force and Federation. Thanks again I appreciate your help.
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    I think the ability to PM must kick in after 5 posts, as I've just been able to PM Johno3378...
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    Sorry, what do you mean it's not for the police to apportion blame? Whilst I accept we don't play judge and jury, it's a basic police function to investigate collisions and it's something we've become exceptionally poor and very lazy at. To the OP - this isn't the sole responsibility of a solicitor and/or your insurance company, although the latter will be able to give you really sound advice. If you're not happy that this has been properly investigated (and in the circumstances as described I wouldn't be) then you need to take it further. There will be an admin function somewhere within every police force where collisions are recorded - the first thing to do is ask what investigation has taken place.
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    To make it safer for the officer to get out the car?
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    If you have got such serious reservations now I'd say the job isn't for you and sometimes you have to act on a gut instinct so maybe that is the case now. There's no point going into a job where you can get into serious trouble or have a massive influence on someone's life whilst having second thoughts. I would also have thought that you could get a graduate job in another industry and get paid a lot more than with the police whilst having a lot less tress. I'd also say that although experience of an assessment day can stand you in good stead for other assessments, the police one is very different from just about every other assessment centre I've ever seen, so you may not be able to take too many lessons from it apart from teh ability to deal with the pressure of the day. Good luck whatever you decide.
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    You appear to have serious reservations about the job you are applying for and that appears to me to manifest a lack of the commitment necessary for such a post which leads me to believe you should withdraw from the selection process. It does you credit that you realise you might be wasting everyones' time if you continued merely for the sake of the experience and I have to say I can see some use in that line of thinking. I suspect you need more time to think about what you want to do with your life and which profession you wish to follow.
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    We are alright now CC says we are covered: In a statement today, Mr Bangham, of the NPCC, said police officers responding to emergencies are covered by legal guidance that shows it is not in the public interest to prosecute them.READ MORE "There are clear exemptions in law for officers in these situations. Together with our colleagues in the fire and ambulance services we are deeply proud to be a service that reacts first to protect the public from danger. “Current guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service already recognises that it is unlikely to be in the public interest to prosecute officers for driving offences while they are responding to emergency calls. "There have been very few incidents in which an officer responding to emergency has been prosecuted or had misconduct charges brought against them." Not for these people……..so why did the guidance not cover them & how can we trust what you say Mr Bangham? PC James Holden was charged PC Vaughan Lowe was charged Adam Steventon was charged PC Lee Drake was found guilty
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    Ive discussed this topic with my shift at briefings, none of the other cops seem to fully appreciate the gravity of this issue, with most claiming that 'Oh, we will be ok because we are doing our job, and have exemptions'. I can't get through to some of them that its not about exemptions, and that simply moving over into the opposite carriageway to increase your view of the road ahead could be considered to be dangerous and below the standard of a careful and competent driver. The fact we have been trained to do this is no longer a defence. So in the wrong circumstances we could face prosecution. Sadly its no longer about getting to the scene promptly because 'its our job to do so'. Its now about getting to the end of your shift without facing being prosecuted at court. Yet another example of us having to cover our own arses. its matters like this that build up and grind you down over the years. We join the job to help others and do the right thing, but end up being demoralised.
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    Welcome to Police UK Forum UKDale :)
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    We have 3 shifts and work 3 lates, 3 days, 3 rest days. Excellent shift pattern especially starting back on a late and finishing on a day.