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As part of a recent upgrade we can now offer Google Authenticator on the Police UK Forum. Google Authenticator is an optional two-factor authentication method - where you type in a six digit code as well as your password - therefore improving the security of your account. The app displays a rolling code, which has to be typed in when you logon to the forum on any new device. What does this mean? Currently you login to the site with your username and your password - now if you want to secure your account even further you can activate Two Factor Authentication on your account which will mean you will need to login with your username, password and a randomly generated 6 digit pin number provided by your mobile smartphone. Activating Google Authenticator is OPTIONAL - If you do not want this then there is no need to read any further, you can continue to use the forum in exactly the same way as you do now. If you do want to activate Two Factor Authentication you need to follow these steps; Step 1 - Download the App to your SmartPhone or Device Apple Users https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-authenticator/id388497605?mt=8 Android Users https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.authenticator2&hl=en Windows Phone Users (use the already installed Microsoft Authenticator app or download the Google Authenticator App depending on the version of your phone) Blackberry Users http://m.google.com/authenticator (from your device) Step 2 - Click Account Settings from the drop down menu by your username in the top right hand corner of the site Step 3 - Click the Account Security Tab from the left hand menu and follow the steps in the next screenshot; Scan the barcode or use the manual secret key method if scanning the bar code does not work (Don't hold your device too close to your screen to allow it to focus on the barcode) Once scanned you can then check the box - Enable Two Factor Authentication and Save Changes Step 4 - Log out of the website and Log back in From this point on when you login to the site you will need to enter your username, password and then enter the 6 digit pin currently displayed on your device (Changes every 30-60 seconds dependant upon your device) No-one can then get into your account here on Police UK without your physical device in their hand, along with your username and password. If you get locked out for any reason (such as loosing your device) send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your registered forum email address and one of the admin team will assist you to get back in REMEMBER:- This is completely optional but it is a service provided free of charge to all members so that they can better secure their account. Please note: The Global Forum Admin & Mod Team are required to use Google Authenticator in order to keep the forums secure and protect your data. Any problems - please let us know. Best Wishes Police UK Forum Team
Good Afternoon, I was offered a Police Staff position with Surrey at the end of July following an interview and am now waiting to start. I was told the vetting would take between 6-8 weeks (which I instantly thought was crazy seeing as I already work for the Met and so not sure why it would need that long, but I appreciate they have to do it themselves...) It has now been 8 weeks and I am yet to hear anything. I rang them the other day but the people working in recruitment only seem to know what it says on thier computer screens which is that it is currently with the vetting team... They are unable to give me any other updates The most annoying thing is, is that I am so desperate to give in my notice and leave my current job and so I am now weighing up the options of just leaving and risking being unemployed for however long whilst Surrey finish thier vetting!! Has anyone else had similar problems with vetting? Or anyone else who has gone through the vetting for a staff role and can let me know how long it took them? Thanks Jo
Dear all, As you can see I am new to the Forum. I am enquiring (sorry if this is posted in the wrong area of the Forum) about interest in Close Protection training. With all the cuts to the Police and Windsor schemes such as A19 would some officers be interested in being trained for work in the Close Protection arena? Many ex servicemen go into close protection when they come out of service as they have the necessary skills. As we all know PI (Private Investigator) is a common job for ex police officers however with all the changes to this job (SIA licence/new laws etc) this may become an unpopular route after retirement. I feel that Police Officers (especially firearms/surveillance/intel) hold the necessary skills and training to be a Close Protection Operative so was wondering what you guys thought? Do you think ex police officers would consider this role after working for the Police? As most of you probably know the Close Protection world can offer exciting opportunities in the UK and also overseas paying very good money and a Close Protection Operative working overseas can often earn up to £100,000 per year. I look forward to your responses. Regards