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JessFox

SC to PC?

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I've started my training to become a Special with TVP with the intention of moving on to the regular police. I had a look over the TVP website and now as well as having to do the CKP course you have to have gained FIP status before applying, thus putting my potential start time as a regular at around the end of 2017/start of 2018 (and that's if everything goes well).

There is a lot at the moment in the news about budget cuts Sara Thornton (Head of NPCC) was quoted yesterday by BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33599230) saying that they are expecting a loss of 35,000 police posts by 2020 after already suffering a loss of 36,000 staff since 2010.

Really my question is, with all these cuts and losses, are forces still going to be recruiting for paid positions? Is it going to be a lot more cut-throat in the process? What is the likelihood that I am going to get in to the regulars?

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Jess.

 

The police will always need to recruit new PCs to replace people retiring or leaving early so there will always be jobs, albeit on a much smaller scale than nowadays. That will also probably means that it will be harder to get accepted.  You are doing two good things to help your chances though in that you will be a SC and therefore have some experience, and that you will have done the CKP course at some point.

 

Good luck.  Despite all the negativity around the police I still think that its one of the best jobs you could ever hope to do.

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