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Everything posted by Westie

  1. When I first joined the job and we had to reside at the Hendon Police College, (when it was then up and running) we were issued with our warrant card pretty much on the first day. We were measured up for our uniforms within about a week. So be patient (that's a good thing to be in the job).
  2. Whilst on holiday over the last few days, I got talking to a retired officer, who told me that he was a member of the International Police Association. Until then I had never heard of the organisation, only NARPO to which I belong. Can anyone tell me of what they know of the I.P.A. before I make a decision whether or not to join the I.P.A. Thanx. (westie).
  3. Enough said, and thanx for the comments Zulu. I have investigated it a bit further and will be applying. Thanks again.
  4. Westie

    Volvo cars

    So Volvo are not going to be selling diesel and petrol cars as from 2019. That should be interesting. If that does eventually set a trend, I wonder how the various oil producing countries will view that, and what affect that will have on the UK government's thoughts with regards to taxes, currently on fuel ? At least the UK won't have to worry themselves about getting involved in various countries with oil being the motivation.
  5. Westie

    Hello, everyone!

    As PCW has said, welcome (croeso) to the forum. It's good to see new people on here. There were people on the forum a while ago and it (the forum) was a tad different then and quite a few of the people have 'gone missing' since the site changed.
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    Where have they gone

    Just to go further on this subject, where have all those officers gone who I remember from old eg ITYO, OAH, whisper, to name just a few ? they seem to have disappeared of the face of the earth (or the forum anyway).
  7. What a terrible, terrible thing to happen. I hope the final fatality figures are low, but given the time of the incident, sadley, I think that may be a touch optimistic.
  8. I have always thought that a trained police driver should be issued with a driving licence by the police and that that driving licence should be different from ones own driving licence. Then, if there are any issues at any time against the driver concerned and he/she is found to have broken the law in some way and is found guilty, then it is their police D/L that suffers and not their own private D/L. As I see it, a police driver, who was on an I call on blues and two's would be driving in accordance with the job in hand and in a way they will have be trained, which cannot be said of that same officer driving shall we say 'socially' in a private situation.
  9. When the Queen spoke in the state opening of parliament, one item was along the lines of 'my government will continue to improve the finances of the country while keeping taxes low' Why is Ms. May still continuing to talk about keeping taxes low. It is the income from income taxes that is used for public services, which among other things, includes what is needed for the Police Service and the N.H.S.
  10. Well, according to what I have seen on the news reports, austerity, and from that I assume the drastic cuts in all quarters, is now going to come to an end. We will see if that does indeed to turn out to be the case (let's hope so).
  11. I do of course realise that how people vote is a very personal thing indeed. However, how on earth can Ms.May, now that she has launched the tory manifesto, expect senior citizens to give her their vote, having said that her party are in favour of, eg, the abolishing of the triple lock system on state pensions, abolishing the heating allowance (also being called the dementia tax) to name just two policies of hers, and there are others. Pensioners will be shooting themselves in the foot surely. It's like turkeys voting for xmas as they say.
  12. Westie

    Start arming UK police?

    Just one other thing. I would seriously question the ability of some officers having the right approach/outlook (shall we say) to carry a weapon, there are some that I would not have wanted to work with, but only a few though (but that's enough in my book).
  13. Westie

    Start arming UK police?

    I agree with Zulu. When I was serving, I spoke to a number of D.P.G officers in the Met. and they, having spoken to many firearms officers, said that most of them were giving serious consideration to handing in their ticket because there was very little support from the job at that time if one used their firearm. That was some 14 years ago now so given the current climate in the big cities recently, officer's opinions may have changed, but to echo Zulu again, I would not want to carry a gun now.
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    Manchester attack

    Of course, it goes without saying, that my condolences are to the families who lost loved ones in the Manchester Arena attack, RIP all those who lost their lives, and I wish a very speedy recovery to all those injured too. Having said all that, I have just seen Sky news, and it was announced that one of those who was killed was a serving police officer. As a retired police officer now, I would also like to say the same to that officer and their family too. On the report that I saw, it did not say whether it was a male or female officer. It matters not. They were killed carrying out their duty, and whether past or present, it could have been any one of us. As I said, RIP.
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    The general election (June 2017)

    If Ms.May and her party get elected at the general election: don't be old, don't be a pensioner, don't be cold in the winter, don't be ill and don't be a fox. That'll do for starters.
  16. Westie

    The general election (June 2017)

    The expression that comes to mind here is 'I'm alright jack' but sadly, there are many who are not alright, through no fault of their own.
  17. Westie

    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    I agree with you entirely Yorkshire. It's such a shame that it has turned out that way though. One can only hope that things take a turn around and it changes. I've recently seen the state of what used to be Hendon Police College. It's a pitiful site now to when I was there blah blah years ago.
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    Notice period to resign

    I think you are right OC but I think it's sad that there are those who see the job as just another thing to add to their cv. By the way, its good to speak with you and others again.
  19. Westie

    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    VS and VR, what on earth is happening to the police forces up and down the land. I can understand that those still serving see it as a route to 'kerching' but what ever happened to what I always experienced as a good job/vocation.
  20. Westie

    Where have they gone

    Thanx Chief, I did miss the chance of having a good old moan about something, and making some good points too
  21. Westie

    Brady - Good News

    Zulu, you are not the only person who thinks that way, my thoughts are, why on earth do the press and media feel the need to publish everything about him. They should, in my opinion, simply announce his death, end of. He deserves NOTHING else
  22. Westie

    Where have they gone

    Hi Zulu. I've just read your post about where has everone gone. I have thought the same for some while. Like you, I've not been able to get on the site for some reason, until tonight for some reason, but as if by magic now, here I am, back again. I saw that OAH was on here and have pm'd him but where are many of the others, of course I recognise some of the older names, eg old copper and reasonable man, to name but a couple. Anywas, I hope I will be able to remain on here now. TTFN and Regards, westie.
  23. Westie

    Notice period to resign

    Does anyone know if O.A.H. still posts on here ?
  24. Westie

    Notice period to resign

    I don't know your age or what service you've got in, but before you do anything, give a serious thought to your pension. I've known people, some who I've worked with, who have wished they had not left. It is still very hard to match the police pension.