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  1. skydiver

    Portable cordless angle grinders and crime

    A half decent thief would get round any registration scheme by nicking the angle grinder, getting a mate to buy it, buying one second hand at a car boot sale etc etc. I remember one of my colleagues arresting a well known bike thief for nicking bolt croppers.
  2. skydiver

    When police answers phone calls

    DC = Detective Constable.
  3. skydiver

    When police answers phone calls

    XXXX Police station DC Smith speaking.
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    Good luck and have fun.
  5. skydiver

    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    Its still going but Emerge its commercial arm and attempted rival to the Fed has gone belly up. Its FB presence has gone but members of the challenge are still getting email updates.
  6. Direct entry DCs are not exactly the most popular change to happen to the police in recent years, partly because police look at candidates as missing out on the hard, boring and unpleasant side of the job by starting straight away as an investigator who doesn't get their hands dirty. I may also be misinterpreting Susan's thought process behind her debate to go for a uniformed role or to reapply as a DE DC, but I hope you're not looking at a uniformed role as being second best in comparison to the DCs role. Starting in uniform gives you a great grounding in dealing with a wide variety of incidents right at the start of the process and also gets you used to dealing with aggression as well as the smells and unpleasant side of the job. It also means that you might have more opportunity to move around more later which may mean better promotion prospects if that interests you.
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    Rude and unsympathetic police officers

    Its amazing how many people call the police to get their allegation on record first yet turn out to be the source of the problem...
  8. skydiver

    NSL leeway of 1mph

    I think Bangham's proposal with alienate vast swathes of the public who are currently given some leeway or discretion when they make an honest mistake.
  9. Arch. I started to look at your survey but didn't answer any questions as I didn't think the questions on page 1 would give you any useful data. I can't think of anyone who would want to say anything else other than agree or strongly agree unless they are trying to be mischievous. If you asked 'does Sussex police provide clear and engaging information on their website' then you'd get a more useful response.
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    Where to live

    Hi Susan. I'm not MPS so I can't give much advice about where to live but you do tend to find that nowadays PCs tend to live away from where they work because of the perception that criminals will target them. By and large that doesn't happen but you do get the odd person who gets fixated on a specific PC or the police in general. Secondly I started at 40 and absolutely love what I do but nowadays government 'reforms' have made the job less attractive than it used to be particularly for the more mature starter. Starting salaries have been cut and pensions are less generous than they used to be, whilst cuts in general have made promotion harder and there are less resources for us to do our jobs properly.
  11. skydiver

    Pension Challenge

    The judges seem to have had a favourable outcome.
  12. skydiver

    Driver training !!

    It varies between forces and roles. In my force its a bit of a lottery as to when response officers get their standard course with some getting lucky and getting theirs within a few months of starting whilst others have to wait 6 months to a year. A couple of years ago there was a TV documentary series about Lincs probationers which showed them getting their standard courses just after they finished in company which is very early but really useful when you work in a such a rural force where officers are spread very thinly.
  13. skydiver

    SEARCH assessment centre

    I can't recommend any courses in particular but I've just done and internet search and found http://www.talkingblues.co.uk/ https://www.how2become.com/courses/police-officer/ https://www.passpolicetests.com/product/police-national-assessment-centre-course/
  14. skydiver

    SEARCH assessment centre

    Police assessment centres aren't like any other so you may want to look into a preparation course to give you some help and experience.
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    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.