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I've worked it and it's crap. The four rest days are nice but that's about all that can be said for it IMO. It's no use for response or NH policing so expect your force to ditch it very soon. I came from an 8 week pattern of 8 hour shifts which was a killer. The good thing for me though was that it was a week of nights. With the 222 it's a struggle with the night shifts. Your first you're knackered anyway. The last one you're ready for it but then waste your first rest day sleeping or feeling like crap trying to stay awake. It is like a millstone around forces necks though. To get rid of the 222 to go to another flexible pattern, they have to put it to a vote and the vote has to include the existing pattern. No one is going to vote for something that gives them less time off. The option is for forces to enforce an 8 hour pattern, which does mean less time off, better cover, but more overtime and sickness rates. One force has called it's workforces bluff and enforced an 8 hour pattern. They're now begging to adopt the flexible pattern the force was trying to push.
Agree with certain points raised but not all. You're in control of the suite and it's all too easy to be pally-pally with everyone letting them behind the desk to use the phone etc etc. Start with your standards and don't let them slip. Keep an eye on your detainees and the officers as they'll invariably skimp on a search or wind the detainee up making your night shift a pain in the backside when the detainee is kicking and banging on the cell door all night or pressing the intercom. Be firm with the briefs; they'll try taking liberties with you because you're new. Don't be afraid to refuse detention for things that aren't necessary or if the detainee is injured. Don't cut corners because that will be the one time it goes belly up and make sure your visits are done and logged accurately i.e refused refreshments etc. I can't see a problem with letting detainees in for drug searches. You're in control and where else in a police station can you conduct a thorough search without it being fully controlled and in privacy?
Depends which exam? Sgts you could get away with a Crammer course and Tom Barron's books. Inspectors you really need the Blackstone's manuals. I recommend the Blackstone Q&A books, Paul Connor's 3 day crammer and any old exam papers you can get your hands on. Blackstone's print one. I'd steer clear of ICAL as in my experience their questions are badly worded and constructed and in a number of cases actually wrong. If you need a computer based Q&A program, again Blackstones provide their Q&A on line. Edited to add; make sure you know the basics first. It's pointless reading pages about parenting orders and connected person etc when you haven't grasped the theft act in detail. More people slip up on the basics than you would believe and it doesn't simply mean knowing the definition. Philthy2010-09-02 19:24:45