Saturday, October 08, 2005

It's been a while

Firstly! Apologies for not posting more often!!

For the last three months, I've been working so much I just haven't had time to think about this place. So I'm gonna blow away the cobwebs, and get back to my good self, and the people.

There are times I wonder why I do this job, and none more so than this past week, and it's fitting that I return to you now.

Being a special, I do this for free, I can do the job, all be it without the 12 weeks training, however as I found out at the beginning of the week, I'm obviously not good enough to get paid for it!
This comes as some what of a shock when so many people already in the job are telling me that I'm doing a good job, that I'm a good bobby. So I can put it down to only a couple of things:

1) They're all lying and this is some kind of Truman Show with me being Truman and all those guys acting out some kind of alternate world for me.
2) Whilst I'm able to complete a witness statement for a burglary and put together a file for court, I'm unable to complete the most basic of application forms.
3) The person who's deciding the fate of many of the applicants future lives is no more than a guy in an office with a marking sheet, not taking into account any real life experience one has, merely looking for the answer, and ticking or crossing.

I'm relatively sure the first isn't the case, however how would i know!? The second is possible, and having spoken to a few people at work, my examples could have been a little better. And the third ... well I have a feeling I might have hit the nail on the head.
I've put my life for the last 9 months into this job, and this is the response I get.

Thanks to a few good friends in the job, I didn't tell them to shove the past 9 months along with their application form so I've spent the last week on duty as much as possible, as I know that I wouldn't have returned if I hadn't.

Right, that's enough of a rant from me, I'll be returning with some stories, theories and banter soon.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

'tis hard innit?

I'm going through training as a regular, I was asked mid application (took around 18 months for 90% of class members) if I wanted to be a PCSO for the time being instead. I said no.
I'm now in my 12th week (24 total) of training and the people who did end up as PCSO's have just finished their first week. They're obviously slightly annoyed as I went to fitness test, interview, etc at the same time as them.

Weird eh?

Theres people in my class who have failed 3 times at various stages of the application, one girl in my class has been applying since she was 21, she's 26 now and rocks!

All I can say is keep applying and do as many hours as 'practicable' as a Special, whatever you do - don't become a PCSO!

6:27 am  
Blogger British National Party member said...

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7:36 pm  
Blogger British National Party member said...

If your a white applicant in london.... i hear they arnt hiring anymore. Sucks i know. (though you could pretend to be gay? or limp to the interview. Or both! let me know how you get on.)

4:02 pm  
Anonymous Tricia said...

I am a single white female and I cannot get an Application Pack for love nor money. I have such a demanding Day Job that I have forgone the "Specials" route for now. However I have joined St John's Ambulance so that I can be out there dealing with the great unwashed and giving something back to my community. Hang on in there. These things go in cycles (or so I am told) it is the only thing that keeps me going.

2:58 pm  
Anonymous new recruit said...

Tricia, I think getting an application form is 99% luck. I just happened to check the couldyou website on the right day, find out GMP and Lancashire were about to recruit, spent 2 days on the phone (as it was constantly engaged) and was one the lucky ones to get through.
I'm guessing by your timings that you also applied for GMP Mr Stamp (like me).
I had a little help in my application form with my a recruiter from West Yorkshire. It became obvious you could write complete bollox and get in, they looking for certain points in each of the questions and marks are awarded for each.

To the ex-BNP member - That's the sort of uneducated tat that I'd expect from a BNP member, ex or otherwise.

3:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ello, look. I'm a Special and have been for 2 years and have been through and done all sorts inc the london bombings. We all see the PCSO's and small fat 5ft nothing africans and so on the police hire these days. Therefore I'd give up.

9:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't think the above deserves to be a special...

6:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some diversity training needed here I think...

I'm hanging around in the specials until I can win the lottery and pay my mortgage off... Then I will join the job.

5:29 pm  
Anonymous A non mouse said...

Not knowing the author personally, I obviously can't comment on the accuracy of your statements on doing the job well. However, I'd like to point out the following:

Every single officer I know who used to be a special before joining the regulars was told at their first interview something along the lines of:

"You are a good applicant, but we would like you to gain a little more on the job experience before processing you further. Do another year as a special and reapply, and I have no doubt we will be welcoming you to the force next time."

Now, with the cynical head on, look at it this way:

You are currently, as a special doing the same job pretty much that you'll be doing as a probationer. But you are doing it for free. Why are they going to pay you for something you are doing anyway? Instead, they are more likely to try and eke a few more months of free work out of you before hiring you.

At your next interview, say something to the board along the lines of "I really, really enjoy being a special constable because of [insert whatever here]. However, unfortunately money is extremely tight for me at the moment, and I am simply not going to be able to continue being a special due to this. I need to spend more time at a regular job earning money. This cuts me up badly as I enjoy it so much, but unfortunately thats the way it is."

Basically you're saying to them that you love the job, are willing to do the job, but if you don't get hired you won't be able to continue as a special, thus not giving them your free time. If they understand this, if they want you, they'll hire you.

10:03 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you're completely right that the person marking your application form is sat in an office with a marking sheet, but how are they to know how much 'real life experience' you've got? some forces have hundreds of applications for each place - they can't invite everyone to an assessment centre.

9:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...not directl;y relted but similar .... I am a Hackney carrige Licensing Enforcement Officer in the SE .........just been shafted ona re-grade ...been infirmed 'cannot upograde post because a 16 year old scholl leaver could do your job with training ...' sorely tempted to tell them to fucking get one then! But what with Xmas coming etc ...... Anyone wondering ehat my entails ...PACe / Prosecutions / Enfropcement / SUspending vehicles/ dealing woith the gobby and 'diificult', investigating complaints of late of an incresingly violent /sexual nature etc ..... duties devloved from the Police ... another policing function on the cheap! P.s The re=grade would mean a salary increase of just under £2k!

The Hackneyi

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Blogger BluesAndTwos said...

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Blogger WhiteCrowUK said...

Well you're doing better than me - I didnt even pass the Specials selection phase - which makes me feel a total loser.

I do know what you mean about jobs though - it's a soul destroying thing. Everywhere is a multiple stage interview with all kinds of silly aptitude tests. If the trend continues in 5 years my interviewer will be asking me to drop my trousers and bend over ...

11:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best special i have ever worked with has applied for the Force twice and been turned down, the last time with top marks on everything on her interview, just 3% down on her racial awarenes and diversity. She has now left the specials as she says that they want her for free, but ethnic minorities for the numbers game. Incidentially two ethnic minority officers at my nick have been held back from independant patrol, because of reading and writing skills. Makes you wonder who is looking at the candidates.

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