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Joining the Police: 20 years on


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These slides are from a presentation given at the University of Leicester, UK as part of the Careers After Biological Sciences series in March 2010. The speaker, Inspector John Gray, studied Biology at Leicester in the 1980s.

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Joining the Police: 20 years on

  1. 1. 20 Years On Inspector John Gray
  2. 2. Melton Mowbray LPU Commander Took over 18 th April 2010
  3. 3. My Journey <ul><li>Joined in April 1990 at 22yrs </li></ul><ul><li>Completed my 2yr probation walking the City Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Worked as a beat officer for the next 2 years in The Shires </li></ul><ul><li>2yrs as a Panda Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Transferred to Norfolk Police for 3 years where I was a response driver and spent a year in the CID </li></ul>
  4. 4. Continued…. <ul><li>Transferred back to Leicester 1998 on promotion to sergeant at Melton Mowbray </li></ul><ul><li>Worked as a Patrol Sergeant for 2yrs, Custody Sergeant 2yrs and then spent 4 years as a Detective Sergeant in Child Abuse Investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Officer to the Assistant Chief Constable </li></ul><ul><li>2008 Operational Command Inspector </li></ul><ul><li>2010 LPU Commander </li></ul><ul><li>PSU commander </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Join? <ul><li>To make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarding </li></ul><ul><li>Variety </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul><ul><li>Camaraderie </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Great Career </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Things to understand <ul><li>Currently not a good time in most forces </li></ul><ul><li>Advise you get some experience e.g. PCSO or special constabulary </li></ul><ul><li>In my view policing is not just a job but a vocation </li></ul><ul><li>It will impact your private life </li></ul><ul><li>It does involve unsociable hours </li></ul><ul><li>You will see some unpleasant things </li></ul>
  7. 7. How to join <ul><li>Recruitment Process </li></ul><ul><li>HPDS </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate scheme??? </li></ul>
  8. 8. HPDS <ul><li>Open to Constables and Sergeants </li></ul><ul><li>3 stages:- </li></ul><ul><li>1. Competency based application </li></ul><ul><li>2. Ability tests </li></ul><ul><li>3. National Assessment Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Part 1 includes 6 modules –Post Graduate Diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Part 2 Development Program –Masters qualification </li></ul>
  9. 9. Application Process <ul><li>Eligibility:- </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants from all backgrounds and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not limited to any particular age group </li></ul><ul><li>The minimum age to apply is 18, and there is no upper age limit </li></ul><ul><li>All new recruits, whatever their age, are required to undertake a two-year probationary period. </li></ul><ul><li>there are no minimum or maximum height requirements; </li></ul><ul><li>there is no formal educational requirement, but you will have to pass written tests; </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cont…. <ul><li>you  must be either a British Citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK; </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign nationals and UK citizens who have lived abroad will have to wait three years for security and vetting clearance. All applicants have to be vetted to the same standard before appointment; </li></ul><ul><li>although you may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions or cautions, there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible </li></ul><ul><li>you must physically and mentally be able to undertake police duties. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Stage 2 <ul><li>Attend a recruitment seminar and sit a suitability test </li></ul><ul><li>If successful you will receive an application form </li></ul>
  12. 12. Stage 3 <ul><li>Complete a competency based application form </li></ul><ul><li>Each competency question asks you to provide detailed examples of situations from your recent past experience </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. give an example where you have challenged inappropriate behaviour </li></ul>
  13. 13. Stage 4 <ul><li>Fitness test </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment Centre Workshop </li></ul>
  14. 14. Stage 5 Assessment Centre <ul><li>Effective Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Customer and Community Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Personal responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Team working </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul>
  15. 15. What next? <ul><li>Its not over yet!! </li></ul><ul><li>Force Interview Board </li></ul><ul><li>Medical/ eyesight/ security checks </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Appointment and 26 week placement at DeMontfort University, Leicester </li></ul><ul><li>Process can take over a year </li></ul>
  16. 16. Roles within police <ul><li>Uniform roles PBO/LPO </li></ul><ul><li>Dog section </li></ul><ul><li>CID incl. specialist crime:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAIU SOU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FIU SB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major Crime negotiators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High tech crime HQ CSB </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Roads Policing/ Collision Investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Firearms </li></ul><ul><li>Public order </li></ul><ul><li>TSG </li></ul><ul><li>PSD </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>PVP </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank You Any Questions?