Re: any Current/former British Fuzz in the house?
Hey , not a current or former fuzz in the Uk im afraid but im currently in the middle of doing my degree and earlier this year went through a serious phase of wanting to join up myself .
What I figured out from my research was this , not to depress you and all but there arent currently any police forces recruited , that info is about 4 months out of date so appologies if there is no info to a different effect but that was the situation when I was looking . Only force that where recruiting when I looked where the cnc who in my opinion are just jumped up security guards
Anyway asside from that , the application process is pretty simple , once they do start recruiting again you apply , some forces do open evenings and stuff I would reeccomend going to them , just like ay career path it dosent harm to introduce yourself and get your name known by the people who work in recruitment . And then depending on your success you will be invited to an assesment centre where you will be interviewed and will complete various excersises to test both verbal reasoning as well as ability to handle numerical information .
Assuming all goes well at the assesment centre there is a fitness test , now I have had debates with various people about the levels of fitness required to be in the police and am a strong believer that they should introduce a yearly job fitness test to keep cops in shape but looking at it as long as you are of reasonable fitness already you should be able to do some training and get to the required level of fitness in 6 weeks , the strength required for the strength tests isnt astronomical i only do strength excersises once a week and it took me about 3 weeks to get to the level required for the strength tests so again not a problem .
Then there's the various other checks you would expect like a medical examination and background checks which is as you said to do with your eyessight and previous convictions .
In terms of recruitment specialists , I had never really though about doing that , my university has a good cv/application checking service as well as great careers advice so I was going to use them if needs be but to be honest there is that much info out there on the internet that I wouldn't bother paying a recruitment agency to tell you what you can find out on the internet , If you are still in college there might be some teachers who could help checking applications or cv's stuff like that . Also it would be better if you read the information yourself and intepret it yourself rather than having some employment agency tell you this .
In terms of work experience Its difficult to come by , I don't know about the police where you are but my force wouldn't let me do anything like a ride along for insurance reasons - ie if i get stabbed whilst out with them there is no insurance to cover that . The only thing they would let me do was police station stuff and even then it was more admin no going near the custody suite . One good thing the inspector at my local station said i could do though was to speak to various officers of various years experience to get an idea of the career . Also speaking with probationers would be good as you could ask them about the recruitment process .
Also there is the option of becoming a special constable which im not sure if you have looked into ?
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