1 July 2007

Decisions Decisions


I'm living up to the stereotype at the moment, a female who is unable to make up her mind......
Regular readers know I want to join the police & am planning on applying this year, the problem is things are kind of up in the air with my life, do I stay here & apply to Glos police or do I wait until the Met are recruiting & I'm in London, which is where I want to be but I don't know if I'm going to be there this year or as late as the beginning of next OR do I apply to Glos & transfer after probation? But then that's two years here unable to move. All of this is big ifs though because it depends on me being accepted. I don't know what to do, I need to sit down, weigh it all up & go through it all thoroughly because whatever I decide means me either staying here or moving to London for 2 years at least, if I get through. What's a girl to do?!!
There's nothing really really keeping me here, there's friends but 2 of those are moving anyway to London/Kent & Manchester, I'm not happy at home really either, I love Cheltenham & the surrounding area but I want a clean break then again I'd be willing to hang on for 2 years for the one thing I really want if I absolutely had to. I could move out of home & stay in this area but there's still stuff I don't really want to be reminded of, I want a clean slate I suppose.
I need one sheet of paper marked 'pros' & the second marked 'cons'. Quite apt considering the career I'm going for!!!! Lol
Will have to have a proper think rather than just fleeting thoughts, if anybody has a simple answer or a magic wand you know where to find me

22 comments:

dickiebo said...

Well, if you sit down and draw up a list of all the pros & cons, study it, consider it, then do nothing, then you will have had excellent training for the police force. (Yea, I don't care. 'Tis still a force to me!)

SandDancer said...

One of my best friends joined the Met about two years ago but the application process took ages - I think there was about a 9 months wait between her being accepted and actually starting her training.

However, she absolutely loves it and has never been happier.

Metcountymounty said...

hiya, having worked in another force and transfered in I would suggest joining your local one first if you have to wait for the Met and then transfer. The first 6 months training feels like years, then the next 18 months fly by and you'll be out of your probation in no time. Although you do have a MASSIVE tick in the box (being not male) it might be worth badgering the Met anyway because they are still recruiting constantly, its just a 3 year wait for some and 2 weeks for others. I'll let you use your imagination for the various entry criteria but I think you'll know what I mean.
That said though, I've got quite a few friends in other forces, especially my old one and I would still recommend the Met over all of them for various reasons, but it's just a bureaucratic as anywhere else. The London weighting and free travel is a HUGE tick in the box which is why so many people with service and skill sets are transferring in by droves.

Girl*Next*Door said...

I've always classed it as a force Dickiebo, service implies something like "rate my customer skills" :o)

Hi Sanddancer, the Met would be my ideal so even if I did have to wait I would :o)

Metcountymounty, I know exactly what you mean but I hadn't actually thought of that, might give it a try because I thought the recruitment times were rigid but asking/pestering can do no harm I guess! :o)
Looking at where it is, the different units you could go into, the benefits (London weighting & transport as you said) & the fact it does seem to be a really good force is all adding up to the best option for me. Thanks for the advice :o)

Metcountymounty said...

found out last night that apparently you can't apply direct anymore to the Met you have to be a PCSO first... you really don't wanna do that, so ask that as your first question!!

Girl*Next*Door said...

I know when I was having a look at their website they were mad keen on glitzing up the PCSO role & there is no way I'm applying for that! Otherwise it was transferees & specials so think I'll give them a call :o)

Anonymous said...

since when have crack whores allowed too join the police.

Girl*Next*Door said...

I suggest you get some spelling lessons before you start leading a one man campaign from behind a pc monitor, how very brave & manly of you. Not

Anonymous said...

get too school bitch

Girl*Next*Door said...

Anon 4.32 I suppose you realise your comments are traceable through your IP address that will lead people directly to your home address? If you do I'm glad because I've emailed blogspot.

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Girl*Next*Door said...

What would a crack whore know? I presume your referring to me as you can't think of anything better to post? Well as it turns out I enough to not be so pathetic & lacking in life to need to post childish comments. Poor little anon, did your mummy leave you when you were young? Is that why you crave attention? Best go & look for it elsewhere love because posting useless & abusive comments on blogs isn't going to get you the right help.

I can post whatever I like & it will stay, whereas you, I can delete whatever I like that you've put because I can & because you & what you say are of so little consequence it's untrue, Poor anon, I hear social services are good with foster mummies.

Anonymous said...

oh dear so easy towing up.

Girl*Next*Door said...

"Towing up" What on earth does that mean? Or is it a poor attempt at trying to say 'to wind up'.

The early learning centre do spelling exercise books fromt he age of 3 upwards, I really think you'd benefit from them anon.

Metcountymounty said...

the problem with free speech is every muppet on the planet wants to have their say, especially when not invited into the conversation, directly or otherwise!! Definately go for your local force mate, once you're in its just a case of ticking the boxes for a couple of years and finding your feet then you can move anywhere you want as soon as you have that magic confirmation certificate signed by the supernintendo. Despite working 51 hours in 3 and a half days its still fun and I would recommend it to anyone. bit knackered though.

unlikely cop said...

The police force at the moment is littered with Big Ideas and Great Reforms. If I were you I would wait until things settle down at least a bit.

However I have my suspicions that they never will in which case waiting for ever might be preferable.

If you must join the job immediately it might help you to know that i have known a few officers who have transferred from the Met, a number of whom have then returned. This tells me either the Met must be better than us or the London weighting really is worth all the shit we put up with.

Girl*Next*Door said...

MCM, that's the only gripe I have with free speech, it gives the muppets license to spout off! Yeah I think I might go for my local force, much as I'd love to go straight into the Met it's probably best I don't, firstly to get some experience on home ground & secondly the difference in recruitment times. Taking a long hard look at things it does make sense I just tend to be impatient when I really want something!! Lol

Unlikely cop, I would wait but I've been waiting for the past 3 years for the right time so I'm getting impatient now :o)
Like you say, things don't look like they're gonna settle down anytime soon so may as well bite the bullet now.

I have heard alot of positives about the Met plus, I want to live in London anyway so it all ties in & the London weighting is a big plus, as is the free public transport.

Metcountymounty said...

Having spoken to quite a few people who have transferred to the Met (about a third of my team at the moment) most, including me, are in agreement that it was the better way to do it. Surviving the first couple of years having to deal with everything yourself, taking handovers from everyone else on team and dealing with all the jobs single or double crewed ups your experience level more than you would if you went straight for the Met. I lost count of the times I was the only copper, or one of two covering an entire city, when all the public think there are a couple of hundred of you - and I don't miss it one bit. Its wierd being on team with people who have hardly dealt with domestics/sudden deaths or public order by themselves but conversely I'm bloody glad I don't have to anymore.
To give the pay thing a bit of perspective, I joined in 99, when I transferred up, the weighting put me on more than my old skipper, and if you factor in the cost of travel, I'm on the same as a top whack PS in my old force. All for doing the same job I did before, with more back up if things hit the fan and all I have to do is kip on the train for a bit each way. I've only met one person who went back after tranferring in and that was because of the travel effect on his family. Best thing I ever did.

Girl*Next*Door said...

MCM, your advice has been a huge help, thanks! It makes a big difference hearing it from someone who has experience rather than glossed over recruitment campaigns or having to make decisions yourself with no idea what you might be getting into.
So thanks for all the tips & advice :o)

PS when you starting your blog?!

Metcountymounty said...

don't know if I will yet, i've got some ideas but (aside from the last couple of weeks!!) I don't really have the time to run one, plus I'm still a bit dubious about the job aspect of it, given I work right in the middle of london so a lot of the stuff I have to talk about wouldn't be too hard to ID me with some digging!!

thoughts running through my head.... said...

GND,dont wait for the Met,apply now and transfer later like loads of others (possibly me too)inspite of what people say being a woman WONT get you in any quicker,hence me joining another force!

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